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rachelbunny
« on: August 27, 2006 07:46:30 AM »

I was asked by someone to make this from polymer: Water lily



Here's her description

"I'd like for the flower to be pink with a white beaded strand, or the other way around. I'm not sure how big your polymers are, but I'd like this one to be 3/4 of an inch in size."


Any tips or tricks in making a flower like this. This is a paid project so I'd like it to be nice. Any ideas welcome, thanks  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2006 07:52:11 AM »

for the pettles i would cut each out thick and a little smaller than the sise you want and shape it with your fingers.

fot the middle i might use a ball of brown clay a and male it like flat and put yello balls and canes maybe

i think this will be a trial and error type of project
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2006 08:06:32 AM »

Am I reading it right that she wants the whole flower to be 3/4"Huh!!! I'd say that that size would be very difficult and require you to figure out tools you could use to manipulate and place the clay because fingers would be too big for most of it.

No matter what size, one definite tip would be not to use Sculpey clay ... it would be too easily broken or chipped after baking.  And I would use as firm a clay as possible so that those tiny petals wouldn't be floppy gum while trying to make the flower.  She may have seen flowers like this (but at least a little larger) made from "cold porcelain" type clays.  Those shrink while air-drying so the size wouldn't be quite as difficult, and flowers made from them can be thinned at the petal ends and look quite realistic... they remain flexible after drying too.

Those little stamens and things would be deadly hard if they were separate strands, so you might want to go with an impressions of some kind that resemble the general middle area.

A Skinner blend (bullseye) cane would be good for the petals since they have a gradient color (half a slice for each petal before shaping).




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mixi
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2006 08:26:21 AM »

i dont get what "white beaded strand" is suppose to be (these brazilians and their lousy english...   Grin)
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rachelbunny
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2006 08:29:12 AM »

Oh, she wants it on a necklace. A strand of white beads. Smiley
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mixi
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2006 08:55:43 AM »

now i get it....
humm, i'm no expert, but i'd probably start with a tiny fat circle and "slice" the petals.  the biggest problem you'll have is shaping them.  try fake nails (wow....  where did i get that idea from...).  they'll shape the pieces and will give you access to the places where your fingers wont reach.  also, you can sandwich the petals with the nails avoiding fingerprints and mold easier.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2006 09:42:11 AM »

This got me thinking of this stuff.  Has anyone tried it?  Is it flexibile or brittle like Sculpey III?  I don't know if it would make making the piece any easier or not.
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2006 09:01:09 AM »

This got me thinking of this stuff.  Has anyone tried it?  Is it flexibile or brittle like Sculpey III?  I don't know if it would make making the piece any easier or not.

I would not use ultralight for the flower. I'd use a superstrong clay like kato.
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rachelbunny
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2006 09:32:34 PM »

Well, I made it. This is my 2nd attempt.

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« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2006 09:50:34 PM »

very cute! i like it,  great job
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