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« on: March 17, 2008 10:53:13 PM »

Hello fellow craftsters.
This was made for an art nouveau swap. Everything is hand rolled and it didn't come out quite as nice as I'd hoped, but there are still things about it I like--the stars and the profile especially. However, there are thumb prints and other irritating little flaws that I haven't yet figured out how to avoid. Also, the varnish was way shinier than I'd hoped. So anyway, comments/criticisms are very much welcome!!! I hope you enjoy  Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008 11:41:03 PM »

I really love this. I love how shinny it is and I can see no fingerprints. I love the design and the layout. I think you did great!
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2008 01:37:12 AM »

I love it ..  :)and I can't see any fingerprints either. But, I was watching Food Network during a bout of insomnia .. and there was a chef demonstrating making blown sugar figures .. he wears latex gloves .. like the docs wear... to keep fingerprints out of his sugar.  .. Just a thought Shocked)
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2008 04:03:33 AM »

Very nice job! I love your idea (if you don't mind , I saved this picture on my computer ,  I collect interesting ideas ). I read in book ,  they take of fingerprints by sand paper . In this case , i think too late, because  its varnish , just say on future ) If you don,t like  too much shine , try varnish- with satin effect
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2008 05:47:28 AM »

Wow, this is really pretty.  I love that design.
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2008 08:09:23 AM »

thats a really clever design
classical even Id say
I especially LOVE the stars
Ill have to collect up a tin to try this out on  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008 08:36:04 AM »

I actually added this to my wist! it's one of the few altoid tin revamps I've loved that much. Smiley Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2008 08:52:39 AM »

I've tried gloves, and yes, they helped keep fingerprints off, but left lines where the gloves didn't fit my hand completely.
I've found that taking a really soft bristle brush and gently brushing over the fingerprints helps to remove them.
Hope that helps.

Your tin is gorgeous, by the way. Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008 11:21:39 AM »

Really nice in concept and design!

If you don't like the glossiness of the finish, you can go over it with an acrylic Satin finish even now.
A few other ways to dull gloss are to "sand" with 0000 steel wool or with fine pumice stone powder from a hardware store on a damp cloth (or even a soft toothbrush perhaps), then to buff lightly  (though not sure how well they would work in the crevices of your dimensional areas without a bit of work).  Also, the shaped felt bits made for rotary tools like Dremels can act as sanders on polymer clay since it's so soft... you might be able to get down into the crevices with one of those if you have a rotary tool; "sanding" with it on a broader surface might require a wider shaped bit or a bit of practice to see exactly how to do it.

Next time you want just a sheen instead of gloss on your clay, you might consider using Kato Polyclay since it bakes up with a natural sheen, or using a paste wax, or using a Satin liquid acrylic, or sanding with 400 then 600 wet-dry sandpaper then firmly hand buffing with a cloth.


As for avoiding, and also removing, fingerprints on polymer clay there are lots of techniques that can help... if you're interested in checking them out, look on this page in particular:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(...look at the whole category called Fingerpints, Smoothing, etc...)
This page has more techniques for smoothing the clay well before baking:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm
(...click on Smoothing Before Sanding... and also on Other Ways to Smooth or Finish--After Baking)

Diane B.

P.S.  The hair on your head is almost like doing Balinese Filigree with clay... if you like that kind of designing with "ropes," you might want to check out some other ways it's been used:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm
(...click on Balinese Filigree near the bottom of the list...)

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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2008 12:11:30 PM »

I love this!
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