If it moves, it dies.
JERHIGH, a popular brand of premium dog food for all breeds, has five new flavors that sound like fancy dishes that a top chef would prepare.
Imagine serving your dog roasted duck in gravy for lunch and grilled beef with carrot in gravy for dinner. If they love chicken, the choices are chicken and liver in gravy, chicken and vegetable in gravy and grilled chicken in gravy.
Yes, each flavor has a gravy base plus real meat and veggies that have been formed into chunks. For a small or medium size dog, the 120-gram pouch JerHigh wet food is already good for one meal. A big dog might need a little extra.
The JerHigh Beef Grilled & Carrot In Gravy, JerHigh Roasted Duck in Gravy, and JerHigh Chicken and Liver in Gravy have added Omega 3 and Zinc to promote dog's healthy skin and fur.
The JerHigh Chicken and Vegetable in Gravy is ideal for dogs that need inulin and fiber for improved digestive and excretory systems.
The JerHigh Grilled Chicken in Gravy is recommended for dogs that need support for calcium and Vitamin D to strengthen bones, teeth and muscle growth.
Any of the five new JerHigh flavors can be fed to dogs straight off the pack, or mixed with kibble so they have more to eat.
A pouch of the new JerHigh (any flavor) sells for P45. It is available in Pet Discount, Inc.'s retail partners, including online pet shops like MC PetLovers Hub.
PAWFECT PLATE, maker of all-natural homemade pet treats at affordable prices, plans to launch more varieties of its delicious dog treats soon.
All Pawfect Plate treats undergo dehydration—a proven and highly safe process that essentially maintains our treat’s nutritional value and enhances storage life. They're pawfectly healthy for your fur babies!
Pawfect Plate's bestseller products to date are the Chicken Xanders (dehydrated chicken feet), Summer Stix (chicken skin), Bailey Bites Pork, Bailey Bites Chicken, Bailey Bites Beef.
Learn more about Pawfect Plate by visiting their Facebook and Instagram accounts (@pawfectplate).
AS pet owners, we are always on the lookout for great, natural sources to integrate into our pet’s daily routine. We learned that malunggay is a great super-food to add in our dog’s diet once in a while and how madre de cacao is great to treat mange. Now, there's a new favorite and must-have for pet care products: Neem!
The Neem Tree is a tropical plant found in India and Southeast Asian countries. In India, it is known as the village pharmacy, as the seeds, bark, and leaves contain compounds with antiseptic, antiviral, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, anti fungal, anti-oxidant & bug repelling properties.
For pets, Neem delivers many skin benefits. It naturally moisturizes skin and coat without making the fur sticky or oily, soothes irritated skin and hot spots, naturally repels and helps gets rid of ticks and fleas, helps clean up mange and wounds, and naturally deodorizes so no more “wet dog/cat” smell! In addition, compared to other plant or chemical based products, Neem is non-toxic when ingested by pets, which makes it safe as a house cleaner as well.
Want to try Neem? A current market bestseller is Fetch! Neem Natural Pet Care System as they are the first to use 100 percent Neem Extract as the products’ base while other Neem shampoos would add Neem oil or powder into its shampoo base or water. Because of this, Fetch! is able to maintain the potency of Neem’s healing, deodorizing, and bug repelling properties in a water soluble form. In fact, getting the extraction goes through an interesting (and meticulous) process where that lasts for 2-3 weeks, just to ensure that the efficacy of Neem is maintained. It’s because of this that Fetch’s extraction process won the silver medal at the 25th Salon International des Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland.
Currently, the Fetch! Neem Pet Care System includes Shampoo, Leave-on Rinse to clean up and deodorize your dog or cat while helps continue to repel bugs, and a House Cleaner and Deodorizer to be clean your floors or your pet’s beddings while shooing away creepy crawlies from your home. A complete solution that’s good for pets, humans, and their homes!
Have you tried incorporating Neem extract into your pet’s everyday routine? How do you find it?
