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« Reply #130 on: October 28, 2010 01:49:31 PM »

oooh I wish I'd seen that befoooore >_<

I'm definitely going to try that out when I make another frilly dress (and I will ^_^ there's something I love about frilly/lacy/etc. dresses)!
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« Reply #131 on: October 28, 2010 09:35:34 PM »

make sure the surface you work on  is well covered with cornflour and keep reapplying it to the cocktail stick too (you will need far more than you would working with sugar paste). you will find it easier to frill if the polymer clay is quite thinly rolled first Smiley

« Reply #132 on: November 19, 2010 06:39:17 AM »

Hello again. My computer is STILL broken, but now I have a smartphone, so I'm semi-back online.

I'm mostly working on pies for Thanksgiving, but I took a little time out for a side-project. Is this readable? (don't think it will offend anyone, because he was a horrible person and it's from a cartoon.)

« Reply #133 on: December 18, 2010 02:05:02 PM »

Love this thread.  Love those spacey galaxy blends by maxxev earlier.

I've been making more crazy skinner blends...

Guess what colour this 'pattern sheet' will make?? Dont cheat, guess..!

Tertiaries!! The small blobs in the middle were mixed by hand first and as you can see the skinner blend came out the same  Cool.  Now i know its not the nicest or best blend in the world but the point is it managed to produce the desired results.

Next are some shots of the sheet mid blend.  Because the blend is done using the base colour channels many different colours come through as the primaries start to mix. All the horrid yellow blotches in the first one are from the clay sticking to the pasta machine.  If you take your time and avoid the blotches the half mixed blends can look quite nice. (honestly)

And finally all the different patterns below (i call them patters)  will result in exactly the same blend as they all use exactly the same proportions.

Ok, no need to read the next bit unless you want a headache...

The point of all this is to have independent control of each colour channel in the mix so that you can introduce a blue, say, at one very slow rate, while having the white kick in really quickly.  I noticed that if you blend a dark colour into a light colour the dark will come in really abruptly. So a blend from black to white will start white and then all of a sudden be much darker. It seems to do this even with a very, very thin sliver of black and loads of translucent*.
This way (once the method has been perfected) I think I can get much more gradual blend.  Also, and this is the main point, I can have nonlinear graduations of multiple channels!!!
It's hard for me to explain but basically you can have a blend from yellow to blue, passing through green, blending at one rate (linear). And then also have a white channel to mute parts that is being introduced at a different rate (non-linear).  So you can have zero white in the blue. Then gradually add loads of white as it passes into green. When it hits green have very little white. Remove all white as it blends into yellow. And then re-introduce the white again for a very pale yellow at the end. Impossible to do if you just blend the pre-mixed colours.  If that makes any sense?  Basically control of each colour channel for a non-linear blend.    I'm writing it all up to put on a web site but don't even have a site yet so will be a while before that happens.

If you want a better description of what I mean by non-linear blends (and an even bigger headache) you could read post 16 of this thread from Physics Forum where i got a few diagrams to help explain. http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=427246
Warning though: my explanation of things are pretty confusing and I got a couple of complaints saying it was hard to follow.  But I'll lay it all out in easy to follow steps one day.  The guy that helped me on that site understood perfectly though and brought up a really good point.. Is there really any benefit to this method?  Well the more i play with it the more I think that maybe there is.  Really the proof is in the pudding so i'll have to make some spectacular blends once I've nailed the process.

Dont worry if your  Huh. I am too  Cheesy

*I have also noticed that mixing translucent in to de-saturate the colours is less effective than getting the proportions correct.  If you mix allot of translucent into the black, and then blend the black into the white, the resulting gray has just as much translucent in it.
I.e mixing trans with the black is also mixing trans with the white.  You end up desaturating all the colours. Even the white. Better to get the proportions right in the first place. That said, using translucent does help.

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« Reply #134 on: December 24, 2010 01:24:27 AM »

thank you. i find this aspect of mixing both fascinating and confusing Embarrassed i confess that up until now my method is 'just wing it' i think i should start to pay more attention to the methods i use (which currently are very basic) Embarrassed
i think i will try experimenting with your methods.

« Reply #135 on: March 24, 2011 11:01:02 AM »

I hope I'm ok posting my WIP here?  I started this fox last year some time:

He's a fair bit redder in real life.  I note he is very 'lanky' looking, so my friend said paint him as a juvenile and it will look intentional! Does any one know of any good resources for painting polymer clay models?
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« Reply #136 on: March 24, 2011 11:56:38 AM »

Very nice fox!  (Btw, you can post pictures in your threads after you've posted any replies or questions, etc, anywhere on the Craftster boards... so you should go post 5-6 more, then come back and substitute a pic of the fox for your link  Grin)
How Do I Post Pictures:

As for painting on top of polymer clay, you can find some good info on at least these pages of my polymer clay encyclopedia site:
(...the first category on "Preparing the Clay", then any category representing the type of paint/colorant you want to use)
(...especially click on the "Skin" category)
(...esp. "More Tips on Sculpting & Painting")
(...various categories have info on the option of painting on top of the clay, like the "Eyes" category for example)

Those will include links to other sites and books as well which will deal with using polymer clay in that way... for example Katherine Dewey's books and workbooks:
more tips from her site: http://www.elvenwork.com/tips.html
And my Books page will have more books:
(esp. "Sculpting Books" and "Shorter Books")


few of my photos
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
« Reply #137 on: March 25, 2011 01:26:31 AM »

Thank you Diane for your very informative post  Grin I was up far too late last night reading the links (and links from the links and the links from those!  Embarrassed )

I have been base coating my stuff with gesso, but those tips on faces would really help me use the 'naked' clay and get more depth by using subtle washes I think.

Thank you again.
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« Reply #138 on: March 27, 2011 12:47:29 PM »

Sooo one of my friend's moms wanted me to make her something out of polymer clay and when I asked, she said "use The Scream as inspiration". I quickly thought of just doing a TLS transfer, but decided that would be cheating. Then I thought about maxxev's tutorials on creating images in clay and somehow decided that was for me. I quickly found a coloring book image of The Scream, sized it and printed it out. Then I laid it ontop of my clay and first used a straight pin to poke the lines in - yeh that looked like crap. Then I printed off another copy and used a nail stylus to trace over the lines. It actually worked out pretty well, except for the really detailed parts. I retraced the lines once I removed the paper and cooked it. I started rubbing some black in and found my lines weren't deep enough, so then I got crazy with my exacto knife.

Here's where I am right now with it:

I still have a bit more filling to go, then I have to figure out some way to hang it because I forgot to put in an eye pin. I was thinking of doing some wire wrapping? I don't know, I'll figure it out when I get there.

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« Reply #139 on: May 05, 2011 08:22:22 AM »

good to see people having fun with the technique Smiley

im try to be more adveterous with the techniques i use. i wanted to become more confident creating and reducing canes so heres my latest wip . an emperor penguin Smiley

i will create a square cane by adding translucent clay as a background. 

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