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« on: October 29, 2006 10:38:22 PM »

I wanted to post this here too since it's made of clay! I just did the altoid tin swap 3 and 1 of my partner's themes was wonder woman.


The top of the tin is covered in red sculpey and the bottom is blue sculpey with white sculpey stars all over it. The only part that isn't clay is the wonder woman logo mad from shrinky dink plastic.

Thanks for looking  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2006 10:13:14 AM »

Nice!  Love how you've "mixed media" with the shrink plastic, and the theme was well carried out too.

(next time you cover a tin, you might consider using a different clay than Sculpey just since it's so easily breakable when it's thin)


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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2006 10:57:15 AM »

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It's easily breakable after baked? It's not a very thin layer so I'm sure this will be ok..but I will keep that in mind thanks Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2006 12:27:11 PM »

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It's easily breakable after baked? It's not a very thin layer . . .


In the case of polymer clay, "thin" is a relative term unfortunately!

Re the strength/brittleness of baked clay, thin can actually be anything that's not a rounded ball or oval! (those are inherently strong shapes no matter what they're made from).  Even 3/4" of thickness would be weak if it were large enough vs. its thickness.

And the 3 Sculpeys (S, SS, SIII) are just more brittle after baking than other brands of polymer clay which is something that has to be considered for certain types of projects (...they also have a "harder" surface, which is nice, but must give up strength and flexibility for that characteristic). 

The biggest factor then is the stress a clay item will receive after baking.  If it simply sits on a wall or a desk or something like that and is never stressed with use or wearing, it will be fine (similar to greenware).  But if it's used, or pressed on, etc, or if the material it may be covering or attached to is flexed or swells even a small amount, then the thinner the Sculpey is, the more likely it is to snap off or chip. 

So covering an Altoid tin with Sculpey (even 1/4" or 1/2" thick) will make that covering much more susceptible to breakage if stressed than covering it with another brand would have been.  Stronger clays, if properly baked, etc., won't break at all without tremendous stress, and they'd bend or bounce before breaking (those would be clays like Premo, FimoClassic, Kato, Cernit, and probably FimoSoft).
 
(btw, "thinness" also applies to any projecting areas which are thin at any point... so for example, if you dropped this tin on a hard surface the stars which project out though just a a little, could chip on their corners in particular.)


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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2006 02:26:44 PM »

That looks great, really well made.  Did you use a cutter for the stars?  I couldn't be that neat!
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2006 06:44:06 PM »

Thank you! Smiley Yea I originally started cutting them out with an exacto knife and it really wasn't working out well.....so i used the smallest star cookie cutter I could find. Worked out much better!
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