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11  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: "Watercolor" bead on: October 04, 2006 10:14:28 AM
That's interesting, Diane - in all the reading I've done I'd never run across that technique before.  We had a lot of fun with it.  I really like Desiree McCrory's take on it, adding the translucent to give it separation and depth.  V. cool.

I suspect Maggie dragged out an older class to give us a product from our color studies, which was the bulk of the day - exploring her color pyramid and her theories on rainbow vs. earth colors - good stuff, and very practical.
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Wax Removal... Need help. on: October 03, 2006 07:16:41 AM
Use ice first to get the bulk off - freeze it, then chip it off.  Then you can do the melting/blotting thing.
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: "Watercolor" bead on: October 02, 2006 01:01:28 PM
Well, it's not my technique, and since Maggie's teaching it I doubt she'd want it detailed --

However, to put it simply and not really give away the heart of her class, this version is just a matter of tearing very thin sheets into tiny pieces/strips and putting them on a solid-color base bead.  When you roll out sheets of clay on a very thin setting (I think I used #7 or 8 on my Atlas pasta machine) it tears easily, so you're just taking advantage of a natural phemonenon to get the ragged-edged strips.  If the sheets are too soft to do this easily, you can also leach out some of the plasticizer on regular copy paper, which actually gives you a little more control over how the pieces tear. 
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / "Watercolor" bead on: October 02, 2006 08:35:30 AM
I got to go to a workshop by Maggie Maggio this past weekend and learn about her color theory and also her color-washed beads - terrific stuff!  Here's the bead I made (front & back views):




It's about 1.25" in diameter and somewhat flattened for use as a pendant.
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: colour photo transfer on: September 21, 2006 05:10:10 AM
OK, I went back and re-read the original article - after you baked the face-down image on your clay you went back and removed the paper and that's what you were left with?  Maybe if you trimmed the paper closer to the actual image you'd be left with less white area around the picture.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: colour photo transfer on: September 21, 2006 05:05:38 AM
The only thing that I can guess is that there's still too much paper left on the pic.  I'm not familiar with Dotty McMillan's technique exactly, but usually when you're doing a transfer you soak the paper in water and rub the white paper backing off the transfer image. 

I may be able to get a current email address for Dotty - she's on a Yahoo group I belong to.  If so I'll PM it to you.
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Makins Clay tools on: September 20, 2006 06:58:19 AM
The Michaels stores here have just started carrying the new Makins Clay tools - pasta machine with Teflon-coated rollers, clay extruder with a crank to work it - they're not cheap, but I'm told they're worth the expense for the effort they save you.  Check it out!
18  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't want raw clay to stick to baked clay when processed on: September 20, 2006 06:27:41 AM
Also love your avatar, a kitty in a birdhouse is so funny.

My sis took the picture - it's her cat, Tugger, wedged into a bird feeder.  (Considering his size, that's no small accomplishment!)  It's one of my favorite pictures.
19  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't want raw clay to stick to baked clay when processed on: September 19, 2006 06:36:51 AM
will the baked original and the unbaked one adhere to each other during the curing process?

The answer to this one is "yes."  There are a couple of ways to prevent it, although you may have to be willing to sacrifice a couple of your pieces to test what works best.  There's a commercial stuff called "Repel Gel" that's specifically engineered to allow people to bake two pieces together without them adhering (like a two-piece container - allowing them to bake the body and lid together for the best post-curing fit, without the two pieces sticking to each other) 
http://www.prairiecraft.com/pdf/repel_gel/repel_gel.pdf
http://www.clayalley.com/kato.htm

Other, less expensive/more easily purchased releases include cornstarch and Armor-All (spray used in protecting car interiors.)  I would think Armor-All would be more effective - the only possible problem I see is if you wanted to then put some sort of coating on the spirals, because Armor-All would "repel" that as well.

I would think if you dust the pieces heavily with cornstarch it would also work, but that can also have some impact on the appearance.  Maybe someone else can speak to how to accomplish this? 
20  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: Altered books... on: September 19, 2006 06:05:37 AM
Doing every page is also very hard on the binding.  I usually do a combination of ripping/razoring pages out and gluing bunches of pages together.

HOWEVER: I think the guy doing the Humument (the granddaddy of all altered books) is doing every page.  More power to 'im.
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