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61  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Black Moor Goldfish on: May 19, 2013 02:25:48 PM
How big is the fish? Do the fins break easily?


The fish is about 3 in long from head to tail and about 2 1/2 in from dorsal to pelvic fins. The fins don't break at all since they are made from liquid clay, they are quite rubbery.
62  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Forgotten Familiar on: May 19, 2013 12:46:47 AM
You might want to try a product called Testors Dullcote if you are having trouble getting the matte finish you want.

I had read so many great reviews about Testors Dullcote, and then finally found a can of it and tested it. It leaves the best matte finish out of all the matte finishes I have tried, zero shine, no gritty texture, and no stickiness. The only problem I have had with it so far is that I applied it too thick on one of my test pieces and it made the ink run. To avoid that problem next time I will probably try sealing my inked pieces with Krylon Crystal Clear first, then once it is dry hit it with a layer of Testors Dullcote.
63  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Black Moor Goldfish on: May 18, 2013 09:56:56 PM
This little guy has been done for some time now I finally got around to taking pics of him. He is sculpted from polymer clay and the fins are made from liquid polymer clay.

64  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Harry :) on: February 01, 2013 01:23:32 PM
It's been a while since I have posted any of my sculptures here, so I thought that I would share some pics of my latest unicorn. I just put some of the finishing touches on the base yesterday. The unicorn has been finished since August last year.

He is completely hand sculpted from polymer clay and epoxy over a wire and foil armature, and hand painted with acrylic paint. No molds were made or used in the making of this sculpture. All of the plants except the flowers were hand made from polymer clay. The hair is Tibetan lamb's wool.

The unicorn is 12 in long and around 6 1/2 in tall without the base. The base is 9x7 in wooden oval.
There is a brass peg in his base, which fits into a hollow brass tube in his leg, that allows him to stand on one leg.

Close up of the snail, if you didn't see him. He is about 1 cm long. I sculpted him too (but not the shell, it is real), he even has eye stalks and feelers or what ever they are called.

65  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Felt Chickadee Ornament on: November 23, 2012 03:44:14 AM
This is awesome!

My mom loves chickadees Cheesy

I think that I am going to hang a bunch of these on the Christmas tree after she goes to bed on Christmas Eve, and see if she notices. Grin
66  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! My son has asked Santa for a custom made action figure! on: November 15, 2012 05:21:43 AM
Your son sounds very creative Smiley

The simplest thing to do, would be to paint figures, and use a bit of fabric for the Vampire figure's cape.

Here is a tutorial for painting action figures


Or if your feeling a little more adventurous you could try sculpting the headbands and belts

Here are some basic tutorials that show how to add some customizations to plastic action figures.



(The tutorials don't seem to mention it,  but it is a good idea to lightly sand the action figure in the areas you plan to customize, before you apply the epoxy so that it adheres better.)

I think 1/4 lb is the smallest quantity they sell but, you can buy Apoxie Sculpt in black so that you wouldn't have to paint it after adding the headbands and  karate belts.


Also you could try posting on an action figure forum, I am sure that people with customizing experience would be happy to offer advice or answer any questions you may have. Or you find someone who you could pay to customize the figures for you.
67  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Imp-like thing on: September 11, 2012 12:53:24 PM
Cool  Smiley

When I want a matte finish, I use watered down fabric stiffener and apply it with a paint brush.


So far fabric stiffener has the best matte finish of all the different products I have tried Tongue, I was lucky to have had a bottle of left over from before I realized that I sucked at reading and following crochet doily instructions. It isn't water proof, but it holds up pretty well when exposed moisture and humidity.

I can't use matte spray sealers, because the acetone in them reacts with polymer clay making it sticky. I tried Mod Podge Matte as an alternative, but it has more of a satin finish and takes forever to dry. When it is dry it Mod Podge remains somewhat tacky, and seems to incorporate every speck of dust that it comes in contact with.
68  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best polymer clay to use in making dolls? on: August 26, 2012 04:00:47 AM
Original Sculpey, Super Sculpey and Sculpey III are the most brittle polymer clay formulas. Super Sculpey is ok for some sculptures, but not for anything thin and delicate.  Fimo, Premo, and Kato are much more flexible and less prone to cracking.

Whenever I have used Sculpey SuperFlex Bake and Bend on its own it was never really rubbery or elastic, and I was always afraid that if I tried to bend it too much, it would tear. You can paint it, but if you varnish it with anything it has a tendency to become sticky. I prefer mixing Sculpey SuperFlex Bake and Bend with other clays, rather than using it on its own. I like mixing it with Kato and sometimes with Premo or Fimo. It when mixed with those clays it has a firm but flexible texture after baking, and if it is really thin, it is like has a texture similar to plastic artificial aquarium plants.

I have never used Sculpey Ultra Light, so I dont know much about it.

I also havent used the more expensive brands like Cernit, Prosculpt, Fimo Puppen, or Bozzi.

The clay I use the most and really like is Kato. It is very strong, rarely darkens or discolors during baking. Translucent Kato has the softest texture and needs less kneading. It is easier to sculpt with than the colored clays. I usually use a bit colored clay to tint it so that it is easier to see the detail as I am sculpting. The colored Kato clays are firmer need a lot of kneading in order to be workable. Some can be a bit crumbly also, but are easier to work with if you mix them with Super Sculpey or Sculpey SuperFlex Bake and Bend. Of the colored clays beige is a little easier to work with.

If you mix clays with different baking temperatures, you should follow the baking instructions of clay with the higher baking temperature.

I usually buy my clay and some of my other supplies from clayalley.com, prices are good and shipping is quick. Another place I buy my clay and supplies from is dickblick.com

I havent used glass eyes, but I have baked some of my sculptures on glass and have never had any problems with the glass cracking.
69  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Hippocampus on: January 29, 2012 07:09:46 PM
This was supposed to be a "quick", "fun" Roll Eyes project I had so many problems with it, that it has taken me years to finish.


It is sculpted out of Super Sculpey, Kato, and epoxy. It is painted with acrylic paint, colored chalk, mica powder, and glitter. The eyes are Austrian crystal, the mane is dyed Tibetan lamb's wool, the fins are made of cellophane and wire. It has been coated in clear resin for a durable glossy finish. It is 6 in long and 3 1/2 in tall.

The eyes are very reflective and seem to glow in the right light

70  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Little Garden Pond on: June 21, 2011 02:14:53 PM
You may want to look into getting mosquito fish. You might even be able to get some free from mosquito control programs. Each fish is capable of eating 100's of mosquito larva each day, and they also eat algae, though they may also eat tadpoles.

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