To learn more about Fetch!, check out their website or their social media pages at https://www.facebook.com/FetchPH/ and https://www.instagram.com/fetchphilippines/.
For a list of locations and retailers that carry Fetch!, you may find them at https://www.fetch.ph/neem-faq.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
IT'S good to know exactly what you are feeding your pets. Although pet food labels generally detail the ingredients they use, some of the fine print can be mystifying.
All dog foods and treats should ideally pass the expectation vs. reality test, otherwise dog owners are left buying nonsense. Like rawhide, a piece of bleached “leather” sold as dog chew. Fortunately, honest-to-goodness dog treats are not beyond our reach.
Three months ago, another local startup venture came to life after developing what they believe is the “pawfect plate” of dog treats made from dehydrated pieces of real meat. The end-product consists of irregularly shaped chips of chicken, pork, beef and pork liver, packed individually and called Bailey Bites. But it is Pawfect Plate's dehydrated chicken feet called Chicken Xanders Original that is peculiarly special.
Pawfect Plate dog treats are dehydrated meat with no preservatives and chemicals. It's hard to overstate how straightforward it is, which is what can win dog owners' confidence. It's not a meat-flavored treat. It's dried meat, plain and simple.
The dehydrated chicken feet are gnarly, but for MetroPets' resident dog reviewers, taste trumps looks. Despite their appearance, chicken feet are healthy dog treats “as they contain a good amount of calcium, protein and collagen—good for keeping healthy skin and bones as well as providing joint support for our canine and feline friends,” said Erika Santos, owner and founder of Pawfect Plate.
Concerned that the bones might harm your dogs? Don't be, said Erika who explained that cooking bones make them brittle, but dehydrating softens and pulverizes the bones so they are safer for pets to eat.
We found more than 10 chicken feet in a pack of Chicken Xanders Original (80g for P180) enough to go around. Our dogs give it a paws up so there's reason to believe these dried chicken feet will go places.
When it comes to treats, dogs seem to favor the crunchy ones. Pawfect Plates Bailey Bites deliver the crunch and more. Aside from retaining the nutrients in the meat, the dehydration process also makes Bailey Bites dog treats more flavorful and delicious with no moisture to water down the taste, Erika said.
The small dogs in MetroPets' product review team preferred to take small bites at first, but it didn't take long before they aggressively competed with the big dogs for more Bailey Bites. Based on our observation, the pack's favorites are the pork liver and the beef variants. We suggest keeping the Bailey Bites pork, chicken and beef in their individual packs to avoid confusion.
“Our current bestseller is the Bailey Bites Pork Liver variant, maybe because dogs really love the meaty taste of liver. The plus side is that they are very handy treats to use for training as they don’t leave any foul odor or oily residue in your hands,” said Erika.
A 50g bag of Bailey Bites Pork and Bailey Bites Chicken each cost P260. Bailey Bites Beef costs P360 per 50g. Bailey Bites Pork Liver is priced at P280 for 60g. Price-conscious pet owners might argue that a kilo of fresh meat costs less than Pawfect Plate's treats. But Erika countered that fresh meat, unlike dehydrated, won't be as flavorful, healthy and convenient to give as dog treats. She also added that the costing for their product includes other natural ingredients used to enhance taste, plus the time and effort in preparing the product, as well as the hours to dehydrate.
“All of our treats undergo dehydration, a proven and highly safe process that essentially maintains the food's nutritional value and enhances storage life,” she added.
THE MAKING OF PAWFECT PLATE
It's not the first time that dearly loved pets become the inspiration for a new product. Pawfect Plate's story begins with one of Erika's dogs with food issues. To address the problem, Erika switched to home cooked food. Soon, she was dehydrating treats at home.
“Our pets Bailey and Summer are the apple of our eyes. Wanting simple, healthy and natural snacks for them drove my brother and I to start Pawfect Plate. Initial attempts had such positive results that we could not help but want to share these with friends and family. While we hadn’t been dehydrating treats at that time, it was the spark that would eventually set off Pawfect Plate. My brother began extensive research on food preparation methods and we zeroed in on dehydration. For two years this became our obsession,” Erika recalled.
