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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Snow Globes on: November 07, 2006 11:29:37 AM
Hey,

It's not necessary to seal polymer clay, but if you plan to leave it immersed in water for a long time (say 6 months or more), a whitish "coating" will begin to show up on the clay because it is actually very-very-slightly porous (this will show up more on dark colors than light ones).  Some clay brands are also less porous or denser than others, so I assume that Sculpey will be more quicker to show effects, and Kato slower, with the others in-between.

Putting certain things in the water seems to avoid the problem (e.g., using a certain amount of glycerin, or waterbed conditioner) and those will also help with any algae, etc, you might get from using non-distilled water or adding other materials in the snowglobes.

There's a load of info/tips/etc. for making snowglobes with polymer clay inside on this page at my site if you want to check it all out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm
(...you'll want the main section called "Water"...)


Have fun!

Diane B.


Thanks! I have, in fact already browsed through your site and found it very informative. I guess it leaves the question of how well will acrylic paint hold up in water? I assume it would be wise to coat it in something more waterproof. I guess some experimenting is in order, of course, I could only do short term trials, but better than nothing I suppose.
22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Snow Globes on: November 06, 2006 05:26:51 PM
Thanks for checking that out!! I've actually ordered some empty snow globes from National Artcraft http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=6&cid=37&scid=54 I'm hoping to come up with something "classy" looking that wont fade/ fall apart
23  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Snow Globes on: November 06, 2006 11:29:56 AM
Well, my plan for christmas this year is to make snow globes/ water globes for friends. I was thinking of using polymer clay ( I have plain old sculpey) to make figures, then paint and seal them before immersing them in water for all of eternity. After reading up on the topic, I'm not so sure this is such a reasonable idea anymore! In my fantasy world plan, I make the figures, bake, paint with acrylic, and then coat with 600 layers of varnish to make water proof.

Can anyone offer any advice on perhaps different clay or paint types that might be better suited for this application?
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Medusa! on: November 02, 2006 10:10:20 AM
Thanks, it's actually from the official website. It goes without saying that your icon is utterly brilliant!

Why thank you! He's a close personal friend of mine!  Tongue
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Medusa! on: November 02, 2006 08:37:49 AM
Thanks guys!

Angry Angel, love your icon Smiley
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: I gave the yeti a friend!!! on: November 01, 2006 10:45:41 AM
THOSE ARE HILARIOUS!!! *planning to craft myself a giant head*

Great job!
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Medusa Costume! on: November 01, 2006 10:38:09 AM
I wasn't gonna post, but what the heck!This year was medusa!



I made the hair from a long dread wig. I wired each dread with coat hanger...(process shot)

and then covered each one with a tube of fabric. They flopped all over the place but it was a good effect. I tied them together in some places so they would stand up, and then I wove a few rubber snakes in to spice it up!


I reused a toga I had thrown together for a murder mystery party a few months back. its just a big sheet of material with a  hole in the middle that's tied and pinned in just the right spots.


Here are some more action shots!
mmmmm...babies....


SCARY!


I am WORKIN that scary face!! Tongue



28  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns on: October 31, 2006 09:12:19 PM
Is it possible to preserve a Jack-o-Lantern? Like coat it in shellac or something?

After I carve out the faces, I put Vaseline on the cuts. I also put my jack-o-lanterns in the fridge during the day and display them all lit up at night.

And for an emergency and the pumpkin looks beyond repairable and shriveled, I fill up a big bucket with water and leave the pumpkin submerged for a few hours, it comes out looking new and fresh.

Good tips! But I think she was talking long term...like to keep and use again? That's what I was thinking.

In terms of short term freshness, I find keeping it in the fridge and sprayed with water works well too

*Ahem* I think you mean he. Other than that, you're right. I was looking for long-term solutions. Given some thought and an extensive google search, I don't think its really plausible to save a Jack-o-Lantern for more than a week or so.

Whooops!! my bad sir! I knew I should have checked to be sure when I wrote that :p
29  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Pumpkins! Please share your Jack O Lanterns on: October 31, 2006 10:52:58 AM
Is it possible to preserve a Jack-o-Lantern? Like coat it in shellac or something?

After I carve out the faces, I put Vaseline on the cuts. I also put my jack-o-lanterns in the fridge during the day and display them all lit up at night.

And for an emergency and the pumpkin looks beyond repairable and shriveled, I fill up a big bucket with water and leave the pumpkin submerged for a few hours, it comes out looking new and fresh.

Good tips! But I think she was talking long term...like to keep and use again? That's what I was thinking.

In terms of short term freshness, I find keeping it in the fridge and sprayed with water works well too
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: There's a mermaid in my kitchen! on: October 30, 2006 09:24:53 PM
This has got to be the most creative mermaid I've ever seen. and ADORABLE!! I love it!!
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