Whipple Craft’n Fun Creme Review

Whipple Craft’n Fun Creme Review

EVERYONE WHO KNOWS ME knows that my frustration as a crafter is making and piping fake whipped cream. For some reason (maybe my unsteady hand) it dislikes me, and it can’t turn out pretty when I do it, unlike when when the cake artists or those who make decoden phone cases. Then there’s that making icing to begin with is a pain. You can use silicone caulk from hardware stores, but you need to thicken them first. The ones that come from Japan are expensive, costing about P600.
 photo IMG_4362_zpsvpftfbqm.jpgSo browsing through a local toy store one day, I saw Whipple Craft’n Fun Creme, which as the saleslady said, is air dry fake whipped cream, retailing at P299 for a plain “flavor” and more expensive for one with two flavors/colors. I decided to grab one, since at P299 and quite a big box, it seemed like a steal.

It comes in a big box, with, thankfully, big enough content inside. I was glad there there was a lot of whipped cream here! The faux whipped cream came in a sealed piping bag with a seal and screw on cap at the piping tip, so you can reseal it with no problem after you’ve completed your project and not used up all the cream.
 photo P_20160327_092303_zpsa4aym4ip.jpgThe pack, however, does NOT come with a piping tip, so you’ll have to allocate your budget for that. Their craft kits for kids that go for P600+ have piping tips and fake food bases for kids to practice on.

Last week, I made macaron shells with Mont Marte Polymer Clay. (Check out our review of the polymer clay here, or you can also look at our tutorial on how to make your own fake macarons here.) I made them on a 1:1 real life scale, which was best to go with this cream, because I had a very big piping tip.

Sorry that I’m not making anything elaborate like a cupcake–my piping skills are very amateur! Then you’d just be looking at a hot mess.

The cream dries to the touch in a few minutes, but for it to dry all the way through, I suggest waiting for over a day. I thought it would be a silicone, rubbery finish, but it dries to a paper-clay finish, only of course finer.

Actually, it smells a lot like white glue when you pipe it out, so I can’t help but feel it’s just paper clay and white glue, which you can diy if you have fine paper clay to make it into whipped cream. The Whipple cream has the easy of being sealed tight in a convenient piping bag though, meaning you can use it whenever.
 photo macaron_with_whipple_zps6y8ajeig.jpgHere are the finished macarons!

Have you tried the Whipple cream before for your projects? What did you think about it?

You can buy Whipple Craft’m Fun Cream at toy stores like Toy Kingdom or Toys R Us nationwide.

Mont Marte Polymer Clay Review

Mont Marte Polymer Clay Review

AT THE BEGINNING of the month, when I was browsing around National Bookstore, I was surprised to find that they finally carried a line of polymer clay in their store! This line is the Mont Marte Polymer Clay line, which currently comes in very limited colors, but however is enough to get you started.
 photo IMG_4322_zpsdalqjze5.jpgI picked up two colors from National Bookstore Fairview Terraces, and they sell for P95 each for 60g of clay.
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The clay itself is very soft, almost like marshmallow, but isn’t sticky to the touch unlike other soft clays. Being soft makes it easy to condition, but it isn’t as densely packed and has holes and such inside, meaning air could get trapped inside, so I’d still recommend conditioning it as much as you can.
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Most soft clay brands tend to have supreme flexibility, so I tried baking a thin sheet to test the flexibility of this clay. It’s REALLY flexible, and I was even able to roll the sheet I baked like so. I imagine the clay will be great for making thin flower petals and the like.
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To check for the finish when it bakes, I made some macaron shells. The finish isn’t a flat matte (like Sculpey III or Bakeshop) but it isn’t shiny either, just a bit in between.

All in all, I think this is a great clay to work with, and I’ll pick up some more when the need arises! (I have too many clay haha) The only con right now is that these really come in very limited colors, but hopefully they release a full line someday!

xoxo Xarin

Vintage Lovers’ Haven: Chains Beads Components Store

Vintage Lovers’ Haven: Chains Beads Components Store

 

 

 

 

 

One of my new favorite jewelry craft stores in Quiapo is Chains Beads Components. It’s a great store for vintage lovers, craftsmen, and costumers. They have a great array of chains by the meter, pendants, filigrees, lockets and findings in different finishes (antique, gold, silver) and cords, suede strips, etc.

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The store is easily located in the same lane as other jewelry craft stores in Quiapo, along Villalobos Street.

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There’s rolls of chains and cords in the center aisle rack, in different finishes. They also have a lot with rhinestones if you wanted to make sparkly costumes~!

