Monday, 4 February 2013

"GRAPES" (they're a shoe- in!)

How many of you have packets of DESICCANT SILICA GEL  sitting in your shoe boxes just waiting to become grapes!!!!!???  Well now's the time.!

FUTURE GRAPES!

Pour silica beads onto WAX PAPER and remove the super- sized ones.

I'm using a very old Kelly's Brown Glass Paint but I also tried out some Delta Transparent Glass Paint in Amber and it worked just as well.

  STEP 1:   Mix the silica beads into the brown paint.  The Brown will provide a base color for the red grapes and will also take the monotony of a single color out and make the grapes more authentic looking.

The grapes are now coated with the brown.  They will lighten up quite a bit as they dry down.



  STEP 2:   This is the second color that I'm using.  Gallery Glass is available at Michael's craft supply and probably most craft stores.  I'm using Magenta Royal.  It is like a soft wine color when dry.  When I first tried this out it was sooo freaky because I didn't know if it would do what I hoped it would.  I had another option, Gallery Glass Berry Red, but I went with the Magenta and it worked out beautifully.


On the same paper squeeze out a good sized blob of Magenta  Royal paint and mix all of the brown beads into it...  and this is what you get.  But these are way to glossy and red grapes are more "frosty" looking so we add STEP 3.... White Chalk


Scrape out some white chalk onto the same wax paper that you have been using.  You will need to add more Magenta Royal Paint and mix the beads into the paint chalk mixture.  It  will look like what you see below.

Try not worry.  They look awful but they dry down really nicely...

SEE!!??

STEP 4:  This is a piece of dried flower that I believe is  called "Statice",  and I  clipped off a twig that I thought would make a good shape for the grapes to be glued to.

STEP 5:  Clip off the dried flowers so that just the stem is left.

And Yes, I DID try the Quick Grip but it was not good.  I had to try several types of glues and this worked the best.  You have to coat the stem with the white TACKY GLUE and let it set up and tacky dry on the stem so that the glue from the paint will stick to it.  This is the part that takes patience because of the fight against gravity.  The beads will go on and then fall off..... it is better to let a small cluster set up onto the stem rather than try to get them all on at one time as I tried to do.  

The stem withe the glue on it.




These are the red Grapes on the vine and ready to be served.  These would look even better with a bit of greenery a grape leaf maybe.?  I plan on doing a small market basket with these and the multitude of peaches and breads that I showed in my first blog post "Nights before Christmas".  I made some market baskets back in 1993 and I just found one that I had tucked away.  So once I get one together, I'll show you how it turned out.  Till we meet again, have fun making Grapes; your shoes will thank You for it !

elizabeth

41 comments:

  1. Awesome idea! Thank you for sharing ;)

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    1. Hello Jane, Thank you! By the way, I have been enjoying YOUR video tutorials. You have a special way with fimo. I struggle with polymer clays but you have it down pat! Many years ago, I tried to make grapes with polymer clay and had to give up, as they all looked like round rocks!
      This for me, is soooo much faster and easier. ( and I'm all about convenience) but I admire anyone who can do what you do! Thanks for your comment, and again, Welcome to Studio E.

      elizabeth

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  2. Great idea, you give great tutorials!

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    1. Thank you Cyd. I am so glad that you are enjoying the tutorials! I have been visiting your blog and I love how you and your hubby are making those vintage modern occasional tables! I recall my parents having something similar as I was growing up, so viewing them again was like a trip down memory lane. Keep up the good work! I love your distinct and unique style!
      elizabeth

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  3. After reading this, I realize more than ever that there really are no limits to what can be used in the creation of miniatures! Amazing idea! Thank you for this lovely tutorial!

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    1. Hello again Lucille, my friend! You are soooo right, there really are NO limits and all of those who enjoy the internet can attest to the wealth of creativity that is out there in the world. It is unbelievable! I am glad that you like this idea and I hope you will give it a try and let me know how it turns out for you!
      elizabeth

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  5. Ok Elizabeth! I now need to "step" it up a notch and come "out of the box" (shoe)! Hee hee... I have been wanting to do this for years and have collected so many of these and various kinds I might say. I have never worked up the courage to try and fail! Thank you for doing this! I shall now have to try. Your amazing tutorial will guide me and give me courage!
    fats
    PS: sorry I deleted the previous comment....but my computer went crazy and doubled up most of my words! Never done that before! Yikes

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    1. Hey Fats! " Sole Sister" hahaha I am happy to have been the one to release you from the Pandoras Shoe Box and show you HOW to use those silica gel beads! Do you know that prior to this tutorial, I went looking for the bagful that I too, had collected. I couldn't find them! I looked 'everywhere' without success, so I gave up. Then I remembered that I had at one point, sorted some and grouped them into film canisters according to their size; large, medium and small. ( Not all are created equal and there ARE a lot of variations). I found the sorted silica beads and then, of course, I found the large bag of the unsorted packets that I had been originally searching for. It was in a box of craft sticks and clothes pins??? My organizing skills leave a lot to be desired. Now, I have put the beads where I can find them again,in the ........????..... Uhhh oh!!!!! ?

