I call this series of videos "Watch Me Work" because I am actually working on a paid commission for this sushi set. Pity I hadn't figured out how to use my DSLR better before I started or I would have had better documentation XD Then again, who knows!
Since the old laptop hiccuped, I swapped it out for this new, or rather, the fiance's ex-laptop. This meant that I have loads more memory to save videos and photos. Best of all, it means it has a WORKING DVD DRIVE which meant, I could finally install the Canon Utilities that came with the camera!!! Which I had previously given up on.......and with the remote and live view capabilities, sharper images and easier photosessionssssssssssss AHHHHHH!!! The last weekend was spent hunting down a cheap tripod, even though I had been advised to invest in one, it is simply not possible at the moment. All my angpow $ has gone to paying for wedding-related stuff......so I got a cheapo SGD$17 plastic tripod from Challenger....well, it works for now, until I can afford better :)
So to celebrate my new skillsets and improved photography, I have taken about 6 videos documenting -most- of my process for this raw prawn nigiri....it is so difficult for me to concentrate on keeping my hands in frame, and worrying about battery life (no power adapter) and focus simply distracts me from my actual -paid- work, 'sides, when I work on minis, the world drops away and time slips and slides from me...........*blissful look*
Where was I? Oh yes!
This little thing :D I've taken videos of the whole process up to the painting portion, which I had to give up on since there was no way for me to record the painting as I often hitch my glasses up onto my head and squint while painting it, oh, maybe 5cm away from my nose? Bifocals might be a necessity soon T-T @_@
Editing the videos take up a lot of time, this first one took me a good 6 hrs as I tried to figure out all the functions in Windows Movie Maker. Tried to install Lightworks as I wanted to add a logo, alas, all sorts of errors kept popping up and....*heavy sigh*
Will continue editing part 2 tomorrow, meanwhile, please enjoy the video, and remember to Subscribe, Like, Comment and Share if you wish to see more of "Watch Me Work"!
Happy Chinese New Year of the Goat everybody! It still is Chinese New Year as we supposedly celebrate it for 15 days, but the busiest few days, i.e. New Year's Eve thru till 2nd day of Chinese New Year duties are done with, and the last time for me as I will technically be part of a new family next year :)
Woah, so many months have passed since my last post, and not much done :( Healthwise, things are still a little more than hinky, but I am trying to motor on with the help of proper dosages of painkillers. Between November and now has been a hazy blur of unbearable ladypains (re: adenomyosis/endometriosis), colds, an upper respiratory infection that wouldn't go away for more than a month, and my old laptop of more than 5 years giving up after I caused a blackout with an improperly plugged in UV lamp :X The weather has also been a lot chillier and wetter, for a lot longer than usual, but it finally warmed up this week, enough for me to head back to the pool to lose the Chinese New Year weight gain :P So I tried my best to continue working on requests that came in last year, while I am able to.......
The good thing is, this lovely customer emailed me last July, stating that she had no problems waiting for this order, and I thoroughly appreciate that. I went about creating the smallest items I've ever attempted!!!
The masters for these, which I have since lost, were turned on my IKEA drill, which has also died :( The humid weather is killing all my electronic gadgets!!! Ah well. As you can see, they're about 2-3mm wide, and I cast them in epoxy resin, because I was fearful that clay would be too fragile at that thinness.....
She had also requested some floor cushions and a tatami flooring, found a lovely floral bias tape with patterns small enough to work for the cushion, and finished it off with a teensy weensy gold knot in the centre. Loving how it turned out! Each is barely 1cm square.
(table is an old Sylvanian family item I collected more than a decade ago! might have been a stool from a sewing machine set, or table from a micro sofa set? or is it Re-ment??! Auf, can't remember, but it's not made by me is what I meant to say.....)