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Part of my haul from it the last time I went there; I bought a lot of antique finish keys for a costume that I was making. They also have a lot of different lockets and cameo settings, and they also sell those in bulk.
 photo IMG_4177_zps4owbrsvf.jpgThey have a lot of different sizes of O rings, which I use to buckle straps and such when I do make armor pieces for costumes.

I make sure to drop by the store whenever I’m in the area! It’s a great find if you’re into vintage charms and pieces, and you’re into a lot of different sorts of metal hardware for your jewelry or costume making hobby~!

Flexi 3 Polymer Clay Review

Flexi 3 Polymer Clay Review

Today I’ll be giving a quick review on Flexi 3 Polymer Clay. I started using this clay around August of 2014 when I picked some up at Kawaii in Manila 3, they had a booth there selling some of the clay and a workshop about claying too.

 photo flexi_2_zps332a86e2.jpgAs the instructions states, this is an oven bake clay that bakes at 135C, and is non-toxic.

As the sticker claims, I find it easy to condition and knead, which is perfect for my not-so-big-and-strong-hands. It’s not the softest clay in the market, but no one will have a hard time kneading this clay. There is also no odor and for a flexible clay, it is not sticky. (other “flexible” clays tend to be sticky and soft)

 photo flexi_3_zps020e9a35.jpgMarshmallows made with Flexi 3 Clay. The clay bakes with a slight satin sheen–it does not bake matte. If you can observe from this photo and the following ones, the light is reflected on their surface, indicating a slight shine on their surface. This is without the use of glosses or varnishes.

The colors also stay true to their original color and do not change after the baking process.

Their white clay is my favorite because it tends to retain its whiteness easier compared to other brands that pick up dirt very easily.

 photo flexi_4_zps312e4bea.jpgFor a flexibility test, I made this small twizzler. Again if you look at it, its surface reflects the light, indicating that the clay bakes with a slight shine on the surface.

 photo flexi_5_zps1719ce44.jpgThe twizzler/licorice cord can be bent without causing damage or breakage to the piece, so it’s true to it’s “flexible” claim. :3

 photo flexi_1_zpsff65cf43.jpgThis is currently one of my favorite clays and I would recommend it to any beginner. It is also easily available locally! You may contact the Glitz of Joy store on their facebook page for available colors and for the price of each bar.

Hope this helps! Tell me your own opinions if you’ve already tried out this clay!

xoxo,

Xarin

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Polymer Clay Tip: Restore Dried / Hard Clay

Polymer Clay Tip: Restore Dried / Hard Clay

HELLO EVERYONE! Today I have another quick tip/tutorial for polymer clay enthusiasts–how to restore or soften dried or hard clay. If you’ve ever bought an unlucky bar of clay that was just ROCK HARD then you’ll know what I’m talking about. Sometimes you just get unlucky and buy a pack that’s rock hard and FLAKY. The clay doesn’t like to stick to each other and instead just crumbles like a bad piece of pastry.

There’s an easy solution to this problem though!

 photo restore_clay_1_zps833b28d8.jpgYou’ll just need some oil, and a resealable plastic packet. Other sorts of oil can be used I hear, but the most common and the one I use is ordinary baby oil.

 photo restore_clay_2_zps91abc18a.jpgThe clay I’m restoring for this example is FIMO Classic Raspberry. This really isn’t “old” but FIMO Classic in itself is a particularly hard clay. I cut it up a bit so you see what I mean by “flaky”–the clay tends to crumble off when cut, which isn’t what you want.

 photo restore_clay_3_zps7e312405.jpgI just pop it into a resealable pouch and then pour a few drops of oil in it. I let it sit overnight or for however long I want the oil to sink in. Sometimes I leave it there until I need to use the clay! It’s guaranteed to restore the softness in the clay.

I recommend doing this for cut bars–don’t condition the clay you mean to soak beforehand, or else it could end up too soft. Soft enough to qualify as clay icing for cakes! Unless that’s what you mean to achieve. If you want icing-soft clay, just condition clay and let it soak in oil for a good amount of time. Trust me, you won’t need to stir it long like the liquid-clay technique just to get it to icing consistency!

But what would happen if it gets too soft for your tastes? What you can do is take the clay out of the pack and then just let it rest between sheets of paper, tissue, or whatever absorbent material. The paper will absorb the oils in the clay. You can let it sit for as long as you like, when the oils are absorbed to your liking.

Hope this tip helps!

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