Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Basic Polymer Clay Baking Workshop

Posted by Alei at 3/16/2010 3 comments
I have always been fascinated with designs. I grew up loving art, drawing and coloring. During my school days, my projects consistently mirrored creativity. It’s a natural gift that I w0uld like to hone and utilize. The only problem is where to apply it. Then, the thought of clay baking comes in. Believing it’s the perfect subject to employ my artistic skill, I tagged along Adrian and attended a workshop last Saturday.

Our mentor was Ms. Kathleen Ching of Pumpkin Beads of Multiply. She started the 4-hour introducing the materials used for baking, from polymer clays, acrylic rolling pin, push molds and almost everything basic about polymer clay. I took a shot of them.

Ok, I’ll cut my story short and continue to my favorite part, molding/ designing! Hahaha (what a bias).

Our first take was to make a cookie. Here are the procedures.

As we go on, I learned that the clays vary in their degree of softness. Some were not-so-soft, others were hard that needs clay softener to enable molding. Our next task was an ice cream.

my ice cream

Adrian adding texture to his ice cream.

To ease the molding process, push molds can be used. But, not all your great ideas cannot be depended on the molds. So, you have to rely on your creative hands and ideas to make the designs you wanted.

The designs we made were baked for thirty minutes. Here are the baked goodies/ finished products. The eye pins will serve as attachment for keychains or cellphone charms. The letters were made using the push molds.


More baked clays will be posted in the future. I was thinking of something like "Clay Tuesday" to make room for my baked clays. Who knows? I might be at Multiply, selling these products.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Crazy over Crazy Crepes

Posted by Alei at 3/02/2010 6 comments


I had my first savor of crepe was at crazy crepes last month at Trinoma with Adrian. Their dummy crepes encased in the glass look yummy that enticed us to try. As newbies, we only bought a single banana crepe with fresh/whipped cream. The store crew asked us if I want to have it with ice cream. Thinking that it could be messy with just the paper as a cone to cover the crepe, I said no. Then, only to find out that it comes with a small spoon to ease consuming it. I told myself to try the ice cream crepe the next time.


Crepes models against the glass



Last Saturday, I felt that sugar rush in me again. And by that time, we visited Crazy Crepes at SM The Block. I went for the banana-choco-vanilla. Adrian chose blueberries. Both combination we picked comes with ice cream.

The crepes were prepared right before my eyes and I was able to observe how they prepare the crepes. The crepes are freshly made then laid out to add the whipped cream. Your fruit of choice comes next. Some crepes come with a scoop of ice cream, others don’t. It is your choice if you want to have a scoop. Syrup is drizzled over the combination of fruits, ice cream and whipped cream. My crepe comes with banana, whipped, ice cream and chocolate syrup. Adrian’s serving comes with blueberry, whipped cream, ice cream and some nuts. The crepe is then rolled and folded with paper and served like an ice cream with a spoon.

And voila! My favorite part, eating haha. Here’s my banana crepe topped with chocolate syrup. I was not able to get a better shot than this because I was excited to eat. =)


Both crepes are delectable. I equally love the whipped cream and the ice cream. (I remember myself scooping out the whipped cream before stirring my frappe when at a coffee shop.) The only problem is it gets a little messy when I bite off the crepe itself. Of course, I can’t scoop it like the ice cream.

Everything displayed through their glass are mouth-watering. One will surely have a hard time taking which to pick. Prices range from Php 80-120. The prices are actually reasonable considering it’s a delicious snack. It is really a must-try.


 

This is so me Copyright 2010Think Pink Credits to Gisele Jaquenod Modified by Alei