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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / FIMO Colour Charts on: December 18, 2010 11:21:41 AM
I found some colour charts for mixing fimo.  They're probably not that useful as you just do it by eye, right?
I've never seen them before so maybe no-one else has. And I havn't needed them yet but they may come in handy...







2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Escher Pull Cord Handle on: September 13, 2010 02:47:05 AM
I never post on this board 'cos I never finish anything but today I finally got something to a state that I guess you could call complete. I made a pull cord handle for a light switch! I just covered my existing one with clay. I quite like the contrast between the wood and the clay. I hope my landlord doesn't mind me 'modifying' her light fittings. Shocked

Here it is not quite finished as it's not on the cord yet...



The end cap pops in to tidy it up...



Another shot so you can see the top...



Here it is in situ..



And an action shot!..


Grin

Oh yeah, I made a tiny mistake and put the birds on upside down on the bottom half. But any bird worth it's feathers can fly upside down anyway.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Off-cuts and Scraps on: September 13, 2010 01:45:45 AM
I was brutally attacked the other day by my mum and my sister. They both ganged up on me and told me to make them jewelry!   

Okay, I'm not being totally fair. What they really said is that I should try and make use of the off-cuts and scraps by turning them into something.   
You know when your mixing clay and it sometimes makes a cool swirly pattern? Or you cut bits off canes or whatever, and the off-cuts look kind of good? Well they suggested I use them rather than mash them up into 'scrap clay'. I usually just clump similar colours together for future use but have tried to actually make something with them this time.   

Below are some off-cuts/scraps that I would normally have just ditched...



These stripey green things were made using a practice Skinner Blend.  Inspired by Maxxev's amazing work I decided to make a stripey cane. The effect is stunning. I'm not so skilled at making nice shapes from it though...



These are some sperms I made while mixing and conditioning clay. While mixing I noticed some nice patterns/effects and just ripped that bit out and spermified it. The one on the right is a practice run at making twin tails.



I'm not sure what this thing is, but whatever it is, it's got a hat!



I guess you could make some pendants or something out of these. They need buffing up, or abit of varnish or something though.

Anyone else got any good ideas for scraps that are too good to be scrapped?
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay Pot Debrief (cont.) on: June 15, 2010 05:58:30 PM
Continued form the works-in-progress thread to avoid hijacking it.
Found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=345728.msg4088877#msg4088877

I'd like to know how you did the sorta-rolled rim too.
I made the rim and top half by making a sheet with the patterns and skinner blend, and laying it round the bulb and then curling the lip over. Then I put a sliver of white (quite a thick sliver) around the rim to cap it.   The sheet was just made from the skinner blend on one side and tiles on the other.  I laid the slices out on glass first and then put the skinner blend over it. This way the tiles matched up much better, but they are on the inside of the pot, with the patterns showing as the lip curls out.

Btw, are you creating the slices pattern on a base sheet, or alone?
For the outer pattern yes I built it onto a base sheet of clay to thicken the wall (the top half had the skinner blend as a backing but ended up much thinner. You can see it dips loads in the photo.).  This was a mistake I think because the slices would stick to the clay base and made it hard to position them accurately.

Did you try Varathane or another polyurethane?  (If you have some "ancient" Fimo finish, definitely hold onto it
No I havn't tried any varnish other than this ancient fimo stuff.  It's turned slightly green in the bottle.  The smell has gone though from this bird I used some on. There was only a thin layer and I sanded most of that off.  I havn't got a buffing wheel or anything.  I'm going to make one though out of... somthing.  You can see a bit of the glaze in this pic. EDIT: having technical difficulties, will get pic up soon but it's not really important.

