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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Suggestions needed for building a custom dollhouse on: July 19, 2008 01:30:45 PM
I need help.
I have decided to build a Model dollhouse. But I have never built a dollhouse before.
It's of a specific house, so I don't think I could use a kit, because I want to build every room in this house in as much detail as possible.

I am not even sure where to start.
I know that wood would be the best material to build it with, because it would be the sturdiest. But i don't know the first thing about woodworking!!!

Then I thought about trying to build the house out of foam core poster board. That really thick poster board- like you see in science fair exhibits. That seems like it might be kind of sturdy. But then that would raise the issue of how I would get it all to fit together. Would I just glue it? Should I try nailing it? Would it need to be weather proofed? I'm assuming not, because it wouldn't need to be outside. But maybe weather proofing (with some kind of varnish)  might help the house to survive longer.

Or maybe there are better materials that are easier for first time builders to work with?

So many questions!!! I need lots of help. I will be grateful for any suggestions provided!! Thank you!!
22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Cleaning dried sculpey glaze. on: March 25, 2008 10:26:57 AM
Is there a way to clean dried sculpey glaze off of a paint brush?
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to paint bake & blend clay? on: March 15, 2008 02:46:53 PM
I read a little about Sculpey Bake & Bend on craftster and then checked out the superflexibles section on glassattic. I was inspired so I bought a Bake & Bend kit form Michael's. I was hoping to make a flexible brown teddy bear figurine, but the kit does not have brown clay.
So I was wondering if it is possible to paint cured bake and bend using acrylic paint. Has anyone tried this? Would the paint flake or rub off the clay when the figure is played with?
Do you think it is a good idea to paint the figure's entire body with acrylic paint?
If acrylic paint wouldn't work on the clay, then what would be the best way to blend 2 clay colors 2 form a new color?
24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / How do i get rid of powdery film from cornstarch left on my cured pieces? on: March 12, 2008 07:53:03 PM
I use the cornstarch to protect my pieces from the heat. I fill the baking pan with cornstarch and then cover all the pieces with a thick layer of starch. When they are cured, i remove from the cornstarch and then rinse off under running water- but they left a powdery residue. How can I get rid of that? Is it ok to rub cured pieces down with dish soap before rinsing? Would soap remove the film or am I stuck with it permanently?
Please help. Thanks for reading.
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making a bowl from Polymer- newbie help please on: March 10, 2008 11:02:43 AM
Hi. I am new to polymer. I bought my first clay and made my first object yesterday- and now I'm addicted.
I want to make a cereal bowl for the bf for his birthday and I have a few questions:
(I've searched for a bowl tutorial- but couldn't find one, so I apologize if this question is posted elsewhere. if it is feel free to direct me to that link.)
1. Would a polymer bowl be sturdy enough for everyday use?
2. What would I have to coat it in to seal it and make it waterproof?
3. What would I use to make it shiny and give it a ceramic look?
4. About how many Premo 2oz. clay blocks would I need to make a nice size cereal bowl?
5. And what kind of paint is the best paint to use on polymer? Any acrylic or does it need to be a certain kind like polymer specific paint or something?

The clay that I'm using is Premo. The package said to put the item on baking paper inside a glass baking dish. Is there something else that I can bake the bowl in or is this the only way?

Thank you for your help! And thanks for looking!!!! Grin Wink Cheesy Grin
One last thing: How hard should the polymer be? My was still kind of flexible. It reminded me of one of those McDonald Happy meal Barbie's kind of hard.  Should it be ceramic hard? Or is the slight flex normal?
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay in the dishwasher on: March 09, 2008 03:56:47 PM
Is polymer clay dishwasher safe when completely cured?
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a life-size, wearable, realistic looking MERMAID FIN- help please on: March 09, 2008 03:38:47 PM
Hi all!!!Wasn't sure where to post this but:
I want to do a photoshoot with a girl dressed as a mermaid- and I want the fin to be wearable and the scales to be as realistic looking as possible. I was thinking of using some kind of mesh to make the fin, and then covering it n scales. But I don't know what to make the scales out of to make it look realistic. And I'm not sure if mesh is the best fabric to use. Any ideas on how I can make this? And what kind of fabric might work best, and what kind of materials for scales?
Thanks for looking.
28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making a realistic- wearable- life-size MERMAID FIN on: March 09, 2008 03:33:36 PM
Wasn't sure where to post this but:
I want to do a photoshoot with a girl dressed as a mermaid- and I want the fin to be wearable and the scales to be as realistic looking as possible. I was thinking of using some kind of mesh to make the fin, and then covering it n scales. But I don't know what to make the scales out of to make it look realistic. And I'm not sure if mesh is the best fabric to use. Any ideas on how I can make this? And what kind of fabric might work best, and what kind of materials for scales?
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