Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1:3 miniature papayas, EOY 2014 this weekend!

1:3 miniature papayas - airdryclay, acrylics, sealants

Wahey!! This request came in at a pretty close to the deadline, and I was a little worried that it wouldn't dry in time, but the weather has been pretty warm lately (although humid, but I kept the fan directly on them 24/7!) so I managed to finish it on time!

KW Designs wanted some papayas for use with his setup for this weekend's EOY 2014 at Marina Barrage! I wish I could participate too, there are SOOOO many wonderful setups organized by Fujiwara Yukino, I hope to drop by if my health permits....Please do go down if you have the time!

Event details and how to get there can be found here:




1:3 papaya milk ice blended drink, epoxy resin, acrylics

Meanwhile, here's the blender which KW Designs passed to me to fill with 'papaya milk ice blend' :) I decided to make the lid for the blender as well, since I had spare materials at hand, and hope he doesn't mind! (kept it as a surprise haha) Should be an interesting setup!

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Selfie of Ginger in my favourite wig XD Just because it makes me smile ^_^

Quirky fruit in 1:3 scale, and some pastries

1:3 strawberry and apricot cream tartlets, pinwheel puff tartlets, meringues  - airdryclay, acrylic paints, epoxy resin, sealants

 A special request came in early July, and my customer was interested in some finger foods, as well as unique fruits for her BJDs, and it was a pretty complicated order in the sense that I had to work on individual items, not batch, which is trickier in my opinion than batch orders.

1:3 petit four set of six - airdryclay, acrylic paints, sealants

This set was fun to make because the inspiration photo was actually of felted petitfours XD So I was freed up to interpret it into realistic versions yay!

1:3 miniature pointy grapes - airdryclay, acrylic paints, sealants

But I really enjoyed this commission because I was tasked to make some unique fruits, many of which I had never ever encountered! Better yet, it was sort of 'free form' work, meaning no molds, no necessity for uniformity so I could be more relaxed and concentrate on achieving a more realistic feel. Yes, the grapes are hanging on a vine so it'll be more natural looking when placed in any container!

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 1:3 Maclura tricuspidata inspired fruits  - airdryclay, acrylic paints, sealants

Some of these fruits were meant for a fantasy setting, as my customer writes fantasy stories! 


 1:3 corbezzolo inspired  - airdryclay, acrylic paints, sealants

The sizes have been adjusted to her specifications and not accurately scaled, these were the trickiest to make and I jested with a friend that they were my 'red durians' XD I had been meaning to tackle 1:12 durians anyway so perhaps I'll try that when I continue with my 80s Singapore themed stuff. :)

 1:3 quince/pear inspired  - airdryclay, acrylic paints, sealants

Bumpy and lumpy, very fun to make :P Not noticeable in these pics but I also made the 'hairy belly button' bit :P :P :P

1:3 starfruit  - airdryclay, acrylic paints, sealants

LOVED making these!!! It may not be evident here but they are actually slightly translucent too wakakaka! I've made one a little riper than the other two, and one with a little green. :) 

I'm still waiting on her reply but got a little excited about showing these, I might have to 'edit' some of them but hope she's happy with the results so far!

Going to work on another post :) Watch for it!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones - Helena Rubinstein

 ...just like there are no bad photos, only lazy photographers (guilty) :X It is no coincidence that I always itch to play with dolls on weekends, my clay order hasn't arrived and so I decided to take a break from commission work and toy (hurhur) with the Canon again.

 The photos still need a lot of improvement, out of the 93, only 9 weren't over/under-exposed, grainy, etc. I still struggle with not moving the camera while pressing down on the button, but I can't afford a remote, so it's best to just keep practicing......

I kept laughing to myself while adjusting her outfit and hair, she does look like a bored housewife doesn't she? Poor Saffron, upkeep is such a b*tch :P While taking at this angle, I kept wishing I had a nail polish or buffer set for her to play with!!


I quite enjoyed this session, though my wrists and shoulder hurt quite a bit due to the heavy camera. I will have to figure out a larger space to set up the tripod!








