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« on: August 13, 2010 11:23:43 PM »

penguin pals for your washing line!

had fun making these. first thing i've made with polymerclay that was neither a bangle, bead, broach or button! Grin
(no action shoots im afraid, its spent the last week pouring with rain Roll Eyes ) i used seed beads for the penguins eyes. i pleased with how the 'sea' came out as i' hadn't tried making 'torn' clay sheets before.







comments or advice more than welcome Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2010 11:43:09 PM »

so cute! I love these!
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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010 01:14:51 AM »

Very cute!  Cheesy
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Dorkabrain
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010 01:41:15 AM »

These are super cute! Did you bake them on the peg or glue them on after baking?
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2010 04:20:03 AM »

 Cheesy i love your pengies!!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2010 09:32:12 AM »

Those are adorable.  The flower on the one head is a cute addition.
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2010 10:11:03 AM »

These are super cute! Did you bake them on the peg or glue them on after baking?

i made the penguins then i 'glued' them onto the peg with liquid polymerclay.
i wasn't sure which glue would be suitable to use with polymer clay Undecided
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2010 10:46:04 AM »

so you baked the peg?
(superglue works well with polyclay after baking)
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2010 10:51:20 AM »

Very very cute!  Mixing media again...love it!

And the torn raw sheets look great too--creative use for them! (the bits can be rolled down flat too if you want, and the defining shadow effect will still be there if you first back the top sheet--Skinner blend in this case-- with a very thin sheet of black or a darker color, to create the "watercolor" effect**).  Did you use a firm clay or leach a bit before tearing, or not find that necessary for a good tear?

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i made the penguins then i 'glued' them onto the peg with liquid polymer clay
i wasn't sure which glue would be suitable to use with polymer clay


As for glues, liquid polymer clay is probably the best (though it's not tacky so parts have to be propped during baking sometimes), and it also works just to prepare bare wood or fabric/paper/etc for receiving and adhering clay.  If you need a glue that doesn't need to be baked, the strongest are probably 2-part silicone epoxy glues and of course polyurethane glues like Gorilla Glue though they do swell.  E6000 can be good if it's actually applied like the tube instructions if the object won't be exposed to a lot of heat later, and some of the permanent white glues are pretty strong too (Weldbond, Crafter's Pick The Ultimate, etc).  Other glues can work depending on conditions/usage...instant glues are good if the parts match exactly, there is enough area of contact, and the stress on the parts is mostly a pulling-apart stress...some contact cements might be good, but some aren't flexible and that can be a problem, etc:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/glues-Diluent.htm

You could also have used a mechanical hold for these kinds of shapes and materials, in addition to or instead of any adhesive holds.  For  example, the clay could have been wrapped all the way around that end of the clothespin (though might have been a problem if attached to the "working" end) after painting or coating raw wood with glue or even wrapping it with wire/etc/etc to give tooth, then had the raw bird pressed to it before baking (even more effective if the two clay parts are allowed to sit together overnight).  Or the bird could have had something embedded in its back that could have been wired or otherwise attached to the clothespin or something you put on the clothespin, etc.  Since a lot of your item was in contact with a good-sized bit of the clothespin's surface though, any of the glues should work fine.

P.S.  Just curious... where does your thumb go when opening the clothespin--under the beak or above it?

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« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2010 10:01:51 PM »

thank you.

i leeched the blend first on baking paper before 'tearing' it (i like the 'water colour' idea though Grin )

i specifily chose wooden pegs rather than plastic so i could bake them using the liquid clay as an adhesive as i wasnt sure what glue i could use (i now know! )
i did think about baking the penguin around the end of the peg but i thought the glue thing would be easier though if i would probably build the figure around the peg as i think it would make the design much stronger.

my fingers go above the beak (hence they have quite large flat foreheads  Wink ........the addition of the flower was not my best idea as it quite delicate making her a little more fragile Undecided

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