And.... it's been done! If you aren't familiar with this technique, all you need is parchment paper, a little tape and an ink jet printer. Very quick and easy. *nodding* Enjoy! =)
How to transfer image to a carving block with parchment paper
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|Marjorie is on the hunt for The Graveyard letterbox!|
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So, as some skeptics out there suspected, that whole Bake Your Own Carving Block tutorial was an April Fools joke. A complete hoax, through and through. Oh, there were elements of truth to it--the better to make it believable. For instance, when I wrote, "This tutorial has been more than a year in the making," that was the honest truth. I had the idea for the tutorial about a year ago, and it took me that long to save enough shavings to create a tutorial that would look legit!
And when I wrote about the equipment: "Amanda found ours at a Japanese dollar store and our total expense was less than $10!"--that too was completely true.
But those are about the only two true statements in the entire tutorial. The rest was a complete hoax.
"But!" I hear you thinking, "Look at those photos you took! They look so real!" Yes, they do look convincing, don't they? But remember, they had to look convincing if it was ever going to fool anyone! =)
In step 1, when I'm shredding pink stuff with a cheese grater and cutting it with a knife--I really did these things. That's real pink stuff that I really did shred with the cheese grater. But the cheese grater was so hard to work and cut so little off at a time, I got tired of it and started cutting up the pieces instead. Much faster. So step 1B--that's me being lazy. =)
|Real pink stuff, really being shredded with a cheese grater.|
|Real pink stuff, when I got too lazy to shred enough pink stuff!|
|Step 2: Apply DEET as a food release spray|
|Real pink stuff, real scraps. But the DEET had|
already been washed off and the tray dried again.
|Here's the switcher-roo! The pink shavings have been|
replaced with Pepto-Bismol--plus a few chunks of real
pink stuff to make it look "mostly" melted.
|Removing real air bubbles from the Pepto-Bismol.|
|Marjorie helps out! Leaving the Pepto-Bismol out overnight|
left a thin layer of slightly hardened surface that's pretty clear
in this photo. It's actually an effect I really liked and wanted!
Which is why I used Marjorie to make a hole in it then
moved her to the side so the "hole" was quite obvious.
|Here comes the second switcher-roo--the Pepto-Bismol-laced|
pink stuff was switched out with strawberry-scented candle wax.
|...a perfectly formed block of candle wax. =)|
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|This icon looks grainy only because|
I've enlarged it so much. But next
to your name, it'll look beautiful!
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