These beautiful lampwork beads are by Keiara, an artist in the UK. I love the little sprinkle details. She has several other beautiful pieces on her site. I found these while searching for cupcake jewelry and discovered a whole world of mini handmade cupcakes. The polymer clay ones really inspired me and are a better medium for me to start with instead of glass. Since my paper mache project hasn't completely dried yet I'm going to pick up a few blocks of Sculpy clay and see what I can come up with. I love trying all these different mediums but still having a theme to stick to. It gives me more focus I think and definitely makes it fun.
Awwww. How absolutely adorable is this baby and her little cupcake hat? A seller on Etsy makes them in several styles. All just deliciously sweet. I wouldn't mind one for me! I think it would make a perfect night cap. Visit Artology on Etsy.
I haven't tried to felt wool yet. The process still indimidates me somewhat but when I see really great pieces of felted wool, like flowers, caps and even bags, I think it might be something I'll try one day. These felted wool cupcakes are too sweet! I can see a bunch of pillow cupcakes like these on a little (or big) girl's bed. I found these earlier on the Crafster website. Here's the tutorial.
It's been over 13 years since I needed a baby bag and none of the ones I had ever looked like this. I love this bag by Petunia Picklebottom (how adorable is that name?). Made with Italian cut velvet, this framed style bag is from their line called 'Cake'. They run about $349 so not exactly cheap. I wish they made regular bags in the same style for 'veteran' mommies. I'd love to add this to my carpet bag collection. This green one is called 'Apple Tart Cake'. They also have Red Velvet, Chocolate Decadence and Gooseberry. Yummy!
This was last night's experiment. I wanted to try making rolled roses but didn't want to start with the really nice fabrics right away. Since it's still wet and cold outside I was really drawn to the brightly colored fleece at Joann's. They were also 40% off. The first one I tried was too loose and floppy, kinda like a head of lettuce. So I rolled them tighter and played with each one. I got better as I went along. I threw a few of them on my winter gear for the impromtu shoot. Note to self: Put serger on my wish list.
This one really is named Chocolate Fix. Very rich, almost dense with creamy buttercream frosting and chocolate shavings. Perfect with a cuppa tea (with milk). My son and I shared this one after lunch. He's on a short day schedule all week for finals. Thank you Cupcake Craving.
What I learned from this project: January is not the best time to try pulp paper mache. It's been raining here for nearly 2 weeks and I think there's too much moisture in the air. These are still pretty moist. The only one that is nearly dry is the bottom half of the large cupcake because it's hollow. I painted it just to see what it would look like. So I'll let them dry out and see what happens at the end of the week. My son suggested making 'Hagrid's rock cakes' with the mini ones. I think that's not a bad idea.
It turns out I didn't need as much newspaper as I thought. Once I decided what I wanted to make I only used about 3/4 of yesterday's paper. I cut it into strips then into smaller pieces. The instructions I found online said to either soak the paper overnight or use boiling water and soak for a few hours. After 2-3 hours I squeezed the water out and had pulp. I added salt to keep mold from growing then I mixed in the craft glue. Next I filled a mini muffin tray with the pulp making sure to really push the mix in. I added more to shape the top. You can either leave it out to dry which takes longer, or put it in the oven for 2 hours (@ 200) to speed up drying. Now I wait and see how they turn out.
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