After carefully testing their dehydrated treats in various conditions and types of canine and feline pets, Pawfect Plate finally started selling online and in select veterinary clinics.
“Our products go through strict and thorough quality check before we release them to ensure only the best quality products are shipped to our client's doorsteps. We also abide by proper sanitation guidelines to ensure no cross contamination,” said Erika.
To ensure product freshness, Pawfect Plate's production is based on the amount of current orders they receive. On average, about 30 bags get shipped out to customers each week.
“As we do not use any type of preservatives or chemicals and want to ensure only fresh products are delivered to our clients, we prepare the orders no more than two days prior to ship date. We keep track of preparation dates and expiry dates and clearly mark these on our packaging. Currently we are producing based on the weekly orders as well as other order trends. We’ve been quite blessed with the positive response from our customers,” Erika said.
Pawfect Plate ships its all-natural dog treats every Tuesday (Monday cut-off at 5 p.m.) and Saturday (Friday cut-off at 5 p.m.) Prices are exclusive of shipping costs to be paid for by clients.
In the coming months, Pawfect Plate plans to launch other products which may include dehydrated vegetables and fruits for pets. They also plan to get a certification or approval from the Bureau of Food and Drug Administration (BFAD) to support their expansion plan and to give customers added assurance of product quality.
Back on the ground, cats have joined the dogs in trying out Bailey Bites and one even made a mad dash, albeit in vain, for a Chicken Xander. Erika assured us that it's okay for cats to eat their dehydrated treats. It's safe to say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed and approved what they just ate. There were clean plates everywhere which, if you ask the dogs, is what makes a pawfect plate.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
ORGANIC is all the rage now even in pet care. A new all-natural line of pet products to recently enter the market has bottled the wonders of neem extracts, and all dog owners need to do is go fetch it!
Fetch Philippines has developed a set of pet products based on neem leaves extracts that includes a shampoo, a rinse and a cage cleaner. Neem is a versatile plant that thrives in the country with most of its parts, from the seeds to the twigs, useful for something when processed.
Georgianna Carlos, the entrepreneur behind Fetch, said neem's curative properties make it an effective anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent that can moisturize skin as well as clean and deodorize pets and their things.
Fetch products are formulated by CRD Herbal Products which bagged the silver medal in the 25th Salon International des Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland for their neem extraction process. Using the same award-winning process has allowed Fetch to immediately secure a registration from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its shampoo and rinse products.
“We are one of the few local pet products that have been FDA registered because we believe in doing every step correctly to make sure our products are good and safe for pets,” said Giorgianna who owns four dogs.
She told MetroPets that Fetch's use of neem aqueous extract as shampoo base also sets it apart from existing neem-based pet care.
“We made sure our shampoo base is safe for regular use and has the right pH level for animals. Others use water or alcohol as base and add oil or powdered neem or other plant derivatives. In doing this, some properties of neem may become less effective. Extracts, on the other hand, are already water-base and can be applied directly or diluted with water while still maintaining the properties that make neem amazing,” said Georgianna.
All three Fetch products are designed to provide an end-to-end solution to keep dogs and their immediate environment clean. But we're not simply taking Fetch's word for it until our dogs experience neem first hand.
Reviewing shampoo products falls squarely on our resident beagle, Sab. As a member of the hound group, beagles develop a strong, natural musky scent that is almost impossible to completely wash away. Sab used Fetch Neem Shampoo on a Wednesday and we started to get a whiff of her legendary hound odor (as it is called) by Sunday. That is quite a record because she usually starts to smell two days after a bath. As for the shampoo itself, it smells organic in a nice way. It doesn't leave a strong scent on dogs which is good because they have heightened sense of smell, especially beagles!
