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Monday, February 1, 2010

Johnny Cupcakes eat your heart out!

Today, for the first time, I made my own jewelry out of clay. Back when I was interesting I used to be more crafty; I scrapbooked, made hand-designed cards for my friends, and even made ridiculously awesome themed Christmas parties like Elf and Global Guts (no I'm not being cocky, just ask any of my friends who attended said parties). One of my top priorities when it comes to trying new things is to get back in touch with my creative side, and I knew one of the first things I wanted to do was make jewelry out of clay.

I go gaga for Betsey Johnson jewelry, most likely due to my fondess for things that are pink/girly and my fondness for things that are miniature. I can't tell you how many times I've almost caved and bought the mismatch earrings with the little lips on one and the little whistle on the other. So for my first creation I decided to go with something that is cute, girly, and makes everyone happy: cupcakes.

And so I began my journey at Michaels. First off, I'm pretty sure I will be frequenting Michael's ALL the time now, I could have spent a million dollars in there if I had it. It didn't help that everything was pink for Valentine's Day.

Here was my shopping list:
Small blocks of sculpey III clay in brown and pink
Sculpey glaze
Small eye pins
Earring hooks
Small paint brush

All I had to do was mold around the clay for a while until I could make 2 small cupcakes that I was happy with (it only took a few cupcakes to get it right). I mostly used my hands but I also used my cuticle pusher to smooth out some of the edges. When my cupcakes were complete, I poked them both through the center with an eye pin to create a hole, then took the eye pins back out. I baked them in the oven (first time I baked cupcakes and didn't eat them!) for 15 minutes at 275 F. I let them cool for 20 minutes, brushed on a light coat of the glaze and let them dry for another 20. I stuck the eye pins back in (I might superglue them in to be safe), attached the earring hooks and that was it! It was fun, it was easy, and when I wear them I feel super cute, like the way food tastes better when you cook it yourself. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I wear them.

If you are feeling crafty I HIGHLY recommend giving this a try. But enough talking, time to show off!


 

Will I do this again? On a scale of 1-10 10 for you better believe it!

8 comments:

  1. These are seriously adorable, Kaytee!

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  2. Hah, awesome! I think the little crinkles in the wrapping look super-authentic!

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  3. First off, you never stopped being interesting! You were a bit busy growing up. You did a great job. The earrings are very cheery looking. Kinda like you. :)

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  4. I think it's awesome that you've decided to create this blog. The cupcakes are really sweet too.

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  5. Those cupcakes make your ears look delicious. They're the most adorable earrings I've ever seen. GREAT IDEA!!! Now you've given all the guys another reason to want to go out with you.

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