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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eraser petit fours




Petit fours are usually covered in fondant , icing or chocolate in white or pastels. White erasors are brilliant for making petit fours with. The ones you find on the top of pencils are the right size. If you can find pencils with colored erasers they are  brilliant too.
 I also found erasers  that are the same shape but in longer lengths. They come in small boxes and are made in Japan. If you can find them they are totally awesome for they come in lots of colors. I found mine on Ebay.com   There are also little boxes of these erasers in kits with stationary for kids. 


What you will need to make petit fours:
Erasors
Narrow silk ribbon ( your choice of colors)
Tacky glue.


For decorations :
Matching silk ribbon and a rose maker
or
Paper or plastic mini flowers
Flower foam ( optional)

Cut the erasors off the pencils just above the metal thingy.
Wrap and glue a piece of silk ribbon round the erasor at the bottom. Be very careful when gluing silk ribbon : the ribbon absorbs the glue , but the glue also stains it.

Decorate the top of your petit fours. Silk flowers to match the ribbon look very elegant but paper flowers can be just as nice. If you like you can add a little bit of flower foam next to the flowers or even instead of the flowers.

I did an all white version too and decorated the tops of the cakes with no hole pearls.


 Here are some more petit fours to inspire you . I used erasors, ribbon, nail art items like stickers and micro beads and paper flowers.


Chocolate petit fours.






Ingredients :
Per Petit Four one eraser like the one we used before.
Acrylic paints in a nice chocolaty color.
Tacky glue
A pin for a handle and a clothes pin 

To decorate your Petit Fours:

Very fine gravel ( from the train shop) mixed with some slivers of green plastic or the smallest green bits from a bag of floral foam.

Dried pepper seeds

White eraser grindings

Cork grindings

Mustard seeds. You can use them in their natural color ( light brown or black) or painted in an  other color like : dark brown or white.

Paper flowers ( or really small plastic ones) plus a tiny bead for the flower center.


Cut the erasers just above the metal ring on the pencils. If you like smaller petit fours you can cut them smaller or slice them in half like I did for the ones on the white plate.

To get a nice chocolate coating do what a real baker does and do dip your petit fours into chocolate ( paint) instead of painting them. Use the pin as a handle and the clothes pins as stands to keep them standing while drying. If a drop of paint forms at the bottom of the petit four, wipe it away carefully before it dries.  If  you are happy with the chocolate coating you can move on to the decorating part if not just repeat the chocolate dipping till you are happy with the result.

There is tons and tons of decorating options for these little cakes. A lot of fun are seeds from sweet bell peppers. Just save the seeds and dry them whenever you use a bell pepper in cooking.

There are several ways to create nuts for your decorating.  Model train shops often sell little bags of very fine gravel. Another option is making your own by using a cork and a nutmeg grinder. A white eraser given the same treatment makes lovely dried coconut.  Mustard seeds make great nuts or chocolates depending on the color.  Bags of flower foam offer tons of possibilities. The smallest bits of green make great chopped pistachio nuts. Other colors of the foam look splendid on different colors of petit fours.

Decorations can be glued on with Tacky glue. Start with the nuts or coconut and do not use too much, just a little looks best. Pepper seeds, mustard seeds and flowers make great final touches. Once again do try your own variations using different colors and different types of paint etc.

You can buy colored erasers to make different colors of petit fours or paint them.



Coloured  erasers decorated with paper flowers, no hole beads and nail stickes 





Sunday, May 7, 2017

The story of my Brambly Hedge kitchen

I just love the Brambly Hedge books and wanted to do  a scene inspired by them. I made this one using  3 D techniques in paper and combined them with real furniture and food to make a picture from the book come alive.









Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cat tea cozy part 1

The first tea cozy is done in crochet . The second one will be a knitted one.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Topiaries the easy way.

For these topaiaries I used bunca thread and I found it looks very well. I made cats but you can make any shape or animal you like by following the basic instructions.




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lovely shawls in knit and crochet.

