Gerbera Daisies

Wowza! I cannot believe it is almost end of January! Where did the time go?

My sincere apologies to everyone who’s been wondering if I was done blogging… I am NOT!

I seriously just got carried away with family matters this month, since my new year’s resolution was to put my family before SF. (lol)

…so, did I make anything this month? I sure did!  Although I typically had about 30min a day to craft on average, I have managed to make bunch of gerbera daisies! Well, sort of…I’m still making more for a while…

Anyway, here is the tutorial of miniature clay daisies.

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First of all, make a log out of clay (I used FIMO polymer clay).  Flatten the log, and slice it very thinly (0.5mm thick or less) to make petals.

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Once you have 30 petals, get a small ball of clay of the same color, flatten it slightly till it’s about a 1mm thick circle.

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With a tip of a toothpick, pick up and place 3 petals on the circle like the photo below.

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Add 2 more petals on both sides of each original petal.

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Fill in the rest with 2 more petals in each opening.

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Add another layer of petals gently on top, filling in the gaps.

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Now let’s make the middle of the flower. Make a small ball and a very tiny ball of colors of your choice.

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slightly flatten the bigger ball, and poke a hole with the tip of a toothpick.  It’s easier to do this on your finger.

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Drop the smaller ball in the hole you just made, and the center is done.

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Place the center in the middle of the flower, and gently push with the back of the toothpick to make sure it is attached well.

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Poke the center with a needle to give it a texture.

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Slide in the tip of the needle under the petals to lift them up, keeping the center still stuck on the table.

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With the tip of the toothpick under the petals, curl the ends slightly.

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It looks simple and easy, and it is, but somehow it took me an entire month to get to this method.  I actually made all these daisies in the photo below before I got this far.

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If you make multi color petals, daisies don’t look too bad without having to worry about slicing the petals very thin or following a particular method.  But when you try to make single color flowers, you will see that it is harder to make the flower look realistic.  I realized that the slight difference in shapes, and how neatly you place the petals down, really affects the look of single color daisies.  I hope this tip helps you.

 

A wonderful new year gift from Sagan-san!

Hi, there! Just when I thought I was through receiving stuff in the mail, in came another one from Japan! How lucky am I?

This new year package is from Sagan, a SF blogger who only writes towards her community audience, meaning her blog is not accessible to everyone.  She specializes in miniature paper crafting for Sylvanian Families, and had made a 2016 calendar featuring 12 Japanese SF blogger’s photos from 2015.  Since she chose one of my Halloween photos for October, she sent me the finished product to enjoy.

….!! The calendar was supposed to be a miniature SF size.

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Oh, some stickers of Sushi and Japanese art!  And what you see on the left is a bag of rice snacks that Sagan loves. 🙂

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Aha, there they are; the calendars!

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I’m sure many of you know, but Japan has a pretty big community of Sylvanian Families bloggers.  It is so much fun visiting their blogs.  It’s wonderful to see all these photos of other bloggers in my town!

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Sagan also sent me some of her popular crafts she had done last year.  I remember myself drooling over them looking at her blog entry. lol

Japanese post cards

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Traditional card games.  Each card has different pictures printed on them! If you are wondering, she made the boxes, too!

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And a knitting set.  I have never knit in my life, so I’m happy that someone made this for me for my town.

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Thank you Sagan, for the wonderful gift! I’m thrilled to finally have all these miniatures I loved looking at in your photos!

Stone Railing

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your break.  I had some close friends over to my house for the new years, and had a fun and cozy day.

It took a while to get back to blogging since my PC finally stopped cooperating.  Now I’m on a laptop my husband gave me as a replacement.  I’m not used to typing on a laptop, and it’s kind of making my hands feel like I’m pulling funky muscles or something….hehe.

During all that, I did manage to make a railing of the roof patio above the toy shop. I thought of a few ways for the decorations, but I ended up making the railing mostly with clay.

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I know, it is a bit too much.  But hey, it’s better than no railing, right? My critters can safely enjoy the view of the downtown without worrying about falling off. lol

To make the pillars, I made the original with some polymer clay.

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Once the clay hardened, I took a silicone mold of the original.

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I was making about 20 of these pillars for my patio, and I didn’t want to use my polymer clay, which is more expensive and come in small packaging.  I chose stone powder clay from Japan.  It is actually from a dollar store! If you are trying this method, I don’t think you need to be picky about the type of clay though.  I just chose this once because I had a big bag of it.  And yes, it is air drying clay.

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I took casts of the pillars, and dried them on a flat surface.  I had to check on these every now and then while they dried, because they liked to bend a little at the beginning of the drying process.

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It turned pretty solid when dried.

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The top of the railing is just a strip of a foam board.  I hot glued the base, pillars, and the railing.

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Finally I painted the railing and it was done!

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Aww, a cute couple enjoying the view…

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This is how it looks.  It probably fits better if I gave the weathered look on the buildings as well, but I don’t think I ever will….SF buildings a re so cute as they are.

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The lake side isn’t finished.  I hope I can give a nice view there someday.

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Well, that’s it for the stone railing.  I think I’m going to make flowers for spring next.  See ya later!