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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Posting delicate polymer clay sculptures safely on: May 11, 2011 01:17:21 PM
One thing I try to do when making anything is consider the end result and how durable it'll be. I think that contradicts with toenails though

A valuable lesson I have learned! Thank you for the well wishes, I feel a bit more motivated to complete ratty so hoping it travels as well as the last one.  Can but hope! Thank you again everyone who has offered advice.
22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: I am Not a Button Addict on: May 10, 2011 10:12:27 AM
They are amazing! I now want a chunky knit cardigan with octopus (octopi?) buttons!
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Ruby Slippers/Wicked Witch Bookmark on: May 10, 2011 10:11:01 AM
 Shocked I just saw this and oh my! It's absolutely fantastic, and very well executed.

Executed! See what I did there? ...I'll get my coat...
24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Littles Fantasy Creatures and Orchid Pendant ^_^ on: May 10, 2011 10:08:59 AM
Love them all but Gelo is my favourite  Grin
Keep up the good work!
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: More steampunky than my usual work on: May 10, 2011 10:07:44 AM
They are beautiful! Mature looking and 'classy' but there's no mistaking their steampunk theme.  Like the kind of thing you could wear to work.  I really like the overall look and finish to them.
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Posting delicate polymer clay sculptures safely on: May 10, 2011 10:05:38 AM
Thank you azreno and atomicjam for your much valued input. 
That's good to know re. special delivery, although is it pointless insuring craft items to the value of what the customer has paid?
Ratty hasn't even been finished painted yet  Embarrassed but I have a friend who I will see shortly who will be seeing the person it's going to soon after, so I'm going to do a rat train with that one and I'll just have to take into consideration posting when I make them in future (saying that I've just made an equally delicate one  Roll Eyes )

azreno: I was thinking of using lots of packaging peanuts to fill in the gaps after wrapping the sculpt in bubble wrap.  I'm just worried about extremities like feet and claws, I've had 3 claws fly off during painting alone already.

Wish me luck for the rat transport in less than a fortnight (I'm thinking of it as a test run) and thank you for the compliments.
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Posting delicate polymer clay sculptures safely on: April 22, 2011 03:09:48 PM
Thank you so much for your help! I never thought of putting armature in the extremities such as the ears and toes (there is wire in the tail and feet).  The person who is having this sculpt goes to the same rat shows as a friend of mine so at least I can deliver to my friend and know it gets 50% of the way safely!

I've been looking into mixing 50/50 with Sculpey Firm as I've heard it's rather crumbly on it's own if you are just used to adding as you sculpt (as I do) rather than carve.

I shall endeavour to paint a week or so before I wrap (hard for me because I am a procrastinator extraordinaire!

I love your site by the way! I often find it's several hours later than when I logged on to it as there's so much information, thank you for your help!
 
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Posting delicate polymer clay sculptures safely on: April 22, 2011 04:15:09 AM
I didn't know where on the forum to ask, so please let me know if it needs moving.   Embarrassed

I agreed to make a custom rat sculpture for someone who saw a previous work of mine.  I am about to start painting it, but realised that I had no idea on how to post it!

I'm partially talking about how to wrap and pack it, but also on what service to use.  I am in the UK and the mail service here (bless them) are not renown for treating things well and I've had two smaller pieces break this week in transit alone (my fault for posting in bubble mailers rather than boxes I guess!).

This is the item WIP:


Has anyone else successfully posted polymer clay items safely if they have been more delicate items? I commissioned a small piece 5-6 years ago which had a few delicate areas which arrived from Australia just fine, but it was a much smaller, lighter item and I cannot remember at all how it was packed!
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My rat bag :) on: March 31, 2011 12:39:27 PM
Awww! I love rats! I love the cheeky position of his head Cheesy
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My spring/summer "Enchanted" interpretation on: March 31, 2011 08:01:12 AM
I love it!  I really like the 'wearability' of it as a summer dress and it looks mature too, rather than one of those Disney dress ups you can get for kids.  It looks really well made, with a nice nod to the film which fans would recognise, but without that 'zomg are you going to fancy dress' a full on ballgown would entail.

Do you have any close ups of the details on it?
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