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« on: March 10, 2008 05:59:00 AM »

Here is my new toy, my first ipod.


Here is pinky.

She is soooooo thin, and scratches easy.


Back view

Bottom view
I left large hole for the many different ear bud plugs. 

I have it lined with black felt.  Fits so snug that I did not add anything to hold her in.  I flip her around to recharge.  Of course I had to make the matching beads too  Cool
And YES I did bake it felt and all.  I made an aluminum foil form, I would not dare bake pinky!!


IPOD CASE TUTORIAL


Materials needed:
1/4 to 1/2 block Kato polymer clay
cardboard/paper for stencils
aluminum foil
toothpick
Sharpie
felt
liquid Sculpey
super glue
Mica pigment powders
texture sheet
pasta machine
tissue blade
craft knife
small cookie cutter (for even size beads)
rat tail (or string of choice)
figure 8 jewelry findings
lanyard hooks
Split rings (small sized key rings)
ribbon ends (bend over and smash connectors)
future floor polish

I first used see thru paper right over my ipod and trace around window openings and ipod. Trace another piece for back.  (The paper stencils are for your felt.)
Lay down your paper stencils on pieces of cardboard, and trace around slightly larger on sides and bottom.  (The cardboard stencils are for polyclay.)
Cut from paper and cardboard the smaller side pieces and bottom, leave empty the area for ear bud plug.  Paper (felt stencil) 1/8 inch wide.  Cardboard (clay stencil) 1/4 inch wide.  hint: Save your circle and square cut outs, easier to cut felt AROUND, instead of IN (IMO)




Cut out felt from paper stencils.

Take a long piece of aluminum foil (couple arm lengths)  Fold in half, fold in half again.  Start folding rolling on one end.  Use sissors if needed to get the accurate height. 

Lay down paper stencil and trace circle and square openings with sharpie onto foil.  Place toothpick where hole should be. 

Check your thickness with your ipod.

Condition clay, run thru pasta machine one down from thickest setting.  Move up to thickest setting.  Mist texture sheet with water.  Roll clay and texture sheet together thru PM. 

Lay down your cardboard stencils and cut around using tissue blade and craft knife.

Dab pieces with mica pigment powders here and there, I used 4 colors.

Flip your pieces over, squeeze liquid sculpey like so....

Lay down felt, smooth and lightly press so the liquid sculpey takes hold. 

Place in figure 8 findings on inside top side pieces, use scrap clay on top of bottom hole.  More liquid sculpey between clay and felt.

Apply liquid sculpey generously to all joining edges. 

Carefully place each side piece around bottom piece like so....

The felt is the real magic in keeping the clay pieces erect.

Place in your ipod form, more and more liquid sculpey around joining edges. A great tip from DianeB: use super glue for faster contact.  (thanks DianeB for great tip)  Carefully place top on.  Keep adding liquid sculpey, some will drip, but no worries, wipe up with paper towel.

Press all seams together, making sure all joining sides are sticking with each other, as even as you can.  This may take a little time, but they will adjoin nicely.  Make sure the windows are even with sharpie lines on your form. 

Use scrap clay for making matching beads.  For all who know me, know I am a cookie cutter fan for even sized beads.  Wrap textured, mica dusted, thin strips around balls for beads.
 
Since large hole needed for rat tail cord, I used crochet hook for large holes.
Bake ipod cover and beads for 20 mins.  Apply future on front and sides of cover, bake 10 mins more.  Future the back, bake 10 more mins.

Join rat tail cord with findings and beads as shown.
 Cool

This being my first ipod cover, is pretty basic.  I plan new and improved cane covered ones in the future!  As I make new ones, I will add them to this thread.   


 

« Last Edit: June 01, 2008 09:34:24 AM by beadizzygrl - Reason: added DianeB's super glue tip » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008 06:11:29 AM »

I believe a tutorial is defiantly necessary.

I have been trying to put together an iPod case that isn't to dorky and massively huge ( I have the 160 GB one which makes this difficult.) And you managed to do this and more!

Is it flexible? Do you have anything covering the screen, and is it heavy at all?


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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008 07:16:19 AM »

Oooo thats a good idea! You've done a really good job on that! Smiley And my imortal is one of my fav songs Cheesy hehe

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008 07:30:57 AM »

I have some film screen protectors on order.  They did not have ones to fit mine where I looked, then 12 inches of snow came so I ordered online.
The actual ipod weighs more than this case does.  Only 1/8 of 3 oz package Kato was used.
It is very strong on all the joining sides, but slightly flexible (esp on the front).  I have to give it a good jerk to slide out ipod.  I will take pics next time and maybe use some lighter colored felt.  I have the urge to cane one!!  Roll Eyes

Thanks itsinmynature, and Porge!

Porge, who doesn't scream at the top of thier lungs when hearing that song?? lol  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008 07:51:17 AM »

OMG that is an AWESOME idea! ive been trying to find something sturdy for my little nano [mines the aqua/seafoam green colour:)] it looks really sturdy. Smiley good job.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2008 09:01:12 AM »

I really like how the color turned out, almost like an oil slick kinda? That sounds bad, but I mean it as very cool!! That 'dark rainbow' thing!
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2008 09:12:42 AM »

Very very cool! (will add it to my site Grin).

If you do do a tutorial, I think most Craftsters would be interested in how you measured, cut, and assembled the sides (and in what order) and how you made and used the alum. foil form, since most people here haven't made freestanding box-type shapes before or used their own forms for making boxes.


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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2008 04:03:17 PM »

ok, I will tute the next one.
Thanks everyone!   Grin

  Zatanna-I believe all artist apreciate the rainbow effect of oil in a pudde, and it does resemble those colors!! lol
I used mica pigment powders with a quick finger dab dab dab (4 colors).  To seal the powders, the case was futured and baked again. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2008 04:49:45 PM »

I believe you've topped yourself Gina - this is absolutely amazing - who would have though polyclay could be flexible and durable!! I love it - and I love the oil slick colors and the pattern! I bet even guys would love this!
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2008 06:38:54 AM »

Thanks bunches Kaleesi!!
I am going to defintately make a tute for this.  Who would have thought you could bake felt?  I think I will be using felt more often in lining my polyclay boxes and such.   Grin
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