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)
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
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?
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?
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?
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.