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Monday, June 24, 2013

More Shoes - defying the Law of Gravity



             I am sure by now, for those who have visited my blog and have seen the various shoes I have posted, you would have noticed that making gum paste shoes is in my blood!!! I love to goggle on gum paste shoes made by more talented people and then try to make them as best as I can and sometimes I go outside the box!!! And of all the shoes I have made thus far, I find that I love these two best as they are, pardon me for saying, quite dainty. I also find that when making these shoes I try to be as realistic as I can ie they need to be "walkable" ie with a strap or a court shoe; case in point is the 3rd and 4th picture above, if there is no strap, you can't walk in them so after making them, I needed to attach a strap on both the shoes and making the strap was rather delicate and slightly tricky and this exercise needed a lot of patience. After attaching the strap, I inserted tissue in the strap to hold the strap in place until the strap has dried and then gingerly removing the tissue paper. Aah when the strap can remain "motionless" and not fall down, I feel that I have, in a sense, defied gravity!!! 

           And the next post will be, YES!!! again on shoes, I will "speak" more of it in that post and till then, xoxo, Ophelia. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Here I go again, Shoes & more Shoes!!!

       Sometimes when we want to raise our own bar, we will always try to find a way to sneak some time to do the things that we love. My only regret is that I started late in this journey of "playing" with gum paste and making my own gum paste from scratch makes the joy even better. 

       The last time I made a batch of gum paste, I increased the recipe by 5 times and that was about 2 months back and I wrapped them into individual balls and I was happy to note that when I used the last ball of gum paste a few days ago, the gum paste was still in good condition and did not harden.  So today, since I ran out of same, I made another batch and this time I increased it 6 fold using a total of 1440 gm of icing sugar. After initially using the Kenwood machine, I had to knead it manually using some shortening until it combined and I am real glad I have more gum paste to play with and this should keep me happy for some time.

       These two shoes are the latest I made. 

                                       Making these tiny bows was a feat in itself!!! 

            Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gum Paste Shoes

           I can't seem to buy enuf gum paste cutters; be it for making shoes, flowers or anything that takes my fancy but one thing for certain, I love buying the original moulds as the cuts are deeper and more fluid even though they may cost a little bit more, I prefer buying the originals.

          Made more gum paste shoes to add to my collection of shoes on my FB and I went a little outside the box this time. I made a slight variation to the design.  I love posting them on FB too so that in case any of my friends would like to buy these gum paste decoration, they know where they can get besides buying from shops; they can buy from me too!!! As most of them are busy working; they can buy the gum paste decor from me and bake their own cake and then decorate same. These are the latest that I made.

Placing a pink circle did bring out the white :) 

                    Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia