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It goes without saying that this is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to write. How do you describe the impact that your absolute best friend has had on you, even in death? How do you write about your idol taking his own life? How do you put into words your feelings about someone that you were so known for adoring that your name will forever be inextricably linked to his? I'm not sure if I even can, but I'd be damned if I didn't at least give it a try.
By now, it's common knowledge. Justin Spencer Carmical, an Internet reviewer known to many as JewWario and my best friend in all of time and space, died by his own hand on Thursday, January 23, 2014. And as has been said, anyone that knew Justin, a group that I am so incredibly proud to call myself a part of, is most shattered by the fact that the way he left us was the polar opposite of his personality -- at least outwardly, as we all now know.
Do you remember Dug, the talking dog from the Pixar film Up? One of that character's first lines in the film was, "I have just met you, and I love you." I can say confidently and without exaggeration that Justin Carmical was the very same way. Nobody was ever a stranger to him, only a friend he'd never met. You could approach him for the first time as a fan and he'd treat you like he'd known you since elementary school, and you'd walk away feeling like you truly made a connection, and chances are you did. He had a way of talking to people that instantly made you feel at ease, even if (like me) you were originally too wonderstruck to even form words.
Justin didn't believe in handshakes. Whether you were meeting him for the first or forty-second time, you'd find yourself the recipient of an enormous bear hug. Hell, even calling them hugs is an understatement. They were more like cuddles, and they had the power to make you feel that you were truly loved, cared about, accepted. Because that's what Justin did, he cared. I'm sure you've all seen the "you're not stupid" video that's gone viral, in a sense, since the tragedy. I was at that stream, and I can tell you, he wasn't just saying that stuff to sound good. He didn't mean it lightly. He truly believed in the potential of all his friends (he insisted on calling us that -- we weren't merely his fans, we were truly his friends), and on a personal level, I can tell you that Justin's belief in me gave me more confidence than I ever could have imagined.
We -- the community of his fans (I'm sorry, his friends) -- used to refer to him as our Mr. Rogers. He would play it up, going so far as to sing Fred Rogers' traditional goodbye song at the end of each of his livestreams:

It's such a good feeling to know you're alive.
It's such a happy feeling, you're growing inside.
And when you wake up, ready to say,
"I think I'll make a snappy new day."
It's such a good feeling, a very good feeling,
The feeling you know, that I'll be back, when the day is new,
And I'll have more ideas for you.
And you'll have things you'll want to talk about,
I will too.

As touching as this one gesture may be, the Mr. Rogers comparison didn't end with just a song. Justin radiated love and compassion wherever he went, in a way as reminiscent of Diana, Princess of Wales, as of Fred Rogers himself. He never had a bad thing to say about anyone and could find the positive in any situation. Whenever Justin entered a room, it was like there was a huge surge of positive energy that instantly made everything a whole lot livelier. The way he talked to you made you feel like the ultimate VIP. His eyes would sparkle, he'd become almost comically animated, and he'd ask questions -- relevant, truly curious questions. He loved people and was always legitimately enthralled by whatever they had to say. It was always very apparent how amazingly delighted he was to see you.
My most memorable exposure to this legendary compassion occurred in the fall of 2011. Days before Halloween, Connecticut (and most of New England at large) was hit by a freak blizzard. My car, which had been parked outside during the storm, was annihilated by a falling tree. Due to the unpreparedness and general incompetence of the state electric company (so bad that it CEO resigned due to the voulme of complaints), our house was out of power for eleven days, with our family even having to resort to showering at the local high school, since our water was also electrically controlled. However, we still had our cell phones, and my smartphone provided access to Skype. Justin would check in on me every single day to ask how we were doing ("okay"), if the roads were cleared ("mostly, but that downed pole out by the mailbox is still there"), what the power company's estimate was for the lights coming back on ("yesterday afternoon!"). He even went so far as to check the Connecticut outage maps and local weather reports to see if he could relay any information to me. During that week and a half without power, Justin was my saving grace. He never asked for anything in return, he was just doing it out of concern for my own safety.
I'm not here to try and make sense of what happened to him. Unfortunately, those are questions that will inevitably go unanswered. And that's not what I want to remember about Justin. The Justin I want to remember is the loving Justin that was my best friend, the silly Justin that could make me laugh when I was at my worst, the playful Justin whose lighthearted teasing brightened every day.
I loved him. Honestly, I have never truly adored or idolized a human being in all my life as much as I have Justin Carmical. His selflessness and sweetness was deservedly legendary, and yet he could also be frank and direct when he needed to be. He wasn't afraid to call me out when he thought I was being dumb or going overboard. I admit that conversations like this happened more often than I would have liked, albeit never entirely unexpected, but Justin would never lecture me. He was always sweet but firm, acknowledging that yes, I had screwed up, but that in the end it would be something to learn from, and while at the time it might have been a bad decision, my doing it did not automatically make me a bad person. He didn't think I was a bad person, so there was no reason for me to think that.
I've said multiple times since he left us that I'd trade living a thousand more years for just one more great big cuddly bear hug. But in truth, although the time I had with Justin, both at conventions and online, is a time that was way too short for anyone's liking, it is, first and foremost, two and a half wonderful, magical years that I would not trade for even the promise of immortality.
Finally, I would like to address Justin personally. I know you can hear me, J, so here goes.
Thank you, Justin. Thank you so much. For making me KittyMarie and, through that nickname, giving me the most amazing friends a girl could ever wish for. For seeing the real me when even I didn't know who she was. For never being afraid to be silly. For tolerating my fangirling and that unavoidable crush. For instilling in me more confidence than I could have ever hoped to have. For showing me that my Aspergers cannot and should not define me. For helping me realize that a few small stupid actions don't make a bad person. For showing me that it's OK to be passionate about what you love. For all your talks, all your teasing, all your laughter, all your hugs, all your jokes. Thank you for loving me, Justin, and know that I will never, ever, ever stop loving you. For as long as I live, you will always be my best friend.

I love you, Justin Carmical.

Katie Marie "KittyMarie" Dunne 
February 5, 2014

My Idol by KittyMarie992




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Many of us start with one brand of polymer clay to start, and as we embrace the clays pros, we often eventually get used to the cons as well and work our way around them. But what if you knew which brand was right for you before you even touched the clay? Each polymer clay brand has many characteristics that make it distinct from other brands, so if you are looking for a specific trait in your clay, you might want to read on. Who knows, you might find something better then what you are working with right now.

I have personally tried every popular brand of polymer clay, and there are about five of them. There are also the polymer clays that require painting afterwards, like Studio by Sculpey as well as Super Sculpey... but I will not get into those.

The five most easily attainable clays are Fimo Classic, Fimo Soft, Sculpey III, Premo, and Kato Polyclay. Each have their own distinct characteristics, pros, cons, and baking times. These are my findings in point form:

Fimo Classic
Baking: 230°F / 110°C for 30 mins (per 1/4" thickness) Do not exceed 265°F / 130°C
· The firmest of the clays. Although it has gotten softer after many new formulations over the years. It has suffered many problems in recent years due to unsatisfied sculptors who favoured the old formula over the new ones.
· Difficult to work with, especially for beginners.
· Needs quite a bit of conditioning, preferably by using a mallet or by using a pasta machine.
· Tends to crumble over time, especially if poorly stored.
· Comes in a wide range of wonderful colours, including pastels.
· Great for caning and firm enough to sculpt easily.
· Certain colours can darken in the oven.
· Very hard after baking.

Fimo Soft
Baking: 230°F / 110°C for 30 mins (per 1/4" thickness) Do not exceed 265°F / 130°C
· Extremely easy to work with.
· Good for beginners.
· Softer than Fimo Classic but not as soft as Sculpey III.
· Does not need any conditioning, and can be worked with right out of the package.
· Can get sticky or mushy when over worked.
· Can be britle after baking, but not as britle as Sculpey III.
· Darker colours can bleed into lighter colours.
· Comes in many different colours as well as special effects like stones, textures, metallics, glow in the dark, translucent, etc.

Sculpey III
Baking: 275°F / 130°C for 15 mins (per 1/4" thickness)
· Extremely easy to work with.
· Great for beginners.
· The softest clay to work with.
· Does not need any conditioning, and can be worked with right out of the package.
· Can get sticky or mushy when over worked.
· Can be very britle after baking - the weakest of the clays.
· Colours tend to stay the same before and after baking.
· Translucent Sculpey tends to brown while baking.
· White Sculpey is very bright.
· One of the best colour palettes of clay there is. There is metallics, stone, textures, pearls, translucent, glow in the dark, pastels, fluorescents, etc.
· Not very good for caning, but some people HAVE accomplished it.

Premo! Sculpey
Baking: 275°F / 130°C for 30 mins (per 1/4" thickness)
· My choice as the best clay to work with. Highly recomended!
· Easy to work with.
· Softer than Fimo Classic or Kato, but not as soft as Fimo Soft or Sculpey III.
· Needs minimal conditioning.
· Certain colours can be a little soft, but most are nice and firm.
· One of the strongest clays after baking.
· Colours tend to stay the same before and after baking.
· "Frost" Premo is one of the best translucent clays.
· Has an "artist palette" when it comes to colours. Such as Cadmium Red, Zinc Yellow, etc. Artists find this fantastic, but if you aren't very aquainted with the artists palette, it can be a little difficult to mix colours.
· Not as many "fun colours" compared to other clays.
· It can be very temperature sensative, so it can get mushy on hot days and really hard to work with in the Winter.
· A great "all purpose" clay, and a total happy medium between all other clays.