Fired up Inkscape and heavily modified a free tatami texture I found online, did up a sample by scoring along the lines but at 1:48, ey, not sure why I bothered. :-/ I'm not sure if you can see but I've also detailed the Usagi Manju (Rabbit Steamed Bun) with red eyes and brown ears, and the sakura mochi has a teeny yellow centre and detailed indentations.....kind of difficult to detail items approximately 1mm large..... *squints*
I debated over the green, and decided to do a darker and chalkier shade so it 'pops' more, especially since it is sooo tiny, but in contrast, the pink of the mochi seems a little pale in photos?! It is a few shades darker in real life, I promise! Looks like my photography skills have reverted to n00b status after such a long break T-T
OKAY enough self-flagellation, I have another large-ish order which I'm mid-way through, but here's part of what I've completed :) It's 1:6 scale, which I am not often asked to work with, so it posed new challenges for me, which included sculpting with air dry clay since no batch work was necessary!
1:6 aka playscale assorted sushi, WIP. microbeads, paper, acrylic paints, oil based paints, air dry clay, UV resin
Finally, a 'proper' update for this smaller scales blog :) For those who are keen on my larger scaled, BJD items, I have updated over at http://clover-tea.blogspot.com on where you can purchase some of the items made for SGDC2014!
Meanwhile, here's a quick update on a commission that I accepted in July 2014, but due to a pretty lengthy injury and mad preparations for SGDC2014, I didn't get much time to work on till this week! Luckily, my customer didn't need it immediately, and gave me time to recover and concentrate on his order :)
There are still a few components to work on, but again, I stupidly sprained my index finger taking photos for my new online store, aiee, why do I keep getting into such awkward situations :(
As I've explained in my other blog, I can't afford the Etsy fees, so I will try to list more over at tictail than Etsy, but I will still keep the Etsy store open for printables and smaller items, scale and price wise :)
Yup. That's the finger I sprained :( It hurts typing and I hadn't realized how reliant I am on it till now. Ah well. :-/
These vegetables were made out of polymer clay, and they are reaaaalllyyyy fiddly. I finished them with highlights using acrylic paints. The onions and leeks were finished off with teeny thread fibres to simulate the roots....not sure if you can see them....not sure why I needed to add them either, guess many people's observations were accurate, I am insane.
They are in 1:35 scale, though I made them thinking they should be in 1:48, so I was relieved to have some leeway in terms of sizing. In case anyone was wondering why I keep going on and on about scale, these food items are meant to go into a 1:35 scale model that my customer is building, and so I wanted to make sure they scale nicely against his beautiful workmanship! I have seen preview photos of the stall, and am so excited to be part of the project! I will ask for permission from him to share his photos once I am done with his requests, so stay tuned for that! :D
Have a great day! WEEKEND IS ALMOST HERE!!!! woot WOOT!
*sings* It's the final count dowwwwwnnnnnn~~!! One day (and a half) left to Singapore Doll Carnival 2014!!! Remember to join us at *Scape if you're free, drop by and say "HI" to Asuka and I! We're probably the first table you'll see as you enter the venue :E Woot Woot~!
"ONCE UPON A TIME"
Date : 16 November 2014 (Sunday)
Venue : The Treetop, Scape (level 5)
2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237938
(Nearest train station : Somerset) Time : 12pm - 7pm Ticket Price : $18 (door tickets)
After my previous update, I went into full throttle mode and came up with a few more items....
1:3 scale miniature potato wedges, chicken tenders (suitable for 1:4 too, or YoSD), with BBQ sauce. Air dry clay, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, sealants, paper
2 sets available for each, all items loose
1:3 scale miniature fish and chip sets, with coleslaw, lemon slice and tomato wedge. Air dry clay, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, sealants
1 set available, the square bowl at back. Casserole set reserved!
1:4 scale miniature nuggets and fries set, for 1:4 or YoSD. Air dry clay, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, sealants, paper
2 sets available.
1:3 and 1:4/YoSD junk food sets XD
Repost of the first pic cos I can't find the photo for the 1:3 nugget set....gyaaa...lazy to take pics. The 1:3 scale miniature nugget and fries sets come with ketchup, coleslaw in a lettuce cup, and a tomato wedge in a ceramic dish.