      elizabeth

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  6. Hello Elizabeth,
    I hope you realize you kick butt! Those grapes look fantastic. i can't wait to try this one out...although I feel kinf of silly having thrown out all the silica packets I had...time to raid my husbands closet!
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. HI Giac! I am sooo happy that you like this tutorial! I am much happier with the results of this one as you have probably gathered as I am NOT WHINING this time. hahah And isn't always the way, that you hang onto something for a long time thinking it will come in handy and then after a while you chuck it and THEN you NEED it!! The good thing is that these things are everywhere! That is why we have so many of them in the first place. Have fun and let me know how it turns out!
      big hug back!
      elizabeth

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  7. amazing!!!!!i was throw them!not any more!thanks for sharing! hugs

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    1. Hello Fillitsa, Thank you for your joining my blog and thank you for this comment! I used to throw these out too! Back in the 1990's when Janine ,( see her photo below)and I were making cheese serving boards and market baskets, She would make the best green grapes which I could never master. So, I decided to try red grapes first from fimo,( MINE WERE LOUSY) then I hit on the silica gel beads and they were sooo much easier for me. I am a short-cut queen, that is my nature. So I'm happy to have the chance to share with others that also enjoy the 'quick fix' solutions. Have fun with this!

      elizabeth

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    1. Hello again, Fabiola! Thank you for your comment and I hope you will try this out! I have made quite a few already and the red grapes have been very easy to do. I am trying now to make a decent formula for Concord grapes! Still a work in progress there. I always enjoy seeing you in the comment section and appreciate your visits. Let me know how your efforts go.

      elizbeth

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  9. Hi Elizabeth, WOW what a great idea and the end result looks amazing! I am going to give it a try this weekend. gr. AM

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    1. NOW thats what I was hoping to hear, AM! I know that I can do it, but it is always important that if your instructing, that others can do it too. When Anna tried out the fabric foil tutorial, I was very pleased to see how she interpreted it, and she did a fabulous job!!!! I wish the same success to you too (mind you, there is NOTHING that you haven't been successful at and you always do EVERYTHING extremely well!). Keep me posted!

      elizabeth

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  10. Hi Elizabeth, Obviously time to buy shoes. Then of course as a miniaturist -throw away the shoes and keep the silica and the box. I know that quite often shoe stores will give you a few packets of silica . You could lie and say your shoes seem damp! However I find if you explain the "little" experiment you are planning strangers are very supportive.

    You know I make my grapes individually but revisiting the grapes you made for the fruit bowl in my mini kitchen I think I feel a diversion coming on.

    Thanks for sharing this. I think we should all make a cake plate with grapes on it to share with you,
    As always
    Janine

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    1. Janine, How can someone who balks at spending a $1 for a bag of broken balls because they were "too expensive", even remotely think that I could imagine you buying shoes to get the silica gel beads and the shoe box!!!!???? Don't even go there!!! I think your 'little' experiment idea is much more in keeping with you and your style. I do think that as these little packets are soooo prolific anyway, that if one doesn't have any, that a quick trip to a shoe store and an request to the sales staff, would probably result in a more than adequate supply. Also, there are often packets inside jars of vitamins and/or handbags. Once you start looking they will turn up everywhere. I would love to see what the 'GREEN GRAPE MASTER"' has up her sleeve. Bring on the diversion, Janine!!!
      elizabeth

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  11. Te han quedado de lo más realistas, fantástico:)

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  12. HOlA Rosa Maria! Thank you for your comment! I think that they DO look pretty realistic and that it is because the silica gel beads are already translucent. That was why I was always dissatisfied with my efforts in fimo, as I could never get the degree of translucence that I was after. Initially, when I made these grapes, I used way too much paint. In fact, I think I used a regular acrylic paint which was too opaque, the glass paint is better for the best results. I hope that you will try this out and let me know how yours turn out. I would love to know!

    elizabeth

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  13. Thanks Elizabeth! Awesome idea that never even crossed my mind. Great tutorial on that.

    Now I'm mad at myself about all those little packets of potential grapes that I have thrown away over the years. ARGH!!

    Dale

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    1. Hello Dale! Not to worry, there are ALWAYS MORE where they came from!!! Ask for donations from friends and family or the shoe store closest to home. Everybody is always thinking of these things as 'necessary evils' and are probably anxious to get rid of them, and before you know it......SHAZAMMM!!! Your back in business!
      Have fun.
      elizabeth

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  14. Hello Elisabeth, a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. My good friend gave me two little bags of silica gels today. It´s interesting to see whether I shall manage in making grapes of them. - Thank you for your messages in my blog. If you like to see where the mirror and the baskets will be there are pictures of my new dollhouse in my blog from January and March in 2012. The dollhouse is still in progress. Many hugs Kati

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    1. Hello Katrina! I am happy to hear that your friend was able to help you out with the silica gel beads, they are usually easy to find and 2 bags will go a long way. Make sure that the beads are not too big or too crushed. The smaller they are the more they will clump together so keep them apart into little clusters so that you don't have to break them apart later. If you don;t like the way the cluster dries, just glue bits onto the main body until you are satisfied. Have fun! I will be visiting you again to see your doll's house and the mirrors and the baskets! You do wonderful work Katrina, and it was a pleasure viewing your blog!
      elizabeth

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  15. Your grapes look good enough to eat! Thanks for the great tutorial! great photos too.

