Fruit Tart Tutorial, Part 2

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! This is Kim, of Fantastical Menagerie. Today I’m bringing you the second half of my Fruit Tart Tutorial. The first part can be found here.

1. Roll out five small balls of Premo brand polymer clay in Pomagranate. Approx 4 mm in diameter.

2. Shape each one into a teardrop shape.

3. Flatten it slightly on your finger.

4. Using your needle ended tool, make small dots on the teardrop shape. They should be in alternating rows, all the way to the back end.

5. Place into the shell, with flat ends in the center.

6. Take the fifth berry, and add the green leaves to the top. Place it on top of the other four.

7. Optional- use green Pearl X on the leaves, and a dusting of the macro pearl on the berries for shine.

8. Put the finished piece into the oven. I would recommend 240 F, for approx 30 minutes. Once it cools, you can add findings to turn it into a pendant, earrings or a pin.

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Fruit Tart Tutorial Part One

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Happy Wednesday! This is Kim, with Fantastical Menagerie. Last week we talked about keeping clay soft in winter, today I’m going to start you on how to make fruit tarts in clay.

For this project, you need the following:

  • pastry shell mold, preferably silicone. You can find them on Etsy here
  • a small dollhouse plate
  • Sculpey Bake n Bond. This can be found in the polymer clay aisle.
  • Premo clay in ecru, pomegranate, and either green pearl or jungle green. You can get it from any craft or hobby store.
  • tweezers, needle tool, and flat blade or razor.
  • Optional: pearl x powders in Macropearl, green and antique bronze.

1. Condition your clay. Leave the red until last because the color transfers.

2. Take a small piece of the ecru clay, roll it into a ball, and press it into your mold.

3. Carefully remove your clay from the mold. If there is any excess, use your razor to trim it to shape.

4. Add a small amount of Sculpey Bake & Bond to the plate. Put your tart shell in the center over the adhesive.

5. Optional- use a brush and add a little Pearl X Antique bronze on the tart shell to simulate color from baking. Add a bit of Bake & Bond to the center of the tart.

6. Make your leaves for the strawberries. Roll two small balls of green clay into a teardrop shape. Flatten them, and use your needle to run a line down the center of each. Then use the needle to draw veins into the leaves.

7. Roll out five small balls of Premo Pomegranate clay. Approx 4 mm in diameter. These will become your strawberries.

This tutorial will pick up next Wednesday, where I will show you how to form the strawberries, and then put everything together to form the piece.


Beaded Dragon Brooches

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Okay, I know we’ve all dabbled in beads for bracelets and necklaces at one point. Maybe you used seed beads and a stand to weave one just made some nice jewelry, but these? These dragons are something else entirely.

This is one of many custom designs by Russian artist Alyona Lytvin, and they are all just jaw dropping amazing. They are made mostly from beads and thread, with some wire and paint reinforcements for the fins.

I know they’re brooches too, but man I’d just want to keep it as a decoration piece! No way I’d risk something happening to this!! I love the addition of the sequins as scales for the sea dragons. Man they’re just all so beautiful!

I wish I could give you more info about the artist and the process but little it up in English about it on the store front, so I’m afraid we all just have to admire the shop and wonder. Perhaps even buy one yourself so you can study it up close. πŸ™‚


Adorable Sterling Silver Origami Necklaces

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Inspired by her kids and with her parents background in art, California based jewelry artist, Cindy, designs beautiful tiny sculptures that resemble origami folding and cats them in sterling silver as jewelry.

Her shop is called Jamber Jewels and she specializes in minimalist jewelry. Her pieces can be bought as necklaces, charms, bracelets, and even earrings in all sorts of simple animal designs. I personally love the turtle and the elephant.Β  πŸ™‚

If origami isn’t your style she also has some simple geometric style pieces to appeal to any minimalist out there. All her work can be found at her etsy shop and extremely well priced. I highly recommend giving them a look. πŸ™‚


Jewelry for the Bees

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Using amber, white sapphires, silver and 14k gold, these designs are probably the most expensive pieces of jewelry I’ve ever show cased, but also some of the most adorable. Designed and created by Natalia Moroz, these adorable honeycomb jewelry pieces were inspired by her childhood.

β€œAs many of inspirations come from one’s early impressions, I remember of a small family farm where my great aunt and uncle grew grapes and kept over a dozen of beehives. It was exciting to see all stages of bee production and harvesting. And the first necklace I had as a little girl was an amber drop that always reminded me of honey. Now, so many years later, when I thought of making the honeycomb necklace, amber seemed to be an obvious choice of gemstones. Additionally, we make the same design with citrines.”

