Ghostly Friendship Charms – Tutorial

Tutorials

The 8th of June is National Best Friend DAY!!!

So in order to celebrate this appropriately, I am going to show you today how to make these super cute Yin Yang Ghost Bestie Charms!

You will need:

  • white clay
  • something cutty…to cut out things..
  • black acrylic paint
  • tooth pick

So let’s start!!

First you need to warm up your clay! Then roll it out and cut out a circle !

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If you don’t have a cookie cutter you can always do it free hand! yo!

Carefully make a small wavy line on your clay to see where you want to cut it in half. This way you can correct any mistakes!

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Cut it when you’re ready!!

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Make sure to smooth out the edges! Than add some pins and it can go into the oven !

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Not that your charms have baked, let’s clean them !

(Also yes, there is another Tutorial coming for you on moonday say whaaaat)

I use nail polish remover to clean everything!

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I took a little break, so excuse the lighting!

Now lets paint the other ghost! Yes it will be a black ghost !!

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Now lets paint a face!

You can use a tiny brush(thats what I did) or a tooth pick!

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Paint a second coat of black after the first one has dried, and if necessary a third one!

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When this coat has dried paint on a white face!

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Add some varnish….and….you…are….

FINISHED!!!!

Thats the final product:

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Cute! Now you just have to give it to someone special!

Good Luck!

And I hope you celebrate monday with your best friend!

xo,

Lola Who

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..on a few years of crafting…

Lola looks back...
I went home for a week last week, which was lovely but caused a lot of time problems. ( My meringue tutorial was shot on one morning before class) So since I have a lot of things coming my way the next couple of weeks I thought I’d do a look back on my work!
I am unable to say when I made most of these, but I think they were made two to three years ago!
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The ring was the latest if I remember correctly. I never sold it, as it can’t stand the standard of my other tarte rings, but I believe it was my first ever tarte!
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This heart has actual nail polish on it ! And as you can see the beads are glass pearls. I purchased micro pearls soon after, but this is a favorite of mine!
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These croissant went so wrong I only ever tried remaking them once. You can’t really see it in the picture, but they’re extremely flat. And the texture and color are also wrong. My second attempt went a lot better, but it took me so much time I decided to not re-do them any time soon.
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This orange is one of the few kawaii charms I made, I loved kawaii things back then, and I still enjoy the work of a few clay artists you make those, but I personally don’t like making them. Also faces are hard !!
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The next heart was made still without micro pearls, but for this I cut little sprinkles myself. The texture looks really good I have to admit. I guess the frosting is fimo liquid, but I honestly can’t remember, or tell the difference.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip into the past of my craft work, but now lets go back to the future !
As I said, I am doing quite a lot of things at the moment, so I can’t guaranty consistency, but I’ll try.
Happy first of June !
xo
Lola Who

..Creativity and Fame (and the right reason?!)

Lola thinks about..

Today I want to talk about a topic that has been close to my heart for some while now, and even though I’ve been looking at it from different perspectives I am still confused. 

I have been active and inactive on Instagram and my follower count shows that.

So since I have decided to give all of this a second try, I looked more into the accounts of people of my community who have thousands of followers. 

Now let me say. The ones that have the biggest follower count are the most active and also the most hard working. Some of them put all of their heart and time into making their business grow. And some of them managed doing that in a really short amount of time. 

I can just assume how much money and where they spent that money to get enough recognition, but that is not really important for me. 

I am mostly wondering about people who have 2-4K Followers. 

For me that is a giant number. For you it might not be, but those people make good business with their account. 

Most of them are still in high school, and can use the money they make for their future, so what they’re gaining isn’t really a monthly income, more like big pocket money. 

But as some of them are still in high school, they’re still developing their skills, which can sometimes be underwhelming. So why do they have this follower count, when there are many people out there working harder and having more skills? People who decided to make polymer clay their job. And who don’t have the recognition they deserve.

NOTE: For me it’s still a hobby.

Personally I just want to make a enough money to live independently from my parents, which have to give me money even though I will have a job by next month and even though I am living in a student apartment, which are cheaper than normal apartments. 

So making a few extra bugs each month would really help me out, so for that I started looking into online shops again. 

If you’re thinking this is a shallow reason to start doing this again I must assume you’re still to young to live on your own. 

I have been going to fairs/shows to sell my jewelry for two years now, and had the most fun doing this, even though I rarely got the rent (for standing there) back. 

Displaying my Creations on the internet was more of a burden though. So I didn’t do that often. 

