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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Kato clay cracking on: February 27, 2014 04:02:37 PM
I have been using premo for ages to make my stuff, and have just started trying to learn to make faces in the hopes of making humanoid art dolls.

I tried several different doll-specific brands of clay (Cernit, fimo puppen), and all of them were too soft for the way I work.  Kato clay is perfect for me.   However, the first head I completed has cracks running all through it. 

It was a small head (maybe 1 1/2 inches tall).  No clay is thicker than 1-2 centimeters and it had a foil core.  The cracks are all over the back of the head, and where I added clay on for the cheeks.

Any tips or thoughts on Kato cracking?  I think I have only had my premo crack on me 1-2 times and I have made hundreds of projects.

Thanks in advance for any input!
2  California / California: North / Bay Area Art Doll Workshops/Classes/Seminars ??? on: April 07, 2012 11:46:46 AM
I'm really wanting to try my hand at making art dolls from mixed media, mainly polymer clay (which is what I already work in) but I don't know where to start.  Does anyone know of any classes or seminars or groups in the Bay Area?  I recently bought the Wendy Froud DVD on how to make a faerie doll, but it hasn't arrived yet.  It may be enough to get me started, but I find I learn much better from hands-on in-person situations.

Any insights would be great!

The types of things I would be interested in creating are dolls like the works of
Victoria Minenko : http://artnow.ru/en/gallery/204/6403/picture/0/517874.html
Michele Lynch : http://www.flickr.com/photos/michelelynchart/6814300301/in/photostream
Scott radke : http://www.scottradke.com/21swamp.html

Of course, I could link about 100 artists here, but just giving an idea of what I am after Smiley
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: i've got a theory....it could be bunnies on: February 19, 2012 06:00:17 AM
Madam, now that song is stuck in my head ... Wink

This is so funny.  Your work is so meticulous. I'm always so jealous because I don't have the patience for this sort of stuff.  Good job!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: "Blinky" from The Simpsons on: February 15, 2012 08:23:27 AM
oooh he's great!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A bundle of pendants on: February 13, 2012 10:57:30 AM
I wish I knew about these paints you were talking about, are they specifically made for clay? Or something that can be used on a variety of surfaces like canvas and walls or paper?

None of them are made specifically for polymer clay - polymer is just so manipulatable (I made up a word, hooray!) you can use practically ANYTHING on it once it is baked (and in the case of alcohol ink, unbaked too!).

You can get almost everything I mentioned from Micheal's or other big craft store.  Alcohol inks and chalk inks are in the stamping section, as is the pigment powder.  Rub n Buff can be found in the gold leafing section (but not in all the available colors - I went to http://www.dickblick.com/ for a few colors I knew I wanted and Micheal's did not carry).  Acrylics are just in the paint section.

Gilders Paste was a little harder to find, I had to get it online - I got it from Lima Beads (http://www.limabeads.com), but there are loads of places online to get it.    Normally, it is used to color metals I think.  Also  Tongue at you for making me look that up - I forgot how many colors I DIDN'T get 'cos I wanted to try it out first, and now that I have I am hooked and now I have to wait 'til payday so I can get more.  hehe
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Two-Headed Cats on: February 13, 2012 08:36:02 AM
These are great!

What kind of clay did you use?  I love the step by step you provided.  I am wanting to try to do some art dolls (I usually just do jewelry pieces) and seeing different ways of doing armature is really helpful!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: A bundle of pendants on: February 13, 2012 05:49:01 AM
There are no secrets - everything I did is in my initial post, but if you have a specific question, I would be happy to answer Smiley
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / A bundle of pendants on: February 12, 2012 09:47:33 PM
I played with some techniques these past couple of weekends and wanted to share with you craftsters some fun stuff to try.

I made the pendants a few weekends ago - I just wanted to play with making textures, using molds I made and bought, stamps, and objects I had laying close at hand.  For the most part I formed the heart first, then pressed the heart into a mold or object, pulled away and reshaped as necessary, then I added on smaller bits I had molded or hand shaped.  Finally, on any "blank" spots I added more texture.  I also tried different colors of clay to start with.  Some were white, 2 were light green, 1 a moss green, and then a red and a blue.

I spent yesterday sitting down and just playing with finishes on the pendants.  I just took out all my products that I have bought over the past couple of years - some of which I never got around to trying out! - and went to town. I started with alcohol inks, and chalk inks in different dilutions.  Then on some I used gilders paste, and on others acrylic paint.  I finished off with some Rub n Buff.  I think I may have used some pigment powders as well (I am unsure because at the same time I have been working on a foot long jellyfish out of polymer that I will be posting as soon as she is done!)

Anyway, the result:


There are some close up shots of a few of them if you care to look on my flickr gallery (link is in my sig)

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to attach sculpey to plush/fur doll on: February 12, 2012 09:38:14 PM
Wow another great idea!  You are so helpful!  Guess I will be hitting garage sales to try to find some baby dolls to vivisect .. which sounds creepyawesome.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to attach sculpey to plush/fur doll on: February 10, 2012 04:07:28 PM
beautiful description!  Thank you!
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