The citron stones do still give that lovely honey color, but there’s something to be said for the nature of the amber as well. You can see flecks of debris stuck in the stones that I think pairs incredibly well with the theme. All of their jewelry if handmade in North Carolina (and not all of it is bees) so you should definitely check it out over on their etsy store; Winged Lion.


Wear Your Food

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In a move typically only seen in food fights, one fashion designer has decided to make purses and jewelry that look remarkably like food. Like, really, really look like food.

Yup. That is a purse, not a real cake. Made my Netherlands artist rommydebommy, they are all handmade out of various materials including special foam to get the correct food shapes/look. Some of them come very over-sized and are a bit comical looking, but still incredible in their life like detail.

This looks so much like a real cake it’s just ridiculous.

She didn’t forget about the men folk either! For them she has a selection of bow ties (like this apple core one) that probably won’t get approved for formal wear. πŸ˜‰ You should definitely check out her etsy store to see more of her incredible work.


Fantasy Headbands and Crowns

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Have a desire to unleash your inner fantasy side? Secretly wish you’d been adapted by Elvin Royalty? Well I can’t help you make those dreams come true, but I can point you in the direction to help you look like one.

A Mon Seul Desir is a French based company that makes custom fantasy jewelry for all occasions. Seen above is their Elven Wedding Crown, but they also have works from more modern fantasies, like Game of Thrones, and even cartoons such as My Neighbor Totoro.

Their work is elegant and beautifully designed and I highly recommend giving them a look if you’re in the market for some truly unique and professional fantasy costume jewelry. πŸ™‚


Gothic Perfume

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Something that was all the rage over 100 years ago has been making a steady comeback in the last few years that intrigues and delights me; solid perfume. Back before aerosols were a things/possible, well off people would purchase their perfume as solids (or oils) that they would apply to smell lovely and clean. This concept has been making a return to form thanks to the desire for natural make-ups and beauty products, though not all are quite like the line For Strange Women.

Handmade with natural ingredients by Jill of Kansas City, Missouri; the For Strange Women perfumes come in variety of containers that have a very 1800s/Gothic style about them. The names are like wise inspired by the time with such fragrances as:

Satin Corset (lilies, sweet, vanilla, hypnotic, powdery floral)
Nightshade Garden (citrus, leaves, tomato vine, yellow-green, uplifting)
Antique Settee (Earl Grey tea, polished wood, faint floral)
Winter Kitty (snow, comforting sweet musk, amber, woodsmoke)
Fireside Story (sandalwood, vanilla, campfire, smokey)
Vetiver Single Note (honey, sweet & earthy, grounding)
Violin in the Attic (heavy woods, sweet resins, dusty undertones)

You can test these fragrances, and more, by ordering her perfume ribbons.

These are small ribbon strips with .1g of perfume (about one application) infused into them. Once you’ve tried it they recommend using it to freshen your dresser drawers as the smell will linger with the ribbon and can infuse the clothes as a result. I’ve never been a perfume wearing person, but this line has me intrigued. They’re definitely worth a look through at their beautiful packaging and design at the very least.


Glass Acorns

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October/November has always seemed more like fall then September ever will in my part of the world, so today I wanna feature an artist that takes a bit of what we associate with fall and turning it into wearable art.

Ukraine artist Nikita Drachuk makes his art from real acorn caps and hand blown glass, and his work is just stunning. The medium he works in is called “Lampwork” and is the art of making figurines melted in the flame of a glass burner; which can reach up to 1800 degrees.

I would never get my hands so close to such a very very hot flame. :O

 

If acorns aren’t your cup of tea, they have an incredibly diverse range of subjects and sizes for their figures that you can admire, at their etsy shop Glass Symphony, instead. Their attention to detail and level of craftsmanship is really quite astounding.


Mermaid Style Tiaras

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I was a huge little mermaid when I was a child. I still remember pictures I drew around 5-6 years old after seeing the movie, so I have a special fondness for mermaids as a mythological creature. These tiaras though? They go beyond fondness as, mermaid inspired or not, they are absolutely stunning.

A confessed ‘beach bum’, the 27 year old Melbourne based designer, Chelsea Shiels, was also inspired by her love of the Little Mermaid when she started designing her crowns. Each one is handmade and contains real sea shells along with various metals and jewels. I wouldn’t recommend theme for your typical costume party as they’d be a bit overkill, but they’d certainly work great for a cosplay or wedding piece. If you’d like to contact her about having your own made, simply head on over to her etsy store and send her a request. πŸ™‚