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sheena.lee
« on: August 29, 2009 04:17:02 PM »

Finally something I'm not ashamed to post!!

The piece is a small Inukshuk - for comparison the squares on my bedspread are 1x1 in.  I made it using Castin Craft Polyester Resin, and coated it with some Eberhard Faber clear coat once it cured.


Here's the model for the mold.  I made it from polymer clay.


and the actual mold itself, which I made out of Siligum silicone. 


The stuff works really well, it even took the slightly textured surface of the clay which I find gives the final product an interesting look.

Overall I'm really happy with it!  I still don't know what to do with it... any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2009 04:38:15 PM »

that's really sweet. I'd turn it into a charm for a necklace or a keychain.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2009 06:09:34 PM »

Once I saw this I had to check to see if you were Canadian too! I love it, it would really make an awesome keychain or chunky necklace charm! The texture really makes it looks "rock-like"!
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2009 06:13:25 PM »

Aww that's so cool!
I agree...I think it's meant to be a necklace or a keychain. It would probably be displayed better as a necklace though in my opinion.
Love it!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2009 06:54:09 PM »

My first thought was that this was fused glass (I rarely look at thread titles  Wink). It's very beautiful and the resin is super clear. I particularly like the texture.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009 08:08:53 PM »

I LOVE Inukshuks!!! And yours is very cool (I'm Canadian, too).

I tried to make one out of clay in my pottery class but it broke before I could bisque fire it and I never got around to doing another one.

At the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show I bought a really tiny Inukshuk made out of jade and my first thought was to embed it in resin.....but I like your resin one better!

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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2009 08:19:19 PM »

That's super rad! I built an inukshuk behind my rez in first year uni in Sudbury, Ontario. I like it cuz it looks like ice Cheesy Ice AND an inukshuk? What's more northern than that? Tongue

Anyways, I vote for putting one of those little screw-in bails at the top to make a pendant. You know, the little loop-on-a-screw kind? You just drill a whole that's the same size as the inner circumference of the screw part and twist the bail in there.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2009 08:00:56 AM »

Thanks for the feedback guys!!

The inukshuk idea actually came from my work.  We have an inukshuk award we give to employees for excellence - and as I'm leaving in a week I was going to turn this into a necklace or a keychain for my boss... but in the end I love it too much to give it away! Sad  Plus I don't think she'd ever wear it as a necklace.

I think I will turn it into a pendant... I was thinking of gluing a bail to the back of it, since I don't have a drill.  But since it's clear I'm a bit worried it'll look stupid/messy...  Are there any other options?
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2009 09:01:35 AM »

I LOVE it!!  You did an awesome job!!  So many times I feel folks waste resin just to "see" what they come up with, but they do it over and over with not so great results!!  I hate to see plastic wasted but THIS is truly unique and fab!!

I think it would make incredible trinkets for tons of stuff, jewelry, key chains, magnets, etc. but I would LOVE to see some xmas tree ornaments made from them!!  You could use paint, puffy type maybe, to do a face and a sweet red heart, OMG they would rock!!  A robot themed xmas tree would be sooooo SWEET!

I can't wait to see what you do with them!!
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« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2009 10:12:11 AM »

Looks like mini ice cubes!  Smiley  great job!
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« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2009 10:13:14 AM »

Hey I have another question: to make the polymer clay figure did you use TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) to join the pieces together or can you just blend with your fingers (like you would with other clay)?
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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2009 11:07:55 AM »

Hey I have another question: to make the polymer clay figure did you use TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) to join the pieces together or can you just blend with your fingers (like you would with other clay)?

I'm really ghetto when it comes to clay.  I pushed the pieces together the best I could without distorting the shape of the rectangle, and then, since I didn't care what the back looked like, I used some more clay to secure the 'joints', like this:


It looks ugly, but for its purpose, it didn't matter Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: August 30, 2009 02:23:52 PM »

I LOVE it.  I have a fondness for inukshuks, and I think yours looks fantastic.  I thought it was glass at first, and love that it looks like it is made from chunks of ice.
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2009 05:05:54 PM »

Amazing job. It's really well done with no weird air bubbles or anything. It does look like glass. I love inukshuks, I have a pewter one that I wear all the time (by the way, I'm also Canadian)
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« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2009 11:07:03 AM »

Neat.  I like the texture.
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« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2009 11:29:23 AM »

I think it could look really nice wire-wrapped (somehow, would have to play with it a bit to see how to best wrap it) preferably with silver wire to keep the icy look of it. I really love how it looks like an igloo Inukshuk, especially with the bit of texture on the surface - nice work!
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2009 12:26:11 PM »

I was thinking about this yesterday! I know I already commented but what if you put the little screw in or glue on bails on the "arms" ? It would almost look like its hugging as a necklace!
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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2009 06:36:16 PM »

I really like the idea of wire-wrapping or gluing bails to the arms!  It's a bit more original than just gluing something to the top.

I think I'll make a couple more of these little guys soon!  I really like the outcome of this one, and I think they'd make great gifts. (I'm going back to University in a week after taking a 3 1/2 year break.. so my gifts will have to handmade for the next few years!!)
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« Reply #18 on: September 01, 2009 06:52:05 PM »

Very nice!  I'd go with one of those tiny eye hooks screwed into the top or some other type of bail on the top...something that would preserve the Inukshuk look.

Btw, I'm not Canadian, but my husband had a 6 month project in Thunder Bay, Ontario and that's where I learned about Inukshuks.  Thunder Bay has an amethyst mine, so there were little amethyst inukshuk statues all over the place. I've always regretted not buying one!
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« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2009 08:02:21 PM »

I remember all the amethyst mines in Northern Ontario! We drove past signs for them when we drove through the province.

Thank you for showing the pic of the back of the polymer clay model, it makes it a lot easier to understand!

Oh, and someone above said they have a pewter version. I have one too, it's a pendant! Probably the best birthday present my parents ever gave me!!
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« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2009 09:07:09 PM »

This is beggin for an army of little square men.... With two colors so they can be set up in parking lots on two adjacent cars to fight their epic battle and confuse the poop out of their owners when they come back. It looks fantastic!
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2009 04:38:07 PM »

Thanks for sharing this! I'm interested in resin, so I learned something about molding. I also learned what an Inukshuk is; very cool!
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