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alea
« on: February 01, 2004 09:22:31 AM »

I was playing with my clay last night and ended up with these. I think they're kind of cute. Smiley





They're just bases made from polymer clay with little disks of clay stacked on them.

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2004 09:42:24 AM »

Nice! I love the second one...
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2004 03:08:37 PM »

Thank you very much. Smiley I've been working on improving my color choices.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2004 05:45:41 PM »

Those beads are really nifty.  I had to go to your page to view them, and almost had a siezure.  Can you choose which banner ads go on your site?  That flashing virus one is painful!
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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2004 02:46:36 PM »

I know, it really stinks. I'm still trying to find a hosting service that accepts Paypal AND allows editing on line instead of ftp (I have a mac). It's a real pain, and I can't change it. I'm going to try to fix the images. Thank you, though. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2004 09:23:59 AM »

they look fantastic! how did you get them so smooth? my polmer clay efforts always seem really rough, you can see my finger prints and stuff lol  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2004 01:00:56 PM »

Thanks for the compliment!
The key is to burnish polyclay pieces by rubbing your finger on them. It removes the fingerprints. Of course, I worked on these directly on the pan I baked them on, so that I didn't have to touch them again. Usually I sand beads after I bake them. It's a pain, but it works. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2004 01:03:07 PM »

funky - verrry nice!  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2004 02:57:02 PM »

Alea, those are *so* fun!  I'm honestly not usually into polymer clay stuff (especially when I make it -- always comes out wonky!), but these are totally adorable!!  The color choices on both are super cool.

Btw (re: your FTP note), there are lots of ways you can FTP on a Mac.  There's a great free FTP program called RBrowser Lite that you can get from versiontracker.com and there are many other good ones that only cost a tiny bit.  Plus Web editing programs like Dreamweaver have their own FTP built in, if you decide to go that route.
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2004 03:25:08 PM »

Btw (re: your FTP note), there are lots of ways you can FTP on a Mac.  

Also, if you're not afraid of the Unix side, just open a Terminal window, and regular old ftp works. First go to the directory where your stuff is, then
just type 'ftp user@host' where user and host are your username and the host you're going to.  Then inside ftp you cd to the directory where you want your stuff to go.  Then just type 'put filename' (where filename is the name of the file you want to put there)
when you're done, type quit or maybe exit, I can't remember which.

It's actually really easy! (says the girl with a PhD in computer science Wink )  btw, Terminal is in the Utilities folder of Applications.  and once you have it open, you can type 'man ftp' to get the manual page on ftp - heck you can do this to learn more about any unix command.  If you'd like more help, just send me a personal message.
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2004 05:26:23 PM »

OOH! I have terminal?! Lest I sound like a moron, I was a dedicated PC user before getting the mac. Thanks for letting me know! I always did the unix side with my old website.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2004 06:52:05 PM »

cute!
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2004 12:54:52 PM »


The key is to burnish polyclay pieces by rubbing your finger on them.

really? doesn't that just smudge it all?
you must be well mose precise than me  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2004 05:31:14 PM »

I really really like those. Wow.
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2004 07:04:57 PM »

haha! they remind me of the amoeba boys from the power-puff girls! I love them! tee hee I want some!!!!! hm, I could make earings if I get my ears peirced!!!!! maybe I will! wow! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2004 07:05:32 PM »

can i bee on your christmas list this year. i love the pink one sooooo much. these beads a way awsome.
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2004 07:54:13 PM »

that looks awesome.
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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2004 03:47:21 AM »

they're amazingly cute. especially the 2nd one. how big are they???
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2004 12:36:19 PM »

Thanks for all the compliments!

The ones I posted are about 1 inch by 1/2 inches...a little off from that since they're all wavy. I have some smaller ones that I'm trying to make into a necklace (I love making beads but hate stringing necklaces, go figure)
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2004 02:17:41 PM »

those beads are sooooo adorable I am absolutely in luv with them! great job!  Grin
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« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2004 01:52:18 PM »

!!!wow!!!those would make some adorable earings....
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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2004 01:42:55 PM »

they're wicked wicked cute. i just was wondering whether you put the jump rings in before you baked them or after?
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« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2004 02:31:11 PM »

The loops are actually closer to eyepins than jumprings. I cut off pieces of some (useless) headpins that I have and used pliers to twist a loop into the wire. Then I insert them into the clay and bake. I coat them with Future (floor polish, but it acts as an acrylic glaze) immediately after baking, and I've never had a problem with the wires pulling out. On larger pieces I sometimes use e-6000 to make them stay in.

