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Topic: If Marie Antoinette was wearing this, they would have spared her neck!*TUTORIAL*  (Read 20021 times)
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2008 09:35:34 AM »

Really impressive, Gina  Shocked Grin ...great idea and great execution.  This is also what I call "architecture" with polymer clay and that's a whole cool field for investigating all by itself, as you well know!

I'll be adding that WigJig template-measuring trick to my site pronto, as well as the lesson!  And the hand-formed double-ended loop piece is really nifty too.
(Will you be adding this lesson to your Photobucket site though??)

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TURN OFF CEILING FAN (sounds like a story and I have a doozy!!)

Really chuckled when I read that! --have had a few unwelcome adventures with the #&*!# super-light flyaway stuff too.

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I still have almost half of the sheet left of silver. . .  I know I say I will cut in half next time, but I end up wasting it trying to cut before using.  If anyone has any advice on cutting the foil successfully, please share!?!

If what you're asking is how to cut the sheets of leaf before applying them to the clay (or applying the clay to them), here are a few ideas from my site, plus some ways to pick the stuff up when necessary:

CUTTING metallic leaf (while not on clay)
...cut it with the *tip* or corner of a blade, on it's backing paper (may be best to cut kind of quickly)
...leave it between its papers (or between sheets of waxed or deli paper, etc.), then cut with scissors or with a rolling cutter (Olfa, etc.) --a whole stack can be cut this way ...or cut out leaf shapes with a punch (other ways to punch out leaf shapes are in Cutters-Blades > Punches)
...try a variation of what gilders do... they use a "gilding pad" with a gilders knife
......a gilding pad is a small thin board or wood block covered with a piece of chamois or heavy suede (have enough static for leaf to stick)... often placed over a sheet of cotton, wool, or polyester batting, then stapled or otherwise attached to board on back side
......a gilders knife is a long straight-blade (not necessarily very sharp) with a handle... the long straight edge of the pressed down onto the leaf on the chamois pad, then drawn back without removing it... video clip of that process: http://americanart.si.edu/lunder/toolmedia.cfm?key=29&subkey=1214

PICKING UP the (flyaway) leaf .... and also avoiding HAND OILS:
...Try not to get too much finger-oil on the leaf (which will at least cause earlier tarnishing) by using talcum powder on your fingers, applying leaf with a soft paintbrush, or picking up bits of leaf with the wet tip of an uncooked strand of spaghetti).
...I use rubber gloves anytime I am using gold leaf or composite.
.........It was suggested that the salts (which can be acidic) penetrated the clay as you handled the cut slices, so it might be a better idea to use gloves.
--- I just discovered that the static needed to pick up a piece of leafing can be created by rubbing the end of a plastic or hard rubber object (gelly pen, seam ripper, comb, etc.) on your clothing (I was wearing a 100% cotton t-shirt; silk or wool would work even quicker). Just a few rubs creates a medium static pull; more rubs and it could be too strong, creating puckers? More than one pen could be used to pick up different parts of the leaf, but one will hold it well enough to float it over the raw clay --then use a paintbrush or covered finger to press it down completely
.........cut a piece of wax paper a little larger than the piece of foil, and gently rub it over the foil... the wax paper "holds" on to the the foil leaf great and you can see through it enough to lift and position it how you need to. Daisy
.....I give it little tugs on all the edges and always make sure the foil is smooth on the clay to help it stay adhered better (and crackle more evenly before running it through the pasta machine). jjjjami
...could use some kind of suction device, like an ear syringe tooDiane B. & DH
...I have a specialized tool called a "gilder's tip so that you can pick up a piece of leaf without wrinkling..... it's basically a 3" wide flat "brush" made of squirrel or badger hair (has a lot of natural static)... it has a handle but not a long thin handle
..... Many gilders also run the brush across their face ---not to develop a static charge as some think, but to pick up the tiniest bit of oil on the tip before picking up the leaf (the oil in your skin helps make the leaf adhere to the brush)..... Because I have dry skin, I place a thin coating of Vaseline on the inside of my wrist, then I drag the brush once across that each time I pick up a new piece of leaf (Vaseline also will stain the composite so if you work with it, be careful to pick it up only by the edge of the leaf). Saille
...or, just bring the clay to the leaf
...I have found that the best way to not screw up my foil is not to touch it.... Period, if I can help it!  I roll out a layer of clay larger than the foil sheet ...and lay the clay on the foil (instead of vice versa)... then I don't even have to pick up the foil.
.........If I don't need the whole sheet, I wrap what is left in waxed paper. jjjjami



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Diane B.


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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2008 10:50:43 AM »

Thanks so much everyone for your kind compliments!
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Diane--Ok, refraining from smacking my head this time (still hurts from last night) but why didn't I think to cut the foil sheets paper and all!!  That should help tremendously!!  Thanks a million! 
And I know I am behind with adding my polyclay tutes to my hometown site, but I will get to it as soon as I can find some more time.  I look and look for more time, time is hiding from me very well this year.   Undecided  But I promise, I will get to it!!   Cool

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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2008 12:11:39 PM »

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But I promise, I will get to it!! 

Okey dokey.  Just give me a heads-up when you do (or if/when you add the photos to your Photobucket)... otherwise my memory leaks like a seive!


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« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2008 04:37:08 PM »

sure thing Diane!!
Thanks again!
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« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2008 04:48:53 PM »

How do you get your foil to stick to the clay?
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« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2008 04:53:28 PM »

Kaleesi--The sheets I am using cling to the clay on contact.  No burnishing or no plastic sheets to rip off the top.
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Gina
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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2008 09:05:42 PM »

omg

so beautiful!  I love them!
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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2008 09:21:29 PM »

Breathtaking! And your explanation is wonderful!
Thank you, Thank You!
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« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2008 05:09:59 AM »

This necklace is very beautiful!!
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« Reply #19 on: July 17, 2008 10:15:58 AM »

omg cannot believe someone made these, they look so professional! you should definitely sell them, you'll make loads of money!

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