I am very new to working with polymer clay and am really excited about all the possibilities out there. On this forum, in books, and on other websites I have seen tons of amazing and incredible things made only from clay!
It really is a versatile craft and I love all crafts, but it's hard for me not to get overwhelmed. I see one thing that I would like to try, then another, then another. I'm working on one project right now that I would like to finish before I try anything else. I'm assuming this is the most practical way to go, one project then move on to the next idea.
I'm just feeling discouraged seeing all these wonderful and incredible projects that I feel so far from being able to create. I know practice makes perfect, I just have no clue where to start! There are tons of supplies and they all look fun and practical, but what are the basic supplies?
Basically I'm just asking for some beginner's tips. I don't want to get in over my head. What are some basic polymer clay principles (for lack of a better word) you reccommend I learn?
Thanks again...hope your cat is doing better! I really appreciate your website, it gives me lots of ideas. I checked out some of your work too and it's very impressive.
Yes I didn't think that the Dover paper was the best to use. I photocopied another page today on much smoother paper and hope that it works!
About the last part of my post... when I tried the direct transfer onto clay, at first I had trouble with it being discolored after I peeled it off. After decreasing cooking time a bit, and allowing more time to cool, I solved this problem. But when I peel it off, parts of the transfer didn't stick. I just did a few for experimenting, but maybe it's because the squares I made aren't completely flat. I hand rolled the clay because I don't have a pasta machine (yet).
Thanks for your response. I figured that you didn't mean to come across like that. I appreciate your apology and advice. It's easy to take things the wrong way when they are in print.
This is basically what I've been doing:
1. I said it was a Dover coloring book because I thought it might give insight as to what type of paper it was. I realize it probably isn't the best paper to use. I use a square template to trace and then cut out a section of the coloring page, so I am left with a 2.5" square.
2. I color the square with colored pencils, and then paint on a thin layer of TLS. I bake it at 275 degrees for 15 minutes.
3. I then soak the paper for awhile, and then rub it off. It is time consuming and I must be careful not to tear the transfer, but I'm pretty sure this is because of paper type.
4. I let the transfer dry. Meanwhile, I take a 2.5" baked square of white Sculpey clay, and paint it with TLS for an adhesive.
5. Once the transfer is dry, I apply it to the baked Sculpey square. This is where I run into the most frustrating problem. I try to be as meticulous as I can, but no matter what the transfer is wrinkled in some places, bumpy, etc. during and after baking. (I am not sure if this will always be the case or if it is a flaw on my part. Perhaps I am painting the TLS for adheisve too thick?)
Last night I tried using the method where I paint TLS onto Sculpey, and then place the image on top of that and bake it. I tried it with some magazine images and it turned out okay. I couldn't get the transfer to stay perfect on the Sculpey though. It came up in parts.
Your encyclopedia has been helpful in helping me sort out some problems. Can you offer any other advice?
Thanks for your response but I would like to say I didn't appreciate the way you came across. I thought that since I am a complete newbie, have no experience with the terminology, etc., and this is my first project, that you'd be a little less condescending.
Rather than explain all the possibilities you mentioned (and since I couldn't tell what some of them were... for example, you "traced" onto paper with what?)
First of all, when I say that I traced a square on a coloring page, I think that makes perfect sense. I traced the outline of a square...
Your encyclopedia was a bit helpful, I appreciate the link. I don't mean to sound rude but I was offended by the tone of your response.
I am new here and have just recently started working with polymer clay. The first mini-experiment I tried involved TLS and a Dover coloring book. I traced a square on a coloring page, cut it out, colored it with colored pencils, and painted it with TLS and baked it.
I ran into problems while removing the paper backing. It was difficult to rub the paper off, and I tore the transfer in some places. At first I thought I wouldn't mind, but for a larger project this is very time-consuming.
So, I tried copying a color page and then trying the same process. The paper was a little easier to remove, but not by much.
I am trying to take these square transfers and put them onto same-sized baked polymer "tiles". When I bake the transfer, it never lays smooth on the clay, so this is another problem. When it is finished it is all bumpy and I end up getting incredibly frustrated.
Just last night I took a piece of computer paper, colored a small design using only colored pencils, and tried TLS with that. The paper backing peeled right off, no problem. If only I could achieve this result with the coloring page!!