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« on: August 26, 2010 08:01:59 AM »

Ok, So I haven't posted anything in a very very loooong time, and this is my first Poly-clay post, ever! Clay and I don't get along very well, but I decided that for father's day I was going to make my Dad and Step Dad figurines. So, first up my dad has an obsession with Thor (he's extremely excited about the new movie coming out in 2011. I get a count down text at least twice a week lol). I made him a mini Thor. He's not the best, but I don't think he's too bad for my first figurine ever. I usually just make round beads or random shapeless ness. lol.





And my Step Dad owns a comic book company where he writes the stories for the artists and they all go together in an anthology. It's actually pretty bad  A@#.  He developed a character named Bloke (it's modeled after him of course.. lol) who introduces the anthologies for what is called "Blokes Tomb of Horror." He has a million web sites but you can check out some things on this one http://viruscomix.ning.com/ Anywho, I'm not here to advertise. On to my Zombie!!





I couldn't get the legs or mouth quite right on any of them, but I guess that comes with time and experience. I decided that even though they look like a 5 year old did them they aren't too shabby considering I have about the clay sculpting skills of a 5 year old. hahahaha. Thanks for looking. C&C are always welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010 09:27:26 AM »

The Thor is so cute! This makes me want to try out polymer clay. How hard was it to use? Do you recommend a place to learn how to do it?
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2010 10:08:25 AM »

It wasn't tooo hard. If you ever made clay figures in middle school or when you were younger it should just be like that but more complex... lol. I don't know if that makes sense at all. I made a metal armature to go inside so that the slay would stay up and I could mold it. I used these links here to help me out some http://www.squidoo.com/armatures http://www.squidoo.com/sculpting_tips but honestly I just googled until i found something useful. That's what I would suggest. I hope that helps. Sorry it's not more specific. Thanks for the feedback!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2010 10:39:17 AM »

Great little figures (and coffin), and totally love it when creations actually mean something to a person they're given to!  They are quite good too especially for being your first Grin.  Wouldn't worry about the getting-better part--you're already well on your way.

As for c & c, I personally like to see the characteristics of polymer clay taken advantage of, so prefer the color actually be in the clay rather than painted on as one would have to do for most air-dry clays since they come only in one color...but that's just me. 
(If you do want to see how to mix polymer clay colors together to create brand new colors or to create even whole palettes of color from just a basic few colors, or how to add other colorants to clay, check out at least this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm )

And polymer clayers also like to add metallic effects on the clay with various metallic powders, leafing, and waxes, as well as mixing in or using other things to make the clay look like lots of other things too (like metal, wood, stone, turquoise/jade/pearl/ivory/other gems, etc**).
Btw, hopefully the metallic-colored paint you used on the helmet, etc., was not one that's petroleum-solvent based --must be cleaned up with paint thinner/etc-- since that will eventually eat into polymer clay (unlike air-dry clays).  Acrylics are fine and I'm assuming that's what you used though (some others are okay too).

If you want the clay to be smooth, that usually just means starting with pieces of clay that you make into smooth balls, logs, or sheets, and also using clays that aren't too soft or just fixing the fingerprints/gouges/distortions after they occur.  There's lots of info on that if you're interested on this page too:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm > Fingerprints, Smoothing
and there's more on permanent armatures here, as well as in the Websites section of the previous page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm

 
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I used these links here to help me out some . . . but honestly I just googled until i found something useful.

You and gurchroot too, may want to check out other pages at my site too, which is a polymer clay "encyclopedia" of techniques, lessons, examples, troubleshooting, etc.  It's easiest to do that from the Table of Contents page there:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm
...scroll all the way down the page... then to go to any of the pages you're interested in, use its name from the alphabetical navigation bar on the left

** for some of those things, look on the pages called:
... Fauxs--Many, Faux Turquoise & Wood, Faux Ivory, and Inclusions
... Powders, Leaf & Foils, Paints (metallics)

Diane B.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2010 10:58:31 AM »

Diane- You are amazing! Thanks for all the input and comments!  Grin! I will definitely be checking out those websites. And thanks for adding the part about the fingerprints. I could not for the life of me get it completely smooth. I did use acrylic paints (those are a girls best friend Lol). And i agree I like it better when people use different colored clays but I just couldn't figure it out. Your links will definitely help me out. Thanks so much!!!
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010 11:24:52 AM »

fabulous!!!
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