2 sets available (far right in photo)
1:3 or 1:4 miniature tomato wedges, air dry clay, epoxy resin, acrylic paints, sealants
For those who have 'liked' my facebook page or followed my Instagram, you probably have seen these.....they seem to be incredibly popular! I made them a tad small so I could use them in 1:4 or 1:3 settings.....they were incredibly time-consuming to make, but well worth the effort I think ^_^v
Back to Japanese food! (or at least, Singaporean versions of haha)
These are work in progress photos, as I have packed them up safely, but hope to take some photos of everything together tomorrow as I price all my items and do a test layout.
1:3 scale miniature chopsticks in paper sleeves. paper, inkscape, bamboo, sealant
Many sets available! For individual sale at SGD$4, but only SGD$2 if purchased with any Japanese food sets ^_^
I also spent a bit of time designing chopstick sleeves from scratch....my initial design was a fugly pink sakura themed one as I felt panicky and rushed to get a generic design out....luckily CH gave me pause to rethink the design. It so happens that we both share the same Chinese middle name, "Yan4", which means "Swallow" (the bird, not the verb heheh), and I had to give my brain a few seconds to recall how to write my name.....*hangs head in shame* In my defense, I hadn't written it in over 2 years......at least I think that's when I last practiced writing it?! *embarrassed*
Anyhoo, she suggested I use it as inspiration for the design, and I whipped this out in maybe 10 minutes!!! That's got to be the shortest time I've ever spent on a new design bwa ha haaaaaa! *puffs up chest*
The Chinese/Kanji characters mean "Swallow Sanctuary". The 2nd character, "Ting2" could also mean pavilion....or gazebo maybe? I thought it quite sweet :)))) The hiragana should read "tsubame", the Japanese word for Swallow. I hope I got everything right and not committed some faux pas. Out of all my BJD group of friends, I'm the least Japanese-savvy one!!! Heck, I can't even manage my own grasp of Mandarin and I'm =at least= 3/4 Chinese.....*derisive snort*
1:3 miniature scale "Large" waffles with butter and honey. Air dry clay, acrylic paints, sealant, epoxy resin
Asuka had made some beautiful waffles, and I had coincidentally left some to dry as I worked on the Japanese foods...and when she updated with photos I squealed in delight because
1) WE ARE TELEPATHIC (hahah joke, joke, I don't believe in woo)
2) as proven many times over, it didn't matter if we made the same stuff, our styles are very different!!
I'll talk about this topic (friend? competition? business partner? collaborator? Folie à deux?) another time as I've been asked a few times how it was that Asuka and I happen to work so well together....it's embarrassing watching us do events, we bicker like an old couple hahahhaha
ANYWAY. I went back to work on them.....
1:3 BJD scale miniature "Large" waffles vs 1:12 scale dollhouse miniature butter and honey waffles....
Only 1 set available. Waffles attached to plate.
A closer look.....in case anyone was wondering, that's a Singapore 10-cent coin, which is approx 1.85cm diameter. I tried to make the butter look melted.....will try to take a better photo with the DSLR if I have time (or remember to....)
Not for sale at the moment....only made these cos the waffles had been lying around in my UFO (unfinished objects) box for ages, and only needed the resin to complete it...and I knew I would have extra from making the 1:3 one......it also makes this post valid for this smaller scales blog hwa hwa hwa.
WIP 1:3 scale miniature "Large" waffles with icecream, syrup, whipped cream and topped with cherry
Allowing the final sealant coat of resin to cure....I've also broken out in hives from a week of working with resin *heavy sigh*
Above 4 designs available, not attached to triangle white plate (as seen in the honey/butter waffle pic)
My cousin D came over yesterday and helped me finish up the sushi boards, SHE IS A LIFE-SAVER!!!! XD So I'll spend tomorrow sorting out sushi sets....the shoyu dishes are also curing (first attempt was megafail, frustrating, but finally got it right) and will be available separately only with purchase of sushi sets :) I -might- sell some sushi a la carte, but it depends on whether I can figure it all out.....am so tired....and pricing is so difficult...and I can't figure out how to pack everything into the carry-on suitcase.....and my arm itches.......and my bed is covered with unfolded laundry.......and stocks cos I ran out of space to store them.......WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *whinessssss*
but so exciting na~~~! :P Remember to say Hi! I love catching up (when it's not too hectic) with dollfriends at our "annual meets" haha! So envious when they bring around their new dolls.....Oh ya, I don't think I have space to bring any of mine :( Maybe Yotsuba if I remember........she can sit in my pocket haw haw *manic laughter*
time for bed. been running on only 4-6 hrs of sleep each night the past week. and coffee. mmm. coffee.