As we've come to expect with organic shampoos, the Fetch Neem Shampoo does not work up much lather when applied on a dog's wet coat. It's a sign that it doesn't contain chemicals that make shampoos foam up. The down side is those who prefer foamy dog shampoos might try to use more than necessary but would still not achieve that luxuriously soapy bath feel because the shampoo is really mild. The important thing is the dog comes out feeling and smelling clean.
Think of the Fetch Neem Rinse like a sanitizer that will get your dogs acceptably clean with just few sprays. But instead of alcohol, this one is based on neem extracts and it is to be diluted in 80 or 90 parts of water before spraying on dogs' fur and paws. Our dogs didn't have any violent objection when treated with a spritz here and there of the resulting brownish concoction. They tried to shake it off as dogs are wont to do, so it's best to quickly massage their skin and coat after application so the rinse stays on them.
When used regularly, preferably between bath days, the Fetch Neem Rinse promises to moisturize dogs' skin and deodorize them from head to paw. Another suggested use or benefit is as tick and flea repellant.
The neem rinse also has aloe vera (not a fan of its smell) and lavender. Together, they create an interplay of scents that reminded us of an herbal bath our lola used to prepare. Suddenly, this rinse smells weirdly relaxing.
NEEM CAGE CLEANER
Fetch's Neem Cage Cleaner is for pet lovers who are also neat freaks. Unlike most household cleaning products found in supermarkets, this one is “green” and non-toxic so dogs should be fine even if they accidentally ingest a bit of it.
Fetch Neem Cage Cleaner should be diluted in 10 parts water. It also has citronella and lavender to help do the job of disinfecting beddings and areas that dogs frequent. It also keeps the bugs out so we like to spray it around the dogs' area at night to give them extra protection from mosquitoes.
We also love the fact that Fetch's products work for cats. The Neem Cage Cleaner seems to discourage cats from revisiting places where they often do their pee-spraying spree. Further observation is in progress, but we are hoping it would make us do away with bleach products and air fresheners to clean cats' mess.
Fetch products have proper instructions on how they should be used. The shampoo comes in 250ml and 500ml bottles, the rinse concentrate in a 250ml bottle, and the cleaner and deodorizer in a 500ml bottle. These can be ordered online through Pet Warehouse or bought at Animal Center in UP Town Center, QC. (please get pricing information from these outlets).
“The products are good up to two years as long as they are away from direct sunlight. For the leave on rinse and cleaner which needs to be diluted before using, each time one creates a dilution, best to use it within seven days,” said Giorgianna.
Fetch's next plan is to explore other local ingredients that can be used in pet care, including natural treats and chews.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
IT'S not everyday that one comes across a product with the word butt in its name. So, from the get-go, Fluffy Butt, a new local pet-care line, caught our attention.
Fluffy Butt has two products for dogs: Coco Loco, a food supplement and also a deep conditioner, and Shoo Flea which, as the name suggests, is a tick repellant.
Coco Loco is made from cold-pressed and human-grade Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). Its promise is that when regularly added on dogs' meals, their appetite and digestion will improve. Coco Loco can also be part of a dog's vanity kit as paw pads moisturizer and skin and coat conditioner.
Shoo Flea is an anti-tick and flea solution based on natural essential oils. To do its job, the Shoo Flea must go where the dog goes so it can drive the bugs away. A dog protectively sprayed with Shoo Flea, especially before it steps out of the house, is shielded from the bloodsuckers.
Fluffy Butt made its online market debut almost four months ago and while it's new, VCO-based and anti-parasitic pet products are not. However, one thing Fluffy Butt has going for it is a sweet story behind its conception which we believe resonates with its young market made up of millennial dog lovers.
THE CORGI INITIATIVE
It might be instantly obvious to some that Fluffy Butt's logo is that of a corgi's posterior. Yup, those bootylicious buttocks that have become the hallmark of corgi's awesomeness are front and center in Fluffy Butt's story.
Logan, a Pembroke Welsh corgi of relative Instagram fame, is the inspiration and image model of Fluffy Butt. His owner, Ruth Carino and her partner chemist formulated Coco Loco and Shoo Flea initially just for Logan who, by default, was the test subject.
