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.
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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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Where I Buy Jewelry Supplies and Metal Findings: Wellmanson Quiapo

Where I Buy Jewelry Supplies and Metal Findings: Wellmanson Quiapo

A VERY FREQUENT QUESTION I get asked in this blog is where I buy my tools, supplies, and metal findings. If you’ve asked me that, I’ve probably responded that I buy a chunk of my stuff from Wellmanson in Quiapo. It’s about time I did a focus article on Wellmanson!

If you read around the interwebs from local jewelry/accessory crafters in the Philippines, you may see Wellmanson mentioned time and again. A lot of people consider it a “hidden gem” in Manila for fashion accessory lovers and DIY junkies. What exactly is the hype about? It’s that Wellmanson Quiapo has everything you need to DIY—eyepins, tools, pliers, needles, ribbons, charms, studs, glitter, chains, thread, scrapbooking materials, ALMOST EVERYTHING–and they also boast a massive collection of ready-made fashion accessories (rings, necklaces, headbands, hair accessories, bangles, hair extensions, hats, scarves, belts), gift items for kids (toys, dolls, fake gundam build kits lol) and for adults (they even have home appliances, storage solutions, pet supplies, and food). The best part is it’s all organized, clean, in an air-conditioned and well-lit space, with capable uniformed staff that know what they’re selling. And the store is HUGE and I mean HUGE. You can easily spend hours browsing the stuff.

So where exactly is Wellmanson located?
 photo map_zps4412f880.jpgFrom Quiapo Church and Plaza Miranda, it’s easy to locate the store. It’s in a street behind/beside the massive Mercury Drug building.

The street along where Wellmanson is located is also filled with DIY craft/jewelry supply stores! You may also want to browse around. Those stores have their own unique finds as well and some are cheaper than Wellmanson, but I don’t go to them for a mainly two reasons:

  1. Their staff is not uniformed and many have no idea about what you’re looking for.
  2. The items are not well organized and many have no price tags and labels.

These are my two pet peeves when shopping, so I avoid stores that present me with these. But if you’re game and don’t mind them, browse and have fun!
 photo wellsman_2_zpsaf756359.jpgWhen you enter that street, you can easily see the signboard for Wellmanson.
 photo wellsman_3_zpsebe4614d.jpgThe entrance may be hidden in view by the fruit/vegetable stalls, so just look for it. Don’t let the surrounding wet market-vibe fool you–Wellmanson looks totally upclass and organized inside.

 photo wellsman_1_zpsba56c19c.jpgNow on this day I was supposed to take photos inside, but the place was packed so it was not ideal. There were a group of nuns buying things for their DIY hobbies/businesses, apart from the usual mix during their Christmas shopping. So please content yourself with these old (photoshopped)  photos my mum took of me from Wellmanson (pls pardon my face). This is at their low-grade/cheap beads section. xD they have three or four more long aisles with just beads so if you’re a fan of them you could be stuck here for ages. xD And they’re all organized so well.

 photo wellsman_4_zpsbce2cfc8.jpgI usually buy boxes there, my metal findings, and other craft stuff. But they also have things like bra straps and underwear at good prices, among sketchpads and other items you wouldn’t expect to find. They also have display racks for jewelries and accessories if you want to put up a booth for your handmade items in a bazaar.

Here are some parting tips from me:

  • Do come with a shopping list so you don’t forget vital things you need to buy.
  • A lot of resellers come to Wellmanson to shop. You may find cheaper prices here for things you would ordinarily buy online.
  • Don’t go to Quiapo during the first Friday of the month to avoid the traffic from churchgoers.
  • Wellmanson is open Monday-Sunday from 10AM to 7PM.
  • In the same street is a Michaela leather goods store, and on occasion they hold 70% off sales on their shoes.
  • Don’t buy fabric and thread from the nearby fabric stores; they are overpriced.
  • While I’ve never been mugged in Quiapo, it is still a very crowded marketplace so be wary of your surroundings and don’t wear flashy jewelry.

That’s all and have fun shopping!

 

Craft Supplies and Stationery from Bee Happy Shop!

Craft Supplies and Stationery from Bee Happy Shop!

This is a much-delayed post sharing my experience with Bee Happy Crafts! Bee Happy Crafts is an online craft store, which also has a physical store, that I discovered sometime long ago and kept in mind due to their wide and cheap selection of rhinestones. They launched their webstore a few months back, and I couldn’t help but grab some items!

**This post is not sponsored and contains all my honest opinion**

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I always kept this shop in mind since apart from rhinestones, they also have rarer metal findings like an assortment of eyelets and latches. A big bonus is that they also have a wide assortment of postcards and stationery items! I’ve started sending out postcards as mini-gifts to friend this year, and it’s a tradition i’d like to keep. They also have things like scrapbooking materials, art materials, paper mache and decoupage items, etc.

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I ordered a few things and got my items bubble-wrapped inside a small letter pouch and shipped through LRC.

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I grabbed the last stock of Choo Choo Cat bookmarks (love those cats!), a postcard set, and some eyelets and very small baby blue rhinestones.

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Postcard writing (or letter-writing in general) is a vanishing art that would be great to restore. I have a couple of friends overseas and sending them postcards is a cheap, more personal way to get in touch. This is also great for handing out to friends IRL, and the photo/art in the front makes them a keeper. This set has food items as their theme.

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I can never get enough of cats, most especially Choo Choo Cats! This set was P80 for the ENTIRE SET of THIRTY BOOKMARKS! Great to use as art on the wall, framed in a set, or as giveaways to friends.

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Eyelets and Rhinestones are for my crafting needs. It’s tough to find a store that sells packs of rhinestones at a cheap price, so Bee Happy is heaven-sent in that regard. Eyelets are also pretty rare! These two are more for my cosplay/ craft stuff.

I’m very happy with my haul and the shopping was a quick and convenient process~~!

You can get in touch with Bee Happy through their FB page or their webstore.

xoxo

Xarin

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