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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2010 10:04:36 PM »

Very pretty! I like how it glows when lit! It would be interesting to add a couple of glass/crystal gems as well. 
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« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2010 12:16:50 PM »

These are very pretty. I think you should go with a yellow/orange/red color scheme next too. These look like something you'd buy in a fancy pants shop.  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2010 05:17:55 PM »

 Cheesy

Thanks for your lovely comments. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy and want to make more  Grin

So I have gone for the Red/Yellow/Orange idea and thought I'd embrace the slightly retro feel of these colours. Here's a kind of in-progress shot in case it helps anyone understand the process? The colours tend to change during baking so the colours you see here aren't the same when the process is complete.



A few colours came out slightly more translucent than I'd expected but I like it  Smiley

I don't yet have a decent shot of the finished article yet but here's how it looks all lit up (so hard to get accurate shots of the colours in real life!);



I'd love to hear what you think  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2010 07:37:13 PM »

oooooh that looks really neat.
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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2010 11:57:37 AM »

Great pic to show the process!  Thanks!

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A few colours came out slightly more translucent than I'd expected but I like it

If you don't want to be surprised by the translucency of a particular color though, just press a piece of that color (or a bunch of colors) onto a sheet of glass or plastic, then go into a dark closet and shine a flashlight back up through the colors from under the sheet.  You can then see how translucent they'll be, though some of them may darken a bit.  Lots of colors are quite translucent (especially the Sculpeys) --even dark ones-- because they may contain a lot of translucent in them from the manufacturer.  And white is always opaque, so if white has been mixed into any other color that will lighten the color when viewed normally but make it darker or more opaque when lit in the dark. 
Hard to get used to adding translucent to lighten a color rather than white for see-through things.  And sometimes fiddly to figure out what a pattern will look like when lit from behind rather than just in daylight!
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« Reply #15 on: October 30, 2010 12:20:58 PM »

They're so beautiful and festive, I love them.
Really cool to see the process too.
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« Reply #16 on: October 30, 2010 01:20:52 PM »

First of all thanks again for the positive and lovely comments  Smiley

Thanks for that Diane, that information was really useful as always  Grin I'm glad to hear it's not unusual to be somewhat surprised by the finished result! I love the anticipation of waiting for a piece to 'hurry up and be done baking so I can see what you look like!' I'm currently using Fimo for these but might try some Sculpey next time I make an order if that will help with translucency.

Here's a quick shot I got today of the finished orangey retro goodness;



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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2010 12:04:27 PM »

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I'm currently using Fimo for these but might try some Sculpey next time I make an order if that will help with translucency.

Oops, didn't mean to suggest that you should use Sculpey III ...it's definitely not a good brand/line to use for thin applications like this because it'll be much more brittle than other lines after baking and could more easily crack/etc (the fact that it would be on an armature like the glass would help, but not worth taking the chance imo). 
Most of the other lines of polymer clay will be nicely translucent too for most of the colors anyway (get to know your closet! Grin ).  FimoSoft might not be quite as "strong" as Kato, FimoClassic, Premo and Cernit though (and as I said, all the Cernit colors are pretty transparent right from the packages--some beautiful colors too), but better than Sculpey III.

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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2010 03:08:57 PM »

Thanks Diane, your replies are always so helpful! I'd like to try Cernit but I don't seems to be able to find a stockist in the UK. If anyone can recommend somewhere I would be eternally grateful.

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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2010 09:04:04 AM »

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I'd like to try Cernit but I don't seems to be able to find a stockist in the UK.

Cernit is made in Germany, like Fimo.  Doesn't look like Sue Heaser's Polymer Clay Pit sells the colors (only Cernit's flesh or "doll" clay colors**) but Emma Ralph's store does seem to:
http://www.ejrbeads.co.uk/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=17_143
And here's one non-clayer supplier carrying it:
http://www.potterycrafts.co.uk/Products/001900050019
There may be others in the UK too, later down in this search:
http://www.google.com/search?q=Cernit+UK

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If you do use Cernit, even the newest version CernitG, you might want to read about that brand since it's a tad different, on this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm > Cernit (they also carry some neon and glow in the dark colors, pearlescent colors--but not enough mica in those to do the "mica shifting" special effects, nature/stone effect clays with inclusions, translucents and heavily-pigmented pre-tinted translucents, and maybe others)
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