Kato Polyclay
Baking: 300°F / 150°C for 10 mins (per 1/4" thickness)
· A very firm clay, but not as firm as Fimo Classic.
· Not recommended for beginners.
· Needs conditioning - preferably with a pasta machine.
· Can become crumbly if poorly packaged.
· Does not stay conditioned (workable) for long.
· Baked Kato Polyclay has a natural sheen.
· Surface seems to reject waterbased glazes like Varathane.
· Great for caning.
· Not as many "fun colours" compared to other clays.
· "Translucent" Kato Polyclay is very transparent.
· Strong after baking.
· Has a very strong smell during baking. Almost like the smell of "new doll".
· Tends to *gunk* up the sandpaper if you are sanding it.
· Is very good at smoothing and leaves little fingerprints.
· All colours tend to be the same firmness.


In Conclusion...

My personal favourite clay to work with is Premo. It really is the happy medium of polymer clays, although it isn't exclusively what I work with. I do not work with Fimo Soft or Kato much, but I love Sculpey III for it's awesome colour palette, and I ocassionally use Fimo Classic because it is so firm. If I need a lot of one colour, say... a nice bright red, I tend to combine one each block of the Sculpey III "Red Hot Red" with Fimo Classic "Carmine" and Premo "Cadmium Red"... the result is a fabulous bright hue of red with the firmness of something between Premo and Fimo Classic. It's lovely.

I really dig the "Frost" Premo as opposed to the "Translucent" Premo. The difference is that a bit of bleach has been added to "Frost" which results in much less browning compared to "Translucent".

Mixing brands can be done no problem, all you have to do is adjust the baking time. For example, if you are mixing Fimo Classic and Sculpey, you should go with the lower temperature for Fimo Classic, and possibly bake it a little longer. Just experiment, and use your best judgement!

Comment me with your findings to share your thoughts with the viewers! Who knows, we might all learn something. Happy claying!
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300 WATCHERS!? PLUSHIE GIVEAWAY!!!!

Mon Jun 17, 2013, 9:38 PM


Hi everyone! :squee:

thank you guys soo much, 300 watchers is huge deal for me!
In celebration of this 300 watchers, I will be doing a free plushie giveaway!
I will be giving away a "chibi plushie" of your choice! It has to be one that I've already made.


Steps To enter this giveaway:

:bulletpink: favorite this journal entry

:bulletwhite: watch me!

:bulletpink: must comment on this journal entry

chibi disney princess plushie collection set by PuellaPlushiePokemon blackNwhite plushies by PuellaPlushieWorld is mine: Miku hatsune chibi plushie by PuellaPlushiemy little pony human chibi plushies by PuellaPlushieRed Team chibi Plushies by PuellaPlushie


This giveaway last till June 27th! so goodluck!

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: videogame soundtracks
  • Reading: tv tropes
  • Watching: adventure time
  • Playing: emulated games
  • Eating: pocky
  • Drinking: ramune
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{~~Polymer clay dragon pendants~~}

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 15, 2015, 2:07 PM
I need your answers  (:   Please, suggest, what polymer clay dragons (colors) do you want to see in my Etsy shop? I will be very grateful, if you will link to the polymer clay dragons from my crafts gallery: alviaalcedo.deviantart.com/gal…


For example: Fall baby dragon pose, but green leafs instead of red-yellow.
Ta-da!
Fall baby dragon necklace by AlviaAlcedo==> Green spring baby dragon by AlviaAlcedo


Examples:
Silver arctic dawn dragon by AlviaAlcedoGem dragons by AlviaAlcedoRoyal dragon by AlviaAlcedo
Silver heart of dewy meadows by AlviaAlcedoBlue arctic dragon by AlviaAlcedoLittle love dragon by AlviaAlcedoAlbino fairy dragon necklace by AlviaAlcedo
Ruby dragon of the night forest by AlviaAlcedoRoyal violet dragon necklace by AlviaAlcedoShadow ice moon dragon necklace by AlviaAlcedoFall baby dragon necklace by AlviaAlcedo

  • Mood: Optimism
  • Reading: your mind^^
  • Watching: stars from my spaceship :D
  • Drinking: sun energy XD
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OMG! HI everyone! :squee:

thank you guys soo much, 400 watchers is huge deal for me!
In celebration of this 400 watchers, I will be doing a free plushie giveaway!
I will be giving away a "chibi plushie" of your choice! It has to be one that I've already made.


Steps To enter this giveaway:

Bullet; Pink favorite this journal entry

Bullet; White watch me!

Bullet; Pink must comment on this journal entry



THIS GIVEAWAY WILL LAST TILL JUNE 15TH! :bulletred: so hurry now!!
  • Playing: Earthbound
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Important: Have you Notified your Stock Providers?

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 25, 2014, 8:42 AM
Hi all,

I just wanted to take a quick moment out from registering people for the Photomanipulation Tournament to bring to your attention an issue that is plaguing our community.

I think a lot of people think that, with the new Mentions system, there is no need to notify stock providers when you use their work. This is untrue! There are a few of reasons why you still need to notify them via note or comment, as per their preference, when you use their stock:

1. Some people turn their Mentions off because they get to be annoying. Thus, if you don't tell them, they may never see your gorgeous work.

