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« on: January 02, 2007 04:29:06 AM »

*EDITED to add second globe*

Well, this didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, but lessons learned and next time will be much better!

*Fimo Soft
*Craft wire
*brush bristles (for eyelashes)
*E6000
*Silicone Adhesive/ Caulk
*Snow Globes http://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=6&cid=37&scid=54
*Glitter
*Glycerin
*Acrylic paint

The figures are "sidekicks" for friends. Its sort of an inside joke thing, but hopefully you can appreciate them anyway! Here are the first sketch


Here's what happened when I tried to put the first one together:

There was much screaming and pulling of hair.

This figure had to be reglued and resoaked, so I'll finish it tomorrow...maybe.

Anyway, I did finish the cakelady. I only wish I had made the legs a but shorter, but alas.

She fits...barely!


Thigs to remember for next time:

*make the figures smaller! They are magnified by the water.
*colors are muted by the water. Exaggerate colors you want to stand out.


Here she is! Bra lady (I need to come up with names!) She fits much better than cake lady does.

BLIZZARD!

I love how the snow collects on her mitten and eyelids!


Christmas is finally done!
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2007 05:23:38 AM »

I think they're lovely!! And thank you so much for adding the link to where you bought the snow globes thats much appreciated!! Such a clever idea - and gives a lot of inspiration, I love it xx
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2007 05:42:09 AM »

Wow, that is SUPER cute and a surprisingly affordable gift idea. I bet they are lots and lots of fun to make, too! I love the cake lady, she looks really good--she might be a little big for the globe, but it kind of makes her look like she's trying to escape the bubble. And that's cool.
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2007 06:06:21 AM »

I think they're great!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2007 06:11:15 AM »

Wow, that is SUPER cute and a surprisingly affordable gift idea. I bet they are lots and lots of fun to make, too! I love the cake lady, she looks really good--she might be a little big for the globe, but it kind of makes her look like she's trying to escape the bubble. And that's cool.

Thanks! and yeah, she's too big. that's what happens when you don't measure before you begin!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2007 06:55:28 AM »

how very freaking cool!
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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2007 09:55:44 AM »

I like it, it's really really cool  Grin I hope you get to finnish the other one too, they will look great together  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2007 11:16:04 AM »

therealgigantor - your snow globes are so cute! thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2007 02:00:03 PM »

Really cool!!!  And I even like the cake lady... she's kind of really in-your-face because of the size and magnification --LOLOLOL.

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figure had to be reglued and resoaked


What exactly do you mean by "re-soaked"??  Did they advise you to soak your figures before adding them, e.g.... maybe to avoid outgassing (though that isn't usually a problem with polymer clay, though bubbles can get stuck in crevices)

And also, did they include any kind of water "additive" with the kit?  I'd like to add it to my info if they did.


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P.S.  For other people who are interested in making snow or water globes with clay, and buying globe kits or making your own, there's a bunch of info on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm




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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2007 02:30:58 PM »

Really cool!!!  And I even like the cake lady... she's kind of really in-your-face because of the size and magnification --LOLOLOL.

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figure had to be reglued and resoaked


What exactly do you mean by "re-soaked"??  Did they advise you to soak your figures before adding them, e.g.... maybe to avoid outgassing (though that isn't usually a problem with polymer clay, though bubbles can get stuck in crevices)

And also, did they include any kind of water "additive" with the kit?  I'd like to add it to my info if they did.


Diane B.

P.S.  For other people who are interested in making snow or water globes with clay, and buying globe kits or making your own, there's a bunch of info on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm


Ha yes, some how I managed to forget about the magnification so I was pretty shocked when I saw that too!

I'm only soaking them to get the bubbles out of the small areas. it works suprisingly well.

And no, they didnt include any additives. I used destilled water and a little glycerin.
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2007 04:44:02 PM »

Now this is a really cool idea!  I'm gonna try to make my cousins out of clay, and give them snowglobes for their birthdays.  They'll be blown away. 

Thanks for the tips, too.  Terrific stuff!
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2007 05:29:07 PM »

That came out so great!!
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2007 10:06:35 PM »

Those are both so cool, I want to make one now.  By the way, I love your avatar.
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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2007 12:32:37 AM »

pretty cool.
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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2007 05:22:40 AM »

Really cool!!!  And I even like the cake lady... she's kind of really in-your-face because of the size and magnification --LOLOLOL.

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figure had to be reglued and resoaked


What exactly do you mean by "re-soaked"??  Did they advise you to soak your figures before adding them, e.g.... maybe to avoid outgassing (though that isn't usually a problem with polymer clay, though bubbles can get stuck in crevices)

And also, did they include any kind of water "additive" with the kit?  I'd like to add it to my info if they did.


Diane B.

P.S.  For other people who are interested in making snow or water globes with clay, and buying globe kits or making your own, there's a bunch of info on this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/outdoor_snowglobes_fountains.htm


Ha yes, some how I managed to forget about the magnification so I was pretty shocked when I saw that too!

I'm only soaking them to get the bubbles out of the small areas. it works suprisingly well.

And no, they didnt include any additives. I used destilled water and a little glycerin.

HOW did you soak them though? did you just stick it in plain water? If so, how long? Are the figures glazed/varnished or coated with anything? Did you find a tutorial for this? thanks, i am really interested in trying it.
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2007 06:29:08 AM »

HOW did you soak them though? did you just stick it in plain water? If so, how long? Are the figures glazed/varnished or coated with anything? Did you find a tutorial for this? thanks, i am really interested in trying it.

ohh, I just filled the globe with DISTILLED water and put the figure in it upside down. You can see the bra lady soaking in the background of one of the pictures. I soaked them over night, although I can't say for certain how necessary it is, it did seem to reduce the air bubbles.

I didn't find a tutorial, and Most of the information I used I found on Diane B.'s site

Truth be told, its really not that complicated.
*made clay figures
*made a clay base
*paint the rubber stopper included in the kit (it was mint green)
*glue figure to the base (E6000)
*glue the base to the stopper (only in the center so the stopper can flex)
*be sure to clean the globe inside and out
*fill with distilled water and alittle glycerin
*soak the figure as you see fit
*add floaties (I used a few kinds of glitter)

Then the tricky part is getting the stopper in without getting air bubbles (or push it in too far and break the globe trying to get it back out like I did)

Then I sealed the stopper with some silicone caulk, glued the globe to the base (e6000 again) and viola!
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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2007 11:04:33 AM »

I love your globes, but the cake is my fave. I made my first ever snow globe for a friend for Christmas (made a Santa sponge bob, if im not too lazy i'll post it sometime Cheesy ). Anywho, my biggest mistake was making sponge bob too big, it turned out ok, but due to the mag issues (like yours) he was a tad biiig. Ooo, and i used aquarium glue to hold the glass to my polymer base. It's fantastic and specifically made for things along those lines.
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