Are you interested in BJDs? Perhaps if you are new to the hobby, and would like to learn more about it, do come down to *Scape next Sunday, 16th November 2014 to see some of the dolls up close! Also, for the first time, there will be doll vendors at SGDC, and of course, Asuka and I will be there again!! Come say hi!!!!
"ONCE UPON A TIME" Date : 16 November 2014 (Sunday) Venue : The Treetop, Scape (level 5) 2 Orchard Link, Singapore 237938
(Nearest train station : Somerset) Time : 12pm - 7pm Ticket Price : $15 (Early Bird ticket sales from 1st - 30th September 2014) $18 (door tickets) Asuka & Snowfern are back together with Matsuri Tabemono!! Their handmade miniature food props will definitely satisfy your dolls' cravings! Please visit www.asukasakumo.com or www.snowfern.com for more details!
For the experienced BJD collector, Singapore Doll Carnival is the (seemingly) only BJD-only event held in Singapore, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously at last year's SGDC2013, and naturally signed up for SGDC2014!
Asuka has been working hard at her new day job, but also made time to come up with delicious new Japanese food items for your dolls! You can also visit her blog to see her latest offerings made exclusively for SGDC2014 :)
(this plate is actually a cup cover I found at a neighbourhood store XD everything else is made by me!)
3 sets available
Customers will have an option to pick from this, or the octoganal ceramic black/white plates~ The wooden ones are not available for sale, sorry :( I will try to get more material next week but....depends on whether I can get stocks.....
All items attached to bamboo plate (purchased from neighbourhood tea store), grated radish, 2/3 pcs pickled radish attached to Shiso leaf, lime wedge and 1/3 pc pickled radish loose, Shiso leaf loose
Only 1 set available
1:3 scale miniature Hiyashi Chuka, air dry clay, acrylic paint, paper, resin, sealant. Plate is a purchased sauce dish
Only 2 sets available.
1:3 scale miniature tempura sets, air dry clay, acrylic paint, sealant. All items loose. Pickles and wasabi attached to Shiso leaf. Dish is purchased sauce dish
2 sets available. Each set contains eggplant, shiso leaf, sweet potato, pumpkin, mushroom & lotus, and EITHER green bean OR grated carrot.
I will try to make more dipping sauce bowls but they will be sold separately.
I still have some Udon bowls and takoyaki sets, as well as a set of hana sushi waiting to be completed...and if there's time (and if the weather is co-operative, been really wet and humid lately), maybe waffles.....
All items are sold on a first-come-first-served basis at SGDC 2014 next Sunday! See you there!!! Hope to be able to update again with a 'proper' layout next week :D :D :D So excited!!!
To all Singaporean artists, crafters, modellers.... I would like to encourage every one of you who visits Tokyu Hands to suggest to their management to bring in more art and craft tools and materials! I certainly did, pity they had no feedback forms yet or I woulda grabbed a few to distribute to you guys hee hee hee
Nevertheless, it's great to see them open a branch here in Singapore, even if it's all the way at Westgate Mall (Jurong East MRT).
For those who are new to this brand, Tokyu Hands is a famous departmental store from Japan, well known for their wide range of art and craft tools and materials, as well as their departmental/lifestyle/beauty/stationery etc items.
It is a pity that their craft range was limited to one shelf of "basic school supplies" of drawing paper, Sakura air dry clay (??) and carving tools. Nevertheless, hooray for a (possibly) wider variety of supplies in Singapore!