2. Stock providers like to keep track of your work, and notes/comments help with that.

3. If your stock provider doesn't see your work, he/she can't give you love!

4. It is almost always in a stock provider's Terms of Use to NOTIFY OF USE. If you cannot follow the TOU (including notifying them via note or comment), please don't use the stock.

Please keep this in mind next time you submit a photomanipulation or other deviation that uses stock or resources. We are so lucky to have an absolutely amazing stock community, and it is important to honor their wishes and show them respect.

And while I'm at it, I couldn't give a few DDs that I wanted to give last week because people didn't credit or wrote, "I'm tired and will add credits later." Seriously? Don't upload until you are able to credit. Again, it goes back to being fair and honoring these wonderful free gifts we are being given as members of the photomanipulation community on dA.

Carry on, and don't forget about the TOURNAMENT!!


Thank you,

Jade


Don't forget this important step in crediting your stock providers!
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[CLOSED] X'mas Raffle/Giveaway! - WINNERS

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 13, 2014, 5:42 AM
  • Mood: dA Love



29th Dec '14: AND THE WINNERS ARE~

 
 :la: :dummy: :iconskull-bunneh: :icontsukimiin: and :iconaltysay: :dummy: :la:

:love: CONGRATS TO YOU GUYS AND THANK YOU to everyone who participated!! :love:
I'm currently working on your prizes, and this ALSO MEANSSS digital commissions will be up again very soon! (probably right before the year ends..?) SO YEA look out for that too if you're interested in buying some art! (:

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24th DEC '14: Winners have been contacted!!
I'll be more patient and wait until Sat! :la: If i don't reply promptly, i might be in KL for comic fiesta. Thank you to everyone for participating! :heart:

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:rose: 23rd Dec '14 UPDATE: Giveaway closes 2 HOURS from now!!
(midnight, 24th Dec Singapore time) :la: I will not be accepting the favs that come after that. Winners will be notified via Note about 24 hours from now (sorry about the strange timings lol, i won't be around the comp from now 'til then, pls be patient with me, and thank you in advance for participating!) :dance:

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21st Dec '14 UPDATE:
just in case some of y'all didn't see this~!! A FEW DAYS LEFT TIL XMAS EVE thats when the winners are chosen! This is according to Singapore time, so please take note of that. This giveaway ends when the clock strikes midnight on the 24th. May the odds be ever in your favor! /END

:party: HI LOVELIES so actually, i did have a giveaway on my tumblr last year, but i didn't really know how to go about having one on dA AHAHAHA BUT ITS UNFAIR AND SO THIS YEAR i'll be having one for my dA +watchers too!! So i hope you guys will be willing to take part in my first ever giveaway on deviantArt, yup!! =)

☆*・゜゚・*(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

Prizes

Star! FIRST PLACE:

One portrait of any character you choose (high-res soft copy only)

A signed print of either connections by circus-usagi OR death by chocolate by circus-usagi mailed to you
☆ One chibi couple pairing of YOUR choice, drawn, then printed on glossy sticker paper, hand-cut and mailed to you (will look smth like in the first pic) - 3 hard copies given only

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:rose: IF there are 50 or more favs on this journal, there will be a 2nd and 3rd place :rose:
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Star! SECOND PLACE:

One portrait of any character you choose (high-res soft copy only)
One chibi couple pairing of your choice, drawn, printed on glossy sticker paper, hand-cut and mailed to you - 3 hard copies given only


Star! THIRD PLACE:

One portrait of any character you choose (high-res soft copy only)


AWESOME POSSUM RIGHT?? :tribblela:



How to enter

To enter the giveaway, please FAVE THIS POST
Like my new facebook page(OPTIONAL, but if you do, you'll get my eternal love LOL and also, if you're into a certain fandom that ive done merch for, i'll mail it to u too)
You have to be my +watcher on dA to win
When I send out notifications via Note to the winners, you have 48 hours to respond or forfeit the prize

YEA HAHHAA ITS THAT SIMPLE OMG

I will be taking everyone's names in the lists and putting them in a randomizer to decide the winner! :dummy:


Deadline!

Deadline will be on 24th December 2014, midnight!! (Singapore time) So please make sure to check your dA in case you've won okay! :la: I'll be waiting the 48hrs for those with different timezones haha~ Results will be known publicly after I return from my trip to KL on the weekend of 27th-28th Dec.

ALSO, winners will probably receive their prizes PRETTY MUCH NEXT YEAR EARLY JAN 2015! Please be patient with me hahaa! THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK, YOUNGINS!! :love: AAAANNNDD I DO HOPE -SOME- PEOPLE JOIN AT LEAST AHAHAHAHA NO ONE LOOKS AT MY SHIT ANYMORE


Extra note

Bullet; Yellow For the portrait prizes, same rules as my commissions apply: I will not draw certain themes such as hentai, gore, mecha, furries.