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  16. Hello Troy and Welcome to my blog! Thank you, for your comment! I am delighted with the way these grapes turned out and yes they DO look good enough to eat, JUST DON"T! hahahh I had to make sure that I pasted that warning front and center just to be on the safe side. (You never know???) I just recently paid you a visit at Tulsa Tiny Stuff and plan on returning shortly as I love to see all the wonderful treasures that you uncover on your antiquing lunch breaks!! You must be like a whirlwind with X-Ray eyes able to spot the minis in the remotest corners and highest shelves and inside drawers and cupboards! A man after my own heart! haha Thanks again ,Troy

    elizabeth

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  17. Thanx for the tutorial, i have collected many of these packets, but never opened them... Finally , its time for me to open my treasure..lol... Thanx alot... ur tutorial is amazing... hugs

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    1. Hello Spandana, Thank you for your comment and you are welcome for the tutorial. It is always nice to find a use for something that has been hanging around in waiting. I also collected these packets for a long time before I discovered what they could be used for. I just couldn't get my fimo grapes to look the way I wanted them to so I looked for a short cut. That is what I always try to find; SHORT CUTS. I am basically lazy and because using fimo is hard for me, I had to find an easier way to get the results I was looking for. I hope that when you try this out that you will let me know so that I can come and have a peek. I'm always curious to see how things are re-interpreted and improved upon. Talk again soon.
      elizabeth

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  18. Great idea! I always wonder if I could do something with those little things =)

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    1. Hello Hannah! Isn't it just Grand when there suddenly is a "good reason" for what you knew you had a hunch about all along?!!! I am always amazed by the creativity and the ingenuity of those who can 'make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!' It's what we all do, and it makes us happy! When what I do, is interpreted differently by someone else, l become AWED by that too! This s such a great hobby and the mini community is wonderful to be a part of, wouldn't you agree?
      Thanks for your comment, Hannah, I appreciate it.
      elizabeth

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    1. Hello Hilsu! I thank you so very much and encourage you to try it out as they are quite easy to do and they really do look like grapes when you've finished them! Enjoy!

      elizabeth

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  20. Fabuloso el resultado!
    Gracias por compartir tus ideas.
    Un abrazo

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  21. Thank you Rosamargarita! This was a whole lot of fun to do and if you want to see how GREEN GRAPES AND PURPLE GRAPES are done, visit Katrina at her blog :" NUKKEKOTI SONAATTI" . Katrina has made use of this tutorial and done a Wonderful job of it! She has made grape platters using the grape tutorial and her cheeses and they are Fabulous! I hope that if you do this too, that you will let me know. It is always a thrill to see what others can do! Enjoy!

    elizabeth

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  22. Hi
    Thank you, can`t wait to try this..
    Hugs
    Kikka

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    1. Hello Kikka! Welcome to my blog and I shall encourage you too to visit Katrina and see how she expanded the tutorial to include the green and purple grapes! Her blog is 'NUKKEKOTI SONAATTI"
      Everybody seems to have a stockpile of these little silica packages and so I hope that you Will give this a go. They are fast and fun and easily fit into most doll's house projects as Katrina demonstrated so well! Enjoy!

      elizabeth

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  23. So clever, thanks for the tutorial. I remember seeing a packet of those beady things lying around, somewhere, and I have a horrid feeling they were thrown out! I think the idea was, there was no use for them, let's thrown them out, they are taking up space, NOOOOOooooooooo. :D I will have to go through the drawers and see if I can find any to add to my stash of useful for miniatures pile :D

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  24. Hi Sarah! Isn't that always what happens. No wonder miniaturist are Hoarders of Horrific Magnitude! I had a passion for shoes back in the day when I had better feet. I had saved tons of these packets and finally threw out the surplus for lack of space, but I have kept quite a bit and will no doubt use just fraction when all is said and done. If you can't find them in your closet, pop over to any shoes/ hand bags store as they are usually more that happy to get rid of them.

    elizabeth

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  25. This is awesome, it looks so real! What a great way to do it, thank you for sharing! ♥
    * marlies

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    1. Hi Marlies! It was good to finally have a use for those packages of silica bead that I had and didn't know what to do with. :)

      And Katrina who left a comment on this post, later used my tutorial to make an entire grape arbor with clusters of grapes hanging down. It looked Amazing. I encourage you to go have a look because her results turned out even BETTER than mine! :D

      http://nukkekotisonaatti.blogspot.com/

      elizabeth

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