Table - Daiso
Pinwheel Tart (unfinished) - Air dry clay, by me!
Baking tray - random tin cover
All other props - Re-Ment
Doll - Unoa Sist, Decadent Faceplate, Fresh Skin. Face up, clothes and hair by me!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

1:6 scale miniature playscale 80s Singapore tidbits

The DSLR won this round. I am still struggling with the settings, and the macro clip-ons. I suppose the photos look good from far, but are far from good T-T They'll have to do for now because I am a little busy!

The request was for 1:6 items, a rare request! They are double the size of the ones I made for a personal 80s Singapore project. Quite a number of people have asked where I had obtained the images, all the graphics were made by me using inkscape, referencing photos I had found online.


Yotsuba is 12cm tall, which makes her about 1:10 scale, so these are a tad large for her! They would be suitable for playscale dolls like Barbie. Pullip, Blythe etc, but I think my customer ordered them for possibly YoSD sized dolls? I really ought to put them with some Re-ment but eh, already packed them away hehehhe oops

 1:6 scale miniature White Rabbit Milk sweets and Haw Flakes, polymer clay, paper, Inkscape, sealant, glue

1:6 scale miniature Mamee Noodle Snack, air dry clay, decal, plastic, paper, Inkscape, sealant, glue, acrylic paint

Some of these might not be familiar to those who aren't living in Southeast Asia, but I have had people reporting in from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and even the USA who say they're still available in Chinatown areas! Wooo!

1:6 scale miniature seaweed rings, Spin potato snacks, air dry clay, acrylic paint, sealant, plastic

These were the most time consuming to make, and there are 50 pcs in each package. The Spin crackers used to taste and look slightly different from these when I was younger, and had a flavour other than MSG :X I miss eating them! They also came in a cone, not packaged like this. As for how do I do my plastic packaging, let's just say, I still fail alot and so am not confident in revealing my methods :( But you can try and be creative with an iron, just be careful! :X


GROUP SHOT! I hope she likes them :) I certainly enjoyed making them, quite a challenge!


I have also opened up a pre-order for the 1:3 Ramen and Udon bowls that were pretty popular, you can find more details here:


however there are only 2 bowls left, they were snapped up faster than expected, thank you all :)








Sunday, June 29, 2014

Event Report: FAM2014

This is the long-delayed event report for FAM2014! so late, that even Asuka beat me to it XD It was a long and hectic weekend, one of the hardest events I've had to do ever, due to the duration - 2 days, 8hrs each, compared to the usual 4-6 hr doll events I've participated in over the past few years. As usual, I will break it down to the little nitty gritty stuff as per my past event reports :) Or at least, from what I can recall....

DAY 1

3++am - couldn't get back to sleep after a watsapp message ding'd at 2.30. I had gone to bed at 1++am, honestly, wasn't too anxious about this event, alot less so than the past ones...but you know how the brain has a mind of its own.... So I decided to make a stand for the chocobananas! Took about 20 mins, and tried to get back to sleep. Alas, it eluded me till about 5am, some people noticed me trolling on my facebook page :P 

Had set the alarm for 7.30 but overslept, luckily my internal alarm woke me at 7.40, threw myself together and got my youngest bro to help me call for a cab as well as bring down my luggage for me!

The cab ride was interesting. The driver asked me what I was heading to Funan for at the early hour, and when I mentioned miniatures, he asked, "Any ponies or bears?" XD I thought that was a rather atypical response and asked why the specificity, he said his niece had requested he bring one back from his recent trip abroad! It was funny and nice, the conversation. Found out he had a 22 year old son, no daughters, hence his complete and utter lack of knowledge when it came to buying for 6 year old girls :) I suggested Metro or Toys 'r' us for my little pony toys, hope it helped! There was a small discussion about how I was an atheist/humanist, and then the driver went on to talk about his sister, and how he agrees that malicious gossip is one thing he cannot tolerate either. By the end of the ride, he paused to tell me that he was glad I admitted to be an atheist, and that he was a Buddhist, but we have very similar outlooks on life, and people. He helped get my luggage out of the cab, and just as I waved goodbye, he told me that he thinks I'm a very generous and kind person, and wished me the best for the day :) I was a little surprised at his comments (like, how would he know?!? I didn't tip him either... heheh) Set the right tone for the weekend :) :) 

Asuka had a pretty rough throat, thanks to the flu that I had -possibly- given her a week before (? oops!), so we settled for a quick 7-11 sammich breakkie, and drinks at Ya Kun. The whole shopping centre was stifling warm, airconditioning hadn't been turned on yet. So we discussed our anxieties, and goals (HAVE FUN!) for the weekend :D

We faffed about, fanning each other and using up alot of tissues mopping up our perspiration while setting up. The only hiccup that occurred was that the table was not as described, we were promised a 1m x 1m table, but it turned out to be a smaller booth table of different dimensions (don't know what it was, didn't get to measure), which threw us off as we had prepared our layouts at home o.O I soon found that every other booth holder was struggling with modifying their table layouts too -_-"" Some had to even lay their items on the ground or suitcases (as we did). But we decided to just go with it the best we could! 

