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Kelda
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« on: March 24, 2007 11:05:01 PM »

Also, my first completely painted Sculpey project. And my first posted project on Craftster! Yay!

Sorry for the blurry pictures. And also, he's kind of sloppily painted. And there are a million more complaints about him. Oh, well.

(His name is Rafael)



The pirate king.



I was going for a fedora, like Frank Sinatra. I failed. Oh, well.



Hat-less.

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007 11:04:43 AM »

OOOOOH I soooo love Rafael!!!  Grin He's super cute!! I like his eyes!!  Grin The fedora came out nice, so did the Pirate hat!! Good Job!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2007 12:10:37 PM »

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my first posted project on Craftster! Yay!

Hi, and glad you're finally posting your stuff ... he's cute!

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Sorry for the blurry pictures.

If you don't have a "closeup" function on your camera (usually a little flower icon, on digital cameras) that you can use, just placing many items right on the bed of a scanner can do a really good job of photographing them --and the front will be in perfect focus, plus even a little of the sides if they show  (there are various ways to cover the back side to make the photo look good too).

For information on scanning small objects, as well as all kinds of other info on photographing small objects in all kinds of ways, you might be interested in checking out this page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/photography.htm
(... click on the Scanning category, or other categories...)

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my first completely painted Sculpey project. . . 


(Does that mean that you usually paint only parts of your polymer items, or that you usually use colored polymer clay instead of paints??, or something else?)


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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2007 05:23:00 PM »


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my first completely painted Sculpey project. . . 


(Does that mean that you usually paint only parts of your polymer items, or that you usually use colored polymer clay instead of paints??, or something else?)


What I mean is, I've made some clay stuff, but I've never got around to painting them, either because they are screw-ups or because I'm too lazy.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2007 09:33:25 AM »

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What I mean is, I've made some clay stuff, but I've never got around to painting them, either because they are screw-ups or because I'm too lazy.

Oh, okay, I guess you're using original Sculpey or SuperSculpey, then getting all your color from painting over it.  I'm more used to getting color from the pre-colored clays (or colors mixed at home) ... btw, doing it that way would take care of the "lazy" parts  since there's nothing to paint Grin

What sort of "screw-ups" are you having?



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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2007 01:55:37 PM »

Oh, they just don't come out as expected, or extremities are breaking off (like the handle off a teapot). I figured out this was because I am using crappy clap, apparently (Sculpey), so I'm going to try to find some Premo in my town. (I live about an hour away from a major city with a decent craft store, so I usually have to take what I can get).
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2007 09:32:18 AM »

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. . .extremities are breaking off (like the handle off a teapot). I figured out this was because I am using crappy clap, apparently (Sculpey), so I'm going to try to find some Premo . . .

Aha . . . okay, you can still use the Sculpey you have but you may want to make the joins better.  The baked clay would still be brittle and more breakable if you drop or bang it, but at least the items should stay together at the joins. 
....One way would be to use a bit of armature between the two pieces (like a bit of toothpick, or wire, etc.)
....The other way is to make the clay of the two parts meld together better... there are several ways to do that but instead of mentioning them here, just check them out on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/glues-Diluent.htm
(... click on the subcategory Clay to Clay, under the category Some Bonding Techniques...)

So even when you're using a stronger clay, you'll still need to make the joins well ... it's just that if you drop or bang those strong baked clays, they won't easily break or chip at places other than the joins too.

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. . . or they just don't come out as expected. . .


LOLOL... welcome to the world  Grin 

There are two basic ways to deal with that kind of thing. 
You can do as many "artists" do, and simply follow the lead of what happens --without a hard-and-fast replica in your mind and intention of exactly what you want the item to look like.... think of it as a journey of exploration, serendipity and discovery rather than hanging everything on producing an item (IOW, learn to enjoy the process rather than just the end product to show off).  Most of us have trouble doing that, but if you give yourself permission to explore that side of creativity as a sort of "lesson," it'll be easier... plus you might well learn to like it or at least to take things from it that you can use later.

The other thing is just to keep at it.  Most people who get good at something do that because they keep practicing and exploring the same general thing for awhile.
So if you're into figures, instead of trying to make a mermaid today and a replica of a cowboy boyfriend tomorrow, try making several small mermaids... each time you do one, you'll get better and quicker at the basic parts, but also your brain will begin to bump mermaid/scales/hair/etc ideas around against other things you're seeing every day and also over more time, beginning to come up with different ways to do things or directions to take it.  When artists do that, it's called "working in series"... that's how they really get good, and get more "creative" with their theme.
(In your case, you might want to try exploring abstract little critters, etc, for example.)


HTH!


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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2007 01:45:23 PM »

I'm going to go to that site and read some of the bonding tips. Thank you so much for the tips, Diane!
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2007 02:07:45 PM »

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I'm going to go to that site and read some of the bonding tips. Thank you so much for the tips

That's what my whole site is for... happy to help!

You might just want to take a look through the whole Table of Contents page too just to see all the other things covered in the 1800 pages of my site Grin
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
(or I think there's a link in below my sig somewhere)


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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2007 05:05:14 PM »

So adorable.  I love it! Grin
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