Friday, 1 June 2012

Week 22: Jubilee Garden Party - Part 2

Helloo!

It's been a lovely, sunny, busy, mind pickling week here, so looking forward to lots of strawberries and general gluttony in the garden this weekend.
Had hoped to down get to the seaside but alas, one must rock the jubilee on a budget. Sigh.


Before I get going on the projects I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everybody that has left such lovely comments on the blog this week! You've still got until Sunday for a chance to win the Jubilee party box, so go have a little snoop if you've not already.

So, last week we threw up a tiny tent and hung paper pom-poms. This week we add the final touches with bunting and cake. Well you can't very well have a Jubilee party without those can you?!



Bunting





What I used:
Fabric scraps
Thick cotton or string
Craft glue
Cocktail stick

What I did:
This is essentially very simple but can take a while.
Take your fabrics and cut into even-ish triangles. I'm a fan of wonky looking bunting, patchwork etc, mainly because it covers up my inability to sew/ cut in a straight line!

Stretch out the cord laying it flat and begin to glue the triangles along the top edge. I used a cocktail stick for this to try and keep sticky mess to a minimum. Leave to dry.

You can go for any colour combination you fancy, and adjust the length to your needs, I went for one, super long string of bunting so I could drape it all over the place with out fiddling about with attachments.
( I used clear tacky wax to attach the bunting to the tent. )

Scones and Victoria Sponge




What I used:
Translucent yellow fimo
White fimo
Liquid fimo
Red oil paint
White deco gel
Cocktail stick
Pin
Burnt orange and white chalk
Tiny paint brush
Small, circular cutters (available from sugar craft suppliers)
Miniature plate or cake stand to display.

What I did:
I would like to begin by saying I'm not a polymer clay artisan by any stretch of the imagination!
Amelia put me to shame with her amazing sushi and step by step photo's the other week, so apologies if any of this is hard to follow!

So, to mix the clay take 4 parts translucent yellow to one part white and mix until the colour is fully blended. (I would have preferred to have used clear translucent clay with a tiny bit of yellow fimo for the cake but was working with what I'd got!)

Tear off a section and roll to 3-4 mm thick. Cut two equal circles, approx 1.5-2 cm diameter. (This can change depending on just how huge you want your cake to be!)
Take your cocktail stick and begin gently stabbing the edge of the circles, repeat until the entire side is textured. This is the start of making it look 'cakey'. Take a pin or needle, or even an earring if you're limited, and repeat the stabbing but try to be gentle and give more of a flicking motion, you aiming for cake crumb effect not lots of holes.

Put the cake sections to one side.

With the remaining clay roll flat, again to approx 3-4 mm and cut as many small circles as you can.
(About 5mm across.)
Repeat the same stabbing process around the edge of each scone.
This does take a while, it's a good idea to walk away from it every half hour or so else you might go a bit cuckoo.

Using the the length of the cocktail stick gently add indents around the top of of the scones to create a scalloped effect.

To give a 'browned in the oven' effect on the scones take a burnt orange or light brown piece of chalk and rub on some paper. Use a tiny (dry) brush to rub the chalk dust on to the surface of the scones.
You can do the same for the cake but don't go over board.

For the jam mix a tiny blog of red oil paint with some liquid fimo and apply to the bottom section of your cake.

If you want blobs of jam to serve with scones try making little mounds on a section of tin foil, when cooled after cooking they should peel off.

You're ready to put the lot in the oven. As I've said before, always test your oven temperature with some scraps of clay first and follow the manufacturers instructions with regards to clay cooking times.

When every thing's baked, allow to cool before setting on your mini plates.
I assembled the cake with white deco gel to look like whipped cream. It takes a few hours to dry. but looks delicious.

Your tiny treats are ready to go to the tent! Hurrah!

I went a bit over the top with laying the table but it would be terrible to run out of nibbles.

If you want to know how to make the ice creams click here.


I would like to stress that everything else pictured was made by others and has been collected over a number of years! I'm not sure of a lot of the makers names but can tell you that the champagne, ice cream box, crates and deck chair are by Shepherd miniatures.







The paper plates and doilies were from eBay, knives and forks I believe were dolls house emporium.
If you think you know the makers of the jellies, apples and cheese feel free to shout about it. :)



Well, I hope that's put you in the mood for some bank holiday silliness. I hope to be marinading in a bucket of Pimms for the duration, though I will of course surface to announce the giveaway winners on Sunday!

Have a lovely time!
x




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