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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / What oven to use, suggestions? on: July 06, 2013 08:35:03 AM
So it's about time for me to get a new little oven for baking my polymer pieces.  The one I have is no longer reliable, and nothing upsets me more than putting lots of time (and supplies!) into a piece, just to have it burn.

I've been looking at a few counter ovens, and I haven't really been having any luck.  My main concern, is space.  Not counter space!  I don't care if it takes up the entire counter!!  I want BAKING space!!  I want multiple shelves, I want a really tall oven for tall pieces, I want to be able to put a bazillion and a half pieces into my oven at a time!!

What I would like, is for the heating elements not to be that huge, solid rectangle that sits at the bottom.  We have one for food, that just has the thin cylinders for heating.  It frees up space.  But that one still isn't big enough!  I took a peek at those awesome halogens, buuuut there's too much being said about pieces being blown about while baking.  I don't have that sort of patience.

Any suggestions?  I've been doing lots of googling and online shopping!  Tell me what you've got, make and model!!

Thanks guys Cheesy
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone seen the pieces that have little 'petals' making up flowers? on: December 29, 2011 05:30:17 PM
I've seen a few artists doing it lately, myself being one of them (over the last few years, since I saw the article) because the inspiration from them hit me hard!!!  But there is one in particular, a woman, who was published in one of the bigger beading magazines, and she was pretty much like...the original artist to start with that technique I guess?

The problem I'm having:
I don't remember her name.
I don't remember which magazine.
I don't remember the name of any of her pieces (or if she even named them)

Her stuff is so BEYOND gorgeous.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Marshmellow Snowmen Earrings on: December 19, 2011 05:56:19 PM
Sooooo I haven't posted properly in probably...oh man like...2-3 years?  Wayyy too long.

So I have a 15 month old little girl (hence the lack of posting) and I was thinking about the super cute marshmellow snowmen that she would make me someday for our tree for christmas!  Then I thought a little more and decided I wanted them now!  So I'd make them myself Smiley  And so, my little snowmen came to be!!!

4  UNITED STATES / North Carolina / Crafting mommies (& non mommies :p)! Holly Springs/Fuquay-Varina/Apex/Cary on: January 02, 2011 09:45:32 AM
Would there be interest in getting a group going?  Meeting up to talk crafty goodness, craft, or teach each other?  I personally pull inspiration from being around other people and since becoming a new mom my crafting has suffered a great deal!!!  Also, adult time is wonderful, and how much more wonderful to have it be crafty??  Smiley
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Business logo!! First picture upload ever to craftster! on: August 24, 2009 01:51:43 PM
So I was working on a swap, and decided I was very much into the water at the moment.  So.  I've recently changed my business name, which I feel suits me.

Happy Disaster

So here is my happy little disaster.  He's a Tsunami :3  Actually, he's a wave, as my little brother so lovingly pointed out//explained to me.  But he's pretending to be a Tsunami and it's the heart that counts!  Cheesy

So here he is, my little logo!



(Quarter used for size reference, not actually going to be used when displayed on business card)
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Poly tools Bevel cutter set 1??? on: August 23, 2009 07:13:37 PM
So.  I'm trying to use these cutting tools.

I'm confused.

It's supposed to assist me in creating beveled edges, right?

FAIL.

Am I supposed to set it on top, and then use a blade against the cutter?  Pressing it straight down just creates a basic cookie cut out instead of a beveled edge.  Anyone else confused by this?

I already checked my current favorite site.  Glassattic.com.  But I couldn't find what I was looking for!

Help? Smiley
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Translucent clay, super sticky every time? on: August 07, 2009 11:13:31 AM
Is anyone else running into this?  I do the putting it between paper to get some of it out to make it less so, but should I just leave it the way it is?  Considering it's been this way -EVERY- time I've purchased it, I'm thinking I should leave it alone and refrain from draining it of its stickiness.  But it's so nasty going through my pasta machine, and I have an Amaco (still trying to figure out how to take that thing apart, I'm afraid of it XD), so cleaning that isn't exactly an easy and exciting task.
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Question about felt! (On a time frame, help? :D) on: July 29, 2009 01:47:09 PM
OKAY!  So, I don't know if this is the right spot for it, but it has to do with felt!

It's store bought felt, that I cut out a shape.

Will the edges fray, do I need to put something on the edges?  If so what do I put on the edges?

I was trying out something new for a swap, and if I can't figure this out, it may not work xD

THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I really appreciate it Cheesy
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer clay dolls?? 5 questions, looking for opinions as well! on: July 19, 2009 07:13:49 PM
I've seen lots of the dolls around, and when I was in high school, I was a super fan of sculpting undersea creatures as far as realism went.  I've decided that these dolls would be great practice for not only my claying, but my sketching and pose ideas as well!  They'd make great gifts for a few friends of mine, and I'd love to attempt them.  So I have a few questions and some of them are based on preference Smiley

Questions!

1.  When creating the head, do you start with a small ball of clay and add onto it for each feature, or do you start with a larger bit and sculpt into it//remove clay where needed?  If you've tried both, let me know why you prefer one or the other please?

2.  I see mostly doll hair, has anyone tried doing the hair out of clay?  How did it work out?  Again, preference?

3.  There's LOTS of clay in these, does anyone use one of those fillers?  Like the aluminum/tin foil?  I did a dragon a few days ago, and I found a little bit of aluminum/tin foil was useful and it really cut back on the weight.

4. Hands, feet, and other smaller body parts, do you work with them when they're warmer, or more cool?  Smoosh 'em around, or use the blades and tools for sculpting?

5.  Do you bake the pieces seperately and then put them together afterward, or is it all one piece before baking?  If it's all one piece, do you use any sort of suport or wiring within the piece?

I don't mean to be steal secrets and such, and you're more than welcome to shoot me a private message with a response, but I've got some birthdays and such coming up, and I thought this would make a really great gift!!

I know that this stuff is all over the internet, but what I'm more interested are the opinions on the techniques and how well things worked, or, how they didn't!

Have a good one Cheesy

And thank you thank you thank you sooooo much ahead of time!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mythology, Edgar Allen Poe, and Shakespear. on: July 10, 2009 09:54:17 AM
Mythology swap, Edgar Allen Poe swap, and a Shakespear swap Smiley

I would love love love love LOVE to do a big mythology swap.  I've already got a questionaire set out in my head!  I don't know if we make our own questionaires when we come up with it, but my brain's been ticking!!!!
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