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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Where Have I Been???

I know at least a few of you have been wondering where I have been the last couple of months. I really didn't drop off the face of the earth. I just had some stuff I had to deal with. Life has been kind of out of control since the first of November and I admit I am still very stressed and battling some depression but I do see the light at the end of tunnel.

I will be back to making tutorials soon so don't worry. I have some things planned I just haven't had it in me to do them.

Last week however my friend Craig (the very talented designer behind the label Sharp Dressed Dolls) had a dress pattern to be tested. For those that don't know I am one of the lucky people to be on his pattern testing team. I had been putting off sewing for a while, not sure why because it is one of the things that makes me very happy. But anyway I bit the bullet and got out my sewing stuff and created the green dress in these photos. As normal sewing had a miraculous effect on me. I started to feel so much better emotionally and better able to deal with the stuff that is going on.

I love this dress and really do recommend that you pick up the pattern. You can find it here, it is really a fun sew. And the thing that I really like about this particular pattern was how everyone on the testing team came up with very different dresses from the same pattern.

As soon as I got the Marlene dress finished I decided to tackle the Sew Along project for my doll sewing group. The theme this month was shopping. We had 3 choices with the theme:
  1. a cute outfit for shopping at the mall
  2. shopping for clothes- winter clothes/ shopping bags, boxes for the clothes to go into
  3. Spa visit (robe/wrap towel, facial mask, etc

I decided to create a fun outfit for Molly to wear to the mall. I made the shirt from Simplicity 5733, a tank top and leggings from Liberty Jane (Pixie Faire) patterns. She is also wearing a pair of boots from my stash I think I picked them up at the craft store and she is carrying a purse that I made a long time ago and I have no idea what pattern I used.

Thanks for reading the blog and I do promise I will be back with some tutorials soon. I am also hoping to get back to posting some more Allison's Journal posts too. 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Doll Size Egg Rolls

This week we are going to be using the very same clay combinations that we used last week for the pot-stickers. If you missed that video and blog post you can find the blog post here.

These egg rolls are super easy to make, you just cut the wrapper square, place it so one corner is facing you, add some filling and roll them up. Pretty much the same way you make the real thing.

I know there is a lot of variation in how egg rolls look, what is inside, how big they are, etc I just based these on the ones from my favorite Chinese restaurant.

For the dipping sauce I would normally of used a reddish-orange color of Gallery Glass or another brand of glass paint. The only problem was that when I went to gather my supplies my bottle that would have been the right color had gone solid. So I needed an alternative. Hence the use of the Triple Thick colored with the acrylic paint. I ended up using both the red and an orange (along with the drop of Amber Gallery Glass) to get a color that was pretty close to what I wanted.

This is a super easy project, I hope you enjoyed it. I am hoping to add more to the doll's take-out meal in the next few weeks. I am working the kinks out of a couple of ideas, so be sure to check back next week to see if I came up with more.....

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Doll Size Pot-stickers

This week we are starting what is probably going to be a short series. I know I have at least one more video to go with it. I am working on details for possibly a couple more after that too. We will have to wait and see what I can come up with.

Anyway, this week we are making the dolls some pot-stickers. I am not making any claims that these even look like the authentic ones that are made in China. They are supposed to be similar to ones you might get at your local Chinese Restaurant.

So we begin with the filling for this we are going to use 2 colors of clay- a tan and a translucent. Both of mine were Sculpey III colors. The secret to this step is to roll the clay into very thin snakes and then chop it really fine. I added some dried parsley from my kitchen, if we get the wrappers thin enough you will see hint of green,

Try to keep the chopped clay as chopped clay, you don't want a wad of clay for the filling. You want teeny tiny separate pieces of clay along with little bits of the green herbs.

Set this aside and mix the tiniest bit of an ochre color clay into some translucent clay. You don't want to see the color you just want to warm it up a bit. This is going to be our pot-sticker wrappers. The main secret here is to roll it as thin as possible. Mine went to the next to thinnest setting on my pasta machine (#5 out of 6 possible settings)

Cut the wrappers using a 1” round cutter, place a little bit of the “filling” onto the rounds and fold like a pot-sticker. Lastly give a tiny bit of texture with sandpaper and brush the bottom with some chalk dust (a reddish brown and yellow ocher mix)

Bake according to the directions on you clay package.

When the pot-stickers are baked and cooled coat in a satin finish if desired. I am using Future floor polish. I know the label is different now but this should be the same thing.

For the dipping sauce I used a lid from a water bottle and put in a layer of a transparent brown glass stain paint. It makes a nice sauce, it just takes a while to dry. If you get a large hollow in the top simply add a bit more once the first layer is dry to even off the top surface.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Doll Size Breakfast Sandwiches

This week I thought I would make the dolls a quick breakfast they could grab and eat on the run. After all I'm sure they are just as busy as the rest of us at this time of year.

The sandwich starts with a quick and easy English muffin made of an off white color clay. I used Original Sculpey but any off white clay will do.

For the Canadian Bacon/ham slice I used the darkest of the bacon color clays from the bacon tutorial (you can find it here)

For the egg layer you have 2 choices, for the fried egg I used a 50/50 mix of white and translucent clay. For the scrambled layer I used the clay leftover from our scrambled egg tutorial (here)

For the cheese just use a mix of yellow and orange to give a “cheesy color”

I used Translucent Liquid Sculpey to glue the layers together because we were combining baked and un-baked clay and the TLS acts like a glue to make sure the layers stay together.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Doll Size Scrambled Eggs

This week I thought we should give an egg alternative for the dolls that like theirs scrambled. This project is so easy and really fun to do. You can keep chopping the clay until you get just the look you want.

