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krafty_kelly
« on: December 15, 2007 09:41:45 AM »



My first time making these.  Any suggestions for improvement for next time?  I was thinking of painting little wee faces on them. 

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liasaun1
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2007 09:46:23 AM »

Definetly some little faces! That would be really neat.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2007 09:48:55 AM »

At a craft bazaar in Canada I assume?

I'm going to be so upset if it was anywhere near me! XD
I love going to these things, but I'm afraid I missed this one.

They look really cute Cheesy
But I think it depends on who bought them...
if it was adults buying for other adults, they'd probabaly appreciate them the way they are - some might think the smiles would make them look more juvenile - but that's just my two cents.
Personally I think they'd be insanely cute with faces, but well, I'm a teenager.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2007 10:00:05 AM »

I agree with Astica about the faces.

Also, how about more types of fruits? Like bananas, lemons, maybe grapes (though those are time consuming), you know, more shapely stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2007 10:42:03 AM »

i say some with faces, others without!

i agree with hello color! about more fruit because the pears are my favourites. i love how smooth and bold in colour they all are. congrats on the good sales:)
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2007 12:59:54 PM »

Cute!

My only suggestion would be that they look relatively large for earrings, so you might want to make some smaller ones too.  You might also want to use some small gold beads or findings to create the ornament caps... or make them from clay but cover them with gold powder (mica or real-metal).


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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2007 06:04:38 PM »

Thanks for all the great suggestions. 

Next year, more fruit....some with faces, some without.

Diane you are right about them being large.  I will try my skills to make them smaller.  They aren't too heavey though.  Is it possible to do them with a tin foil center to make them even lighter?
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2007 07:07:50 AM »

All news Earrings are GREAT Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2007 06:14:51 PM »

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Is it possible to do them with a tin foil center to make them even lighter?

Definitely.  In fact, there are various things, including tightly-scrunched aluminum foil shapes, that you can use as a lightweight armature under polymer clay.  You can even make the shapes hollow or somewhat hollow to reduce their weight. The easiest available material might be aluminum foil though.

There are lessons and tips on using armatures of various types under clay as well as making beads hollow, on this page at my site if you want lots more info:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm
...and for smaller items like beads in particular:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm
(click on Foil and Other Cores under Covering a Base,
and also perhaps on Hollow lower down the list...)


HTH,

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krafty_kelly
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2007 07:08:47 PM »

Wow, great tips.  Great site too!  Thanks.
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