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kitschkween
« on: September 15, 2007 02:07:28 PM »

until the other day, i only knew how to make worms, snails, and pickles with playdoh. but after looking at some tutorials, i decided to give other objects a try. so here is my first day with polymer clay! (i like to rhyme.)

some cupcakes:


lollipops:


ice cream and sushi:


poop:


pumpkin:


group shot with extras (hot pink and black bow, round beads, lolli beads)


i could really use some tips when it comes to shaping, fingerprints, and dipping. what's the cleanest and easiest way to let the glaze dry without touching it or getting it stuck to anything?

thanks for looking!
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annie_atetheworld
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2007 02:54:32 PM »

Those are so cute! I love the poop, hee hee.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2007 03:17:18 PM »

Really cute! Love the cupcakes and lollicups!
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kitschkween
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007 03:33:36 PM »

Those are so cute! I love the poop, hee hee.
Really cute! Love the cupcakes and lollicups!

thanks! the poop is my favorite too!
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007 03:40:10 PM »

Nice lollies, I can never get the swirls to look right...


i could really use some tips when it comes to shaping, fingerprints, and dipping. what's the cleanest and easiest way to let the glaze dry without touching it or getting it stuck to anything?


So far I've found the easiest way to glaze things is to attach an ear wire to the top of the charm, dip it in and then hook the ear wire over something to let it dry. When it's dry you can remove the ear wire (unless you actually want earrings). The only small problem with that is that you need to make things that are a similar size to the glaze pot, or smaller so they actually fit in. On the plus side though, you never touch the clay part whilst it's wet. Hope that helps you a bit.
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2007 04:16:05 PM »

I normally add an ear hook or cell phone charm thingy and paint the glaze on.......then I just hang it up to let it dry. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2007 04:40:25 PM »

Those are awesome! I love the cupcakes.

My best tip for the fingerprints is to gently rub the whole piece with a finger when you are done shaping it. At least for the softer clays (I use Premo) it is enough to smooth out any pesky little fingerprints.

If you're putting glaze on charms, I recommend stringing ONE charm on heavy thread/a loop of wire/some crappy scrap ribbon and dipping it into the glaze. Let it hang from something (use a hanger or get creative) until it dries. Depending on your glaze, this shouldn't take long. (I use the Sculpey gloss glaze for my things.)

Caveat: If you decide to brush on the glaze, use a good-quality brush or you will end up with lots of broken bristles stuck in the glaze of your piece, like I did with my last one. -grumble-
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2007 04:53:13 PM »

I love them all!  I wish the poop coming out of my kids was that cute!
I haven't tried it yet, but I saw on a craft show a woman put powder on her hands to help prevent fingerprints.
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kitschkween
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2007 04:55:19 PM »

thanks for the tips everyone. i will try hanging it next time.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2007 05:45:34 PM »

Cute stuff . . and welcome to polymer clay! Grin

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could really use some tips when it comes to shaping, fingerprints, and dipping. what's the cleanest and easiest way to let the glaze dry without touching it or getting it stuck to anything?

In addition to the things that have already been mentioned, you might want to check out these two pages at my site:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(...click on Fingerprints, Smoothing...)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
(...click on Application and Dipping at least... they're under Varathane but same could apply to other finishes... there's probably more suggestions in various places on that page too)

I'm not sure what you mean by "shaping," but you might want to check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
(...click on Rolling by Hand, and Baking+Finishing+Suspending...)
And maybe this page too:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm


HTH,

Diane B.


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