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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 18, 2012 04:40:59 PM
Beautiful! I wish my ears were still gauged.

Thank you. I have a lot of people tell me they wish they stretched their ears just to wear my stuff. It means a lot.
12  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Plugs (or "gauges" for ears) that I've made. on: August 18, 2012 02:30:53 PM
I make plugs with resin. I'm dealing with a heartbreaking loss right now, so I'm trying to find anything I can as a distraction. I'd like to know what you guys think of my work, maybe it will spark some conversation.











I have a bunch more in my gallery.
http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showgallery.php?ppuser=269841&cat=500


What do you guys think? Any tips or advice?
13  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Resin and Plugs (For Stretched Ears!) on: January 12, 2012 05:47:22 AM
So far no advice on the resin. I absolutely hate the flared plugs.. I've worn straight ones with no O rings for like 10 years, and rarely do they ever fall out - not even in bed. If I can't find any info/input soon I might just go with single flared ones. I want to put images in the plugs and that way if it works better with flares, at least I didn't waste my money.

Either way! When I finally get my materials and experiment, I will be back to post my results. Smiley
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Resin and Plugs (For Stretched Ears!) on: January 10, 2012 06:50:10 PM
So I love plugs, been wearing them 10+ years. I wanted to make my own with clay, and then I discovered resin. I'm very close to starting to make my own with tunnels and resin, but I want to clear all my questions before I put any money into it. I love Etsy, I'm always on it looking at awesome stuff. One thing I've noticed on there is that most of the resin/tunnel plugs are flared - usually double.

My question is, is there a reason behind this? Does the resin turn out better in flared pieces or is it all just the most popular preference? I personally hate flared, double and single. And there aren't many non-flared plugs on Etsy. I don't want to make double flared plugs if I don't have to, and I also don't want to drop $200+ on materials if it turns out that the non-flared plugs just won't work. I'm hoping someone has some info behind this. Or if you wear plugs (of any material), I'm also curious in your size, and preferred style - I can't seem to find any straight up stats on what sizes are most popular currently. Thanks!
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making Liquid Clay on: December 09, 2011 09:03:21 PM
I have another question! I actually have tons and tons, I've been sick this past week so I've been using all my lazy time to read about all the clay projects I want to do haha. I've been doing my best to try to answer my own questions, but some stuff I just am too unsure of (And I don't know what info is outdated). So I was browsing Etsy, because I love looking at all the awesome stuff on there and I came across someone selling colored liquid Fimo:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81236101/liquid-fimo-clay-polymer-polyclay-resin
(All of their colors if you're interested: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PreciousSerenity?section_id=10388832 )

How do they do this? I'm very interested in making my own (with colors), for deep molds that I have. It doesn't necessarily have to be Fimo.. but how would I make any type of liquid polymer clay for my molds? The only craft store I have in my area is Michaels, and it's not even one of the bigger ones. Would they sell the materials I need to make it there possibly?
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Future?!? on: December 09, 2011 06:17:44 PM
I've been wondering a lot about finishes, and I've read soo many different things from so many people. Some of it being outdated and I never even knew it. I have a couple questions about these types of "household" finishes that maybe someone could help me with?

I read that some types of finishes will turn items a yellowish color, or crackle months or years down the road. Is this true with the product the OP is talking about?

And.. this may be an obviously dumb question, but would this product be safe to use on jewelry worn in/on the body? IE; earrings or plugs for gauged ears?
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stamping Letters ON Polymer Clay for Magnets on: December 09, 2011 06:06:45 PM
Thanks so much for the info! I think I might venture into the ink pad technique for a try. I will definitely re-read that page now that I have a bit more solid idea of what I have in mind. As long as the ink pad ink is fully set (either heat or air dry), will the Sculpey glossy or satin glaze work okay with them? As in, not smearing/fading and then sealing it well?
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Stamping Letters ON Polymer Clay for Magnets on: December 09, 2011 01:32:16 AM
I was thinking of making some personalized magnets as gifts.. I thought it would be quite simple, until I started researching. All I want to do is stamp letters (to make words / quotes) on top of -not pressed into- preferrably baked polymer clay. I've searched different keywords in these threads, searched google, and read quite a list of pages from the "encyclopedia" links on inks that I keep seeing floating around. But I'm honestly still pretty confused and unsure about what the best technique for my project would be.

I was wondering if people would mind giving me their input on things they may have made? I thought I could do it just with acrylic paint, but now I'm not so sure. Which type of stamping method would be best for what I want to do? My ideal project would be to make a whole bunch of the "bases" for the words, and then just stamp on the words whenever I get the idea/request/event for a gift. I'm also looking for a stamping substance that can be glazed over with the gloss and a paint brush.

All I currently have are acrylic paints (Apple Barrel). I don't have any ink pads, or stamps for that matter. I figured I'd ask here before I went out and bought something that could possibly be usesless towards my projects. Tongue Thanks!
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay and Magnets on: November 13, 2011 10:18:51 PM
Hey all.. I tried searching the internet but couldn't really find any info on what I was looking for.

I want to make some magnets as gifts with my polymer clay, but I was wondering if anyone could lead me to some info on what kinds of magnets would work best? I want them to actually work and be usuable, (ie, actually hold more than 1 sheet of paper/photo to the fridge). But I also don't want the magnet to be SO strong that the clay rips right off of it, with the magnet still stuck do the fridge. Does anyone have any tips for me? Also, what would be the best kind of adhesive to use? Would super glue work? Or should I use something different? Thanks!
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hemp Necklaces: I Want Your Opinion! on: September 04, 2011 12:51:27 PM
personally I'm a big fan of the loop and button style o closure for hemp necklaces. makes them easier to take off and put on (I hate tying them) without any clashing.


I've never done a button before, I just made a big knot at the end. (With some of my more worn/older pieces i close them with a safety pin to be sure they don't fall off without me noticing). But I've recently discovered polymer clay and I wanted to make my own beads for the hemp (nice big holes!). I can just make a matching "button" or disc to close with.

Thanks for the feedback! I thinkin' I will toss the idea of clasps.
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