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kimchery
« on: July 23, 2010 04:14:10 PM »

Hi all,
I did a search, but couldn't find much on how to replicate a foam on clay.  Not exactly like whipped or shaving cream, but like... tiny bubbles.  Is that possible, or has someone ever had success in substituting something else?  I have used microbeads for bubbles in a teeny bathtub charm before, but I'm looking for some other ideas.  I'm really into making food miniatures right now.  I have a young daughter and she has been inspiring me to make mostly cutesy things for a while now.  I wanted to try a root beer float (will have whipped cream, but I'm puzzled over foam...) Thank you for any suggestions and I'm sorry if this has been asked before somewhere in old post land. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2010 08:59:53 AM »

There are a few places at my site you might want to look for various kinds of foamy toppings, bubbles, etc.

http://glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm
> Donuts, etc (scroll down to "Sprinkles/Toppings" section)
> Frostings, etc

Or perhaps mix water into mostly translucent clay (which can create bubbles and variations in opacity during heating), or mix water into tinted-whitish liquid clay then cast it in a silicone mold with an impression you've made like a textured hemisphere and bake

http://glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm
> Glassy, Bubbles, etc

Or use a 2-part clear resin that's been whipped up or other techniques that simulate choppy, running water:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
> Faux Water (then scroll down a screenful or two to the moving water sections and read here and there all the way down to the category Other Ways to Use)

Or use clear or white silicone caulk (or polymer clay) and texture it, then perhaps highlight it with clear finish or white paint, and/or antique it, etc.           
Or if small enough, just pounce a rough sponge on the clay/etc leaving a pattern of uneven dots of white.
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Blitherypoop
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2010 07:28:59 PM »

I'd say clear glass microbeads, maybe with a thin skim of liquid clay over them.
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kimchery
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2010 09:53:44 PM »


Or perhaps mix water into mostly translucent clay (which can create bubbles and variations in opacity during heating), or mix water into tinted-whitish liquid clay then cast it in a silicone mold with an impression you've made like a textured hemisphere and bake


That sounds pretty intriguing, I'm going to have to try that!  I will probably try several of those techniques, see what works.  If all else fails, I will keep an eye out for some frosted microbeads, that would probably do the trick too.  Thank you!
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2010 08:44:58 AM »

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If all else fails, I will keep an eye out for some frosted microbeads

If you can't find them already frosted, you could use clear ones and give them a frosted effect by applying a few things--like perhaps:
...a "frosty white" color of fingernail polish
...a liquid medium of some kind, into which you could mix Pearl White or Micropearl Pearl Ex mica powder, microfine "white" holographic glitter, a tiny bit of white acrylic paint, white powder (chalk, baking soda), etc
.....the liquid medium could be a semi-gloss or even matte version of polyurethane or an acrylic medium, a liquid polymer clay (TLS would be the most "frosty," or just any brand of liquid clay that's not very-thin and/or not baked really hot), etc, or even white glue--or some of those mediums could be made more matte if glossy by sanding after drying if you could get down among the bubbles well enough, or just use a white antiquing paint/medium that wasn't glossy

There are also "glass glitters" that comes in various colors, shapes, sizes.

Or you could start with white microbeads and work backward toward partial translucency.



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few of my photos
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(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
Blitherypoop
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2010 12:52:41 PM »

I had a brainfart...read your question and then came back and replied later, forgetting that you'd already mentioned microbeads.

Michael's had clear AB ones in the scrapbooking section, but they just did a big clearance event so they may have gotten rid of them.  If they do still have them, they were really inexpensive.
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