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61  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.
62  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.
63  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.
64  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

65  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.

66  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help on making a Chinchilla Pattern on: March 11, 2011 01:28:52 AM
You could modify a pattern into looking like a chinchilla. How about something like this? but with shorter ears, add a tail, and maybe even some whiskers.


67  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Re: my melted bottle beads on: January 17, 2011 09:13:49 PM
They look fantastic!!!

Did they need varnish or sealer of some sort???

I didn't varnish them, since I didn't have anything to varnish them with, but I now that I have Mod Podge I might try it.

Wow! I love the paint etching. It makes a beautiful effect on the beads. Painting the bottles must have taken a while, but it looks like it was worth it! They are beautiful.

Painting them doesnt take any time at all really, since acrylic paint dries so fast, but etching them takes a bit more time especially if its a pattern like this one.

Something like this simple gradient pattern with no etching is really quick. The paint doesnt have to be thick, a wash or dry brushing works.

The purple is another gradient. The pink is not etched, I painted lighter colored stripes, then painted the whole bottle a darker pink when the stripes dried.

68  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fixing up a wooden horse stable any ideas? on: January 05, 2011 06:34:28 PM
There are lots of little non permanent things that you could add to make it more interesting. You might want to check out model horse or doll house miniature sites for ideas, these setups are awesome  Shocked http://fallen-leaves.net/forums/performance/stables-t27179.html

69  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Xmas gift on: December 29, 2010 02:07:53 PM

Xmas present I made for my cousin.  I bought the wrong length zipper by mistake, it was a little short, but I made the zipper tabs a bit longer, it turned out ok. I was rushing to get this finished on Christmas eve, so it isnt perfect, but I am happy with how it came out. Out of the 3 clutches I made this one came out the best.

Here's the pattern http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html

I found the pattern through Craftster, I loved the ones that others posted here, and had to try making one. I am new to sewing, and this pattern was easy to follow, but I did have one problem with it, the lining fabric should be cut a little smaller than the pattern recommends. My first 2 clutches turned out really wrinkled on the inside, when I followed the pattern, so with this one I made the lining smaller, and it looked so much better. I also added an extra card holder to my clutches.
70  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Scrappy, scrappy, and more scrappy! Picture heavy on: December 29, 2010 01:55:59 PM
I love the elephant clutch Cheesy it's so cute!
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