What exactly didn't you like about the blend?
It went horribly wrong. The initial blend seemed ok, was fairly smooth but did drop out to black abit too quickly. I used 50/50 black and translucent and had left pure white and black area at each end. The only thing that went wrong at this stage was that... (deep breath)... after i'd passed it through the PM a few times it developed bulges in the trailing edge, the last edge of the sheet that passed through. It was always the side underneath.  Sometimes it seemed as though part of this bulge (which where unblended) would get folded into the sheet and leave a steak going down the blend, where the constant blend had been broken by a streak of extra black.  If you know what i mean Huh   (this seems to happen allot to my skinner blends)

The main problem though was that after making the blend I ended up with a sheet that was the width of my pasta machine (7") blending from white to black that needed to fit on the side of a pot only 3" tall.   To resize the blend I rolled it out at the thinnest setting of the PM and made a stack.  I then cut a slice from the stack which ended up too small and so i rolled it out to the length I needed but had to join 3 pieces together to get the width around the pot.

All this meant the blended areas where wobbly from where I rolled it out, wasn't one piece so had split lines in, and had streaks from where the gradual blend was broken. And after resizing the sheet smaller the abrupt transition to black was more prominent.  
lol it just didn't go well.  I don't know if i went about resizing the blended sheet the right way?

[Cracks/spaces] can roll repeatedly over the area with a small rod of some kind.  
Thats what I do and it helped allot. I probably need to do it more. The slices I cut where fairly thick, maybe 2.5-3mm. They weren't all the same though, I didn't measure. This definitely was a problem as the thicker ones would expand more than the thinner ones.  
I saw a video in the blog you linked to from Tonja Lederman with a cane slicing machine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw48pVzAsB0 I want one! I've also been thinking of a machine to reduce canes mechanically. Not got too far with that one though  Wink

Any thoughts?

P.S I'm really tired, sorry if I waffle on  Embarrassed  If you don't understand anything I expalined just say and I'll have another go or get pics.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Baby Photo Frame on: December 20, 2009 09:34:24 PM
Phew, I actually finished somthing.  That never happens.
My Big Sis had a beautiful little baby girl (Izzabelle) at the begining of the year and this will be her first christmas so I've made her a picture frame for her bedroom as a prezzie...








I havn't got a decent photo to put in it, but here's the best one I got of Izzy...  Will have to get a print of it...




Photo frame is ok but Izzy is great   Grin
I'm secretly starting a campaign to turn her in to a craftster when she grows up  Tongue
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Life Expectancy of Canes? on: November 23, 2009 11:51:59 PM
I've read the thread on storing clay but havn't found an answer to this Q anywhere.  Sorry if it's been covered...

How long can I expect any canes I make to remain usable (i'm usinf Fimo).  i.e can I make some canes, store them, and then reduce/slice/use them, say, a year later? 

I've got to hand it to PC, I just used some that was about 6 years old and it was fine!!  I'd opened the pack but only used a tiny bit years ago and after re-discovering polyclay recently I cracked it out, kneaded it for about 2.5 hours (watching a film) and it worked fine.  Rock solid at the start, and very crumbly, but it became usable eventually. I did have to cheat and use a small amount of 'quick mix' to help, but I recon it would have worked without it.

Anyway, how long do you think my canes will be usable for  (I guess if they go crumbly they are ruined)??

Thanks,
Tom
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Reducing a Semi-Circular Cane? on: November 23, 2009 10:41:38 PM
Hi,  Smiley I've just finished making my first (ok third) polymer clay cane!!!  Grin I'm really happy with the results. The colors that came out of the skinner blend are amazing.  I only just got a PM so am pretty new to all this.

The cane I've made is a semi-circular rainbow cane.  It looks pretty nice as is, but now I need to reduce it and am not sure of the best way to do it.
Does anyone know a good way to reduce a semi-circular cane??  I cant find a guide anywhere.  

There are actually two semi-circle canes (opposite colors on each) and I thought of putting them together to make one circle, but dont want them to stick and dont think I could separate them once reduced.  I thought I could put some foil or film between them but am not sure how that would affect the reduction.  Presumably you can't do this as the film wont reduce and will crinkle/fold.

Here are some pics...





Any suggestions??

Thanks,
Tom
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