Bullet; Yellow And well, first two winners must be okay with giving me your home add =)

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140 unbelievably realistic mouth-watering food sculptures that can fit on the tip of your finger.

miniature ice cream IV by FatalPotato

New Cupcake Pendant 2 by PetitPlatMiniature Cake - Shades of Blue by PetitPlatRainbow Cake by birdielover

Cuppycakes by Zhoira     Cupcake by Kyandi-charms

 Polymer Clay Lemon Meringue Pie by LittlePurpleCloud      Polymer Clay Chocolate Cake by LittlePurpleCloud

Cake Decorating Scene by vesssperIce Cream Sandwich Ring by ThePetiteShop
Mini Clay Cannoli by WaterGleam

Chocolate bracelet by OrionaJewelry     Strawberry bracelet by OrionaJewelry

Chocolate treats, close up by thinkpastel
Carrot Cake, take II by thinkpastel
Halloween Treats by thinkpastel
Tutti Frutti - 1:6 assorted fruits by thinkpastel
Scale 1:3 Neko Cheesecake by asuka-sakumo
Blueberry Cake by MyPetiteCakes
Pumpkin Pie -a la mode- by sonickingscrewdriverFudge Brownie Charm by MotherMayIjewelry
Carrot Cake Magnet by MotherMayIjewelryMiniature Charlotte Cakes by MyPetiteCakes
Just a Bunch of Miniature Fruit Tarts by PetitPlatSweetness dream - 12th scale dollhouse miniature by PetitDeCherries
Miniature birthday cake by CaroMcFW

Miniature roast goose by CaroMcFW      Miniature strawberry charlotte cake by CaroMcFW      Mini Confeitaria Brilha Brilha #027 by priperca

Mini Confeitaria Brilha Brilha #005 by priperca
Dollhouse Miniature Raspberry Bundt Cake Slice by fairchildart
Various Miniature Treats by ChocolateDecadenceMiniature Fruit Bowls by PetitPlat
Just A Few Scoops by PetitPlatminiature ice cream III by FatalPotato
Dollhouse Miniature Carrot Cake by fairchildart

Apple Strudel - Miniature 1:12 by Jeyam-PClay     Miniature Baking Day Table - Size by PetitPlat

Work in Progress - Miniature Crepes by PetitPlat

Crepes. by vesssper     Blueberry Pancake Breakfast by MyLitteLunchBox

Pancake Magnet by MotherMayIjewelry

Miniature Pancakes with Syrup by ilovelittlethings      Pancake by Nassae

Give-Away!! Miniature Breakfast Tray by PetitPlatSunny side up. by Aiclay
Miniature Food - Saint Honores by PetitPlat

miniature spaghetti and friends- details by FatalPotato     Pasta Amore by kalos-eidos-skopein

miniature spaghetti and friends by FatalPotato     
little lasagna by FatalPotato
Caprese Bruschetta - Miniature by thinkpastel
Miniature Sandwiches by ChocolateDecadence
Dollhouse Miniature Egg Basket by fairchildart
Miniature favorites by MiniatureChef
Miniature Croissants by ChocolateDecadence
Miniature Cake Rolls by ChocolateDecadence
All orange by MiniatureChef
Cherry Pie by eserenitia
Fimo Ring "It's Tea Time 2" by Alusaf

Smores Stud Earrings by yobanda     
Chocolate cake by CinnamonFlavour

Scale 1:12 Miniature Roast Chicken by asuka-sakumo
Thanksgiving Turkey Pendant-Polymer Clay by ThePetiteShop

Unadon by SmallCreationsByMel

   Rawr Ramen by Zhoira     sushi jar necklace by MotherMayIjewelry

Miniature Sushi on Green Plate by PetitPlatMiniature Sushi Pendant by PetitPlatSushi rolls by lava-tomato

Shrimp sushi by lava-tomato      Egg sushi by lava-tomato

Sushi Platter by kalos-eidos-skopein     Polymer Clay Sashimi Tray and Dragon Roll by Talty

1-3 japanese foods by SnowfernMiniatures on Ice by fairchildartDollhouse Miniature Ritz Crackers by ilovelittlethings
Micromini KFC Bucket Meal by margemagtoto
PinkBerry Original by MusicRains
Leberkasweggla by Zanaffar
Mini Sandwichs And Lemonade Platter Ring by ThePetiteShop
Jack-O-Lantern Prep Board by birdielover
Slice of Carrot Cake by birdielover
Hot Dogs by birdielover
Cheese Pizza by birdielover
Scrumptious S'more Board by birdielover

1/12th scale Mozzarella Pizza by ElreniaGreenleaf

1/12th scale Cherry Tomato/Mozzarella/Pesto bites by ElreniaGreenleaf
1/12th scale Margherita Pizza by ElreniaGreenleaf
1/12th scale morning rolls by ElreniaGreenleaf1/12th scale pizza by ElreniaGreenleafMiniature Pizza Slices by ChocolateDecadence

salad  magnet by MotherMayIjewelry

Untitled by MotherMayIjewelry
Miniature Salad by SmallCreationsByMelCommission - 40 Miniature Carrots by Bon-AppetEatsTiny Brocoli by PetitPlat
Dollhouse Food Sliced Cuban Sub by MotherMayIjewelry
Mozzarella and Tomato Panini by MotherMayIjewelry
Bread and Soup by Zhoira