But now that I’ve given myself a purpose with this internet thing, and an actual schedule making me treat this hobby more like a job I am enjoying this ‚job‘ quite a lot. 

My ideas which had been buried under self-consciousness the past year have come back, as I am thinking what can I do to pop out between all the other talented people. 

Coming up with new ideas every week gives me extreme creativity flows which haven’t turned into rivers, but who knows that might happen. 

Sometimes doing things just for the fun of it doesn’t get you were you want to be. 

But sometimes doing it to stand on your own feet, or to stand out from the crowd, or to be famous can give you enough purpose to actually find the (long lost) fun (again). 

I am happy with my decision and willing to keep going until I am where I want to be. I want to inspire and I want to live happy with my work. 

And I am onto the second point already.

And even though I still don’t understand what makes people more famous than others that might be even better, I will work on myself and do what I can to reach my goals instead of envying others. 

Creativity and the life of Artists is full of rivalry and sadly not romantic at all. Doing things for ‚good‘ reasons might not satisfy you and that is totally o-k-a-y! Give yourself a reason that gets you going and start. And if that is to ‚become crazy internet-famous‘ as the lovely Ben Cook says, than do so. But please don’t forget to be kind to people on your journey because you can’t make it on your own. Sometimes everybody needs help. 

If this text-post helped you in any way ( i hope) please let me know and share my work with friends ! It would really really really lik-e help me!

And if you have had doubts about your reasons to begin with something, fucking start doing what you want to get where you want to be ! 

Lots of love !

∼Lola Who

…on a sunny week in April…

Lola looks back...

..in which she did all things in a new way.

This week I created quite a few things, and I made an effort to properly take care of all my social media accounts that are associated with Lola Who/ LolaWhoCharms.

My journey to success and great content will be a long one, but I am working on new ideas !

So far I’ve decided to post on this blog three times a week, under the categories : Lola thinks..; Tutorials and Lola looks back..

In the first one I will talk about my thought on techniques, products or new news in the polymer clay community.

In the second one I will show a simple tutorial.

And in the last one ( which is this one right now) I a, going to look back on something.

If you have ideas or tips for any of these topics please let me know ! I would love to hear your thoughts !

But for today we will look back on my past week:

I went home this weekend and created some new Tea-Bag-Buddies for the shop in Berlin  where you can find some of my creations! If you ever have the chance to stay in Berlin please check it out !

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Those are my friends of the week, I made a few more, but I didn’t have time to take pictures on till now.

Also in this week I started doing more decoden again !

I actually started last week, but this week was big for me !

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I made four boxes that will appear on my etsy by next week !

So stay tuned if you are interested ! This orange beauty is already available !

Next on I made some phone accessories which where waiting so long to be finally finished !

I hope you like these ! I enjoy them a lot !

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The colors are all lilac, but if you are interested in other ones please contact me ! You can finde these one here !

Before that I finished those accessories that can also be put on your phone !

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I made quite a few ! You can finde more here !

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Here is another friendly face of a TBB ! I think I will also put them on etsy, to see how they will do !

I also finally got around to use this book mark which I had saved for soo long !

I like how it turned out. 

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I chose the colours to match the bronze look. You can find it here if you’re interested !

I hope you enjoyed this look back on my week, and stay tuned for my upcoming projects !

∼Lola Who

That’s tutorially Bananas

Tutorials

G’day fellow crafters !

Today I will show you how to make super cute Banana-Splits!

DISCLAIMER: NOT FROM SCRATCH 

If you don’t have the parts to do this, you can either buy those online, or you can make them yourself with clay.

I might do a tutorial on making everything from scratch in the future.

You will need :

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Tiny Pipe and plastic bag

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Some sort of cream. I use this, as it is really good.

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Some sort of plate, either buy one or make it.

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Bananas and ice-cream.

 

I understand that this might be diffcult to make if you’re a beginner so here is youtube-tutorial so you can see how to make the Ice-cream scoop. The banana on the other hand is quite simple, just try to make the shape, and then texture it by making some slight cuts into the clay with a tool.

 

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Begin by inserting the pipe in the bag. Make sure to cut a hole into one edge of the bag before.

 

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Secure with scotch tape !

 

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Role the end of the bag like this so nothing can run out !
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Here is another close up of the bananas.

 

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Pipe the cream onto the plate in the little ‚cream dots‘

 

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Like this !

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Then put the Bananas on there ! When the Cream dries everything will be super strong !

