The Happy Panda
Feb 5, 2011Limited, anyone with the link
Photo: Happy New Year and welcome to The Happy Panda!
Photo: Mari, Ivy, Julie and Libby sit down for dinner.
Photo: Mmmm, polymer clay food.  My favorite!
Photo: The noodles are made with a clay extruder.   It's kind of expensive so be sure to use your craft store coupon.  But it's definitely worth the money.  And it's a lot of fun to play with!
Photo: The chop sticks are craft sticks from the craft store and I found the plates at a flea market.  (I made Julie's dress.)
Photo: We found the serving dishes at a kitchen outlet store.

  The dipping bowls are small wooden bowls that we found at the craft store.  We painted them white and filled them with assorted "sauces".
Photo: Yum! I love weird looking dumpling things!
Photo: The rice is made with the clay extruder.  We used "translucent" clay (without any added color) to get the cooked rice look.

The egg rolls were made with gold clay and wrapped around little rolls of aluminum foil.

The pot stickers were made by mixing translucent clay with a little bit of beige, which is why you can see the filling, which is little bits of brightly colored clay.  After it was baked, we painted the edges brown.

Everything is coated with clear gloss varnish, to make it look greasy and yummy.
Photo: Some of my odds and ends.  

The wooden carvings (top and middle shelf on the book case and on the cabinet) were brought back from Asia many years ago by a family friend who was a merchant marine.  They are hand carved and quite fabulous.

My dad made the book case and I found the cabinet at a department store.  The fans hanging on the wall are printed on paper and cut out.
Photo: Top of the book shelf:  Hand carving.

First shelf: A bowl found at Good Will and the tea pot is a trinket box.

Upper middle shelf: Cheap glass panda, bamboo fan from the craft store and another wooden carving.

Lower middle shelf: Mini Buddha from an import store and cheap glass elephants.

Bottom shelf: The doll sized soup bowls are actually people sized tea cups from an import store and some "copper pots" found at Good Will.

My dad made the book shelf.
Photo: Another wooden carving and a lucky cat from an import store.  

And fortune cookies!
Photo: Mari and Libby crack open their fortune cookies.
Photo: Polymer clay fortune cookies and red envelopes.
Photo: Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy New Year!