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Box frontThe Care Bears Shaker Maker Kit


I picked up this kit for $5 on sale after Christmas '04. It seemed like a cute idea - make your own little Care Bears figures. I'd never tried painting figures before. I thought at least I could do better than the far-sighted Parkinson's patients that seem to paint the figures for Mage Knight. Let's see how well I'll fair.

I started out working in the kitchen. A logical place as there is quick access to water and trash facilities. But more importantly, snacks while I wait for the goo to set. The contents are 3 molds, the shaking cup thingee, molding powder, drying stand, paint, and a paintbrush. The instructions said to put the mold in the bottom cup, then put warm water in the clear cup, dump the powder in, screw the 2 parts together and shake vigorously. I did just that, but wound up with a large clump of blue mold on the top. I waited for it to set, and when I pulled the mold apart, it was missing like half it's body. I set it on the drying rack.

There wasn't enough room on the drying rack for all of them, so I plopped all the figures down on a paper plate. They were slimy and rubbery and the color of Zest soap. All of them appeared to be diseased. I thought maybe when they dried and shrank it would be less noticeable. It didn't say how long they would take to dry, so I sat them in my room and let them there overnight. The next morning they were still blue rubber blobs. It took about 4 days for them to fully dry. They looked like chalk figures when they were done. I took the liberty of doing a hardness test on them. I scratched them with my fingernail and dust came off, which makes them about a 2 on Moh's Scale of Hardness. I can't believe I actually found a use for something stupid I learned in 9th grade science class. Then again, taking the class for a second time probably burned a few things permanently in my brain. First and foremost being, "Cleavage is the way a rock breaks, not the way a woman shakes."

I don't like to stray too far from my computer, so I set up the painting station right in front of my keyboard. There were 6 colors of paint - red, blue, yellow, green, white, and black. I opened the blue first because it's one of my favorite colors. Unfortunately air got into the container and it had turned into a dried plasticy blob. There was only one plastic-bristled brush enclosed so got to work painting my figures. I wanted to make my own individual, unique figures. It was hard to paint in the tiny grooves with the huge brush. It was even harder to mix colors without the use of blue paint. I have much smaller brushes and a variety of paints, but using things not included in the kit would be cheating, now wouldn't it?

And here we have my final creation. Three Care Bears of my own design, crafted by my own hands. I named them Amputee Bear, Leprosy Bear, and Bleeding Heart Bear. I guess I don't have much talent for painting figures. They certainly don't look as nice as the ones on the box nor as finely detailed. But, they make an interesting conversation piece on top of my jewelry box.





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