Personal blog of Amanda Lafrenais.
NAKED UNICORN GIRL ALERT. A finished commission from round 1, for http://cdkaybee.tumblr.com/. I FINALLY found a coloring style that I’m REALLY REALLY happy with and suits me and feels right and reminds me of working with copic/prismacolor markers, which is my fav way of coloring things… but now digital. And not expensive.
There’ll be more posted as I send them to commisioners/revise them/commissioners give approval.
I’M READY FOR THE BIG LEAGUES, PUT ME IN COACH
polymer clay tips
got asks just now, and didn’t answer some from last time I shared pics of clay projects, so some quickies:
translucent polymer clay tips: if you want to optimize the translucency of the finished product, it’s tried and true that baking the clay at a hotter temp (300 F instead of 275 F, for ex) and at a slightly shorter baking time (clay will darken if baked long, so you might wanna just check on it every 5-10 mins to gauge the color), and as soon as it comes out of the oven, drop it in an ice bath, then buff the surface with very high grit sandpaper or even just a soft sock or similar material
try not to open the oven frequently, if at all, because a drop or flux in temperature could ruin the translucency/color
also, you can get surfaces very smooth if, before you bake the clay, you use a very soft flat brush dipped in rubbing alcohol and use that to smooth it
I’ve been trying to plan my downtime/breaks between work to be things that keep me active but away from the computer. So I spent a break working on these backings for charms I’m making alongside the polished kickstarter cameos.
I’m really pleased how they turned out, nobody I showed these to could tell they’re hand sculpted from clay. I really like how the layered glitter came out, it almost looks like translucent resin with a filler.
i don’t watch game of thrones but i keep laughing at tumblr posts about episodes being tagged “GoT Spoilers” because i just read it as “GOT SPOILERS?!”
Pattern 2, test 1 and test 2. These are both rush jobs because of limited freetime and just wanting to see if the patterns were still wonky. I’m pretty happy with them! I don’t think have to make but one revision to the head, the rest of the problems with these are rush-job not-following-the-outlines-right user errors.
The head needs to taper into the neck less and be more box-y, and the shoulders need to be straight 90 degree angled lines instead of slopes.
Next time this rolls around on my schedule I’m gonna tweak the pattern and then do a Mac one using the same shape. Other characters will not use the same shape BUT I know how to make them optimally now.
Sewing is relaxing.
» Love Me Nice Site: Fixed
I have been editing and fixing the site off and on for weeks in limited freetime and the site is FINALLY fixed and all the pages have their templates attached properly and blah blah blah blaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh
gosh dang css and coding and templates and bluh dee bludh dee bluh, at least it’s done
I need to do somethign more permanent for the news area beyond a Tumblr RSS feed embed but uugggghh, later
brainstorming for a Smut Peddler print poster reward
Would you be up for a commission of doll patterns for the buyer to make themselves? I love how the doll you're making looks and would beat an old woman for ones of me and my partners. (Yes I understand this would be when you have slots free)
Oh gosh, no. Making a doll pattern that works requires test runs and trial and error and adjustments and I don’t know they even work until I sew the test/prototype… so sadly that’s not something I think I feel down with doing, unless I just had… cookie-cutter shapes? But that seems like it’d defeat the purpose.
bunniclover said: Pleeeeease let this be Claire’s baby! Oh my gosh so cute
well i dont know who else’s baby it would be… MAC’s?!
the best babies are the ones that look grumpy 100% of the time
this morning’s warmup doodle was grumpy-ass baby practice
Will be sewing this tomorrow or day after. Don’t have time to do more than cut and pin in limited freetime. Here’s hopin this one doesn’t have a squashed head.
i was sketching ideas and was looking up references for plot-relevant clothes styles and… um excuse me w h a t
I hate to tell you this as a professional baker/cake decorator, but this is an actual thing. Aside from King cake with the baby figurine, there is also a VERY RARE THING where some baby shower cakes have a pregnancy belly, where they put like a toy baby in a gelatin mold.
We have never done one of these at our shop, but I’ve heard of them, before. I have heard sometimes they just stick the toy in the carved belly of the cake instead of gelatin, but I couldn’t find pictures of that!
…. DO PEOPLE REMEMBER ON MY TWITTER WHEN I WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW CREEPY CAKES BAKED TO LOOK LIKE REALISTIC BABIES ARE?
WELL HERE WE ARE
goatplanet said: you hide little plastic babies in king cake for mardi gras. it’s not exactly safe but it is a thing.
i realize that but I’m kind of enamored with the idea of a desperate teen mom shoving her baby in a cake and trying to be nonchalant about it when her parents come home
like the baby isn’t even hidden WELL, it’s just covered in frosting and looks confused