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51  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Mail Order Polymer Clay to Canada! on: August 22, 2008 08:40:56 PM
Does anyone know anybody who ships Polymer Clay to Canada by mail?

All the Art Stores here are super expensive.
52  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / The BEST Clay FOR... on: August 22, 2008 08:36:06 PM
Hey there,

As many of you know, I make mini desserts and sweets out of Polymer Clay and using this as an example, you will see that most of the things are make are generally about 1/2" or bigger in diameter. So far, I have been using Sculpey III (sometimes Fimo Soft) and it has been working very well. It is both economical and hasn't broken or been brittle so far.

I'm just curious to know what the BEST clay is for what I am doing. You have seen what I do, and what it is for, so is there a particular brand I should go with? I can't handle clay that needs too much conditioning like Fimo Classic. I hate that stuff... it's just too darn hard and takes too long to condition. I am patient, but not THAT patient.

Also, I have gotten into a little bit of a side craft of creating garnishes for desserts, such as strawberry slices and banana slices, etc... and wanted to know the BEST clay for caning with.

Thanks kittens!
53  CANADA / Ontario / Anyone from TORONTO? on: August 20, 2008 02:23:24 PM
Hey there!

I make Polymer Clay jewelry and I am located in Toronto, Ontario. I just moved here about 1 year ago, although I moved from a lil' place called Goderich and lived there for the other 20 years of my life.

I am looking for a place to advertise my jewelry or just get the word out. I basically work out of my home on jewelry, and so shipping it to places in the city is super super cheap. Does anyone have any advice of how I can get the word out in this city without killing my pocket book? I am young, currently unemployed, and I really believe I have the talent to get this hobby working for me!

Thanks!
Kimberly
54  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / CANADA / Quality Jump Rings in Canada! on: August 20, 2008 02:19:27 PM
If you guys are EVER looking for Jump Rings, go to THE RING LORD.

TheRingLord.com

They carry ALL sorts of Jump Rings in ALL sorts of SIZES, COLOURS, & METALS!

Great if you use a crap load of Jump Rings (like me) or you create Chain Maille.

Their prices are pretty good... their located out of Saskachewan.
55  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bits of Glass Muffin and TENTACLES! on: August 19, 2008 02:19:40 PM
Yes, so a friend of mine is a huge fan of this youtube video, and frankly the whole concept to me after seeing it was very disturbing, yet kinda funny... she wanted a whole freakin' collection of all the weird muffins, someday, so I made her very first piece - the "bits of glass muffin"

Youtube Muffin video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tcR19y7GPM

It's about 2.5" high and, with my luck, the night before making it I accidently broke one of my favourite glasses on the floor, so I added shards of glass from the broken pieces. A relatively dangerous cupcake, and not something you would want your children playing with. After about three coats of varnish though, the shards of glass aren't too sharp on the edges anymore...




As well as this muffin, I made a tentacle cuppycake for a friend of mine! I have made one before, but I like this one so much better! It's different colours than the last one, and is a bit of a different shape. It is complete with it's funky little tentacles wriggling out from the bubbly swamp waters. Yum yum!

56  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake Charm Bracelet & Chain Maille! [Pic hungry] on: August 16, 2008 10:05:55 AM
Hey there!

I didn't know whether I should put this in jewelry or polymer clay, but I chose here because I ended up turning the finished charms into a bracelet.

There are 10 tiny little cupcakes (just barely 1/2 inch tall each) and they are made from polymer clay. I attatched eyepins before baking, glazed them, and than made a chain maille bracelet with two different sizes of jump rings and added a clasp. My friend is going to like it, I hope! She had very specific "colour requirements" haha!

Anyways, here are some pictures! The first two pictures are of the whole bracelet and the last two are each half of the bracelet to show you the detail on the cuppycakes!  Cheesy











57  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Tasty tasty SnoCones! on: August 16, 2008 09:48:34 AM
Hello there!

