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Topic: beaker from the muppet show, USB key cover (memory stick)  (Read 4475 times)
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« on: March 01, 2009 10:39:05 AM »

I am a novice at polymer clay, but I managed to crack and partly break of the corner of my memory stick, it has everything on it, so I am in real trouble if I loose it (it is backed up, but there are some somewhat sensitive things on there!)

anyways I hit on the idea of covering it with fimo and since I adore beaker from the muppet show (and the shape is perfect) I've just made him

fimo and feathers for the top, he is naked btw.
beaker in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQj2NP25TIo&feature=PlayList&p=E96071DFDF0D929F&playnext=1&index=9

I am not sure how to photograph him to get the best colour reproduction, but he is the right colour in real life and he isnt cross eyed although this photo makes him look as if he is!



by this pic he had got fed up and didnt want me to take any more. I think he was embarrassed to be seen without his shirt and tie.
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009 11:07:01 AM »

how clever of you! I love beaker too he's so  funny!
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009 01:12:13 PM »

He is soooo cute! 
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009 05:05:57 PM »

That is completely adorable!  So adorable that you've been gossiped about!

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009 03:01:44 AM »

wow craftgossip..i am really chuffed! thanks
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2009 08:16:49 AM »

A couple of people have asked me how I got it onto the memory stick, so I'll post it here. I wrapped the memory stick with cling film (saran wrap) coated it with oil, moulded on beaker and then slid out the stick to bake. (Don't bake the stick!!) I stood him upright to bake, so that the opening for the stick didnt distort,

then hot glued it in place once he was cool enough,

Not that he was ever
 cool, poor lamb
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011 08:05:54 PM »

Teeheehee (or should I say, meemeemeemeemee)! I hadn't spotted this before; I love Beaker and you did a great job with him.  Smiley I hope he's still serving you well!
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2011 08:20:38 AM »

Love him!!  Great job on the look (and on the functionality too--great way to make sure he isn't easily lost!).  

I thought at first you'd made the cover as a slip-on but see it doesn't interfere with the business end of the stick.  (Either way, you can use a sheet of thin paper wrapped around the stick with gluestick or tape instead of the plastic wrap, and no oil needed... or there's a product called cyanoacrylate debonder --Kato Polyclay makes a brand called Repel Gel-- that will work well too as a resist...or a bunch of cornstarch, or sometimes a coat of Vaseline works on some surfaces.)

As for the photography, try shooting him with a background color that's medium darkness and preferably somewhat neutral... medium gray, medium blue, e.g.  The camera will probably base its exposure on that color so the light will be medium, and those darker colors will also contrast more with the clay drive.  If you want more dimensionality too, you can also get light to come from 2 different directions onto the item as well.**  
And eyes are tricky!  They're most realistic if they're ever so slightly pointed toward the center of the face so they'll look like they're "focusing" on something, but you don't really need that with a cartoony character.  It can be a good idea though to add the pupils to the eyeballs (absolutely equal in size and shape) before placing the eyeballs on the face so they can be moved around till they're exactly the same positions/angles/etc.

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2011 03:22:46 PM »

cool thanks Diane

as it turned out, he wasn't that durable, the clay started to tear away from one of the bottom corners so that it wasn't fixed any more. I ended up retiring him from active duty
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2011 10:29:29 AM »

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the clay started to tear away from one of the bottom corners so that it wasn't fixed any more.

Aw.  Do you mean that the clay itself broke or chipped at the bottom area, or just that it wasn't completely stuck down to the memory stick near the bottom?...or something else?

If the first situation, just try using one of the stronger and less brittle clays like Kato Polyclay, FimoClassic, Premo, Cernit, or even FimoSoft... SuperSculpey, Sculpey III and even more original Sculpey are brittle after curing in any thin or projecting areas if stressed.  

If the second situation is what happened, try adhering the whole sleeve after baking with a strong glue like 2-part epoxy glue or even E6000 or good white glues like Weldbond, GemTac, etc, or best of all, before or after baking use liquid polymer clay if possible --and probably is possible.  I believe that it was atomicjam who covered one of these before but he baked the clay along with the USB stick, so you might want to read our discussion about that...be right back when I find a link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327417.msg3781185#msg3781185 (from this message forward, we were talking about his stick mostly though he didn't start the original thread)
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