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« on: June 08, 2006 12:07:16 PM »

Yay! New clay board!

So here's an introductory post, a clay covered cuff bracelet blank. The covering is a mix of my canes and those of some friends. The bracelet has been sanded, buffed and I managed to make it just a shade too big for me! But I have a ton more blanks ahead Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2006 12:38:00 PM »

That is soo beautiful!!! Shocked
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2006 02:35:11 PM »

pretty as always my friend Smiley

now i gotta get stuff photographed and posted too! Tongue
yay for clay board!
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2006 09:04:37 PM »

wow that is very pretty . Too bad you made it too big for your wrist but i hope you have fun making more! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2006 09:15:57 PM »

breathtaking! All I ever get with any of the clays is a blah ball of WTF?
This is gorgeous!
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2006 06:40:08 AM »

breathtaking! All I ever get with any of the clays is a blah ball of WTF?

The thing I found with polymer clay is that, while it can be extremely simple or extremely complex, there's a pretty sharp learning curve for the more complex stuff - how to take this very easy material and make it into something amazing.   I'm used to, when I start learning a new process, maybe it doesn't look all that great right off the bat, but at least you can tell what it's supposed to be -- with PC I got SO frustrated, because people would demo something for me and it would seem so simple but in practice it was a lot harder than it looked, and the result was usually "a blah ball of WTF!"  All I can say is, have patience and practice a lot!
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2006 12:30:14 PM »

 Shocked   Shocked  Shocked  Shocked

tooaquarius Congratulations for you polymerclay master piece, it's really cute and you made a good job with canes!!  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2006 06:53:12 PM »

Beeeeeeeeeeeutiful bracelet!!  I love it!  Yay for the new Polymer Clay Board too!!
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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2006 07:55:39 PM »

Wow that is just amazing!  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2006 08:48:51 AM »

That is just amazing! I wish I could do canes that well.
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2006 12:37:08 PM »

Beautiful!

Is the blank inflexible -- that is, do you have to worry if the blank should bend that the PC will break or crack?

I had some SculpeyIII shrink and crack right off a terra cotta flower pot, and I've been leery of putting any PC on anything firm ever since.  Angry
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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2006 01:55:21 PM »

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I had some SculpeyIII shrink and crack right off a terra cotta flower pot, and I've been leery of putting any PC on anything firm ever since.

Gee, no polymer clay should shrink noticeably unless it's in a large flat expanse (say 12-14" or so). 
When did the shrinkage and cracking happen?  When you were baking it, or much later?  And did you "cover" the terra cotta, or just add individual baked polymer bits to it, or what?

The only thing that occurs to me is that Sculpey III is very brittle after baking when it's thin, and won't flex when stressed, so it could be that the terra cotta swelled from heat or water, and Sculpey can't accommodate that (especially without a layer of white glue underneath to act as a buffer).  You might want to try Premo, FimoClassic or Kato instead for those applications.

So in general, any material which may contain even a trace of water (like bare wood, or terracotta, etc.) need to be sealed or made bone-dry before adding the clay (those two are often baked in the oven alone for awhile to get any moisture out, for example). 
Moisture is also why we don't the "ice water dunk" to make translucent clay clearer if there is anything porous under the clay that could soak it up (papier mache, bare wood, etc.).

There's more on covering (or just embellishing) terracotta ojects with clay on this page if you want a few more tips on doing that:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm
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« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2006 02:19:31 PM »

Is the blank inflexible -- that is, do you have to worry if the blank should bend that the PC will break or crack?

Hi Smock!

The blanks are flexible but after application of clay, it's not that flexible anymore. I've used Premo and Fimo Classic on this because they are two high quality, non brittle clays. S3 is known for being brittle particularly in thin layers or poking out parts. It's not bad if you use it fairly thickly over a strong core (like metal, wadded foil). If you put it on firm items that heat and expand or cool at a different rate than the clay, you may get cracks here and there and the better option may be to cook the tiles separately than the pot and stick them on after.

I didn't with my cuff bracelet but the layers are not that thin and the clay is mostly the more flexible premo for it's base.
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« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2006 04:01:20 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2006 09:17:32 AM »

WWWAAAHH! I WANT ONE!!
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« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2006 09:21:09 AM »

I love this bracelet.  I need to experiment more with polymer clay.
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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2006 04:35:01 PM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm just starting clay and haven't even made my first cane yet....
How in the world do you get that much beautiful perfect detail?Huh
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2006 06:29:15 AM »

wow, that is to die for...sell them! i'll get in line
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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2006 04:26:17 PM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm just starting clay and haven't even made my first cane yet....
How in the world do you get that much beautiful perfect detail?Huh

Thanks so much!

The detail is all just canes, reduced very small and kind of collaged onto the base bracelet form. Bake and then sand and finish (in my case with a bit of acrylic on top).
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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2006 06:54:12 PM »

Wow, that is gorgeous! I checked out this board just to see if you can do cool stuff with polymer clay ('cause i really had no idea) but I was totally blown away by your bracelet!!!! Keep up the awesome work!
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« Reply #20 on: July 05, 2006 12:26:10 AM »

SOMEONE has been spending a LOT OF TIME making skinner blends... WOW...

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« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2006 10:16:02 AM »

SOMEONE has been spending a LOT OF TIME making skinner blends... WOW...

i SUCK at skinner blending Sad

I promise it's just practice! And once you have the hang of it, it rocks.
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« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2006 02:48:57 PM »

That is amazing! I can't believe those are canes (so much stuff that I've seen made with canes ends up looking really cheesy). Beautiful!
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