Shawls are very much back in fashion . Here are my mini versions : one for people who like to knit and one for the crocheters. Have fun.


Just in case you are looking for the right knitting needles . I sell handmade knitting needles in my Etsy shop :

https://www.etsy.com/listing/512593481/needles-for-miniature-knitting?ref=shop_home_active_10


Needles for miniature knitting

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Crochet pie : lemon merengue and more


I know a crochet pie sounds a bit odd. But it is really fun to try and make one and they look pretty good in miniature.

Here is the pattern for my lemon merengue pie.






http://herminiverse.blogspot.nl/2014/10/no-calory-crochet-cherry-pie.html    This link will take you to my first post about pie crocheting. If you want to make the peach pie slice , you will need this post for the pattern of the pie crust and the cream swirl.  You can make different fruit fillings using this pattern  by changing the color of your thread and using different stitches.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dressing tiny dolls the easy way

I had these little dolls , just the right size for toys, and they needed some clothes. I did make crochet dresses for some but I wanted to have some boys as well.  I did not feel like doing the tiny pants and so I was really pleased when I  found a bag of unravelled bunca and remembered the wrap and glue thing I had done on bigger dolls.

It really works on these tiny dolls as well. Here is how I did it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Crochet toys for 12 th scale cats.

Here is the pattern for the little toys I made for my mini cats. If you like to make them for real cats you can use the same pattern with wool and matching needles.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Some more tips about chenille critters.

 Materials matter a great deal :

There are several types of chenille stems or pipe cleaners you can use :

Real pipecleaners  that are white and rather thin and made out of cotton. They are short so you need several per critter. This bunny was made using those. The wire does not show much when you bend the stems so it is easy to hide the bare spots with some cut off fur. They are perfect for  critters that are small like 1 inch tall.




 This is the second kind. They are made of the same material as the pipe cleaners but they are called cotton chenille stems. They are thicker and come in different colors as well. They are a bit harder to find though. You can find even thicker versions of this kind.  You will still need to hide some wire though. These are perfect for a bear that is more fluffy or a bit bigger.

This bear was made with the really thick ones.
  



This bear was made with the chenille stems you can buy at the craft store. You will see he is more skinny than the pipe cleaner type of bear. You have to look for the stems that show no wire when they are in the package for those are the best ones. But you will still have to cut and glue quite a bit to hide the wires when you want to use this type of chenille. There are tons of different thicknesses and colors and stuff so experimenting is the key.


Arms and legs will look a whole lot better when you work a bit on the loops you made for them. If you squeeze the loops together after  the bear shape is completed they will look a lot neater. You can also twist them around to improve the shape but that has to be done with great care or you will get ribbed and lumpy results.

Give your bear a look over and see if there are any spots where you see wire and hide that by gluing on some fur that you cut off the left over stems. Leave to dry well before you handle the bear again.

A hair cut will often improve your bear too.  If you use tiny scissors you can easily improve the shape of his ears or add some more expression  by trimming the nose.


 In this picture you can see the hairs on top of the ears  that need a bit of trimming as well as the nose area.

Eyes are the the next thing.  It is pretty hard to find perfectly round beads for the eyes. I use handmade onyx beads for mine that I cut in half. Half beads are easier to  glue to the face and you can sort of press them into the fur for a better look.  Cutting the beads can be done by pressing them with tweezers . Round beads make all the difference, they give a more professional look.

Embroidering a nose on the chenille is not easy. At least not easy to get it really neat. I usually glue on a nose and forget about the embroidery bit.

If you want paw pads you can glue on a piece of non fray fabric  and use pastels to color them in. It also is nice to add some to the inside of the ears.  This will add more character to your bear.

Every bear you make will be different and everyone 's bears will be different. I often find they have a mind of their own and will become what they want to be which  is often quite different from what I had in mind. But always better. Have fun !






See my critters who are ready for adoption at :
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MiniaturesbyMarianne?ref=hdr_shop_menu