“I started Fluffy Butt to create my own natural pet-care products that I (can) regularly use on Logan because those are either not easily available or I'm not happy with what I find in the local market,” Ruth told MetroPets.
Literally a pet project, Fluffy Butt's first month of online sales performed better than Ruth expected and continues to do even better, said Ruth. She attributes Fluffy Butt's encouraging start mainly to Coco Loco's and Shoo Flea's effectiveness, which is something she and Logan could attest to.
“I drew from my own experience as a pawrent to create only what I would use for Logan,” Ruth said, adding that doing so makes it easier for her to walk the talk.
For Shoo Flea, Ruth said they made sure it would smell pleasant for both humans and pets without compromising effectiveness.
“Some brands may have just been rebottled human mosquito repellant. Some forget that animals have a keener sense of smell so strong scents may cause them discomfort,” she said.
A bottle of Shoo Flea contains a mixture of natural essential oils with no artificial fragrances, but is good enough to repel fleas and ticks for worry-free outdoor walks and play dates. For our own little test, we took one of our canine product reviewers, a Chihuahua, to the home of a recently rescued puppy still being treated for tick infestation. The residents have reported seeing occasional ticks crawling even in areas the puppy had not been to. Sprayed with Shoo Flea beforehand, our Chihuahua survived the visit with no “hitchhiker” on him. It's interesting to note that while the Chihuahua attracted no ticks, his human companion found two in her clothes!
Meanwhile, the jury is still out on Coco Loco as we don't expect to see results overnight. Ruth said she has customers who swear by Coco Loco in boosting their dogs' appetites.
Fluffy Butt suggests two ways to use Coco Loco:
AS FOOD SUPPLEMENT: Add 1-3 pumps every other meal, and gradually increase to 3-6
pumps every meal, depending on the size of the dog. Monitor the dog's poop: reduce the VCO quantity if it becomes too soft.
AS DEEP CONDITIONER: Apply all over the fur and paw pads and let it sit for 30-60 minutes before shampooing and rinsing the dog thoroughly.
“We’ve consistently received positive feedback about how Coco Loco has helped the fur and skin condition of dogs, especially those recovering from allergies or hot spots,” said Ruth.
Shoo Flea is available in 100mL bottle (P230) and 300mL refill (P600). Coco Loco comes in 250mL bottle (P250).
Fluffy Butt thrives on social media. It is where Ruth sells and reaches out to customers with the help of Logan as brand ambassadog.
“I get in touch with customers to see how our products helped their dogs...It always warms my heart when I see dog owners worry less because their dogs are using Shoo Flea and are eating well because of Coco Loco.
“Through social media, customers are able to consult me too and I’m happy to give whatever advice I can share from being a hands-on furmom pretty much my entire life.
“Clients always appreciate sincerity and genuine concern for their own furbabies. In our almost four months of operations, we already have significant number of return clients, and I’d like to think that speaks volumes about their loyalty to Fluffy Butt,” said Ruth.
Though business has been brisk right away, Ruth said she needs to keep Fluffy Butt at the scale that it is in right now because she also keeps a day job as project development manager at AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts.
“Fluffy Butt is not here just to make money – we are here out of genuine concern for pet dogs. All our products are and will be well-researched and well-tested. Everyone just wants a healthy, happy pet and we want exactly that. We want to share what works for Logan in case it helps others, too.
Fluffy Butt products are bottled at home, not mass produced. The humor in the brand is not lost on us, but it's a new name that could be worth your trust.
Pawpular Pet: Logan the Welsh Corgi
STYLE and function should go hand in hand, especially for products made for discerning cats.
One that is about to roll out in Amazon on June 15 is the EZ Mount Window Bubble Pod Cat Bed. The clear plastic bubble window gives this cat bed a space-age feel to it. It's roomy enough for a big cat, with two entrances once it's been mounted on a glass window. Actually, it reminds us of those Japanese capsule hotels that feature pods with a single bed for every customer.
