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jellybellygirl
« on: January 05, 2010 01:19:13 PM »

this is my first "real" attempt using clay.  yes, it's sculpey.. i had it on hand leftover from some craft projects with summer camp.  i wanted a ring holder for christmas, but i didn't get one. i figured i'd try to make my own.  i have no idea any terms for anything with clay, and i have no tools... but here it is. the ugliest ring holder... EVER! Smiley






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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010 05:27:35 PM »

i reeeaaallly like this! It's really origional and kind of abstract
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010 07:14:42 PM »

 HA HA You are so honest with your own work--yeah, it is pretty ugly yet still loveable!  Grin

I am sure we all have a box full of uglies in our closets...hey--you have to start some where!

At least it is colorful and useable---and you will remember it always!

Keep on practicing and creating--that is what counts!

btw--your work surface is awesome, however.... Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010 07:39:51 PM »

thanks guys... Smiley i keep looking at it and it just grows on me lol! it's just so ugly. it reminds me of these shoes i had 3 years ago. they were black and green and hideous but they were my favorite shoes. i called them my ugly shoes. that's what this reminds me of!

alwaysinmyroom: my work space is a work in progress. it's been this table for a while, but it's been a huge mess. i just started reorganizing my craft area (wish it was a room lol) and just did the glass panels the other night. i love how it turned out.  eventually i am going to paint and seal the wood trim around it, and may fabric panels to cover the sides so i can use it as storage, but still hide my mess from company. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010 07:46:27 PM »

Is it patterns on glass?  I have two wooden doors that are quite plain..since I sew, I would love to use some old pattens on it but not sure how they would hold up...I am sure covering it with glass would be expensive...I did make velcro "curtains" on the bottom to cover my mess, too!!  I used velcro so I can wash them as I am so messy! ha ha

ha ha I can relate to ugly shoes that you love...or anything for that matter...we have a cat that is very fugly but we love him!!! ha
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010 08:12:35 AM »

Actually I don't think it's ugly at all  Grin.   I love that it's works exactly well for it's intended purpose too, and the creativity and usefulness are definitely endearing (don't mean that word in a dismissive way).

I'm curious to know if you made it over a form or forms of any kind, and if there are armatures inside/underneath.

I think any "ugliness" you see just comes from the colors you happened to use, and the uneveness of the ropes/etc if you didn't intend that.  The red and green are complementary colors so they create a very contrasty look.  That along with the sometimes-uneveness of the ropes and the twisted colors in some of those too just makes the whole item look really busy and takes away from noticing its shape as much. . . also, using a toned-down (beigey) color with the clear bright primary colors, and just in one place, adds another level of "differentness" that the eye sees when looking at it, but I don't think it doesn't eventually "work."
Pretty soon you'll be seeing your color possibilities for polymer clay as huge, maybe even mixing your own colors or color gradients, and learn how to make even ropes (or twisted square ropes, etc) of clay if you want that, and how to use brands and techniques that keep the clay from distorting while working with it, and be flying with clay!

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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010 08:40:40 AM »

alwaysinmyroom: yes, it's patterns. i have 2 shelves that i covered with patterns to give it a more interesting look and decided to use the rest of them on the glass. it definitely brought out an interesting look. i'll get better pics soon to show it off. velcro!  yes! that's a good idea, too!  and we're in the process of adopting a fugly cat.. well, he's so fugly he's cute. poor guy has a broken ear and he looks so sad and pathetic.. lol.. but he's adorable!

diane b: it is all clay. there is nothing inside it, under or, and it wasn't layed on anything. whatever came from this was completely.. haphazard almost. it took 10 minutes to put together lol!  i have so many crafting hobbies and am trying to learn more. eventually i'm going to start getting tools and books on this as i find it an interesting artform. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2010 09:39:07 AM »

Thanks--hubby said I could put poly on it like they use for floors! YAY!

I wish I could get interested in clay--I love what people do but it does not appeal to me...thank goodness one of my best buddies is teapotdonkey--she satisfies my clay needs! ha ha
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diane b: it is all clay. there is nothing inside it, under or, and it wasn't layed on anything. whatever came from this was completely.. haphazard almost.

Another comment I might have then Wink is that polymer clay shouldn't be made any thicker than 1 1/4" for one baking because it can often crack when thicker, and also that you can feel free to use many kinds of temporary or permanent forms/armatures when making thicker items since most will be fine at the low temps we use for curing polymer clay.  
Armatures can range from things like scrunched aluminum foil shapes to items or just materials like sealed wood, wire, glass, other pre-baked clay or even air-dry clays, and many plastics (some will shrink though if not completely covered), etc.  Forms can be just about anything too from upturned bowls to boxes of various kinds to more aluminum foil, etc., etc....forms may be baked with the clay then removed, or not.  

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yes, it's sculpey..

Apologies to others who get tired of hearing me say this  Roll Eyes, but since you're new to polymer clay just be aware that the 3 main "Sculpeys" (original Sculpey and SuperSculpey-flesh in boxes, and Sculpey III in packages) will be weaker than other brands and lines of polymer clay (Premo, Kato, FimoClassic, Cernit,etc) after baking in any areas where they're thin or projecting.  If those 3 are stressed in areas like that they'll break, where most other brand/lines will just bend as long as properly baked of course (FimoSoft is kind of in-between).  

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i have so many crafting hobbies and am trying to learn more. eventually i'm going to start getting tools and books on this as i find it an interesting artform.

A lot of clayers are also interested in other crafts/hobbies, etc, and many find ways to use polymer clay in those hobbies or to generalize some of the techniques, etc. from those hobbies to polymer clay.   And there are just sooo many different ways to go with polymer clay (much more than sculpting btw**) that polymer clayers seldom ever get bored or run out of things to explore.  
As for tools and books, most of the tools can be found around the house and repurposed, and books are great but there's so much info online that they aren't really necessary (see my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site for example:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm --scroll all the way down)

Diane B.

**click on the category called What All Can be Done With Polymer Clay Anyway? on this page for a summary:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/info_letter.htm

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