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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: orange cake on: March 25, 2011 06:49:00 AM
So cute!! imera is right - looks like the cake has a little face which gives it some (unintentional, I'm sure) added charm. Cheesy
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Luna's Dirigible Plum Earrings! on: March 25, 2011 06:47:15 AM
Cute! Yes, must keep those nargles away!  Grin
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Flower cake: should i cut piece out or not? on: March 25, 2011 06:45:57 AM
This is fantastic! I am still (humbly) starting out, and this kind of stuff simply amazes me!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polymer Clay + Too Much Glycerin - Please Help! :) on: March 25, 2011 06:35:08 AM
Thanks, Diane. Smiley

Yeah, the pieces I molded were fine - those baked up nice and hard without a problem. However, there were quite a few times that I messed up, so I took the clay off of the mold and worked it back into the lump of clay... I did that over and over until I finally had too much glycerin in the lump of uncured clay. XD Fimo Soft is definitely not the best for using molds. I'm going to see if I can find Kato at my local crafts shop.

Thanks again for the advice!!! I've thrown that lump into the fridge to see if I can get a few more casts out of it before it "melts".
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polymer Clay + Too Much Glycerin - Please Help! :) on: March 22, 2011 04:41:41 PM
Diane, you are definitely the best resource I've found.

The mold is fine, though... it's just the leftover (unbaked) clay that seems to have absorbed too much of the glycerin. I was hoping it could be salvaged and reused. Or should I just chuck it in the rubbish bin and move on?
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay + Too Much Glycerin - Please Help! :) on: March 21, 2011 05:46:20 PM
I've done a few searches on the site (which is an awesome resource, btw), and I wasn't able to find the answer. I apologize if this has already been addressed before... I promise I tried the search. Cheesy

Anyway, I've been making these teeny tiny little ice cream cones using Fimo Soft. My ice cream cone template is also made out of Fimo Soft (baked, of course). It's basically a flat grid that I press the clay onto to get the cone "lines". Then I just roll up the small sheet of clay like a cone and cut off the excess.

So here is the problem: I was using flour as a release agent, since the clay kept on getting stuck in the teeny tiny crevices of the template. Then I read somewhere about using glycerin as a release agent and thought that would be an awesome idea. My first few ice cream cones came out so easily and they were perfect - but I found the longer I used clay and glycerin together, the more gummy and sticky it got.

I hate wasting clay, and I still have a good sized lump that I can use to make more ice cream cones. I've read about leaching the plasticizers out of clay... but can I do the same for glycerin? Right now, it is much too gummy for me to use but I don't want to throw it away...

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give! Smiley
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