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 on: July 23, 2016 07:38:32 PM 
Started by mandit1990 - Last post by LadybugsAndBumblebees
Thank you so much for all of you that answered my question!  I had actually made the same exact one for my etsy shop last year, and that one had come out better than the one I made for this swap, so I switched the item in question...the one I tried making for the swap was just giving me issues all around.  I still think it hovers around a largish-medium, but there is a medium I made for another theme that should be a small, so I hope it just all evens out.

While trying to take a nap today, I came up with lots of ideas for smalls for one of the themes!  I was so excited that I didn't nap, and instead worked on the crafts with one of my DDs!  They are fine as-is, but as soon as they are dry, I want to add some finishing touches on them.  I think I have two themes done and halfway done with my third.

 on: July 23, 2016 07:35:38 PM 
Started by craftADDchick - Last post by craftADDchick
So, it was too much effort to set up the AC tonight. Instead, I sorted fabric. With my recent shopping haul, plus a handful from my stash, I think I have managed to give everyone unique fabrics!

I will start cutting next weekend Smiley I need to prep templates, too, especially for the non 1" hexies. MareMare, do you want your stitched hexies to be done at 7/8"?  I think I'm going to use my Silhouette to make/cut the paper (card stock) templates, so it won't be a problem.

 on: July 23, 2016 07:03:42 PM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by pioneer9
Nearly done! Just need to finish the cover Smiley

 on: July 23, 2016 06:37:11 PM 
Started by 19libra86 - Last post by pottermouth
Quite an elegant gentleman indeed. I hope you post more of your crocheted projects, for this little guy is adorable!

 on: July 23, 2016 06:36:21 PM 
Started by TheMistressT - Last post by TheMistressT
Thanks, y'all!

 on: July 23, 2016 06:33:05 PM 
Started by Gumption - Last post by pottermouth
Great Pokeball! Looks like your little companion agrees.  Smiley

 on: July 23, 2016 06:30:36 PM 
Started by TheMistressT - Last post by pottermouth
What a fantastic idea. Not only are they practical, they are decorative as well! I love that you collect toothpaste tubes.  Cheesy

 on: July 23, 2016 06:23:34 PM 
Started by TheMistressT - Last post by lindyv321
I love all of them! The bird print is probably my favorite though with the toothpaste coming in at a close second...

If you don't mind my asking, what about foreign toothpaste attracts you as a collector? (I'm not judging, I accumulate all sorts of things myself, and I regularly read the blog of a guy that collects ancient expired food.)

Would this blogger happen to be named Matt of Dinosaur Dracula?

 on: July 23, 2016 06:20:29 PM 
Started by Reel Crafty Girl - Last post by pottermouth
This is too cute!

 on: July 23, 2016 06:11:55 PM 
Started by Kitty-Nin - Last post by steiconi
before I saw the pictures, I was imagining a custom cookie cutter (you can make your own using strip metal; I like brass strips available at most ACE hardware stores in the US).

but those are complex designs.  In pendant size, they would be extremely fragile.

so I'd suggest molds.  Start by creating a positive form, that looks like the final design you have in mind.  Cut out each design in something about 1/16" (2mm-ish) thick.  Maybe use thin-rolled clay, or a few layers of cardstock laminated together.  This is going to be fussy.    Oh, wait, use the 3D printer!  that's going to make it much easier.  You can probably print the backing and design all at once.  Lucky you!

Next, cut a backing from a thicker medium; mat board would be good, or thicker-rolled clay.  Add a loop or other way to hang the pendant now if you want it to be polyclay.  The mat board backing could incorporate a loop.

Mount the design on the backing, and glue or bake depending on medium used (you can mix media). 

Now make a mold from the positive form.  The designs will be simple, with no undercuts, so you can just press them into poly clay rolled out about 3/8" (1cm) thick.  Press the form lightly into the clay, then flip the clay over and press securely over the form.  That ensures an even thickness in the mold.  Remove the form and bake the clay.
Alternatively, you can use other mold materials like plaster or silicone.

To mold the pendants:  treat the mold with a little mold release.  For polyclay, a thin dusting of baby powder/talcum is good (tap the mold upside down to get rid of excess powder).  Sometimes wetting the mold is enough. 

Then press colored clay into the figure part of the mold, keeping it off the background part.  Press it in firmly, and scrape/wipe off any colored clay that gets on the background area.  Now press contrasting clay into the mold to fill it up.  Scrape off any extra and press against the table to get a flat back.  Remove from mold (freezing it for a bit can make that easier).

If you haven't built-in some kind of hanging device, add one now.  It could be poly clay fused on the back (before you remove from mold), or holes poked through with needles or wire, or a metal finding embedded in the clay.

Bake.  If desired, finish it with a clear coat of polyclay-friendly glaze.  Many nail polishes react with polyclay, leaving it sticky forever (I have 20-year-old pieces that never dried) so test first.

Could you just 3D print each pendant instead?  Be a whole lot easier.

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