Happy Holidays!

Hooray, my Christmas display is finally finished! I’m so happy I got it done before Christmas….lol

This year’s display is much much smaller compared to last year’s, but I’ve packed the inside with lots of fun things!

 

Let’s open the glass door…

It’s a scene of a Christmas gift shop! I have some of the items I’ve received as gifts from my friends incorporated in this scene, too.  I wonder how many of you hard core readers of this blog can spot them. :p

Alright, let’s have the shoppers wait outside for a minute, and I’ll show you around…

This is the view from the side.  I hope it looks exciting enough that you’d want to walk in and take a look. 🙂

“Welcome!”  I made this gray wooden counter using balsa wood.

I’ve repainted an old SF shelf into Christmas design.   I’ve used some store bought items for this display, like the white deer, red robin, teddy bear (I added his scarf), and jams from SF miniatures.

After giving out the last snow dome, I decided to make another to keep, and put on the counter.  This time, I added a sled and a wreath on the cottage door.

This is a cookie mix jar I made with my son.  We used real cookie ingredients from our pantry. (Luckily, SLC is ridiculously dry all year around, so we don’t have to worry about mold etc.  If you’re trying this out, I recommend sticking in a few silica gel balls inside.)

This is another part I like about this scene.  I made miniature paper bags out of washi tapes.

Okay, so did you spot any of the creations by my friends?

This flower pot was given to me by Yuuzu a couple years ago.

These balls of yarn are from Okenoruk.

I boxed some of the Chocolates from Soramama.

And a Christmas plate from Matsuko.

I’m pretty happy with  this display, although I won’t have very much time to display it in my house this year.  Let’s hope it’s still intact next Christmas!

Oh, and I’m going to be doing some constructions on this site during the Christmas break, so I think I will take a bit of a break from posting as well.  My plan is to be back with a new article early January.

Happy Holidays, everyone! See you soon!

 

Candle

Hi, there!

Today’s craft is…a Christmas candle!

If you have air dry translucent clay like people in Japan do, your options are really limitless. You can make any kind of miniature candles, as you can fit the clay in any container.

If you’re like me, and don’t have the easy access to such luxury, this tutorial is for you.

I used FIMO polymer clay here.  I mixed Christmas colors with translucent clay at 1:9 ratio to create the clay in the photo below. I flattened the clay at about the same thickness.

And circled them out.  If you prefer different shapes or design, please go ahead.  What’s really important here is just that you use translucent clay.

I stacked the three colors and smoothed out the gaps.

This is how it looks like once the clay is baked.  Oh yeah, don’t forget to stick in a wick before baking. I made my wick with some white FIMO clay.  You can be done at this point with your candle, but I wanted to make a candle in a glass jar, so let’s continue.

I really tried out various materials to recreate the glass jar…the plastic sheet from an empty box, thin plastic wrapper, tape…but the best I’ve seen so far is a thin plastic sheet used for the sticker sheets, you know, that clear sheet that stickers come stuck to.

I just cut out a rectangle strip, and wrapped it around my candle, then I just taped the back.  If you’re just using your candle for the display, you just need to have a small space under the candle, and it will look like the bottom of the glass jar.  If you’re doing more than displaying your jar, then I recommend filling the bottom with some hot glue.

At the end, I put a label on, so it looks like the candle from the store.

You could use miniature glass bottles or miniature glasses that come with Calico Critter products for the candle jar for more durability.  This plastic sheet jar is very true to scale because of the thinness.

See what I mean?

 

 

 

 

Santa Mug 2017

Hello! Christmas so so close now –  and so is the Christmas break! Luckily by then, we will have tons of new toys and gadgets to kill our time with. 😉

Anyway, if you remember from 2015 Christmas, I made some Santa mugs.  I still had the mold from that time, but realized that the mug would be too big for the size I’m going for this year.  So here I am, making a new set!  Hopefully I have made some improvements since then….

With this year’s version, I decided to make a cup part in one piece, rather than making it flat like last time.  To make it easier to shape the face of Santa with clay, I didn’t hollow out the inside of the mug.  Also, at this point, I didn’t make a handle.  The construction of the face is pretty much the same as the 2015 version, however.  If you can tell, this mug is a little over 1 cm in diameter.

Using the original piece, I created a silicone mold.  This year, I made 4 copies.  My mold is still holding well, so I’m hoping I can use it again next year.

I carved out the inside of the mugs, and then sanded the top.

At this point, I added the handles.  It’s the pointy  top of Santa’s hat! 🙂 I baked my clay once again.

This is what they looked like after painting them with acrylic paint. I tried to give the mug more red this time, if you can tell.

To finish off, I coated the surface of the mugs with very thin resin.  Last time, I used way too much resin on my mugs, and all the details were buried under.  To avoid the same problem, I used a disposable brush (just a super cheap brush) and used very little resin.

“Here is your new mug, grandma!”  “Oh, thank you! This is just the right size for me.”

If you’re curious, you can compare results with the post from 2015.