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« on: May 10, 2009 10:16:35 PM »

I made a little link out of super sculptey for my boyfriend's sister's birthday. She's obsessed with Zelda.






a few more photos at my craft blog The Crafteteria (http://thecrafteteria.blogspot.com/)

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2009 10:57:57 PM »

Oh he's adorable Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009 12:11:23 AM »

i want i waant!
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2009 03:46:55 AM »

gosh he's cute!!!
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2009 10:53:19 PM »

I forgot to mention, if someone makes this the way i did, if you paint instead of using different colored sculptey make sure to use some sort of seal when you're done.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2009 03:33:37 PM »

Aw, so cute! Great detail on the shield as well!
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009 10:42:34 AM »

He's so cute! He looks ready for some adventuring!
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2009 11:16:47 AM »

Cute!! And I know he was really appreciated  Grin

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I forgot to mention, if someone makes this the way i did, if you paint instead of using different colored sculptey make sure to use some sort of seal when you're done.

Hmmm... did you not use a waterproof paint though, like acrylic paint? (usually 2 coats for best coverage)   Permanent paints like those shouldn't require sealing on polymer clay unless a gloss coat on top of the paint is wanted.  If you were using a non-permanent paint though, like poster paint/tempera/watercolor, a sealer would be needed to protect the paint so I'm guessing that's what you meant?

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2009 02:07:11 PM »

i used acrylic paints. i did 1-2 coats depending on the part (I was rushed for time) and it began to rub off right away. i thought it'd be fine since acrylic chemically bonds with plastics but it didnt work out that way.

Hmmm... did you not use a waterproof paint though, like acrylic paint? (usually 2 coats for best coverage)   Permanent paints like those shouldn't require sealing on polymer clay unless a gloss coat on top of the paint is wanted.  If you were using a non-permanent paint though, like poster paint/tempera/watercolor, a sealer would be needed to protect the paint so I'm guessing that's what you meant?

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2009 02:27:13 PM »

Well they are both plastics but acrylic paints can take up to a week to thoroughly cure (as well as just dry) --some clayers even heat their regular acrylics a little to speed up the complete drying (and curing). I don't know why your paint would have actually rubbed off though as long as it were at least fairly dry unless the baked clay surface hadn't been cleaned with alcohol first perhaps (hand oils, etc., can act as a resist for water-based paints).

Polymer clayers have been painting baked clay for a long time (all-over or just for lips/features/etc) using acrylic paints after cleaning the clay and I've never heard of rubbing off being a problem.  Did you perhaps not wait for the first coat to dry well before applying a second (when you used 2), or perhaps put the paint on thick and not wait long enough for drying, or even perhaps have used that paintbrush for something else previously that could have caused a problem?

When using acrylic paints, higher-quality craft paints and definitely the artists' quality acrylic paints (in tubes) give the best coverage and best results (and/or gesso + one coat), but not sure if using the cheapie acrylics would have resulted in actual rubbing off--though some of those can "abosrb" into bare clay later and cause a smeared look, esp. the reds.   Acrylic paints still sit mostly on the surface of cured polymer clays (especially on smooth surfaces) though like clear acrylic finishes do (unless they contain something like the IPN --interpenetrating network-- that gloss Varathane does, which allows it to get down into the surface better); but certain kinds of plastics (like PVD-coated wires) will actually chemically bond to polymer clay.
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