Hydrangea Cupcakes

For my niece, Sarah’s, bridal shower, I wanted to see how difficult it was to make cupcakes decorated to resemble hydrangeas (one of the flower’s in her bouquet). So I found a youtube by Rosie Cake-Diva (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDOfoHxhxeA), picked up some gel food coloring, the Wilton 2D tip, some decorating bags, a Jiffy cake mix, powdered sugar, butter and shortening and made a dozen. The icing is Wilton’s buttercream icing (http://www.wilton.com/recipe/Buttercream-Icing) and is enough for 12 cupcakes. This is how they turned out…not bad for a first try.

hydrangea cupcakes

The edible “pearls” make all the difference, IMO. I found these in the aisle with the cake mixes rather than with the cake decorating supplies (which are bigger than I wanted).

We will be making 72 :)….

Color Pallette Swap

One of the ArtCharms group swap hosts decided to do color palette swaps this year instead of just specific colors. Those that sign up for the swap can use a minimum of 2 colors on the palette along the side of this palette…pretty photograph:  http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/chilled-tones2

Polymer clay chilled palette charm

Polymer clay chilled palette charm

First I made a lentil bead from scrap clay using a 5/8″ bicone bead roller (http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/products/tools/jewelry-tools/bead-making-tools/polytools-bicone-bead-shaper) and baked the beads on a bead rack. Then I mixed the colors I wanted to use, which was all 5 of them. Luckily, I had some scrap clay that was already mixed close to the palette, I just added whatever it needed, if anything. The design is a mokume gane cane. It’s been awhile since I worked with polyclay and mokume gane, so I had to revisit the procedure. Once the  cane was done, I sliced off thin pieces and added them to the lentil beads. I used the darkest value and pushed it through a Makins polymer clay extruder using smallest strand disk, braided strands together and wrapped it around the lentil bead. The beads are coated with Kato’s clear liquid polyclay. Once they were baked, they were polished with a demel and muslin wheel and wrapped with silver wire. Made about 20 of these…they’d be a nice mix with the Winter Night Sky charms.

ArtCharms RR–Vintage Birds

October was another bird theme. This one is done on Tim Holtz’ enameled tags. The images are printed on coffee filters and adhered and coated using Judikins’ Diamond Glaze. I had to enamel the back of the tag to get it white. I added a bead to a silver metal feather and attached it to the charm.

Vintage bird charm front and back web

Tim Holtz has some enamel paint out as well. Might have to look into it at some point.

ArtCharms RR–Birds of a Feather

There were 3 participants in a row who chose a bird theme. September’s was “Vintage Birds of a Feather”. I bought some left facing and right facing brass birds, adhered the two halves together and applied Martha Stewart’s jewelry enamel to both sides. That was a challenge as it flowed over the edges. It did adhere nicely to the charms, though. Once they were cured, I attached them to another brass bird charm in my stash.

birds of a feather charm

I do like the jewelry enamel, though. It’s a nice addition to the toolbox.