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« on: November 19, 2008 06:39:12 PM »

I'm the "California Aunt" to my WV-native nieces and so when the Flat Stanley/Stacey project came up (send a paper doll to someone in another state to learn about geography, etc.) I won!  Part of the project is to send back postcards, little souvenirs, etc and I thought it would be fun to send back some Stacey-sized stuff in a Stacey-sized suitcase!

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It's pretty straightforward, thin Sulpey III coating on the inside and outside with a matte Modge Podge finish.  Just make sure you leave an edge for the tin to close and don't coat the hinges!  If I did it again, I would definitely mask off that edge, mine is sloppy.  Handle was added by punching two holes in the front, wrapping wire through so there are a couple of loops, and then flattening the wire that is inside the suitcase up against the tin.  then I just clayed over the handle.
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2008 11:28:55 AM »

awesome idea!  turned out great!
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2008 02:09:19 PM »

How cute!... what kinds of little things did you send in the suitcase?

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matte Modge Podge finish . . . thin Sulpey III coating on the inside and outside


Can I ask why you used a sealer if you didn't want to use a gloss sealer?  Was it just to make your Sculpey III stronger than it would be normally when it's thin like this?

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don't coat the hinges!  If I did it again, I would definitely mask off that edge . . . Handle was added by punching two holes in the front, wrapping wire through so there are a couple of loops, and then flattening the wire that is inside the suitcase up against the tin.  then I just clayed over the handle.

If you want to check out various ways to deal with hinges, trimming, and handles, etc while covering Altoid tins, check out this page for ideas/lessons/examples/etc:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm
(...click on the subcategory Altoid Tins, under the Metal category)

P.S.  If you don't have a pasta machine to make flat sheets with, check out this page for other ways to make them:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
(...click on No Pasta Machine?--Other Ways)


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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2008 03:00:03 PM »

Hi Diane,
I was worried that the edges might flake off since it is a pretty thin coating, hence the sealer.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2008 03:32:36 PM »

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I was worried that the edges might flake off since it is a pretty thin coating, hence the sealer.

Yeah, I see what you mean.  Sculpey III is brittle enough on its own when it's thin, but if it's re-e-ally thin like some parts of your edges, it'll be even more prone to breaking off. 

If you make the coverings with even sheets of clay though next time which are cut to shape with a blade , at least you won't have that part of the problem even with Sculpey III.  Using one of the stronger brands of polymer clay would be even better.


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P.S.  Has she gotten it yet?... and what did she think??  Grin
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2008 03:44:30 PM »

Oh the sheets are an excellent idea, thanks Diane!  You'd think with how much I watch Ace of Cakes roll out sheets of fondant to cover their cakes I would have thought of it!

I haven't sent it out yet I need to tomorrow.  I'm still trying to think of things to go in the suitcase, so far there's a mini scarf, pumpkin and a paper halloween costume (she got here right at Halloween).
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008 10:20:24 AM »

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  I'm still trying to think of things to go in the suitcase, so far there's a mini scarf, pumpkin and a paper halloween costume (she got here right at Halloween).

Much to my chagrin, I just looked up "Flat Stanley" at wikipedia and was surprised to learn about it... what a GREAT idea!!

I'm a little confused about your accessories for him though.  They seem to be Halloween- and/or winter-related, and I don't see quite how that relates to the Flat Stanley idea. 
Also, is it common to accessorize him as well as taking him places and having him do things?...and if so, do the accessories also have to be flat?   I can probably think of other things to suggest once I understand exactly what the parameters are.

Actually, have you ever thought of making a polymer clay Flat Stanley??  As long as you use a stronger brand than Sculpey III, you'll be able to make something quite thin that'll be flexible but won't break or even tear if bent and twisted. 
Here are just a few examples made by Garie Sim, which are used as bookmarks:
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/bookmark3.htm

Garie  used a flexible polymer clay now called "Bake and Bend" for those particular pieces but most of the strong regular polymer clays can be done the same way. Be sure and bake thoroughly or even longer for even more strength. 
You can check out other thin bookmarks made mostly from regular strong brands of polymer clay on this page that may give you an idea of the range of things that can be done "flat":
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/cards.htm
.... click on Bookmarks especially, but really most other things on that page are flatties too)

You could also make a flat "decal" type of Stanley with liquid polymer clay in various ways.  You could use tinted liquid clays, and/or there are various ways to transfer images to liquid clay (as well as to solid clay) so you could transfer a whole drawing or other image of Stanley to one of those, or just do his face in liquid or solid clay then attach it to a paperdoll or other polymer clay, etc.
 
Great possibilities ...surely someone has already done this since Stanley is so famous!


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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008 10:44:44 AM »

There's a lot of written info that goes along with Stanley, about ecology, flora/fauna, etc.  One idea I really wanted to get across was that California isn't all warm sandy beaches; definitely a misconception that I had when I was a kid.

I wound up printing little mini posters of CA, the Golden Gate Bridge, Humboldt Bay, big trees, a state map etc.  I also made polymer things: a California Quail, Gravenstein Apple (Gravenstein is right up the road from here), a pumpkin, and a knockoff of the traveling gnome from Amelie.



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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2008 12:13:10 PM »

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There's a lot of written info that goes along with Stanley, about ecology, flora/fauna, etc.  One idea I really wanted to get across was that California isn't all warm sandy beaches; . . .

Yeah!... try telling that to someone from Fresno, Yosemite, Mojave, Mendocino (not warm, anyway), or South Lake Tahoe and Sequoia National Park.  Grin

You could also include some:
...agricultural things like artichokes, avocados, garlic, olives, and grapes, as well as all kinds of veggies to represent the San Joaquin Valley... and citrus from the south
...trees from palms and Joshua trees to redwoods/sequoias/conifers to eucalyptus to orange trees ...at least one cactus.. and even kelp (the "trees" of the ocean!)
...snow or skis for the Sierras
...salt for the the Devil's Golf Course in Death Valley, and theSalton Sea ... and borax too
...even a bit of (faux) lava for Lava Beds National Monument 
...You could also make mini terrains to represent all the geographical regions from beaches, to mountains, to desert, etc. (making sure to differentiate our "mountains" from the kind in WV)
...animals could also include bears (or just use the Calif. state flag), desert snakes, whales/dolphins/seals, Golden eagles/seagulls/owls, big horned sheep, bobcats, coyotes, porcupines, etc.

I love this kind of thing!

Diane B.

P.S.  There are ways of simulating all those things with polymer clay too... if you're interested in something you can't find, let me know and I'll tell you where at my site lessons can be found for them.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2009 10:37:18 PM »

I love your Flat Stanley contribution. Anyone who has every participated in the Flat Stanley project with a kiddo knows that it's pretty time consuming. You made such a huge effort and included all kinds of fun things. You should be proud of it!
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