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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / How should I clean my oven after baking polymer? Is it safe to cook food after? on: December 17, 2008 07:32:38 PM
So my boyfriend and I didn't really use our oven- that is, until I discovered polymer clay in March. Now that's all we use it for. But I am curious as to whether it is actually safe to use that same oven to cook food (should we ever decide to do so).
Is a simple cleaning with some good old fashioned oven cleaner all that is needed?
If the oven is no longer safe to use for food, when we move out of this apartment, will the apartment manager have to replace the oven for the new tenants?

12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / How can I "thin" glaze that has become jello like? and other glaze questions. on: December 08, 2008 11:08:53 AM
So I had been using Scupley Gloss Glaze. Yesterday I opened the jar to use the glaze, and to my horror found that it was almost solid. It was kind of like jello, whereas the last time I used it, it was like syrup. Now granted, I hadn't used it in a while, but I had kept it stored with my other supplies, with the lid tightly screwed on.
Is there a way to "thin" the glaze? ( I already tried mixing a small dollop of glaze with water. That didn't work very well. It just got lumpy & muddy)
While we're here, what kind of glazes or varnish do you use? and What kind of brush?
I had been using a clean glue brush, but I found it difficult to wash the glaze out of the bristles.
All suggestions and help appreciated! Thanks.
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to use Fabric paint with rubber stamps? on: November 12, 2008 11:49:43 AM
I've been wanting to try it, but before i potentially ruin a perfectly good stamp, I wanted to know if anyone has tried this and had success?
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Walnut Hollow Brand Craft Drill for use with resin pendants on: November 07, 2008 08:57:56 PM
I just purchased one from Michael's today. I was told that their return policy is 60 days unopened. So before I open this drill package, I just want to know if anyone has had experience with this brand.
It comes with a drill bit as small as 1/32".
Is this a good size to make holes in resin pendants?

Any advice would be appreciated.
15  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Faceless Alice in Wonderland Pendant on: November 07, 2008 02:40:39 PM
  I tried to make a polymer clay pendant with an Alice in Wonderland T-shirt Transfer image. It got all fudged up- and when i removed the transfer from the clay, The only part that transfered was her face.  Sad
 But I thought that the faceless alice transfer, looked kind of cool and spooky. So a pendant & frame using copper polymer clay, threw on some beads, and glued the transfer on to it. Then I coated the whole thing (including transfer paper) with Sculpey Glaze, and painted Alice's hair & dress & the playing cards with acrylic paint.
Add a sterling chain, and TA-DA Grin!!!
 Tell me what you think!!!








Sorry the close ups are blurry. Sad I had to take pics with my iphone.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Happy Tree Friends jewelry ***Warning Gruesome Cartoon Violence Ahead!!! on: November 01, 2008 01:47:49 PM
I think this is my first actual post with photos of my own work. Yay!
Anyway, if you've never seen Happy tree Friends, you should. It's hilariously awesome. That short cartoons about these cute little animals, who get killed in the most HORRIBLE ways on each episode. (Think Itchy & Scratchy.)
Here's the link to their site where you can watch cartoons:
 http://mondo.happytreefriends.com/index.html
Since, I love them these characters, I recently went in search of HTF merch. They didn't have much in their online store, so I decided to make something of my own to show the love!
Here are a couple of pics of the actual characters for reference.



My sculpts are a bit "off-model". There's something a little weird with Lumpy's jaw, and I sculpted the wrong antler down; Giggles got squished because I forgot to put the headpin in before adding details, and I don't have a drill yet (so it was before curing. or never!).

Lumpy:



Giggles:



Hope you like! Thanks for looking!! Comments appreciated.

17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Attaching pieces together with liquid polymer- Now with pics. on: October 31, 2008 05:51:22 PM
    So I tried making a polymer candy necklace for halloween (using Premo brand). I sculpted each piece individually, coated each piece with liquid sculpey then "squished" (for lack of a better term) them together in hopes that they would cure to form one giant candy pendant (will post pics later).  Baked for approx. 2 hrs.
Once I removed the baking sheet, to my horror I discovered that only certain parts had bonded together.
     So I let it cool while I was at work (about 8hrs). Once I came home I again coated the cured pieces in liquid sculpey, and then "smooshed" (I rmean really smooshed this time) the cured pieces into uncured translucent clay, hoping to form a big solid back for the pieces. Baked (approx. 30 mins). Cooled. Pulled the piece out to discover that the pieces that were now smooshed to the translucent clay, had bonded to form one giant piece, but the pieces that had bonded together the first time around had come apart! No cracks or anything. They just separated!! That is so weird! That's never happened to me before.
So since Halloween was the next morning, I finished the rest of my costume, and just hot-glued the broken pieces to a pin back, and pinned it to my costume. The giant cured piece I'm wearing as a necklace. But throughout the day little clay candies have dropped off the giant pendant. Again, this has never happened to me before.
I have put cured pieces back into the oven to bond with uncured pieces before, & have never had any problems with the entire piece curing. Any thoughts on what might have gone wrong?

18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Help!!How can i attached rhinestones to cured polymer clay? on: October 23, 2008 07:32:56 PM
I just read an article on a website that distributes rhinestones- it said not to super glue or hot glue rhinestones because those kinds of glue will change the color of the foil backing.
And I know I can't bake them with the clay, because they will melt.
I had plans to buy some Swarovski rhinestones to use in a jewelry piece, but Swarovskis are WAAYYY too expensive to just experiment with all willy-nilly.
I'm sure I've seen completed project posts on here, in which people have attached rhinestones to cured clay; how do those who have go about it?
Please help!!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / what is the best way to protect clothing painted w/ fabric paint from washing... on: October 23, 2008 03:17:30 PM
...& general wear & tear? I used scotch guard to protect a pair of shoes. It works well but the material now feels a little stiff. So I figure there has to be a better way for delicate material like silk, or t-shirts. Any suggestions? I especially want it to be protected against washing. And I'm using fabric paint- not acrylic or anything.
20  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Simpsons Shoes on: July 28, 2008 12:18:35 AM
This is my first attempt at this. Hope you all like. Homer's head got a little distorted during the painting process Sad Which is weird because initially Homer was dead perfect to the model, and Bart was a little off. But somehow Bart came out pretty good, and Homer- Oh well. Sad



That is obviously the toe. The heels say El Barto on the Bart one, and a word balloon with "Doh" on the Homer. (u can't really see that it's a word balloon. it got cut off in the pic. i'm too lazy to retake the photo)

My boyfriend thinks that I should fill in the white parts of the shoes with something else. But I don't know what. Any suggestions?




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