Index May and June 2006
All blog posts will be un-linked. Two blogs
disappeared when I changed webhosts 4/2012.
Donuts and pastries
06-28-06 - Another stab at making the mini croissant.
Cinnibuns: Since we're reviewing donuts
and the like I thought we'd tackle cinnamon buns, for no other reason than I
love them. I should paste them to my hips because that's where the real ones
are going to go.
Jelly Filled Donut
One of my favorite real life treats. Trick on getting a powdered sugar
Donut with Sprinkles
06-26-06: I don't think I got it right yet, more to come on the
Glazed and Chocolate Topped
06-24-06: Another donut experiment. The earlier one had too many seams
where the Toasty Top was applied to get that glazed look. This new experiment
cuts down the amount of seams.
to get the stripe on the outside of the glazed donut. Pictures 17- 22.
Double Chocolate Donut
Quick, simple and delicious to look at
Nathan is my grandson and had a birthday
recently. This was the invitation that his Daddy made.
Mommy and Daddy are in the picture at the top
of this page. Ain't they cute?
I'm a little late in getting this picture up
on my site, but granny has been "taking a powder".
But better late than never.
Father's Day Book Shuffle
and June: Taking a powder.
For the last two months I've been working on a series of experiments
using powders used in the cosmetic industry. I received a gift of 101 samples,
different brands from different manufacturers. Since all of this is new to me
it's taken time to organize, inventory, and start the experiments. I'm still
not done, but you can take a peek at what I've done so far.
06/11/06 Post to
Those are the steps I used in making the experiments with the powders. The
powders that are white or silver were difficult to work with when added to TLS
because TLS is white, so it was white on white and I was squinting like a mad
woman getting the swirls worked out. Then the lighting was a problem because I
need light for the different reflections but the home made light box, a
recycled white plastic milk jug, isn't the best contraption.
The manufacturers of these powders serve the cosmetic industry. Check the main
index and there's links to the different brands of powders. Beside the links
are the manufacturer's names. On the various brand pages will be links to the
manufacturers and a bit about that brand of powder.
The most exciting innovation is "Color Travel", it's so new the cosmetic
industry just got word about it two months ago.
Color Travel Pigments
Two different technologies have recently been developed to produce the
exciting new effect shown by color travel pigments carrying the brand name
One form has been produced by coating synthetically produced silica flakes
with metal oxides such as titanium dioxide or iron oxide. The silica flakes
have their own interference color, which is determined by their thickness. For
the creation of color effects, two variables can be used. First, the thickness
of the silica flakes and secondly, the thickness of the metal oxide layers.
Both can be precisely controlled and so by combinations of layers with varying
thickness many different colors and effects can be achieved. The result is
that the color of a XironaŽ pigment will change depending on the angle from
which it is viewed.
The other technology is multi layer on a mica substrate. If a SiO2 layer with
low refractivity and a second highly reflective layer of TiO2 are correctly
applied, these layers increase the reflection intensity of each platelet by
approx. 90 %. In addition, appropriate layer thickness leads to interference
systems with highly angle dependent colors; hence the color of the pigment
will change depending on the viewing angle.
The XironaŽ Color Travel pigments may be used in all cosmetic products, in
combination with traditional pearl luster pigments as well as both organic and
inorganic colors. They disperse well in both oil and water.
To achieve the best visible color travel use almost transparent, translucent
and semi opaque base formulations together with transparent round , concave or
This new range
contains six pigments under the brand name XironaŽ. Formulations containing
XironaŽ pigments you will find here.
I have all the sample experiments done but only two pages of pictures
uploaded. The main index of the Powders section will have "close ups done"
typed on the pages that have pictures to look at. All the other sections have
pages made but no pictures yet. It's been a long and slow process. I'm not
happy with all the pictures because I have an old digital camera and not the
right lighting for night time shots. I will be replacing some of the pictures
when I get better ones.
101 samples, three pictures and three thumbnails each, it adds up. But I'm
slogging through it determined to finish this before actually making things
with these powders.
Since the cosmetic industry has just found out about these powders we will be
the first polymer clay artists with this information. We may beat the cosmetic
industry to the punch with actually putting some of these innovative powders
Here is a page that has posts I sent through the list about these powders.
What most folks may not be aware of is not all glittery and shiny powders are
mica. Mica is an ore. Some of these powders are made with other materials.
Some of these powders use mica and then put one color on one side of the flake
and another color on the other side of the flake to get that "color
travel". I've been adding information to the various brand pages when I can
find it on the manufacturer's sites.
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