OK, so there's this Japanese craft/art called Decoden that I've totally fallen in love with. Basically, you have all the fun of super-fancy cake decoration, but it LASTS FOREVER!!!! O_O
I've decorated my share of fancy cakes over the years, let me tell you, and it's always a bit disheartening that the things take way less time to eat than they do to create. With Decoden, you get to do fancy piping (many creatrixes, including myself, use silicone caulk - yep you heard me right!) and then stud it with sweet little cabochons and fancy jewels, sprinkle on some glitter or glass microbeads, and voilà! To make it even more fun, you can create your own cabochons out of polymer or air-dry clays. (OMG, Delight paper clay is so aptly named!) I make it sound easy, and once you get the hang of it, it's not hard, but it can be time-consuming. Fortunately, it's also really fun! Oh, and don't even get me started on the joys of "baking" the cookie pieces with chalk pastels. It's really exciting to see them come to life! :)
Decoden is often used to decorate storage boxes or jars, pencil cases, and cell phone covers. I've also used the techniques I've learned to make tiny cupcake and pie pendants and magnets. Fun!
And maybe the best part of all is that Decoden treats are sugar- and calorie-free. ^_^
So here's a tiny sampling of some of the things I've made. They're already in my shop, and I'll be adding more as soon as I can take pics! :)