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« on: August 03, 2007 11:27:32 AM »

I want to try making earrings similar to these but as I have very little experience with polymer clay, I'm not sure if the clay would be strong enough. Has anyone tried anything similar to this? Are different types of clay stronger? I'm currently using sculpey but I can easily get premo or fimo if those would work better. Thanks everyone!!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2007 05:59:36 PM »

The strength of various brands of polymer clay has come up many times before and I'm sure everyone gets tired of hearing me say it. . . but the Sculpeys (S, SuperS, SIII) don't work well after baking when they're thin and they'll be receiving any stress (and to a lesser extent, FimoSoft). 
Premo, FimoClassic, Kato, and Cernit will be very strong (as long as they're baked properly) and you probably couldn't even break them if you tried.  Those strong clays will also be more flexible when they're thin though (it's a trade-off), so they may not be as stiff as you'd like if you make them as thin as those in the photo.
 
There are a few ways to make them a bit stronger though even if you don't put them on any kind of a backing.
Check this page for those ways, and more of a discussion about strength and flexibility of baked polymer clays:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
(... click on Strength...)

You might also want to check out this page on all the stuff about baking polymer clays "properly":
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm


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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2007 06:31:35 PM »

Thanks Diane! I guessed that Premo would be stronger than original sculpey (which is what i'm using now) but Joann's didn't have any colors that particularly appealed to me. Its good to know that Premo is pretty strong. The earrings in the pic are pretty thin so i'd probably make them a couple milimeters thick. I think this project is going to have to wait until i get a pasta roller though, I really suck at rolling out an evenly thick sheet.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2007 07:48:02 AM »

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Its good to know that Premo is pretty strong.


(Actually, it's very strong.)

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this project is going to have to wait until i get a pasta roller though, I really suck at rolling out an evenly thick sheet.


There are ways to roll an even sheet of clay though without having a pasta machine --using various kinds of "guide rails" is one. 
If you want to read more about doing that, look on this page of my polymer clay encyclopedia as well as the two pages I linked to before:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
(... click on No Pasta Machine?...Other Ways...)

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but Joann's didn't have any colors that particularly appealed to me.


If you don't already know, colors of polymer clay can be mixed together to come up with virtually any color you can imagine ("colors" like metallics and translucents can be mixed too, as well as different brands). 
Of course, you will be limited somewhat by the colors you begin with, so if you want clear true colors, you'll need to start with clear true colors.  If you want a "tone" or "shade" of a color though, you can start with either clear true colors or with an already toned-down color (then you'll be limited a bit by the colors that were used to tone it down).

There's loads of info on mixing whole palettes of color**as well as recipes for individual colors (and more info about what tones, shades and tints are, and how they work) on this page, if you want to check it all out:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm


**i.e., basically using a red, a blue, and a yellow, plus white and black (. . . the overall "look" and feel of the palette will depend on which red and blue and yellow you've picked to mix with)


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