Manufactured by K&H, the new Bubble Pod Cat Bed can be mounted on a glass window using four heavy duty suction cups that can hold up to 60lbs. It comes with a free K&H kitty pad.
The beauty of this bubble pod cat bed is once your cat goes inside it, the cat can still see you through the glass and vice versa. If mounted against a glass window that looks out into the garden, the bubble pod cat bed then becomes kitty's own entertainment room—perfect for watching birds and butterflies flutter by while lying down.
The EZ Mount Bubble Pod Window Cat Bed is a great enhancement to an already popular product, the EZ Mount Window Bed which is like a cat's cradle that some cat owners have installed it inside their cars so their kitties can travel in comfort and style with a perfect view of everything outside. Watch this video of a cat having a first-class kind of travel while lazing inside a K&H window pod.
The new bubble pod cat bed, however, is even better and also ideal for car use as it is more snugly for cats who love the feeling of being boxed in.
The bubble pod cat bed will retail for $50.11 over at Amazon.com with free shipping and one year warranty. It is available for pre-order in beige and green.
This product should appeal strongly to those who have bought and used the trendy cat carrier backpack with a plastic bubble for window that makes the cat inside peering out to look like an astronaut. --- MetroPets
By ALMA J. BUELVA
EVERY cat lover knows that a cat's purr is simply divine. But what if, for some reason, there's no cat around to give that therapeutic, melodious sound?
The app myNoise, a white noise and background noise generator, offers a fairly acceptable substitute of the real thing in its purr generator called Furry Friend.
Furry Friend, which can be downloaded on iOS and Android mobile phones, is like a purr machine that can be calibrated to sound like the way a user's real cat purrs. Furry Friend has a default setting, but there are 10 sliders to help users properly adjust the purring sound the way they want it. The personalized purr can be changed, saved and played anytime. However, try not to fall asleep with Furry Friend playing on the background because it will surely drain your phone's battery charge.
Furry Friend by myNoise is the perfect app for ailurophiles, particularly those who are allergic to cats but yearn to hear a cat's purr.
Furry Friend according to myNoise:
Cuddling up with a purring cat is certainly a relaxing experience. Scientific studies have shown that cat owners have lower blood pressure and can live longer than humans who don't own pets!
SKARF, the latest name in the local pet apparel business, recently made its market debut with a line of high-quality and beautiful printed scarves (bandanas) for dogs.
Tropical heat and dog fashion don't go together. If you must dress up your pooches the practical option is to use bandanas which, preferably, should be tasteful, fun and easy on the eyes.
With this in mind, a medical student who owns two heavy-coated and long haired big dogs ventured into the dog scarves business and launched Skarf PH only last February.
“I have two Chow Chows named Churro and Toffee, and it's so hard for me to find accessories for them since they're quite big dogs and they can't really wear any thick clothing because it's hot here in the Philippines. I even bought bandanas from the US just to fit the two nicely and to meet my expectations! That's why I decided to make my own bandanas. Also, the lack of selections and (good) quality was the ultimate driving factor,” Toni Camille T. Esguerra told MetroPets.
To get the ball rolling, Skarf unveiled its Embark 2017 line of scarves in basic color palettes suited for any occasion.
Most feature simple stripes, polka dots and dainty images such as birds or flowers, but there's also one bold design with red watermelons which is obviously made for summer.
With an eye for good fabric, Esguerra said they favor fabric in clean, fun, pastel based colors. Minimalist, post modern and Pantone inspirations also tick their boxes.
For those who like to nitpick, Skarf's bandanas might pose a bit of a challenge. Unlike cheap dog scarves made from one piece of triangular cloth held by a band with velcro, Skarf's bandanas use two pieces of fabrics sewn together seamlessly and throughly for durability. Their scarves are available in six sizes from Extra Small (11”-12”) to 2X-Large (23”-25”). Two snaps that are at least an inch apart further guarantee that a Skarf's bandana will snugly fit a dog's neck. For P199, Skarf delivers a pet bandana made from high-quality and good fabric that is meticulously constructed and carefully finished.