We are using the same clays we used for the fried eggs from a few weeks ago. And these are even easier and a lot quicker to make than those.

If you missed the fried eggs tutorial you can find it here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Doll Size Snake Plant

This week I decided to do something a bit different for our project. I love how houseplants in the real world make a room feel more lived in and comfortable. I love to add plants to my dollhouse miniature scenes so I thought it was time we started adding some simple plants to our 18” doll scenes.

The snake plant is one of my favorite plants to show how to make because it is so simple to make it look realistic. Also it is one of the few houseplants that I have much luck with. You see as much as I love plants I am famous for killing my plants. At least the snake plant has a chance of survival under my care.

In order to make this project really easy for you to make I created a PDF pattern sheet (actually 2 sheets) and you can find the page 1 here and page 2 here. You can download the files to your computer and print them to use for the project. Be sure to print them at 100% and to check that the test square measures 1”.

You will need something to use as a plant pot, I used one of those disposable condiment cups from the dollar store.
Some foam to fill the cup, I used the builder's foam I have on hand but styrofoam or floral foam would also work.
Dried coffee grounds.
Tacky Glue
Mod Podge
Dark green paint
A medium or light greyish green paint
A yellow paint
A brown paint
Paint brushes
18 ga floral wire
Wire cutters
Ceramic tile (or other surface to work on)
Wet Wipes
Plain white printer paper
Spray Matte sealer
Something to hold the leaves while they dry

The drying rack that I used to hold my leaves while they dried is one I made a few years ago I have a video on how to make it if you would like to make one too. You can find that video on my dollhouse miniatures channel here.

I like to use a spray sealer on my projects like this to make them look more finished, the one I used is a matte finish and can be found with the craft paint at the craft store. Just be sure to use it outside and read the instructions on the label.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Doll Size Mugs

This week I decided to adapt a recent project from my dollhouse miniatures channel and make it for the 18” dolls. So today we are making the dolls some mugs and we aren't even looking at our clay, we are using scrapbook/ cardmaking cardstock. Yes, that's right we are making the dolls some really sturdy mugs out of cardstock. And they will look like they are made of ceramic when we are done.

On camera I made just a basic mug but I have been making mugs for a few days using this method and have made a small variety of mugs so I will share the variations here on this blog.

All the mugs require the same basic materials/tools to make them.

We need some heavy cardstock, the kind you would make cards out of that measures 12”. The piece I used in the video came from one of those books of cardstock that you can get that have a bunch of sheets that all coordinate for projects.

You will need a dowel or something similar to form your mug on, in the video I used a piece of 1” diameter dowel that is just a couple of inches long. It is covered with a strip of parchment paper to keep the mugs from sticking. You could also cover it with plastic wrap of waxed paper.

You will need a good glue stick as well as tacky glue.

Something to cut your cardstock accurately, I like to use a straightedge, craft knife and self-healing mat.

The best clear finish to give the “ceramic” finish to our paper in this scale is Triple Thick, you will need the brush on variety.

A soft paint brush.

Optional: embellishments (stickers, etc)

For most of my mugs I cut my strip of cardstock 1 ¼” x 12” this gives a good height and thickness for the mugs.

Mug #1 (the one from the video) is just a basic mug and you saw how it went together.

Mug #2 Again just a basic mug, the handle is slightly different is about all.

Mug #3 This one is taller and thinner, and was inspired by my favorite mug for tea. The cardstock strip was cut 1 ½” x 12” and it was formed over a ¾” dowel. It is decorated with some stickers to give it a bit of a different look.

Mug #4 For this one I again cut the strip of cardstock at 1 ½” x 12” but I used the same 1” dowel that I used for the rest. This gives a nice oversize mug. My youngest son has several mugs like this in real life and he loves them.

Mug #5 For this mug I actually used plain white cardstock for the mug and added a single layer of a lightweight scrapbook paper. The lighter paper was cut at 1 ¼” tall by just enough length to go around the base mug. It was glued on with glue stick.

Mug #6 This is a basic mug but before I glued it around the dowel I drew straight lines ¼” from each long edge. Then I cut 2 strips of the cardstock that were ¼” by 12” and using glue stick I glued them to the mug base while it was still on the dowel using the lines I had drawn to guide me. I then glued both ends of the handle to the strips. I had intended to leave the mug like that but when I was going through my stickers I had the perfect silver strips to glue on and I just had to do it.

Mug #7 This one is short and I think it is cute with the others. It is made exactly like the basic mug except I cut the cardstock strip at 1” x 12” and then used the same 1” dowel. I also formed the handle slightly different.

As you can see the variations are probably endless, I can think of a dozen more variations just sitting here.

A couple of things in closing:

If you have stickers you want to use, be sure to test them with the Triple Thick, I had a couple that the ink ran. So test first so you don't ruin your project.

And secondly check for loose brush hairs as you work. I found out too late that one of my brushes was shedding and I now have hairs stuck in the finish of some of my mugs. Hopefully I can get them out without destroying my work.