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Topic: Amelie's bedroom artwork -> polymer clay magnets  (Read 4537 times)
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« on: April 05, 2008 04:35:11 PM »

I created an Amelie-themed package for my lovely swap partner, and knew I needed to include the bird and coned dog that are in Amelie's bedroom, because I love those.  Smiley Not having much paint on hand, and knowing that the paintings become 3-D, I made them with polymer clay instead:

The backgrounds, frames and the bird's beak are painted, and the eyes, dog-nose and bird-pearls are beads. I wrapped clay around toothpicks for the frames so they'd be straight and sturdy. And there are magnets glued to the back so they can sit side by side on the fridge and comment about life and love to each other.

So, that's my folk art imitating folk art-in-film.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008 04:43:42 PM »

the dog and the goose are awesome!

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008 08:51:27 AM »

Oooo they're really interesting! I like the Goose's necklace hehe


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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008 11:17:23 AM »

Great idea!... and they look great too! Good job.

I wrapped clay around toothpicks for the frames so they'd be straight and sturdy. And there are magnets glued to the back so they can sit side by side on the fridge

Using toothpicks as armatures under the frame pieces was a good idea for this. 
Next time though, if you don't want the frames extending out from the background design-wise, you can just create various kind of frames and framing right on the background clay, and as long the background is sturdy enough the frame will also be strong.

When using magnets behind polymer clay, it is definitely important to use a strong brand of clay for thin things like this or to make the clay thicker, as well as to make sure the magnets are well attached.

If you're interested, here are a few pages from my site that deal with using magnets with polymer clay, and with making frames:

(...click on Very Small Frames...)
and there may be even more on this page, in the Websites setion:

(...click on Magnets & Magnet Sheet....)

Oh, and details on the strength of various brands of polymer clay (and also their flexibility when thin):
(...click on Strength --Ridigity & Flexibility...)

Make more!!!

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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008 02:22:09 PM »

They are magnificent, so whimsical and fun. I adore Amelie, it makes me cry everytime. Along the lines of 'No AMELIE, Go To Him!!!' when she gets all shy and legs it, sigh.

Awesome project, congrats Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2008 02:24:22 PM »

Thank you for the input, and for those links! I was originally going to use a set of regular small frames, but wasn't happy with what I was finding.
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2008 07:55:50 AM »

Those are the cutest magnets! I love the little dog with the cone.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008 02:41:50 PM »

Sweeeeeeeeeeet!!! I LOVE Amelie!!!!! These magnets make me happy!
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2008 11:48:37 PM »

I love the dog with the cone! It is so great. Cheesy
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009 06:22:47 PM »

These are great! I love the 3D aspect. I must watch Amelie again soon.
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