I had never seen these done before (although I am sure they have! Such a delicious treat couldn't possibly be overlooked) and I am a SnoCone FIEND, so I wanted to share some of the Polymer Clay SnoCones I have made!

The cups are light blue in colour, and meant to look like those little paper cones they serve SnoCones in. The shaved ice effect is created with a translucent crystal clear glass glitter. This glitter has freakin' amazing flat facets through the unique tumbling process and looks awesome. It's my favourite. I'm not sure what I am going to make them into yet... right now, they just have the eyepins in them.

I have been thinking about possibly doing a tutorial for it sometime in the future as well, because the effect is just amazing and they look so nummy! Plus, it's always fun teaching people how to make stuff. Annnnnyways, these are the final products. A group shot, and than each individual flavour. Cherry (Red), Orange (Orange, obviously... hehe), Lemon-Lime (Green/Yellow), & Grape (Purple)!


















58  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Clear glossy varnish? on: August 13, 2008 06:59:49 PM
I usually use "Gloss Varnish for Fimo" to brush onto my clay creations after they are done to give them a nice shiny hard surface, but the place I got it at no longer carries it and I need an alternative as I am running out of my supply.

I only had 1 1/4 fl. oz. of it to begin with, so I am looking for a cost efficient alternative to a better quantity. What do you use?

P.S - I have a huge (almost 1 L) tin of Varathane laying around. It says it is "Diamond hard, clear and beautiful. Crystal clear waterborne diamond wood finish water based semi-gloss"

Could I use that?
59  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Rubber Duckie Cuppy-cakes, Owl Pendant, & Friends!!! on: August 06, 2008 07:59:08 PM
Okee dokee, these are some of my latest creations,  and I am very happy with the rubber duckie cuppycake - it's my favourite!

This is a starry cupcake with blue frosting!



This is an owl pendant for a swap I did with adrenalynn on Craftster. She loves owls, so I made her this! I don't think she has got it yet, but I couldn't wait to put it up! Cheesy



A close friend of mine (same friend I made the starry cuppycake for) loves rubber duckies, and wanted a duck cupcake. She wasn't exactly sure how I could go about it, but as soon as she said a duckie cupcake, this image  came to my mind... and I love the result!



A cupcake keychain!



This thing is pretty darn big! This thing is a bit more than 3 inches high and is worn on a long silver chain.



An apple pendant!



Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome! Cheesy
60  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Shipping via Canada Post! Canadians help me out!!! on: July 25, 2008 12:58:29 PM
I have quite the conundrum on my hands. I sometimes send out packages in small 9x7in bubble envelopes. They are always under 100grams and are thin enough to allow me to send them with a single "standard oversize lettermail" stamp. No problem.

Today, I brought the same type of envelope. Under 100 grams. But when he put it through the plastic slot, which is a template to basically measure the thickness of the letter, it wouldn't fit. By a FRACTION of a mere milimeter. So, he says he has to charge me parcel price... and I said Alright, it can't be that bad, right?

Wrong.

8 dollars and change! Just because of a measely milimeter! I don't understand how you could charge SO MUCH MORE, almost 7 more dollars for another lousey milimeter. Realistically, if it is STILL under 500 grams and can FIT in a little bubble envelope, you should STILL be able to get it for the measely 1.15 stamp. Could you direct me to any other options? There HAS to be something between those two prices, because that is just rediculous.

I make my own jewelry, and this is how I make a bit of extra money... I can't charge my customers 8$ for shipping on a 10-15$ product, that's just insane and totally wrong! It's just not right. There HAS to be other options. Otherwise, I will just drive to them and meet them for MUCH cheaper even WITH the expensive gas it would still be cheaper, or get a TTC ticket and ride the stupid rocket.

What can I do? I can't limit myself to ONLY making jewelry that'll fit through a stupid plastic slot.

I'm going to break in and steal it, cut it bigger, and than run.
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