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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: VOTE for the 1st Polymer Clay Challenge theme!!! on: January 30, 2009 01:47:51 PM
It is only truly a legal problem if you intend on selling the finished item.   Smiley  If you are concerned about copyright, please check out the crafty business advice board.  There is always lively discussion regarding that topic.

Keep in mind, though, that it is a THEME.  The project is supposed to be based on the theme.  It could be a necklace inspired by a TV character, a sculpture of what you think a book character looks like, or even a piece of wall art.  It just has to be primarily made of polymer, air dry, or metal clay.

I worked in collections for years, and one of the stores we collected for was The Disney Store.  We opted to hand-draw an "award" for top collectors.  NOTHING was sold, and it was hand drawn by an employee so nothing was technically reproduced (as in putting a Disney coloring book on a copy machine....)

When the "big wigs" from the company came and saw those certificates on desks, they made everyone who had one take it down and throw it away.  Like, INSTANTLY.

This is one red flag I have going off.
I'm not trying to harp, or negate anyone's tallents on these threads.  I think people do AMAZING work on here.  It would seem that receiving a prize is the same as getting paid. Again, not trying to be a thorn in anyone's side, or a nay-sayer.  I'm just concerned.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Toddler Fairy*click images to view large pls :D* on: January 29, 2009 07:53:52 AM
I'm in awe of ALL The fairies you guys make, but THIS ONE is just..... WOW.

Her TOES! I love her lil' feet! They're so PERFECT!!!  Her face is so angelic and her eyes are breath-taking but.... those FEET! I love the feeeeeet!

Awesome job!!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Calypso the Goblin on: January 27, 2009 03:56:25 PM
That.... is... .WICKED!!!
I love the picture of him holding a beer can!! ha ha ha

I've wanted to attempt something like this and I always chicken out.  The closest I came was the vase with the tree face on it.

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Some frames that I made as Christmas gifts on: January 27, 2009 03:54:26 PM
I'm partial to the stripes, too, but those flowers are cool!!!!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: VOTE for the 1st Polymer Clay Challenge theme!!! on: January 27, 2009 03:51:39 PM
I voted, but I have to state an opinion on something (simply because that's the kind of person I am....)

When we're all sculpting to sculpt, making pre-existing characters such as cartoon characters, video game characters, etc..... it's a LOT of fun.

However, in the context of a contest, to re-create someone else's registered iconic character seems a little like copywrite infringement, doesn't it? Is it just me? I don't want to offend anyone.  I've seen some AMAZING recreations of familiar characters, but unless someone is paying royalties to  Disney or Nintendo or the like, it doesn't air on the side of "legal" is all I'm sayin'.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Tree Vase: First 2009 Project Complete! IMG Heavy.... on: January 24, 2009 09:05:05 AM
I love it!

I'm curious as to how you baked/fired that without ruining the glass though. Did you make it just a tiny bit bigger and put the vase in afterwards?

Glass is safe to cover with the clay.  I used liquid sculpy in a thin layer directly onto the vase, and covered it with the clay.  The glass stays just fine.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Safe to make an ash tray out of polymer? on: January 07, 2009 06:14:38 PM
My husband and I are smokers.  Shhh... don't "boo" us.

Anyway, I thought I'd make a cool ashtray and didn't know what would happen if the cig was in a cured piece? Would it scortch the surface of the tray?  What about the glaze? If I glazed the inside I mean?

Anyone had any success with it?  Thanks!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Baking things more than once on: January 07, 2009 06:12:10 PM
I've noticed with multiple bakings that if I don't let the piece TOTALLY COOL OFF between, I have issues with crumbling or breakage.  It's usually my own impatience that ruins a piece.
Just tossin' that in.  I have a hard time waiting for something to cool off, which is why I usually have more than one piece going at a time so I can pick up one while the other is cooling.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Gilbert The Cat on: January 07, 2009 06:21:04 AM
I use a sewing needle.  I just tic-tic-tic the fur in on my bears and it looks pretty "furry" when I'm done.
Cute cat!!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: I see spots. on: January 07, 2009 06:19:39 AM
I saw your post and thought "Yay! Another cute critter!" But this vase is very impressive! How did you ever get the grout in between all the circles without getting it all over? Nice!

It did get everywhere.  It was VERY thin, so I slapped it on there and used a big cloth to wipe the vase down to get the excess off the spots.  It was a messy adventure, but a fun one!!
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