Thursday, April 7, 2011

Behind the Scenes Part 1: Cookies

Hello everyone and welcome again to Café ASTA! 

Angela here, reporting for duty; its been a long time, hasn’t it? Now that Winter is over, with spring comes renewed energy and new ideas for crafts. 

But first things first: both Steph and I think that we are way overdue with introducing some of the things we’ve made since our debut. Sorry everyone for being unable to post these sooner.

When we started coming up with the idea of Café Asta, Steph and I originally wanted to try a whole bunch of different kinds of Sweets deco, but knew that we had to take it slowly, so we decided to limit it to only a few specific kinds of bases: Cookies, Pies, Waffles and Biscuits

It doesn’t sound like much but as you may have noticed in our introductory pictures from December, there really is a LOT you can do with just these four types of bases!

It all depends on the sizes, colors and toppings one might want to decorate with, so honestly we stuck the types of things we already knew tasted great and thus made sense for a real-life inspired style. Experimentation followed not long after.

This week's pick:

Cookies (of the Chocolate chip variety):

These were the first that I tried to make and they came out much better than I had expected for being inexperienced with clay modeling. 

In the beginning, everything we made was originally  from white coloured air dry clay that of which we coloured ourselves using acrylic paint or chalk pastels. 

For things like bananas and cookie dough it was quite easy, but the hardest part of making a chocolate chip cookie hands-down is coloring the chocolate chips. 

While kneading a ball of clay about the size of a quarter, you have to add the brown paint little by little: Too much and it would be a huge slimy mess, too little and you’d be there forever. More than once I had been sitting there, kneading the colour completely through the clay for more than 30 minutes!!

Thought I was getting Arthritis from the hand cramps by the end of the week (haha)

It was brief, but this is just part 1 of a  "behind the scenes" series on the items we offer. Stay tuned for the next in the series: ~biscuits!~

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