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October 9th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Fabulouso Cake Design at Craftsy

Vintage Cake Design Sculpting and Stencilling

Vintage Cake Design Sculpting and Stencilling

If you are going to host high tea, you need something as stunning as you are to serve…though you may not let them cut this cake. Craftsy.com has a tutorial on how to use stencilling and colors to make an incredible–and edible–vintage cake.  The designer, Lindy Smith, shows you how to carve the cake layers, then cover them with royal icing, and then antique with layers of food coloring.

The techniques themselves are good to know for any kind of crafting.  You get downloadable instructions, exclusive recipes, a list of materials needed, and unlimited views of the eight videos to show you how to do it.  The class is only $39.99, and you can ask questions online from the instructor and from other students.

Do at least take a look at the page, because you can get some ideas just from the sample pictures, like the one at the left. If you are into baking, this might open up a new world of sdesign ideas for you. Check  it out.

Vintage Cake Design: Sculpting and Stenciling with Lindy Smith

This link is an affiliate link. If you sign up for the class, I will get a kickback. Gotta pay for that new corset somehow.

September 24th, 2013 by Charlotte Babb

Ancient Artificer Secrets

Steampunks are practical and sensible folks who have imagination. The artificer secrets, rules, guidelines, values, whatever you want to call them, are listed below.

1. You can do this.

 You will get more notice for making your own stuff, so stand up proud, take a deep breath, and repeat the Maker Code:

    1. It can be done.
    2. I can figure out how to do it.
    3. If I have gumption, there’s no way it will not get done.
      (with apologies to Robert M. Pirsig)

2. Keep it Simple, Steampunk! 

Start simple and work up to an assemblage of stuff that is more than the sum of the parts.

3. Easy Does It.

Remember that whatever you make should be comfortable. No one should suffer for steampunk.

4. Use Good Craftsmanship.

Take a bit more time and make it to last.

5. Be Safe.

Slow and steady is much better than a quick trip to the emergency room. Use your head.

6. Open your mind.

 Think of what that bit of flotsam could be, not what it is.

7. Practice Safe Scrounging.

One woman’s scrounge is another woman’s theft. If you go dumpster-diving or road-side picking, ask first.

8. Remember the Budget.

Don’t buy anything you don’t have a use for in the short term no matter how cheap it is.

9. Some things are worth paying for.

You may want to save up for that one fabulous piece that you can’t easily make. See what you can do on your own.

10. Have fun.

 Get some perspective and have a good time, both making and cosplaying nice with others.


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