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Kärleksbarnet
« on: July 14, 2007 12:02:28 PM »

As you all know, everybody loves Katamari Damacy. So, since I broke my Bobomb keychain, I figured a katamari would be the bestest object to attach my only key to.

Hence:



I used regular modelling clay. Cernit. I guess you could pretty much use which ever colors you like the best to match up your own favorite katamari but I used white, blue, yellow, orange (was going to use red but couldn't find my red lump of clay..) and green. And one of those metal hook thingamajiggies (english is not my mother tongue..).


[1] So, what I did was I rolled tiny little balls in each color. Each matching color set of balls tinier than the other set. I made sure to wipe my hands off every time I handled a different color, so that I was not going to stain or mix the different colors together..




[2] I flattened the little balls on top of each other to make one of the katamari's little "knobs". Then I gently tried to push the metal hook thingamajiggy down into the "knob", trying to keep the "knobish" shape. This proved time consuming, but I did OK.


[3] Then, makeing the rest of the knobs was easy.. Big, smaller, smaller, smallest..






I actually wasn't sure how many or how big "knobs" I wanted on my katamari, but I wanted it to fit in my pocket and figured that 6 little knobs should do it.  And so I rolled a much bigger ball to which I would attach the "knobs"..


[4] And attached the first.




..and the rest. This was the worst part of it all. Trying to keep the main ball's ball shape intact and also keeping the "knobs'" lines straight. In the end I'm pretty happy with the result, as the jiggly lines gives my katamari a nice handmade feeling..


[5] And then, into the oven. low heat for thirty minutes.

Success!
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2007 12:12:52 PM »

i have to make one of these for my boyfriend! awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2007 12:19:09 PM »

very nice!
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2007 12:43:39 PM »

This katamari feels craftish! Teehee Tongue

Very cute!
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2007 12:55:25 PM »

Super super cute!

I made a bigger katamari once out of some foam balls.  Yours is so pretty with the stripes though!
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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2007 02:30:11 PM »

Cool! . . . you should maybe let the folks on the Polymer Clay board know about it too and give a link.

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This was the worst part of it all. Trying to keep the main ball's ball shape intact  and also keeping the "knobs'" lines straight.

I can imagine! 

Another way perhaps to have made the knobs would be to make a "bullseye cane" --but one which has 4 "wraps" of color around a main green log... sort of like this:
argggh... so many of the links listed at my site are now broken!

So instead, here are various examples of bullseye canes which have been made with multiple wraps (of diff. colors)... though here you see only the "slices" from that cane not the cane itself, and also the slices have been cut in half then applied to another sheet of clay:
http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=4153008&a=31266991&p=68349444&f=0

Okay, here is a lesson showing a bullseye cane with multiple wraps being made... you would just use more colors and thicker wraps:
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/crafting/article/0,,HGTV_3352_1812259,00.html (Figures A - D)
Here's another:
http://www.homeandgardentelevision.com/hgtv/cr_accessories_jewelry/article/0,1789,HGTV_3225_4357295,00.html (Figures A + B)
 
Then you could cut a thick slice off the cane for each knob, sort-of flatten it to the size you wanted, then press it over a scrap ball of clay small enough to form the knob.  Then press each final knob onto the big white ball. 

And btw, if you want to keep the large white ball in shape while adding the others, you could also chill it in the frig a while, then add the knobs while they were still warmer/softer... or you could bake the large ball first, then use a bit of liquid polymer clay or even white glue to press the raw knobs onto it (and bake again).  (Just leaving raw clay touching baked clay overnight will also often make a bond strong enough because the plasticizer from the raw clay will begin to seep into the baked clay... can also use a dab of superglue to hold them together until baking time).
(Or you could do the reverse, and put the baked knobs onto a large raw clay ball-- either way would give you more control).

Btw, although any clay can be "modeled," actual "modeling clay" (in the US anyway) is usually the type of clay that can't be baked (it melts if heated) that kids have played with for years--not the PlayDoh type though (...Cernit is one brand of "polymer" clay... we also have the brands called Premo, the Fimos, Kato, and Sculpey here).


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« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2007 05:15:45 PM »

Thanks for all the kind words!

you could bake the large ball first

I thought about that, but didn't know if it would break when reheated. So, thanks for the tips on how to work it out! I think I'll try cooling it down next time. And I'll definately try the bullsey cane method! Thank you so much for the walkthrough!

I'll make a new one soon, and see if I'll get it more "even".

I'll keep you all posted!
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2007 11:33:15 AM »

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didn't know if it would break when reheated

Polymer clay can in principle be reheated many many times -- and in fact it can also be heated indefinitely, and will only get stronger and stronger from continued polymerization -- as long as (and this is one rub) the temperature never goes over the recommended temperature.  That's actually pretty hard to do if one doesn't have a "convection" oven, even when using an oven thermometer, because of the way thermostats work and the fact that parts of an oven or even a baking surface can heat up more than other parts of the oven or air.

The other problem in this case is that you were using a brand of clay that may darken more easily than some others when baked --even at it's "normal" baking temp-- because Cernit has a lot of translucent in it's colors and translucent clay darkens more easily than opaque clay.  (...the worst brands for darkening are the main Sculpeys ....Kato Polyclay is the best, FimoClassic and Premo next, and not sure where the slightly-less strong FimoSoft falls).

 In this case though, you might have been okay just rebaking the white ball though because white is the only Cernit color, I believe, which is opaque (from the titanium dioxide in it)... btw, Cernit or any brand's white can be added to any Cernit color to make it more opaque when you want that.

One other thing to think about, for rebaking or not, is that polymer clay that's thicker than 1 1/4" or so, can crack when it's baked if it's solid clay.  If there's an armature underneath the clay though (e.g., a scrunched ball of aluminum foil or a sealed/painted wood ball) that will prevent cracking as long as the clay still isn't thicker than 1 1/4" anywhere (sometimes just heating and cooling slowly can work too).

Good luck on the next trials!

Diane B.

P.S.  I also saw this similar effect on another site that you might have fun looking at...
http://thepolyparrot.com/great_starts.pdf scroll to page 4
Elizabeth just added the balls on each other though without smoothing them as much as you did.

P.P.S.  I notice there's a lot of lint on your white clay ball too... if you want to read about ways to avoid that, or fix it, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(... click on Fingerprints, Smoothing, Lint...)
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2007 12:23:06 PM »

I made one of these as my first-ever poly-clay project!!  I just used white clay and painted it though, because that's all I had.  I can't post a picture yet, but I will soon.
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2010 07:18:19 PM »

great simple idea and excellent advice to us novice clay users!

THANKS!!!
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