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 Now add some cream to a side you prefer to put the ice cream scoops on.

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Choose a colour combination you like !

 

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Here you can see that I chose to do different designs.

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Then add more Cream, if you’d like.

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You can add sprinkles to your creation.

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To put on the sprinkles I wet the end of a paint brush.

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And then I dipped it into the micro pearls.

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The you can easily place it onto the cream without making a huge mess!

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FINISHED!  You can leave it like this  and use it for miniature doll houses

f.e. or you can glue a ring on the bottom when its all dried out.

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I choose to put a head-pin into it to make those Banana-Splits into necklaces.

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All done !

If you enjoyed this please let me know!

If you’re interested in buying those, I have listed them on my etsy !

∼ Lola Who 

PIIIZZAAAAAAA

Creations

WHAAAAAZZZZ UUUUUPPPPP ?

Ok now I kinda wanna watch scream AND scary movie….
But there is not time.
I have been procrastinating the last two days, lets see if I will actually get around to do some claying today. *fingerscrossed*
University starts next week again and I still have something to do that has been due…. I don’t know. I hope I still have time.
But since there was a lot to do during this week, I actually ate canned food. (It was good) and some burritos I have premade and frozen in the freezer. (more healthy) Burritos are good. Yesterday I made myself some good ol‘ noodles.. in the shape of bowties.. because I couldn’t not buy them. They look to fantastic.
Also.. I am not the biggest fan of frozen Pizza .. I know shocking..
But if you like it, here are some earrings that go with them :

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Those are two completely different pictures shhhh.

The pizza topping is basically red clay and TSL  and skin coloured clay and TLS again. I have to admit it isn’t one of my finest work, and I am kind of disappointed. I will try to make better pizza soon. I can’t let this stand here.

But lets me honest here. Some frozen Pizza actually looks like this, doesn’t it?

Soo kind of realistic.

What is your designated pizza day of the week (DPDOTW) ?

I think I should have one.

∼Lola

P.S. I could talk about food for forever. (OTP) (me and food)

Build your own Cupcake

Creations

Sorry for the bad pictures.

Just look over that.

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I made these Cupcakes in spring colors, and they looked really nice on the display.

So I had the idea, that they would mix and match really nice.

The colors are all pastels, and in what ever way you mix fruits and base color they look really sweet.

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If you are interested in buying those, or in building your own special cupcake-earrings you can check out my shop! It would really help me out !

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I hope to be posting more the following weeks.

 

∼Lola

Life of Pie

Creations

Pies !! Also I am aware that the title is extremely original…..  …… …… I took some bottle-caps with me at the last party I went to and decided to make some pies.

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It took me more than a week to finally get around to making these, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I had some blue TSL-Clay mix leftover (I still have) from a project I totally messed up, so I made some blueberry pie. The color is kind of off, but whatever. Also the blueberry bits disappeared during the baking, so the filling doesn’t have a lot of structure which is a shame. All in all it was quite a messy project. TSL is sticky as hell.

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The dough color is hand mixed, and also kind of off. You can say I really didn’t have a hand for colors that day… Those pies were more or less an experiment. As you can see in the first picture I also tried different thicknesses of the ‚dough‘ . I prefer the thicker on has the pie seems more vivid. Which pie do you prefer?

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The cake-pieces that you can see in the pictures will appear really soon on this blog. I hope. My posting schedule has been a bit off lately as well ( everything is off OMG) but as I am mostly writing for myself..I don’t think anyone really notices.

∼Lola

Waffly Studs

Creations

More Waffles!
OMG.

But they would go perfectly with the waffles rings I posted last. *wink*wink*

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I basically did the same thing with these waffles. Just add fruits and everything will look spring and summer ready.

So I will just let you enjoy these pictures.

 

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Woop isn’t this nice. Nothing to read.

 

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∼ Lola

Heart-Waffle-Rings

Creations

So.
Hearts. Yeah.

 

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As I am extremely original at the moment, I have no other idea than to put fruits on everything.

My micropearls went missing, and those pearls were the only ones i had on hand.

 

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Surely, those pearls make a whole lot of difference.

The frosting is deco frosting I ordered from Korea. I like it a lot. It is extremely convenient. And all though I always make a mess using it, its still my favorite thing at the moment. ( Next to my tiny oven

 

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I hope you enjoyed those pictures of grass and flowers. I really need to find a consistent background. Preferably white.

But now it’s spring. So I will continue showing you nature till you go outside, instead of looking at pictures on the webs. (jk pls stay)

∼Lola