More Miniature Cocktails by ChocolateDecadence      12th scale orange juice by PetiteCreation

Happy breakfast - Croissant I by Elaiss-in-icelandKrispy Kreme Doughnuts by Zhoira
Chinese Bakery close up by Zhoira
Bakery and Coffee Display by Talty
Hot Cherry Pie Earrings by DeliciousTrickery
Smushed S'mores Earrings by DeliciousTrickery
Moose Tracks Ice Cream Earrings by DeliciousTrickery

Charlotte Pastry by monpuchikissa    
 Apple Pie by monpuchikissa

Japanese Roll Cake by monpuchikissa     Meatball Spaghetti by monpuchikissa

Ripe Bananas by birdielover1:12 Banana Bunches by Bon-AppetEats
Ripe and Juicy Watermelon by birdieloverCantaloupe Melon by birdielover

itsy bitsy burger: fast food style by FatalPotato

1:12 Donut Bacon Cheeseburger by Bon-AppetEats

Miniature fastfood tray by EmisBakery     1:12 clay croissant sandwiches by FatalPotato

Fast Food Burger Earrings by MotherMayIjewelry

Give-Away : Cookie Earrings by PetitPlat

Miniature Christmas Cookies by Snowfern      Cookie Necklace #2 by PetitPlat

Chocolate Chip Cookies 1:12 Scale by abohemianbazaar     
Miniature Baking Day Table by PetitPlat

Very Small Chocolate Bars by PetitPlatChocolate and Pralines - 5 by PetitPlat


Pumpkin Shaped Bread by NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures          Pumpkin Pie by NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures         Sweet Treats Tray - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures 

Croissants - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures          Open Cap Mushrooms in Basket - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures         Beefsteak Tomatoes - NJD Miniatures by NJD-Miniatures  

GenMillsMini by MotherMayIjewelry
Miniature Food - Breakfast Tray Red by PetitPlatMiniature Food - Breakfast Tray Orange by PetitPlat
Because Pistachios are Way Cool by PetitPlat
Giant Finger and Pickles by PetitPlat



140 unbelievably realistic mouth-watering food sculptures that can fit on the tip of your finger.
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Hello everyone, and welcome to "Horsin' Around", a monthly article that brings you the latest news in and around the dA Equine Community! Horsin' Around began with MichelleWalker, who passed it into my hands. As Michelle always said: I'd be grateful if you could give me feedback on what you think of it, and if you have any suggestions for future issues, I'd love to hear them. If you think that someone you devWatch deserves a feature, let me know and I'll try and feature them here! I hope you enjoy this issue, and thanks for reading!

Crickatoo :hug:

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Love for the Underappreciated:deviation:

A selection of artists and some of their works that I feel deserve more faves and views! Please spare a minute, go check out their wonderful galleries and show them your support. :heart:

:star::icontheclumsycorvid::star:
Hidden Treasure by theclumsycorvidFresh from the Pool by theclumsycorvidNarf by theclumsycorvid

An artist with a charming style and a unique take on equine anatomy! If you're a fan of hippocampi and winged horses, this is a gallery well worth the look!

:star::iconquartzeyes::star:
Faerie Peophin by QuartzEyesEpona Again by QuartzEyesKhael Floating by QuartzEyes

I had to stare at this deviant's gallery for a long time. Her style is so quirky and imaginitve! :love:. Her take on equines is full of character and delight. Check it out!

:star::iconskyarrow::star:
Suggested by Muircat
Only the Beginning - 3rd place! by SkyArrowA Visit to Silver Stone Stables by SkyArrowArato Reference by SkyArrow

This artist shows excellent potential :wow:. She has a great sense of lighting and anatomy, which shows especially in her latest works.

Featured Digital Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconnoukah::star:
Playful Dreaming by NoukahIn memory of Pentagoon by NoukahColor study by NoukahSketch: Arabian horse by Noukah
Noukah has a very playful style that is easily recognizable. All of her work shows a great deal of heart and soul, and her imagination seems to know no bounds.

Featured Traditional Equine Artist Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconcaldeirasp::star:
Horse Final by CaldeiraSPGrafite by CaldeiraSPandaluz by CaldeiraSPArabian Horse by CaldeiraSP

This artist does absolutely incredible graphite drawings. They look photorealistic, and the horses are often eating their own portraits! :giggle: Absolutely spectacular work.

Featured Equine Photographer Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconspanishvision::star:
Suggested by Astralseed
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A striking gallery filled with crisp and emotive equine photography. This artis has a good eye, and captures a hauntingly gorgeous quality in all of her subjects. Her work deserves a lot more love and attention, so please go take a look!

