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« Reply #200 on: April 20, 2010 11:52:31 AM »


I have several of the push molds and love them. I've found them at JoAnns, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby. I just use white sculpty, bake it off, and them paint it with acrylic craft paint (you know, the stuff that's 68c a tube). The trick is to spray the face with sealer after you paint it so that the colors don't chip or rub off over time. You can get the spray sealer in the locked case of any craft store (or Home Depot...) near the spray paint. For most people, a bottle will last FOREVER.

And all the new Dotees are wonderful!! I'd love any of them!!
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« Reply #201 on: April 20, 2010 11:56:52 AM »

oh poo--I was just at Joann's over lunch and forgot to go to the clay aisle!! But, now I have an excuse to go tonight and also look for the sealer and paints! Cheesy
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« Reply #202 on: April 20, 2010 01:05:50 PM »

My gosh, I love these dotees.  They are all cute and fantastic.  I love the leaf dotee, the monkeys, the wings on the butterfly are so colorful and I love the hair on that doll-face one.
I also have a push mold.  My daughter was fiddling around with some sculpy a while back and gave me her leftovers.  I thought, "what can I do with it"?  So I bought the mold, but it was for smaller faces.  I used it a couple of times using the sculpy and baking it.  I guess I should try the paper clay. 
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« Reply #203 on: April 20, 2010 01:54:58 PM »

Do you think homemade paper pulp (recycled papers, shredded denim, thread bits) would work in these molds? Would it need some kind of stiffener to make it more durable? I'm pretty excited about the possibilities after seeing what you guys did with those faces. Smiley
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« Reply #204 on: April 20, 2010 01:57:55 PM »

I plan on experimenting with my homemade paper--I do a lot of paper maiche molding with handmade papers and it seems to work just fine making hearts, hands, etc.  I think the paper would have to be thinner to mold a face but I am going to try it!  It would be so fun to imbed beads or crystals around the face, yarns and maybe even natural things like pine needles...
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« Reply #205 on: April 20, 2010 02:05:52 PM »

I plan on experimenting with my homemade paper--I do a lot of paper maiche molding with handmade papers and it seems to work just fine making hearts, hands, etc.  I think the paper would have to be thinner to mold a face but I am going to try it!  It would be so fun to imbed beads or crystals around the face, yarns and maybe even natural things like pine needles...
Do you think homemade paper pulp (recycled papers, shredded denim, thread bits) would work in these molds? Would it need some kind of stiffener to make it more durable? I'm pretty excited about the possibilities after seeing what you guys did with those faces. Smiley
I was wondering that meself...what a great idea always embedding different embellishments!  I think even if you use paper recycled from mail and stuff once you paint it, you would never know it was recycled Smiley

I'm excited to see what you come up with Always...I love inspiration and a whole new world for embellishing dotee's Grin
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« Reply #206 on: April 20, 2010 02:20:33 PM »

Let me look for my actual paper recipe...I want to say that it uses white glue, old paper, water and an old blender...it comes out all grey and ucky, but I paint it with white or black and then use regular acrylics or gold paints...the texture is a bit rough, so if you want a really smooth face, it is probably not great...but think of all the old wrinkly faces that could be done!  We could do an old geezer dotee swap! Cheesy
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« Reply #207 on: April 20, 2010 02:31:20 PM »

I'm wondering though if it was mushed up really well and the smoothness of the mold will make the face smooth?   Oh dear...I think I must try this.  Now where did I put my blender?...........
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« Reply #208 on: April 20, 2010 03:13:49 PM »

 
Let me look for my actual paper recipe...I want to say that it uses white glue, old paper, water and an old blender...it comes out all grey and ucky, but I paint it with white or black and then use regular acrylics or gold paints...the texture is a bit rough, so if you want a really smooth face, it is probably not great...but think of all the old wrinkly faces that could be done!  We could do an old geezer dotee swap! Cheesy

So you add glue? Hmmmm...  I am going to have to get the old blender out and give 'er a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration!

And I DO like the idea of a geezer dotee swap! I was thinking that about those little stuffed nylon faces, which lend themselves really well to needle-sculpting. And I have made apple heads over the years for the same reason, but with limited success. Now the paper idea... Smiley
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« Reply #209 on: April 20, 2010 03:18:28 PM »

I think it is white glue but I also have a recipe that uses flour...don't go gunking up your blenders yet!

I know on one of the other boards, salt dough was discussed--talk about wrinkles and cracks!  I also make cinnamon dough, which I am going to try to mash into a mold (if I ever get back to that aisle and remember why I am there...)

I would love to try an applehead!!!  I have been tempted to use the dried up cores that I find three months later in my car to make something...oops--maybe that is too gross to consider, but they looked like shrunken heads to me!!!
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