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« on: August 11, 2009 07:23:08 PM »

Been working on this for the last couple of hours. I put foil behind the sky so that the stars twinkle.



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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2009 07:36:10 PM »

Very cute! did you have any issues with making the clay stick to the mirror while baking? any tips?
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2009 07:39:46 PM »

Love it! Great idea with the foil behind the clay.
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2009 07:48:48 PM »

I used liquid clay between layers. It the only thing that doesn't give off toxic fumes in the oven.

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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2009 03:33:18 AM »

Wow, this is great.  What wonderful details.
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2009 05:48:07 AM »

Fantastic - Great work.  I really like how it wraps around to the front so that even when you are using it you have a hint if the greatness on the other side.
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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2009 08:33:02 AM »

the leaves coming around to the front of this is completely awesome! And I also love that you made the stars holes rather than using clay - that makes it even more interesting to look at.  I really like it!
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2009 09:25:37 AM »

Very nice!  That owl is a cutie pie Grin.   Btw, did you use real composition leaf or metallic plastic foil as your backing?... hard to tell from the pic and angle.
(mirror backs are fun to do too since each one is a mini-canvas--xmas ornaments also work that way)


Im Sew Silly, you can use a number of things to attach polymer clay to glass (e.g., mirrors) or to metal, or to other very smooth non-metal surfaces.
 
Raw clay will stick to those kinds of non-porous surfaces quite well by without help, but clay that doesn't form a mechanical hold around an item after curing rather than just an adhesive hold can often be popped off without too much effort... those baked pieces can always be glued back on though (2-part epoxy glue, E6000, etc). Just be sure and clean those kinds of surfaces before covering with clay to remove any oils or dirt that might act as releases (using alcohol or soap/water), and some surfaces can be roughened a bit.

If an adhesive is needed though, liquid clay here and there is very good but a good permanent white glue can also be used (especially Sobo, or white glues sold for holding "gems" to fabric like GemTac, or other strong white glues).  Paint those on the surfaces to be covered, then let them dry before adding the clay so the clay won't slide around and will actually have a rubbery surface to grab onto, or at least let them tack up pretty well.  
Those kinds of glues are also good because they'll act as a buffer between the clay and metal or thick glass, for example.  So if a clay-covered item is larger, and hasn't been heated/cooled gradually sometimes the clay can crack, but those white glues provide a flexible heat buffer between clay and glass/metal to help prevent any cracking.
If you're interested, there's more info on covering mirrors with clay on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/frames-mirrors.htm
and on covering glass or metal in particular on this page:
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2009 01:13:03 PM »

That is awesome!  LOVE IT!
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2009 01:45:51 PM »

very cool.
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