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31  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bottles of Hope (VERY image heavy) on: December 15, 2010 05:16:21 PM
I've been working with polymer clay for just a few months now. I used Sculpey when I was really little, and when I decided that I wanted to get back into a hobby, polymer clay sounded perfect. These Bottles of Hope are pretty primitive, considering I've used these to learn techniques. I'm going to try to donate them to the cancer center where my Dad was taken care of.

Sorry the photos are behemoths. I've tried every way I can possibly think of to shrink them, and I just can't do it. Ugh.

Update: Thanks to Diane B. for teaching me how to post photos! Here they are...
Oh, and another update: The bottles in the group picture are happily on their way to the Illinois Caner Center (the 2 not pictured with the group at all are custom orders). Yay!

(Edited 1-2-11 to replace low-quality images with better ones!)

32  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / pasta machine on: November 09, 2010 07:57:09 PM
Almost every time I roll clay through my pasta machine, some clay stays on the rollers. It's extremely frustrating! And then I try to clean it off using a warm washcloth and blu tack. While that gets most of it, it doesn't get everything. Sometimes (quite randomly), when I roll another color through, speckles or even large chunks of old colors mar my beautiful blends. Help, please!
33  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / another felting question on: November 06, 2010 06:33:54 AM
I've read in a few places that rinsing a felted piece under water can make it appear smoother. I tried it with two of my felted pieces. As I rinsed them, I rubbed one very firmly and then the other very gently. Both turned out much more fuzzy looking than before! Eep! What am I doing wrong?
34  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / random questions (about felting) on: October 30, 2010 11:30:06 AM
Hi, everyone! I'm brand new to Craftster and quite new to needle felting. I'm a polymer clay artist, and I'm in the Navy. I live on an aircraft carrier every couple of weeks, and clay is NOT a hobby I can easily do onboard. So for stress relief, I have picked up needle felting! I have a few random questions that I have thought up over the last month:

1. I order my supplies online, and I often see pictures of shiny roving. Why is it shiny? Can you felt with it as easily as the matte roving?

2. How do you put things in your projects like wire (for bendable things) or glass eyes?

3. How do you clean something that is needle-felted? If you put it in the washer, does it just shrink?

4. I've been told that you can dye roving with bug juice (i.e. fruit drink). Does the color really stay?

5. To "mix" colors, can you use pet combs? I've been using my hands (by pulling small pieces from each color and combining them), but it's kind of a nightmare.

6. I got some new roving that...well...smells a bit like a farm. Is there a good way to get rid of it?

I had a list of questions, but...I kinda lost the list. So these are the ones I could think of off the top of my head. I might try and post some of my work here in a minute in the other part of this forum.

Thanks a million!

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