Oh, thank you! That makes sense about the fumes. And I didn't know it would harden up after baking, I just thought it wasn't done. That helps! I can't post pics right now, sorry. Would if I could.I need a new camera.. I had to give the tiny snake to my daughter already. Painting clay-can you paint it before you bake? See, I like having the black clay base to add stuff to, and painting it black afterwards around tiny things would be hard. I suppose I could buy black clay...but surely there's a way to color it first. Maybe I'll burn it outside, I have a teeny craft oven I bought during a going out of business sale that I've never used. Supposed to be good for shrinky dinks and clay.
I have a small package of brown scuply someone gave me-no idea how old it is! It was still pnice and soft, though. Well, I got it out and made random pieces. I put it on a disposable pie tin, at 275-and still soft. Hmm, those are pretty thick pieces, I says-so 15 minutes more. Then 30, then an hour, then move it to the lowest rack and turn the oven to 300 and stalk off for a while. Sure enough, it turned black! I didn't intend that. But with the rusty metal and watch bits I pressed in, it looks cool! I did a tiny snake, and pressed in a couple of gears for eyes, did a pendant, did a few odd shapes...all came out pretty nifty. I'm doing that on purpose next time. Has anyone here ever done that? The pieces aren't brittle at all, just black.
Oh, I'm jealous! I wish I was closer to done. Eh, getting there...and I do like my burnt poly clay. I'll have to do that accidentally on purpose again sometime. It's going faster now that I'm starting over on my problem project. I heard a definition of writers/creator's block recently that stuck with me. If you're blocked, it's a sign something is wrong. Whether it needs to be rewritten, or started over. I've found that true. I can try and try to fix something,getting more and more frustrated trying to salvage it- or I can begin again, and it goes faster, and I'm happier. Anyway, this has been a neat swap!
I have been playing with crafty stuff I haven't done before for this-although I don't know yet if they'll end up parts of the swap items or not. Practice is always good, right? I cut up a tin can! I messed with a little package of brown poly clay I've had forever! And it just wouldn't get done baking, so I grumbled, set it on the lowest rack, and walked off...it turned black, but I really like how the black looks. I took apart something I'd been stuck on and started over. Much better. I carefully cut out a picture, set it aside so it wouldn't get smushed or torn until I was ready to glue-and lost it. Yeah, I'll be crafting up until the last minute on this swap.
Back after 3 days out of town! Bought a couple of supplies today. I started digging into my stash-things I know I have, I can't find! But then I found other things I'd forgotten I had, so it's all good. Yes, I am going to organize next time I have a few days off! I began one item, trying out something new. Glue is drying now. Even if it doesn't come out right, I've learned something and will be able to begin again easily if needed. The other thing I'm making I have supplies, and lots of scribbled plans. I'm really excited about it!