Monday, August 15, 2011

Why we'll probably never do cake pops ever again and cowboy themed magnets

This week's post isn't going to be a normal one because we've got another cake pop fiasco story to tell you before we get to the magnets. Before we get into our story here are the things you need to know about us: 
  • We have a bad habit of taking on large projects and insisting on doing them all on our own.
  • We can never do anything simple; we just always have to make everything so fancy, special, and as original as possible.
  • We are stubborn and determined and will keep on going until we finish or die trying. 
So our story begins with us thinking we could make 150 western themed cake pops for a wedding party. Like always, we thought that it wouldn't be too much of a problem. And like always, we were definitely wrong. We started out strong since we had (at the time) a solid game plan. We decided we were gonna do three different designs: cowboy hats, cacti, and boots. 

To make a long story short, things did not go at all how we planned. We had to scrap the cacti because their arms kept falling off and ended up turning them into balls. After that, things just started going downhill, we had mishap after mishap until the very end. The only thing that seemed to go well was the chocolate. We didn't have any problems with it since we had corrected our mistakes from the first time we made cake pops. By the end of the night, we were a complete mess:

We really did say all this stuff. We had more gems but honestly this whole ordeal is just a blur now. At one point we considered turning on a camera a just letting it run so we could watch ourselves over and over again and just laugh. 

After all our melodrama we did finish and from what we've heard the people at the party enjoyed them. So we learned a valuable lesson from this, we are never ever ever ever going to try and do this many cake pops again. Also the moral of our story is to not bite off more than you can chew and that Ai and I are big dummies who love getting ourselves into ridiculous situations and have no one to blame but ourselves. 

Here's the only picture we took. It's the cowboy hats and I guess they don't look all that bad. >_< 

Alright now that that all is out of the way let's get on to the magnets. Ai did these ones by herself. They were for a friend of hers and they fit in with the cowboy theme of this post. Since we've never really discussed the materials we use for making our magnets here's what we typically use:
  • Sculpey brand polymer clay
  • Acrylic paints 
  • Pledge with Future Shine for a shiny finish
  • Epoxy glue and round magnets from Michaels 
Here's how we go about making the magnets:
  • We figure out a theme we'd like to do and start sculpting. If you've ever played with play dough or anything similar then you should be able to work with the Sculpey. It's pretty user friendly. 
  • After we sculpt, we follow the directions on the box and bake the clay in the oven, let them cool and paint them. 
  • Then we take rubbing alcohol and clean off the figurines. It helps the future shine stick better. 
  • After cleaning the figurines off we apply a couple layers of the future shine and let them dry a bit before baking them again at 215 degrees for 10 minutes. 
  • After we let the figurines cool off we use the epoxy glue to attach the magnets. Epoxy glue sets pretty fast so you don't have to wait too long before you get to use the magnets.
Cowboy themed magnets with a clover and pot of gold thrown in there because Ai's friend is Irish.
Tractor and Cowboy Cactus 

Her adorable dog

A pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and a clover

Ai's friend and her husband


So that's all for now folks! Go out and make your own magnets, it's a lot of fun, but do not go out and make overly complicated cake pops! ♥  


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