Featured Equine Photomanipulator Golden Frank Award by MichelleWalker

:star::iconesveeka::star:
Suggested by Astralseed
Abandoned. by EsveekaMajesty by EsveekaLet me be your guidance by Esveeka

This artist's work has a calming like quality to it, with manipulations that look like paintings and are virtually seamless. The scenes and atmospheres she creates are like something out of a dream. :love:

An Interview With… :phonecall:

Every issue of H.A, I will be interviewing one of your favourite equine artists! This issue, it is :iconscenceable: Janine is a fantastic artist with a gallery ranging from 3D sclupture, digital, and traditional art.  Everything she creates is pure magic! :love:

Aphelion by scenceableCacique by scenceableAlgequus by scenceable

:bulletyellow: Hello and thank you for joining us! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! :wave: My name is Janine, I'm 21 years old, I live in Ontario, Canada, and am currently in school finishing my Bsch in Psychology. I live near school with my cat, and enjoy creating art in my free time.

:bulletblue: Cool. How long have you been sculpting and drawing equines for?
I've always liked to draw, but I started to draw more frequently after joining DeviantArt in around 2005/ 2006. I started sculpting toward the end of 2008, and toward 2010 I've switched mostly to sculpting.


:bulletyellow: How did you learn to sculpt equines? Were you self-taught, or did you learn through a course at school?
Sometime in 2007 when I became more active on DeviantArt I discovered Riabhach and was fascinated by her fantasy models. I customized a few toy horses after that, and later I found AmandaKathryn and SovaeArt who inspired me to learn how to sculpt. I had taken a few pottery classes when I was younger and enjoyed them a lot, but I thought becoming a sculptor involved having a big studio with a kiln and the like. Through browsing DeviantArt I found out about polymer clay, and decided to try it for myself. I'm mostly self-taught through internet resources, including tutorials on DeviantArt and other forums.


:bulletblue: Interesting. Can you share with us what your very favourite piece in your gallery is?
Requiem by scenceable Requiem III by scenceable
Autumn's Requiem… she's one of maybe 3 sculptures I've sold that I've ever actually been sad to see go! She had a lot of personality.


:bulletpink: Looks amazing!  Do you have an OC (original character)? Can you tell us a little about him/her?
Nox by scenceable Nox by Magweno
I have a whole bunch, but my newest and current favourite is Nox. He's a flamboyant pink kirin.


:bulletyellow: Awesome! Your sculptures always look so amazing... do you have any tutorials or tips to share with budding artists?
I think my best advice for those wishing to try sculpting is to study, research, and explore. There are so many different methods and it's worth finding and trying as many as possible. For horses in particular, it's important to research anatomy and save as many resources as possible. I have a separate USB stick that I use just for sculpting resources; it contains thousands of photos, videos, and anatomy drawings. Additionally, I do have a few specific tutorials and links that some may find helpful:
My Tutorials: scenceable.deviantart.com/gall…
FAQ section: quequinoxart.com/faq.html


:bulletblue:  And how long (on average) does it take you to make a sculpture?
For me, the sculpting part usually takes around 10-15 hours, and the painting, hairing, and extra stuff adds on another 3-5 hours.

:bulletpink: Where do you get your inspiration from?
One thing that really inspires me is browsing the work of other artists. Viewing some of the amazing sculptures out there drives me to improve and try harder. I look at the horses by Brigitte Eberl or Maggie Bennett and think "maybe one day I can be that good", and that motivates me to put more effort into what I do. I also really love videos of horses, like the short ones you find on youtube or the classics like Black Beauty, those always inspire me to create.

:bulletyellow: That's interesting. Is there any particular medium you would like to try?
I really want to get into digital painting! And maybe some plushie dolls too.

:bulletblue:  Thank you for your time. Any last pieces of advice you can give to your fellow equine artists?
Thank you for letting me share! Something I tell myself all the time is that no matter how "good" your art may be, there is always room for improvement. You can always find something to do better, or something new to learn. Be open to critique and willing to learn.

Themed Features:gallery:

February's Theme: Love
The Love of a Horse by Yuukake:thumb285150648:

February's Colour: Yellow
Yellow by lefty59pegasus by cl2007Yellow Pegasus Pixel by jennyleigh

February's Breed: Akhal-Teke

Akgez by Olga5Palomino akhal-teke by LadyAyslinnCommission - Akhal Teke by AomoriAkhal teke by XxRed-ButterflyxX

Photography Corner :camera:

Showcasing some of the finest and most majestic images of equines from talented photographers around the world.

Horse by BiteTheBullet The Horse by immanuel White Stallion, Head Study by kvickreyLove by jillsahner

Help Desk:helpdesk:

Helpful Resources

Having trouble with a difficult pose? Stuck on how to draw certain horse parts? Feel like you'll never get the hang of drawing horses? Don't fear! There are a number of wonderful stock accounts, Groups and tutorials that will help you on your way. When using stock, always abide by the stock photographer's rules, and always remember to link back and credit the photo you used.

Featured Tutorials

Tut - Natural Horse Eyes by JanaWTutorial: Dapple Grey by ceronalandscape speedpaint tutorial by oione

Featured Stock Account

:star::iconhumblebeez::star:

sitting horse stock 1 by HumbleBeezYour guardian angel by HumbleBeezhorse rolling stock 7 by HumbleBeez

This stock account is filled with wonderful angles and poses, plus the phtography is pretty nice too!

