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« on: June 15, 2006 10:13:52 AM »

hello! I'm just getting into clay. These are the second things I've made. next i think I'm gonna play around with making canes. i <3 polymer clay and i <3 this new board!!



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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2006 10:15:46 AM »

those look cute!
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006 08:59:52 PM »

awww theyre adorable! I've never used polymer clay before (but you've tempted me to start) - does it always come out with that kinda varnished look?
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2006 09:59:57 PM »

thanks!!



does it always come out with that kinda varnished look?

i glossed them. i bought the gloss at pat catans (local craft store) for about $2 and it was with the rest of the clay stuff. you really should get some clay to play with. i don't know if I'll ever be really good with it, but it is sooo fun, and not too expensive which is always good.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2006 11:07:57 PM »


 i don't know if I'll ever be really good with it, but it is sooo fun, and not too expensive which is always good.


You already are really good with it! They look good enough to eat Smiley Yum
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2006 09:28:10 AM »

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does it always come out with that kinda varnished look?

Only one brand of polymer clay has a natural sheen to it when baked (Kato Polyclay).  The others have a natural matte finish (Sculpey is the matte-est, with Premo and Fimo in-between).

Any clay can be given a sheen though, right on up to a high gloss shine, in several ways:

LIQUID ACRYLIC FINISHES (some are cheaper than others):
--Future floor polish (thin... will give a sheen if applied while the clay is still warm from the oven, or a glossy shine if cool... sometimes several coats are used for very high gloss, drying between each)
--clear acrylic wood finishes like Varathane (thicker... will give a glossy finish whether applied to warm or cool clay... multiple coats can be used, or the item can be dipped for a very thick high gloss shine)
--clear fingernail polish (acrylic, not "enamel")
--special "glazes" made for polymer clay (Sculpey Glaze --very thick and gloppy... Fimo has an acrylic "laquer" as well as and an alcohol-based laquer which is really nice, but they're both expensive... PolyGlaze is another, but not as tough as those above and may get scratches)

--other things like clear embossing powder or 2-part epoxy resins, etc. can be used too, but they're either more difficult to use or don't give as good a result

For more info on all those, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm


SANDING + BUFFING
--baked clay can be sanded with wet-dry sandpaper (usually 400 grit, then 600 grit --but a few clayers like togo much higher)
... if the clay is then rubbed briskly on fabric (jeans, bedspread, towel, etc.), it will get a nice sheen on the surface
....if the clay is instead buffed with an electric buffer (using a fabric buffing wheel), it will get a nice sheen on the surface if buffed for a short time... if buffed for a longer time, it will get glossier and glossier till it's glassy
(...some people like to sand and buff, then apply a liquid finish as well)
(...some people like to buff many small rounded objects like beads in a rock tumbler, but that's probably more than you need to know in the beginning)

For more info on sanding and buffing, check out these pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/buffing.htm


PASTE WAXES
Some (though not many) clayers use a clear wax like carnauba or shoe wax to give their smoothed or sanded clay a bit of sheen... it's buffed after application.


HTH,

Diane B.

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2006 01:26:50 PM »

Those are really cute! Smiley And I must get some gloss.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2006 09:38:06 AM »

I know this sounds super laz y - but I don't feel like driving myself around to figure out how much the clay is . I've never seen it around - would they have it at somewhere like MichaelS?
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2006 09:56:33 AM »

They do have clay at michaels, and I've heard it is only sale but the sale ends today.
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2006 11:14:28 AM »

There is a great sale going on a Michaels right now, but as mentioned it ends today.

Michaels has been having fairly frequent sales on polymer clay though (every few months?) for several years... this sale was an especially good one because all clay brands were 99 cents for the small bars, rather than half-off which would make some more expensive. 
You might want to read more about the sale in this thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=16740399.0


You can also buy clay mail order (online or phone) and in many ways that will give you more choices, better freshness of clay, and cheaper prices than normal retail.  If you're interested in checking out some of the mail order suppliers, look on this page for a list:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm
(look under the Clay subcategory at the top of the page)


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