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31  MOLDS (from clay & for clay) in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Diane B. on: June 15, 2006 01:01:44 PM
MOLDS

for loads more info on making and using polymer clay molds
(as well as using other molds for shaping polymer clay), look on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm


These are some of the molds I've made from polymer clay (I have hundreds more  Grin).




Actually, the green faces, the skull, and the pink geometric each show both the polymer mold and the polymer cast or "pull" later made from that mold... there are also two metallic plastic buttons there to show some geometric items that can be used as dimensional "stamps" for making molds.  

Some of the other casts shown were "highlighted" mostly on their upper portions with gold mica powder (Pearl Ex, etc.) before baking (to bring out details)... I intentionally allowed the powder to get on the background areas of these pieces a bit though since I wanted to cover most all of those pieces (but I kept the powder off of the background clay in the lower left, pinebranch cast, per normal).
Casts can also be "antiqued" so that only the bottom portions are colored (with paints, metallic powders, etc.), usually applied, then wiped off the top areas, or sanded off after baking... the skull was antiqued with burnt umber tube acrylic paint, but not that well done).
Casts can also be completely covered with metallic powders or other colorants too Ithe Celtic weave cast at top was completely covered, but it's hard to see).


Polymer clay molds can be made from virtually any item that's reasonably stiff (and doesn't run away too fast  Wink)
... these particular molds have been made by using plastic buttons, faces on toys & little plastic animals, nature items, carvings of my own, stamps, charms, decorative metal beads, etc. ...(actually the bottom right ones were made with a carved white eraser which you can also see in the photo, but they could also have been clay molds and turned out the same).
...Molds can also be made from 3D items, or just from textures --e.g., coarse sandpaper, plastic canvas (blue, above), wavy bottom of plastic box (dark burgundy, above)... those are often used as "backgrounds" or just visual interest too.

Btw, there are various possibile ways to combine polymer clay and molds:

--polymer clay molds can be made with non-clay items
--polymer clay molds can be made with baked polymer items

--polymer clay casts can created from polymer clay molds
--polymer clay casts can be created from molds not made from polymer clay
......these might be purchased molds (molds for candies or cookies or soap, silicone molds, wood molds, etc.)
......these might be molds made by the clayer (from various glues, 2-pt silicone molding materials, crumpled aluminum foil, plaster, etc.)
......these might be "molds" found around the house (the inside of a paint "well" in a paint mixing tray, a teaspoon, etc., anything with a depression and maybe texture in it)

(Most of those would not be baked with the clay, though those that are silicone-based could be. ... those also don't include ways that liquid clay can be "cast" in various molds.)

As for ways to use the casts from polymer molds, there are many!
They can be used just as embellishments and onlays (on clay items or non-clay ones ...too many to mention!), or for making beads (even double-sided beads), or as clay faces for dolls and other figures, etc., etc.  Molded items or molded bits are actually used a lot in polymer clay.

Normally I try to color-code my molds because there are just too many of them to paw through all the time.  So most of the faces are made from green clay, animals dark red, geometrics are often another color, nature items too, etc.   Some of those above are not color-coded though because they were either made before I started adding color to the SuperSculpey I use, or because they were what I had on hand when the molding opportunity struck!  (Some clayers are even known to carry a blob of clay in a plastic bag in their purses, etc., just so they can make a mold from any fascinating shape or texture they see while they're out, then bake it at home.)  
I have so many faces that I even numbered those molds on the back... then I also marked the same number on the corresponding cast for each mold after baking it, because sometimes faces can be really hard to recognize when they're molds (innies).

Generally, releases aren't needed for making polymer clay molds or casts, but it can be helpful in some circumstances, especially when one is new at making and using molds with clay.  
The Polyform and Kato clays work fine with a little spritz or coating of plain water, but the Fimo clays don't like water as much, and for those especially, a little cornstarch (brushed on with a fluffy brush) will work best (talc powder can be used, but sometimes it's harder to get off the clay after baking-- actually most talc and baby powders have only cornstarch in them these days).
If your clay is particularly soft or sticky, you can also put the clay and mold in the frig or freezer awhile to cool and firm it up which makes for easier removal.
  
Molds which aren't flexible at all can make clay harder to get out sometimes too, and for those try cooling, or try pressing the back with a soft wad of clay, or even sticking a pin into the clay kind of sideways to help pull on the cast.  
Using a little less clay than will totally fill up the mold makes it easier to get out too, and will leave a nicely rounded edge on the cast... can be interesting to make a cast of just a part of the mold too by pressing only a little ball or shape of clay into the mold somewhere.
 
Using more clay than will fit just inside the mold makes is easy to get out too.  Then you can either trim off the excess ....or you can leave the excess to create an interesting background "frame" around the molded object (can leave it as is, or trim it to any "frame shape" you want).... then when the cast pressed into new clay to make a final piece, the frame will stay as part of it.  




Diane B.
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32  BOWLS of polymer clay in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Diane B. on: June 09, 2006 08:16:18 AM
BOWLS made from polymer clay


for lots more info on making polymer bowls + examples, lessons, look on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/vessels.htm
(... click on the Bowls & Trays subcategory...)


These are some of the polymer clay bowls made by 6th graders in a series of kids classes I gave at my son's school.









(for the remaining two sets of bowls by other kids, look here:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/dianeatglassattic/album?.dir=1dc8)

They were created by applying cane slices to a form, or by draping a sheet of decorated flat clay (disk-shaped) over the form then arranging the excess clay at the edges ...baking the clay on the form ... then removing the form as the clay was cooling. (Each child made one of each type.)