On a different note, I tried the amoeba earrings. Grin

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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2004 04:45:31 PM »

 Shocked  Oh my god, those crack me up!!  I may have to invest in some polyclay and play around with it for a while...
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« Reply #24 on: February 25, 2004 03:10:14 AM »

the earrings are really nice and funny Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2004 03:23:59 PM »

i made a HWOle big bunch of theese and they can out so friggen cute!, I wish i could post the damn pics, but my upload area doesnt work!    Sad
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« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2004 06:01:54 PM »

i really really really want to make some of these earrings! they are AMAZING. i'm dying here because i have no money and i see all of these fantastic crafts.
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2004 04:48:19 PM »

Very original!  I like the colors on the pink one!  How heavy is the polyclay?  Like if I made earrings would they hurt my ears?
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« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2004 12:30:50 PM »

Thank you very much. Smiley I've been working on improving my color choices.


Hi alea,

Love your earrings ... very nice design and well made!!

By the way, I have a page at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" website that deals with color and making color choices (especially as it relates to polymer clay)... if you want to check it out, here's a link:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm

Someone else asked about polymer earrings hurting her ears from their weight, and I wanted to add that polymer is fairly lightweight by itself compared to metal or glass, for example.  If a pair of earrings were large and solid, they'd probably hurt *my* ears, but then they can always be made over a lightweight armature of scrunched aluminum foil or over cardstock, etc., (or even in some cases be made hollow) whenever that might be a problem.

Re smoothing the clay, there's a bunch of info on all kinds of ways to do that on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(look under "Fingerprints and Smoothing")
and also here:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm
(look under "Smoothing Before")

And crescentfresh, have you ever tried using superglue (after baking and pulling out the eyepin), or using liquid clay when embedding, on your eyepins?  If you ever do start having problems at any point or have something especially heavy, those things might help.

Diane B.


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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2004 11:51:46 AM »

How long do you bake beads that size...or any size?
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« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2004 12:29:23 PM »

There's a lot of info on baking polymer clay on this page, if you want to check it out:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm

(...look under the sub-category called "Temperatures and Times.")

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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2004 12:35:30 PM »

Your website seems a wee bit broken Sad

How much do the amoeba earrings cost?
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« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2005 01:44:05 PM »

You know, I think these would ROCK as a lapel pin. 

Nice job on getting rid of those pesky fingerprints.  I have the same problem!
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« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2005 12:19:57 PM »

very cool, i have given up on polymer clay because i couldent get the hang of it and those finger prints frustrated me to no end, now i know how to fix it! Although that polymer clay website is very hard to read!
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« Reply #34 on: February 22, 2005 12:26:53 PM »

That'll teach me to ignore threads I started. I accidentally deleted the pic from my photobucket account...and my computer....whoops. ...Sad Massive frustration with jewelrymaking led me back to my old love, crochet, and I've been doing that since. Thanks, though, all.

PS--you get rid of fingerprints by lightly rubbing your finger on the clay, the oil in your fingers removes the prints.
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« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2005 12:31:37 PM »

Sorry it's hard to read (if you were referring to my website)  Grin ... with over 1600 pages of information on polymer clay, it's a bit like having a bull by the tail.

Re getting rid of fingerprints though, I can send you to the exact place that discusses a bunch of  ways to avoid them, or to fix them:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(after clicking on that link, then click on the subcategory called "Fingerprints & Smoothing" ...)


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« Reply #36 on: February 23, 2005 12:18:06 PM »

they are such happy looking beads!!! yep, they're happy-beads!:)
and ten points for the colours!
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« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2005 01:00:23 PM »

I love those Smiley i'm going to have to buy some polymer clay and try them out now!
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