11am, 'official' event start-o! Iwa was my 2nd customer, thank you thank you!! She was also the 2nd to grab what was left of the Ramen/Udon bowls ;P They sold out by 1pm, thank you thank you all for supporting my craft! It had also started drizzling/raining, but we needn't have worried about that because...........

WHIRR OF ACTIVITY

There was constant human traffic, SOOO many of you came down and told us that you'd come specially for our booth, just recalling that now makes me well up a little, ah I'm just a sappy old lady...kekeke. I really appreciate all of you who came down, for chats, catch-ups, hang out (doll-friends! CH!!!), encouraging words...and the few of you who came down to tell me that I had been inspiring, enough that you have set up little businesses of your own....you're very welcome!! I started the same way, and I hope all of you strive to keep this craft alive, nay, GROW! And inspire future mini-makers yourselves!!! I also saw many customers from past doll events, thank you for being so supportive of Snowfern Clover these past few years :) Without you all, I would never have been able to continue crafting these mini treats :))))

Things started winding down at about 6+, and by 7 Asuka and I started packing up. L dropped by to help me with the luggage, we had a quick dinner at a nearby foodcourt, L got me an almond milk drink to soothe my throat, Asuka stubbornly refused to try it (she hates almonds HAHA I'M TELLING THE WORLD ALL YOUR SECRETS), but I swear that stuff works! I was back to near-normal-or-what-passes-for-it-in-my-world by ......



DAY 2

Play spot the difference? XD

The day started pretty normally, this time I woke up on time at 8am, we planned to meet a little later than before since we knew what to expect. Also, since it was Father's day, we didn't expect much of a crowd either. Rayner also helped me with the luggage again :)

The cab ride was not as interesting as the day before, but the uncle was nice too :) He too, asked what I was doing so early in the morning at Funan, and didn't quite grasp what it was that I was doing, but he wished me all the best and was super nice, helped me with the luggage out of the cab too :) Thank you all you cabby uncles and aunties!!!

The day was more relaxing, and was more of a catch-up session with old friends who dropped by....I was looking forward to the short catch-up with my Jie, we had gotten to know each other during her Uni/my poly days playing MUD (Multi-User Dungeons/Dimensions, ha! That's nostalgia for ya!) and was so happy to see her and her hubby and kids...It was soooo nice to see you, must have been well over 10 years since we last had pasta together at Scotts....hee hee yes I still remember! Other people dropped by to chit-chat, but I must have been more dazed as I tried to recover from Saturday heheehe

After lunch, I ran around and bought quite a few items from one of my fave artists, Preau Siripun. I had been following his work on facebook for a while (check out his version of Cerberus, SUPER CUTE CAN), and was super surprised to see that he had a booth too! Bought a shirt for L, as well as a sketchbook and postcards! I also got a set of postcards from Asuka KEKEKE, she has a new series of original artwork printed, please check it out!! ALSO got a plush toy for Rayner, from the Daiyaku booth. Singaporeans will better understand the 'inside joke' hehehe :X

Packed up at 6+ , L dropped by again to help with the luggage (TANKEW!!~) and went to have a nice celebratory Japanese dinner at The Central with 3 other doll-friends. We were well and truly out of energy after that, and went back immediately after. Even the cab back was interesting, poor KW was accosted by the cab uncle who treated him as a handphone helpdesk XD XD so funny lor. XD

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We had done well over what we had set our goal for (to cover rent/cabfare), in fact, very honestly, my other personal goal was to earn enough for Eva's sterilization operation, and indeed she will be going for the procedure on 7th July :) So Eva thanks you all too!!!