Many types of forms can be used to make bowls this way, but for these classes we used mostly glass custard bowls and a few metal mini baking pans, etc. (generally upside-down). 

These are easy and fun to make if only a few guidelines are followed (see links above).

Other types of vessels besides bowls can also be made from clay... they may use similar methods, or different ones--for example:
boxes (with or without lids), vases, pots, trays, even pendants which are actually containers or large beads, miniatures, etc.   
Some may have their forms (armatures) removed like these bowls, and some may have them left in permanently.




Diane B.
GlassAttic ...polymer clay "encyclopedia"
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm



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33  Re: Polymer Clay Board? in Suggest New Boards and New Features by Diane B. on: May 31, 2006 12:01:51 PM
BOWLS made from polymer clay

for lots more info on making polymer bowls + examples, lessons, look on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/vessels.htm
(... click on the Bowls & Trays subcategory...)


These are some of the polymer clay bowls made by 6th graders in a series of kids classes I gave at my son's school.



(for the remaining bowls by the other kids, look here:
http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/dianeatglassattic/album?.dir=1dc8)

They were created by applying cane slices to a form, or by draping a sheet of decorated flat clay (disk-shaped) over the form then arranging the excess clay at the edges ...baking the clay on the form ... then removing the form as the clay was cooling.

Many types of forms can be used to make bowls this way, but for these classes we used mostly glass custard bowls and a few metal mini baking pans, etc. (generally upside-down).

Other types of vessels can also be made from clay in various ways ... like boxes, vases, container pendants, etc.   Some may have their forms (armatures) removed like these bowls, and some may have them left in permanently.





Diane B.



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34  Re: Polymer Clay Board? in Suggest New Boards and New Features by Diane B. on: May 30, 2006 01:15:15 PM

MOLDS made from polymer clay

For loads more info on making and using polymer clay molds
(as well as using other molds for shaping polymer clay), look on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm



These are some of the molds I've made from polymer clay (there are hundreds more Grin).



The green faces, the skull, and the pink geometric each show both the polymer mold and the polymer cast later made from that mold, and there are a couple of plastic metallic buttons that show some geometric things that can be used as shapes for the molds.
 
Some of the other casts shown were "highlighted" on their upper portions only with gold mica powder before baking (to bring out details).

Polymer clay molds can be made off of virtually anything that's reasonably stiff (and doesn't move too fast  Wink)
... here they've been made from plastic buttons, faces on toys & animal toys, nature items, carvings of my own, charms, stamps, metal beads, etc. (actually the bottom right ones were made with a carved eraser, but could also have been clay and would work the same).

Normally I try to color code my molds because there are just too many of them to paw through all the time.  Most of the faces are made from green clay, the animals in dark red, geometrics are often another color, nature items too, etc.   Some of these are not color coded though becuase they were either made before I started adding color to the SuperSculpey I use, or because they were what I had on hand when the molding opportunity struck!

Btw, there are so many of the green faces that I numbered them on the back... later I also marked numbers on the corresponding casts for each one because sometimes faces can be hard to recognize when they're molds (innies).





Diane B.
GlassAttic ...polymer clay "encyclopedia"
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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35  Re: Polymer Clay Board? in Suggest New Boards and New Features by Diane B. on: May 09, 2006 07:53:19 AM
I finally found some info on posting photos on a "craftster account" so I'm trying it here, along with the captions (since this worked, I've removed the photos from my previous post.. and also removed questions from this one)

( ... in this post there are a few more details about the items shown)




Those were made as magnets for my son's teacher's brand new white board.
Some had to do with the subjects they were studying that year or with things they had in the classroom.  The background for the 3 faces was one of the old wonderful Fimo "faux stone" clay colors which are no longer sold.  Most magnets, I think, were all-polymer (sometimes adding the cane slices over a core of scrap clay rather than using another material for the armature)...  they had small magnets embedded their backs which were removed for baking, then glued back in with E6000 (now I'd probably use an epoxy glue, though they are still working 9 years later according to the teacher unless she doesn't want to tell me they aren't  Undecided).
There are various polymer techniques represented in the items, especially:
...caning, "covering," simple sculpting, "aquarium bead" with fish and seaweed, and transfers





Those were mostly all made as Christmas ornaments.
The round ones are photo ornaments (made over a wooden drapery ring) and the flat orange one was made as a small frame and given to a kid I knew using a cane of "his" face; the two poodles on a bone were for my sister who had 2 standard poodles; and the rectangular one was a framed postage stamp (now, I'd make a transfer of it rather than using up the stamp).... polymer techniques used were:
... caning (+ one face cane), twisted ropes, simple sculpting, "covering," onlays, metallic powders, metallic leaf (crackled), texturing, and a bit of mixed-media




Diane B.
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36  Re: Papier Mache Puppets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Diane B. on: March 04, 2005 12:34:26 PM
Well, that finally seems to have worked  Grin ... although the colors got really contrasty and bright...


Here are some other heads:









P.S.  What does " URL of page to parse images from:" mean on the photos upload page  Huh Huh



Diane B.
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37  Re: Papier Mache Puppets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Diane B. on: March 04, 2005 12:31:04 PM
Okay... here should be the first 3:










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38  Re: Papier Mache Puppets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Diane B. on: March 04, 2005 07:40:44 AM
Hmmm... finally figured out how to add photos to a "member gallery," but now don't see the way to include them in *this* post...  Will try the Submit Post option at my gallery and see if that does it:

Nope, that just got a message that said "No need to move image to same category!" Huh?....

Guess I'll try just entering the URL of one photo and see what that does:





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