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« on: February 07, 2010 07:45:04 AM »

I was too nervous to list around Thanksgiving time lol so here is the bracelets I made for my two daughters for Thanksgiving.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2010 08:48:40 AM »

Welcome to posting!! Grin  Nice bracelet too and very autumn-y (kind of hard to remember those colors with the up-to-armpit snow all over the country!...lol).

I'm wondering which type of clear coat you were using on these?  It looks fairly thin so I'm guessing it might be Future or Mop 'N Glo, or perhaps even a gloss acrylic medium?  
If so, you might want to try using a thicker finish (a clear polyurethane, for example, like pints/quarts of gloss Varathane from the hardware store, or the small bottles of the new version of "Sculpey Glaze" which is probably the same thing but more expensive).  
Using a thicker finish will also keep any unsmoothness of the backed clay from showing quite as much when there is any.  

Or you could always do the other polymer clay technique for making things shiny --or just satiny-- which is "sanding and buffing"... in addition, that would create a very smooth surface by itself which you could then apply finish over instead of buffing.  Some clayers actually do both sanding-and-buffing then gloss finish --and sometimes even in layers Shocked.
(Of course, polymer clay certainly doesn't always have to be glossy.)

If you're not familiar with the finishes and techniques that can be used with polymer clay for smoothing, for satin or gloss finishes, etc., check out these pages at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site for lots of info/lessons/troubleshooting/etc:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/buffing.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm > Fingerprints, Smoothing

(And since you're sort of a beginner, you might also want to read these previous messages for a few suggestions on fun things for beginners to do--even canes, as you've already dipped toes into:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=192069.msg2020704#msg2020704
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg3086458#msg3086458
and: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm > Adult Beginners +Misc. for All Beginners)

Again, welcome to posting!

Diane B.


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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2010 09:03:43 AM »

This is really pretty!  I really like the way the finish looks... I bet your daughters loved them! I would have squealed!!!  Nice job..I'm crazy about leaves and would love this...nice work. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2010 09:17:51 AM »

Diane B., I have been working with clay for only a few months but I am very familiar with the many techniques. The less glossy look was actually intentional for a more earthy/organic look. I used only two coats of glossy glaze but actually considered not glazing it at all. I love glassacttic.com. I found it a while back and it's so informative! I know they are not professional but with time and effort my work will improve. Thanks for the links and compliment.
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2010 09:45:45 AM »

really nice:) great colors. i love that it's so chunky.
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