They also accept custom-made dog bandanas for an additional fee.
Right now, Skarf's pet bandanas are being sold through its Facebook page and Instagram account (@skarf.ph) and shipped via Fastrack which takes about three days to deliver.
Esguerra said their immediate plan is to produce more scarves featuring color schemes and prints for each fashion season that cater to what dog parents are looking for.
A bandana series for cats is also not a remote possibility, although Esguerra said that their smallest bandanas could possibly fit cats, too.
Creating other types of pet apparel is also in the pipeline, but not until Skarf becomes an established producer of the finest dog scarves, said Esguerra who is happy to see that aside from her dogs, Churro and Toffee, other dogs can also look dapper everyday by simply donning one of Skarf's no muss, no fuss scarf.
By ALMA J. BUELVA
WIDE-EYED cats with pointy tails were being sold at a bazaar last Christmas. They don't meow and they appear rigid. They also come in different colors and prints.
The cats are actually pieces of decoupage pins and pendants made by Ma. Rita A. de Leon of Handmade Lemonade as part of her crafts business. Some of the cats don't have facial features while others have luscious eyes and lips.
In her little corner at the bazaar, Marita spread across her table other gift-shop baubles meant to stop cat lovers in their tracks. There were decoupage coasters and bottle cap keychains with images of cats, pet portraits made from clay and pairs of gold-plated earrings in the shape of a cat.
“I started making the cat pendants about a year ago when a crafter friend of mine gave me a few pieces of blank cat bezels (bases or surfaces on which resin can be applied). I experimented and was successful in turning them into necklaces and pins,” said Marita, who began making resin crafts more than two years ago after attending a craft workshop.
She also likes to make decoupaged coasters, collages on wood, plastic or ceramic tiles and other décor items using cutouts from magazines, comic books, patterned paper and even fabrics.
Making a batch of eight to 10 decoupage cat pins and necklaces takes about three days to finish, said Marita.
“One day for cutting, another for decoupaging, applying resin and letting it to cure. The last day is for assembling. If I find images of animals I like, I can use them to make coasters or collages. I can also make pet portraits with polymer clay and I sometimes make bracelets with animal charms such as dogs, cats, dolphins and unicorns. I also make keychains using bottle caps with animal images in them,” she added.
A freelance art director and graphic designer, Marita occasionally conducts workshops to teach others the art of decoupage. The basic process, she said, could be summed up in seven steps as follows:
1. Cut the paper to fit the bezel or surface.
2. Brush the decoupaging liquid (acrylic emulsion) on the surface.
3. Stick the paper onto the surface, smooth out bumps and bubbles.
4. Apply acrylic emulsion again on top and let it dry.
5. Mix the resin and hardener in equal parts (the kit has detailed instructions for the time required and the process needed to prevent air bubbles from forming).
6. Apply the resin on the surface and cure for 24 hours or more. If the surface is still sticky, allow extra curing time.
7. Assemble the necklace or accessory by attaching the rings, chains or pins.
Marita said anyone interested in decoupage can also learn by watching online tutorials. She's willing to share her hands-on knowledge and experiences to private groups that want to have a workshop as part of their activities.
Aside from bazaars, Handmade Lemonade products are also sold online. Marita also consigns her one-of-a-kind pieces to The Wander Space and Empire Fashion Cafe, both at Maginhawa St. in Quezon City. She plans to also bring her arts and crafts at Artekat Boutique in Katipunan, Quezon City.
She prices her creations quite reasonably: P180 for a decoupaged cat necklace and P150 for a pin. Coasters sell for P150 to P200 a piece. Her small gold cat earrings cost P100 a pair. But if you are nuts about cats, chances are you'd buy more than just one of Marita's handmade cats. Your struggle will be real but, in the end, those wide-eyed whimsical cat pins and pendants will likely win.
*For more information on Handmade Lemonade, visit their Facebook page.
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