*pardon the enthusiasm but I had been so envious of my friends raving about the ease of availability of materials from Tokyu Hands Japan and now that they have opened a branch here, there might be a chance for us miniature lovers to easier obtain materials....if only they brought them in!! If there is a demand, there will be supply, so keep suggesting and feedback-ing bwahaha! Now, to find a way to better convince them that there's a market here without crossing the "harassment" line....I dowanna be blacklisted and banned huhuhu
ON to the IMPORTANT stuff. PICTURESSSSSSS
D and I didn't even notice this huuuuge display and walked right past it as we were distracted by some social media kiosks. no pics of that, as a lot of teenagers were doing neo-printy stuff on them. fwao, neoprints hahah do they still have those machines??
The whole area was very bright and inviting, thought quite smaller than I expected. We had arrived at about 4pm and there was quite a crowd still, given the timing.
We walked 2 rounds, a first 'recce' round, and a 2nd more browsing round. The fiance is quite a fountain pen collector, and he told me that the facebook group he was active in had already been flooded with photos from fountain pen buffs. there were at least 3 (might have been 4 or 5) pen shelves full, with 1 seemingly dedicated to fountain pens!
wahhh colourful cartridges~
even a fountain pen stand. haven't seen one of these since i was a kid.
given the popularity of food related accessories, it's no wonder they had a shelf full of them. These caught my eye simple due to the size and price. only SGD$6 per keychain! (or was it phone dongle thingum. eh) Pretty decently made, rather realistic! The rest of the range were miniature magnets and such, didn't pay much notice cos I'd seen them in various shops before and given the crowd, was difficult to take photos....:-/
as mentioned, there wasn't much of an arts/crafts section. Just one vertical wall shelf with a small range of Copic markers, drawing papers and 'basic' school arts supplies. I did however find this Sakura brand air dry clay. It was really soft, the outermost pack had already been squished to...ugh. but anyway. It costs SGD$6 and though I was tempted to try it out, decided against it as I had rather alot of stocks waiting to be used for SGDC2014. I will have to get round to that ADC post that I'd been meaning to write up.....
There was a fancy shmancy Sakura carving tool set that tempted me - forgot to take a pic-, but $22 for 5 knives with plastic handles just seems a little overboard, when the $4 set I use seems more than ample for my current needs. kek.
As there were too many people around, I decided not to take anymore photos, and browsed through almost every shelf. The left half of the store was dedicated to beauty products, centre mostly for promotions and knick knacks, right side mostly stationery and luggage/travel/umbrellas. Yes, they even carry the self-closing automatic brollies, which start from SGD$60. ouchies.
So....what did I buy? well...let's just say since I'll be using them for SGDC2014, I'll keep you piqued for the moment :P But I did get this cute little box of ink cartridges, not sure what i'll do with them yet, for SGD$2.90, why not?
Also, hadn't paid attention to the promotion they had, which was a free hand towel for every minimum $30 purchase! I had just grazed past the mark, which means I get to replace my grubby old work chamois. which I probably wouldn't but...it does look like quite a sad state, given it was originally bright yellow coloured.....3M Scotch Brite rag hahaha 'branded' rag! :P :P :P I think the promotion is a 'while stocks last' thing....
Anyhow. You can probably already tell I was rather disappointed, but I already guessed they wouldn't focus on arts/crafts supplies, but THEY SHOULD! Singapore, though small, is pretty thin on variety and range when it comes to art/craft supplies for the -a little more than miniature food- miniaturist....it would be nice to have more options, not that Art Friend and Overjoyed are not good, but they're targetted more towards fine arts and general DIY crafts. I just prefer to have a choice, and range, more suited for builders, modellers and tinkerers. I'll definitely write up a post on where I like to shop at locally, soon-ish! :P
If you are in Singapore, and have a favourite art supplies store, please feel free to share them in comments! Meanwhile, I recommend making a trip down to Tokyu Hands...nice to have some place other than Daiso to rave about huhuhu!!! ;)