Gumdrops

Hiya! Remember this tree? If you look closely, I’ve attached gumdrops to it, making them look kind of like the Christmas lights.

I thought of an pretty easy way to make these gumdrops, hope you like it!

First, I mixed translucent clay with whatever color you want to use, at 9:1 ratio.  Then I made the clay into the log shape, and cut them in the length of 2 gumdrops.

With my fingers, I turned each piece into a shape like this. Imagine 2 gumdrops stuck together on the bottom.

I cut them in half, separating the gumdrops.

If necessary, adjust the shapes with your fingers before hardening the clay.  Because miniature gumdrops are so tiny, I thought making them this way was much easier than shaping them one by one.

Yay! They already look yummy! I decided to frost them with sugar to add a Christmas-y feel.

I have compared several options for the sugar, and thought that the white sand from Hobby Lobby did the best job.  This sand is very fine, and shines shimmery!

To avoid changing the textures of the gumdrops and sugar, I decided to coat the gumdrops with spray glue and then sprinkle white sand on them.  This spray glue is really strong, and won’t ever come off, so I recommend using it outdoors.

After dusting off excess sugar, my miniature gumdrops are finished!

I put some extras in a box I made.  Cute, eh?

 

 

Christmas Sugar Cookies

Hey everyone!  Do you like frosting on cookies and cakes?  I love looking at it but I just can’t eat it enjoyably.  I like my cookies and cakes not too sugary, I guess.  :p

I was asked how I made my miniature cookies that were in the last year’s Christmas display.  I took some photos while I was making this year’s Christmas display, so hopefully this tutorial will explain it how it is done.

I used polymer clay for the cookie part.  I rolled the clay out on a piece of oven safe parchment paper, so I wouldn’t have to move the soft cookie around before baking.

Then I cut off the excess clay little by little to make a rough shape of my cookie.  Here I am making a stocking shape.

If you use my method, you can make complicated shape, like the tree below, fairly easily.

Once the rough shape is made, I smoothed and adjusted the shape of my cookie with a toothpick.

To create a bumpy surface of baked cookies, I highly recommend using a mascara brush.  I just saved my old brush and cleaned it well before using it.  This brush works so much better on miniatures than normal brushes that come with clay carving kit.

My miniature cookies are ready for baking!

Since I needed to make lots of cookies this year, I decided to make a silicone mold of these originals.  I made a mold with some Legos.

Then I taped my hardened cookies on to a piece of plastic sheet with some strong double sided tape.

Okay, I’m ready to pour in my silicone!

Ooops, somehow I forgot to take a picture of my silicone mold I just made.  Well, hopefully you get the idea….lol

Here are the cookies I made with my mold.

Now it’s time to spread some frosting on my mini cookies.  I made the frosting with 0.5 part acrylic paint and 9.5 part matte drying glue.  It’s easier to use double sided tape to keep the cookies in place while you’re frosting.

At this point, it’s really like decorating with regular sugar cookie frosting.  It’s easier to make sure first color is dry before moving onto the next color to go on top of it.

My cookies are done!

This year, I wanted to make a Christmas tree with Christmas treats as the decorations.  So these cookies went straight up onto the tree! I’ll do tutorials on other treats in later posts. 🙂

 

Fall Bounty – Sweet Potatoes

 

 

Hiya! This is the last of my fall veggies this year.  I made some orange sweet potatoes.  These are also often called, “yams” in the US,  but the real yams are totally different, so I will just call them sweet potatoes to avoid confusion to the readers living in the rest of the world. 😉

I like orange flesh sweet potatoes a lot! My friend gave me a super yummy candied yams recipe a few years ago, and I can eat the whole dish all by myself!

To make these sweet potatoes, I used orange flesh color of polymer clay.  This way, if I ever want to cut the finished miniature sweet potatoes in half, they look right inside as well.

I shaped the potatoes with my fingers.

Then I added dents with the side of a toothpick.

After hardening the clay, I rolled the potatoes on a piece of sand paper to add fine lines.

With acrylic paint, I painted the surface of the potatoes.

I made roots with hot glue.  You just need to paint them. Easy, right?