Crème Brulée

Hi there! I haven’t been posting these past few days because I have a deadline to meet for this event which is really cool because it’ll be my first time abroad!

I’ve also been busy reviewing for college exams and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Yes, all ten seasons. Pretty addicting. I also bought Serpent’s Shadow because Percy Jackson made me a Rick Riordan fan.

Oh! And me and my awesome friend (We’ll call her M) taught my boyfriend how to ride a bike! (How old is he? He’s 15 but uhh let’s pretend he’s 7 so he doesn’t get embarrassed about not knowing how to ride a bike.)

This bike’s frame is actually made of bamboo! Cool! (But it’s not for beginners but it was all we had…)

He also almost fell head first into some concrete which was really scary, but he was able to use his hand instead. Then when we checked and his wound looked like a creepy smiley face. With a beard thingy.

Weird, creepy smiley face with a beard

And we saw a dead crab whom we named Roadkill Crab. Poor crabby :c

Last week my mom bought me some polymer clay from Divisoria for likereally cheap! Yay cheap art supplies!  So I tried doing this polymer clay braided bracelet.

It was all very easy until I tried baking it. So obviously I didn’t want to use the oven because I don’t want my cupcakes to smell like plastic and because it’s such a waste and all. I tried using the oven toaster which actually works for some people but I had three problems:

1. Our oven toaster only has two options: 350 watts or 700 watts. No temperature control but that’s okay because I can use the oven thermometer but then

2. The clay mom bought was unbranded (of course, it’s Divisoria.) and no one really knew what temperature it was supposed to be baked in. I googled and I saw the optimal temperature for all polymer clays so I figured as long as it was in that range it’ll be okay. But it wasn’t because

3. I forgot that the oven toaster timer was on and I went to get something and when I came back I was like a hundred degrees Celsius higher than the maximum temperature of the range. So when it came out the top part looked all melty but the under side was okay (but the rice I put it on top of so that it wouldn’t get deformed made some little dents. Irony.)

it’s not so bad when you put the bad half at the bottom but if you looked really closely you could totally see it.

That was when I had the idea of wearing it on my head on top of a top bun.

Turns into…

Incredibly blurry pictures credits to my 10 year old brother. Hmmm.

In retrospect maybe it was actually a good idea, leaving the oven on (okay maybe that was a safety hazard but the browning makes it look like a creme brulee, which I totally love. Yum.)

Stay Argyle!

– C.

Troubleshooting and tips for making a friendship bracelet

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A few days ago, I bought “The Friendship Bracelet Book”, published by Summit Media (it was relatively cheap compared to everything else in Fully Booked). There were three sections, categorized by the difficulty of the patterns. I immediately wanted to try the checkered pattern, and even after 3 re-dos, it was a complete failure. It made my craft ego tear up. I mean, really? Those things are for kids right? With me as an exception of course. I mean, how can  fail at this?!?!?!  And then I saw this post by Honestly WTF and it made everything better again. Yay! Although, I still had to do some trial and error to make it look flawless (I said look, mind you. Haha, a closer look will tell you how much I fail at making friendship bracelets)Image

Okay, so I just want to share with you guys what I learned while I was making a friendship bracelet:

(And I apologize for awful pictures. I was too excited to share what I learned and I had to take pictures near a lamp since it’s already night)

1. Cardboard is your friend.

I’ve seen tutorials with instructions to tape the strings to a table or so, but what I do is just staple it to the cardboard, use a binder to hold it in place. Cut slits at the bottom, insert individual pieces of string between the cuts so that the strings wouldn’t move, and you can make your bracelet ANYWHERE. Seriously. I took mine to UP  Diliman awhile ago and while we were waiting for the photocatalyst thingy to dry (long, nerdy story) I was making the bracelet.

This is what I did:

Get a piece of cardboard or anything that’s just as thick that you can cut through. I used the one provided in the book (I’m not sure if it was really intended for that purpose though)

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Okay, now get your scissors and cut up slits that are around 2 inches long and 2 inches apart. There’s no real rule on how long it is, but the idea here is you need to make slits so that the strings will be held in place while you make your hitches. (hitches = those knots. 2 hitches = 1 “knot”). After this you can make your bracelet as usual~

And another tip! Imagine you have two strings, pink and blue, and you’re making knots with the blue string, I found that the knots looks better if I keep the pink one as straight as possible while I’m pulling my blue string to make a knot.

2. Forgetting if you’ve made two hitches already or not is very frustrating.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but sometimes I get “in the zone” where I just mindlessly make hitches like a zombie and I just suddenly snap out of it and I completely forget if I made just one hitch or if I’ve already completed a knot, and then I take a guess and either continue even if I’ve only made a half a knot or I be extra sure and add another hitch, making an ugly, bulky 1 and a half knot.

“So, genius, what are we supposed to do about it?”

Tell you what. Flip your bracelet on its back. You see those tiny knots? Remember that 2 hitches make a knot at the front? Well, if you look closely, you can see those same 2 hitches at the back. Therefore, you can now easily see if you need to add one more knot or not!!

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Well there you have it. I hope I (somehow) helped some of you “troubleshoot” your friendship bracelets :)

Happy Friday!