Featured Group
Want your Group featured here? Just drop me a note!


:star::iconlandscape-resources::star:

Landscape-Resources Is an absolutely golden group, filled with quality stock photos of landscapes. The group is organized by terrain (Deserts, Forests, Grasslands etc.) and has a great deal of resources begging to be utilized!  

That's all, and thanks for reading! Look for the next issue around March 15th :nod:
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Art Doll Q+A group

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 28, 2013, 1:45 AM
If you have a specific question about making art dolls you should take a look at the PosableArtDolls group. We have an open blog so you can submit your question and every person who follows the group will see it in their message centre and will be able to answer.

So far we have had :
Finishes for Polymer Clay and Acrylic Paint:Edit:
Thought I should let you all know, I am now using varathane and I just LOVE the stuff. It works great on just about everything, too. It's fairly cheap, a small can will keep you going for a long time. Just transfer a little bit into a small jar to use, so that you keep the main can closed and undisturbed as much as possible. Also it doesn't have much of a smell at all, much less than the sculpey brand varnish, so you can use it indoors and paint little things right next to your nose without feeling like you are poisoning yourself.
The glossy kind is very nice, and with multiple coats you can get things VERY shiny. The satin kind is NOT matte, but more of a dull shine. Do NOT use it if you want a perfectly matte surface. I do not know if there is a true matte varnish; I have decided just to leave the paint unvarnished where it needs to be very matte.
Please note that they changed the labeling somewhat on the cans not all that long ago, I think it doesn't say diamond on it anymore
Resin casting mold advice/help?I want to start making dolls with resin parts but have never used resin or molds before.
I don't know what kind would be best (recommendations would be awesome), though I am considering the pourable smooth-on.
But the pourable smooth-on says it should not be used with clay that contains sulfur which I believe sculpey has.
Does it cause the mold to not form properly? Or does it just make the resin cloudy? (which doesn't matter as I will be painting it).
Also if you use an armature do you attach it after the resin has set or do you stick in in as its curing?
What's the best way of doing fragile/thin parts?
How do you get a small seam/not noticeable line where the mold was cut?
Any help is appreciated.
Submitted by :icontealxultimate:TealXUltimate
Shipping and Tracking Art Dolls InternationallyCMWyvern asked me recently about the different terms used when sending parcels internationally and I felt it's information that would be useful to a lot of people.
This journal is focused on the different options courier companies offer - insurance, tracking and delivery confirmation - rather than how to package your item (but I can do a journal on that too if people are interested).
Insurance is essential incase the postal service lose your parcel, it means they will compensate you for the value of the contents lost and that will enable you to make a replacement to send to your customer. You need to have proof that the contents were worth what they were worth when making a claim, so check your couriers website for more info on that. You may need to include something like invoices in the parcel, or make sure the invoices you send have very clearly what was in the parcel, the address of the person it was going to and how much they paid. This needs to be an official printed document
Adhesive advice?I'm trying to determine which glue is best for adhering wool to plastic (urethane plastic painted with acrylic paints, specifically), and cures transparent and waterproof. Basically, I've been playing around with flocking cast resin with wool, but I'd like to find a glue with a longer pot life that doesn't give me a headache. I've been mostly using silicone caulking, since it cures clear and waterproof, and the only thing it releases during curing is acetic acid so it's fairly safe with ventilation and doesn't give me a headache. Here's an example of what I'm using it for.
So far I've tried:
Silicone I caulk of all things, and it actually works. The downside is it cures too fast in this humid environment.
E6000 works but gives me a headache no matter how much ventilation there is. I hate the smell.
Fixit Paste also works, but cures opaque. Coloring it with paint doesn't work well because the paint dries
Flexible, realistic scales for dollsI've run into a design dilemma. I am trying to find a solution to scales on a posable doll.

this was the original concept sketch. In the end, I decided to change the facial structure, but plan on keeping the body fairly similar.

Here's what Epsilon looks like now. I want to carry the scale design over into the belly scales, and possibly a few accents. The issue is how to go about doing such. We've had a few ideas rolled around, and have only ruled out methods. Seeing as this doll will be around 3 and 1/2 feet long, cost is a concern.
Requirements:
~ Scales need to be flexible, so to avoid interfering overly much with the movement of the doll.
~ Scales need to be 3-D, able to take texture and customized details, and in the end apply a sealant to achieve a scaley, shiny look.
~ Scales need to be able to be sewn onto the fur fabric
~ Scales need to be custom done in varying sizes, and quite a few of them. castings won't work here.
Has anyone done somethin


These are problem-solving questions specific to peoples personal projects and some general advice. All of it is useful and interesting, so please add the group to your watch-list if you feel like helping or submit your journal if you're stuck!

Please remember to be polite.

For very basic and general questions about making your first art doll please refer to my tutorial Armature to Art Doll:
Armature to Art Doll Part 1 by Magweno

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