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Topic: Some new pieces on the second page :) Gutspill's creations  (Read 2078 times)
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Gutspill
« on: July 13, 2010 02:28:54 PM »

I just picked up polymer clay like a week ago and I have taken off. It's so much fun! I made all these with sculpey, and you can see more on my other sites, I just picked up my first pack of sculpey III but i'm not sure if I should open it yet...It was so much more expensive than regular sculpey, who knows if I'll get buyers remorse Sad


I really love texturing, it's my favorite part of the whole process Cheesy


I've found that painting metal tones is my favorite thing to paint, so i'm trying to think of other metal trinkets I could make.
Like this guy!

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Gutspill
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010 02:30:16 PM »

p.s., Sorry I can't post pictures yet. I'll work on making more posts and then change them to images. ;(
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010 03:22:14 PM »

Nice technique! I really like the anchor Cheesy
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Gutspill
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010 03:46:28 PM »

Thanks a lot- I also wanted to thank you for the advice you gave me on starting up my shop on deviant art, I've been following it and getting sales that i'm happy with for being so new!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010 09:11:28 AM »

Welcome! and nice pieces...I can tell you'll definitely like polymer clay Grin

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I made all these with sculpey...I just picked up my first pack of sculpey III ... so much more expensive than regular sculpey, who knows if I'll get buyers remorse

Since this is a new medium for you, it'll be important to know that there are differences between the brands and lines of polymer clay. Unfortunately, one of those differences has to do with the strength of baked clay in any thin or projecting areas, and original Sculpey (boxed) is definitely the worst... SuperSculpey (boxed) and Sculpey III are somewhat stronger, but almost all the other clay brands/lines will be much better. 
Another difference between lines is how they handle, especially for making crisp detail and not distorting and getting fingerprints, etc... again those 3 Sculpeys are at the bottom of the list.  Here's a general list of worst to best just for handling:
...original Sculpey
...Sculpey III, SuperSculpey (though it varies by box), CraftShop/BakeShop
...FimoSoft
...Premo, Cernit
...Kato Polyclay, FimoClassic

There are ways to "save" money and clay though even when making larger items...check out the info in these previous messages I wrote about that (some overlap):
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=155163.msg1548395#msg1548395
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73664.msg1638472#msg1638472
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=177119.msg1833985#msg1833985

Also, when making "projections" and thin areas especially with those Sculpeys, you'll probably want to use armatures inside or behind the clay to keep them from breaking:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm

(If you're interested, you can read about the various brands and lines of regular polymer clay and their characteristics on these pages of my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
...there are separate pages for metallic clays and translucent clays, and liquid clays as well)
 
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I really love texturing, it's my favorite part of the whole process

Texturing (and stamping) are so cool, and can do so many visually interesting things.  If you're interested in more on texturing in particular there are lots of ideas for texturing tools (including making them from clay or silicone, etc), and how textures can be made more dimensional visually, etc., on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/texturing.htm
You might like the Stamping page as well.

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I've found that painting metal tones is my favorite thing to paint, so i'm trying to think of other metal trinkets I could make.

There are also really great and convincing ways to make faux-metal effects with polymer clay using metallic powders and waxes instead of purchasing metallic paints.  You can also make your own metallic "paints" with metallic powders mixed into clear mediums. 
If you want to read about those things, this page is a good place to start, and other pages will be suggested there for more detail on each:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm ...click on Metals

Again welcome, and have fun!

Diane B.
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
Gutspill
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010 08:09:27 PM »

Thanks for the info. I went ahead and cracked open my sculpey III. It looked great when glossed, better than sculpey. But it was a lot tougher than I am used to with sculpey to condition.
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nougatgee
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2010 08:58:25 PM »

hi gutspill.

welcome to polymer clay and welcome to the forum.  Smiley

i liked the heart best.  i noticed that it had a 'steampunk' look with clay screw heads etc.  well you know you can use REAL tiny screws and they give a great effect too!!  ( you can also use real wire, bits of old watches, beads, etc etc)  hope you have a great time with your sculpey!!
i use fimo and also find it hard to condition.  so i use either a chopper or a pasta machine (or both) to help - saves on the hands and time.  when it is very hard i add a bit of 'fimo mix-quick'  or you can use a diluent by other brands too.
Smiley
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nougatgee
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2010 09:07:00 PM »

ps your deviant art link doesn't seem to be working.
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Gutspill
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2010 09:19:13 PM »

Oh, thanks for the head's up. I'll fix that now. There is real wire in it, actually. But yeah, the screw heads are clay. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2010 11:10:36 AM »

gutspill.  This is freakin awesome.  That anchor is so cool.  I am going to check out more of your stuff.
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