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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sealing your work...Question???? on: September 13, 2007 10:58:43 AM
it's really worth the investment to get varnish. clear nail polish is considerably more expensive anyway given how much you get for the price.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Carol Duvall Show--clay shows now online as FREE VIDEOS! on: September 05, 2007 05:25:08 PM
suh-weet!
I used to watch her but 1. i don't really take interest in any of the other crafts she showcases and 2. i usually roll out of bed about 20 mins before class, so no time to watch tv in the morning (or *cough* early afternoon)
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Glazes to use when clay is painted and has contact with water. on: August 30, 2007 01:13:47 AM
If the paint is completely dry, you shouldn't have to worry about brushing on a varnish messing it up. I am not a big fan of spray varnish, but many people seem to like it so i guess it's a matter of preference. I personally keep my varnish in a small jar with a wide mouth and dunk, then brush off excess. I like this because I know I don't miss any spots, but I suppose it will depend on what you are making. I mostly make small charms, so this method is very easy for me.

As for cutlery, hopefully our friend Diane B will offer advice because I've never made anything like this
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making cell phone charms out of polyclay on: August 30, 2007 01:08:34 AM
Thanks =) I guess I think of oil paint as being a sort of inclusion, and thought that it would weaken the finished product.

Do you use TLS much? I have a really tough time getting it to mix with the stiffer clays. When I've mixed it with premo, I seem to have little lumps in the end product (usually using it to make a frosting consistency) even after literally like an hour of mixing. Aside from thorough conditioning and maybe a touch of diluent, do you have any suggestions?
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making cell phone charms out of polyclay on: August 28, 2007 06:52:39 PM
TLS tinted with oil paint would be stronger than clay + diluent ?

Also, with the headpin, i meant with the head part down in the clay. do you think a zig zag would still be necessary?
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making cell phone charms out of polyclay on: August 25, 2007 09:20:06 PM
To this point, I've been very hesitant to use polymer clay to make cell phone charms because they tend to take SO much abuse. I recently got a request specifically for a cell phone charm made out of polymer clay. I decided to take it on, but want everyone's thoughts... These are the sort of guidelines I've come up with for myself-
Use fimo classic to ensure maximum durability of the clay
No paint. Period.
No thick varnish that risks scuffing or peeling
Use an embedded headpin to ensure that the eye can't come out unless you bust the darn thing in two.

She wants a chocolate covered strawberry, and the chocolate sauce I use is a mix of sculpey III and diluent, so I'm a bit nervous about that being a bit weak. Any thoughts on ways to increase the durability?
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: "too perfect" on: August 17, 2007 08:30:58 PM
Amused as I am by some of the other suggestions, I'd just take in some clay and show him how you make them. lol doesn't look handmade enough... I love when people equate handmade with mediocre quality >.<

Or ask him for an idea for a custom piece then make it?
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sharpies on: August 05, 2007 08:47:20 PM
Sharpies and polyclay don't seem to get along well, and a lot of people have problems when they varnish with the sharpie sort of bleeding.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cooking time? on: August 03, 2007 01:13:15 AM
You're not really *supposed* to reuse the pan, or even the oven, for food purposes after you've used it for clay, but let's be honest... unless you're a serious polyclay artist using it every day for lots of clay, you're probably fine. Did you know that heating food in plastic tupperware causes those plastics to leech into your food as well? It's such an insignificant amt, though, that no one really stresses (even though these chemicals have caused genetic mutations in mice hehe)

Aaaaanyway, I guess my point is that I'm in the camp that there are probably more harmful chemicals in a happy meal than in your oven after baking a couple of charms.

As for the paper, it doesn't burn til 450F, so you should be fine. I use it all the time and like it very much. Any paper will work as long as it isn't shiny like magazine paper.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polymer Clay "emissions" on: August 03, 2007 12:42:44 AM
just my personal opinion here, but i think the crazy chemicals in oven cleaners are probably going to do a lot more damage than those emitted by the clay from occasional baking.
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