I apologize if I seemed dazed, or distracted, or rambled...I'm just not used to going out nor even talking to people, and you can imagine, the large crowds, noise, people....OVERWHELMED!!! I was really not prepared for the number of people who said soooo many nice things to me...that itself was a shock, I had no idea so many of you knew I existed hahaha =embarrassed= all this while I thought I was talking to myself in this blog....:S (I admit, when I surf blogs, if at all, I usually only look at peektures~~) As for workshops and tutorials....yes, yes, I have plans for those, but that will have to be held back for a while as I sort out my health/wedding/HDB plans :X Meanwhile, keep trying and learning! Practice is key! :D

Thank you for reading all my rambling~ I will be working on some new things, and taking care of a naughty little pooch, so please stay tuned for more updates!




Saturday, June 28, 2014

Learning how to use my camera

 Ginger went out for a dollmeet yesterday ^_^ It was organized by Alvin, with a goal of learning photography....quite a number of doll owners turned up! *waves to everyone!*

there were many many -many- more shots like these that I had to delete as they were too blurry or overexposed, general n00bness. Figuring out all the f-stop, aperture, etc stuff. Too technical even for me, but at least I know where all the bells and whistles are on the cam, which was the main thing to learn! Turns out they agreed that reading the manual was pretty useless after all...XD

 The only nice photo of Ginger in my camera, out of the 44 taken yesterday, was this one, and it wasn't taken by me XD XD XD I have so much to learn!!!!!!!! (I think this one was taken by Leon, who, with Casper, were very patient and clear in showing me how to use my camera! THANK YOU THANK YOU!! *bow bow*) I will practise hard!





There was also an incredibly awesome lineup of dolls, which made me chuckle greatly, but since I was still struggling with the camera, none of the photos came out decent, save for these 3 -less- blurry ones (YEAH IKR) T_T Sorry Iwa, I tried T-T WILL PRACTISE(practice? AGGGHHH out of practice with english too!)!!!


I actually took many pics of Calleigh, but I think my 'cushion' was moving or I was talking while taking pics....all the angles came out wonky and blurry.....this is one of the better angles but I didn't adjust the focal point *HAIZ* 

 But!!! I think these photos are better (it might have been the angle of the light too)! No edit (except resizing). This is Akira, Asuka's hamsem butler boi :P Her new range of donuts are KYAA~~~!!!! CHO CUTE!


welly hamsem cyclops :E



Side note: I went with 2 friends, Asuka and Crystarlia, and since we had loosely strung resin dolls, they couldn't stand very well and we feared for their safety :X We huddled in a little area 3 steps away from this setup. So it wasn't that we were anti-social, just that we didn't own DDs and didn't dare risk faceplants on our resins!  

tee hee they're goofing around (Thanks Asuka for this photo!)


yeah. i still have lots to learn. and practice. practice. practice.

p.s. camera is a Canon 600D (a gift from my brother!)


Monday, June 23, 2014

Ginger has a 'proper' outfit!


This pair of sailor shorts kept me up till 5am drafting the pants pattern and putting it together (including a trial version with scrap material).....the sailor shorts was inspired by a Ralph Pink pattern, used inkscape to modify it to fit my Unoa. Alas, the free pattern did not come with instructions but it was fun, like piecing together a puzzle :E 

The top was an envelope tee-shirt pattern that I drafted myself. Although it is a tad loose, the Unoa large bust is kind of....uh, pointy, and I wanted to keep it a loose fit so I wouldn't have to sew another set of undergarments HAHA. I will, eventually...when I'm in the mood to fail again. 


(side note: yes, one has to have the will or mood to fail when attempting something new. I'm pessimistic that way :~( ) 

I usually keep this winking Lusis face on the body when sewing, as it does not have eyelashes for me to squish, but I've found that this means I tend to sew cuter items (the top, for example) instead of the burlesque items that I mean to sew for Saffron (re: pants, they were meant for a Betty Grable-esque outfit but somehow....lost focus....and wound up making shoes instead of a fitted top -_-")



Speaking of failing, those sneakers? They're also made by me, and after 3 failed attempts, a semi-passable pair~ I put together all sorts of random materials I had collected/lying around, yay upcycling~! Clover needs a pair too...but I'm supposed to list items on Etsy and I keep putting off photography cos....I really dislike it :(

(TOMORROW TOMORROW)

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