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Noxika
« on: November 03, 2010 09:47:32 AM »

I'm rather obsessed with the BBC program Sherlock and it's starting to show in my craft sessions. I haven't played with polymer clay for aggesssss until the other day, but while I am waiting on craft supplies to arrive so I can finish making some uh, Sherlock plushies (see: obsessed! lol) I decided to play around with clay.  The results, for the most part, I'm happy with, and surprise, surprise, are all Sherlock-related.  Cheesy

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I bought some bottles from Etsy, only didn't actually measure how big (or small) they were going to be. They turned out to be a lot smaller than my vague idea would have be believe, so I ended up sculpting a tiny Sherlock Holmes to stash in the bottle.

Sherlock is 1.5cm tall (not including the 'base' he's standing on). The picture of 221b Baker Street behind him is not quite 3cm tall. He was sculpted on a pin, with a pin..






They're all taken in macro mode which is a little too good for picking up details, i think... they look smoother (and cuter!) in real life, I think. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2010 11:13:33 AM »

they're so tiny!  Shocked but too cool. you did a fabulous job!
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2010 11:14:47 AM »

wow! Shocked
 i cant believe how detailed they are for something so tiny!
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2010 11:42:32 AM »

The details are great! The phone-strap buddies are especially adorable!
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2010 09:23:23 AM »

(another Sherlock fan here Grin but hadn't seen that particular version till the other day)

Really great little characters! ...it is often more fun when they're personal in some way too imo. Some people just decide they can't do really small things though or aren't interested, but other people really like small.  We need to grow more pointy fingertips though...lol...and I've decided I need to think about good "tools" and techniques to use next time I attempt something like that (my figure was a bit smaller and less detailed but still reeeeally fiddly).

Btw, what did you use for the "base"?... is it clay with inclusions, or maybe one of the specialty colors?
And is the 221 backdrop on the inside or outside of the bottle?

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John Watson got a little...tanned in the oven thanks to trying to figure out how high & long to cook him. . . Sherlock Holmes' scarf decided to change colour in the oven . . .

(If you're interested in baking so that clay colors won't darken and sometimes change, check out tips on this page: http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
And if you want even more sources for "little bottles" to put things in, or to cover with clay, etc, check here: http://glassattic.com/polymer/BOH.htm )

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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2010 07:51:49 PM »

Some people just decide they can't do really small things though or aren't interested, but other people really like small.  We need to grow more pointy fingertips though...lol...and I've decided I need to think about good "tools" and techniques to use next time I attempt something like that (my figure was a bit smaller and less detailed but still reeeeally fiddly).

Btw, what did you use for the "base"?... is it clay with inclusions, or maybe one of the specialty colors?
And is the 221 backdrop on the inside or outside of the bottle?

I love tiny things, I'm not sure why - for some reason I've never made anything over a couple of inches, lol.  Pointy fingers would be a help! So would fingerprint-free fingers. Wink

Oo, is your teeny-tiny figure posted anywhere? I'd love to see; I love looking at the tiny stuff.   Speaking of techniques, I did figure out that using a cup of ice-water to dip my tools (or fingers when using them) into helped keep the clay from warming up too much and going gooey.

The base is just "Fimo Effect - Marble" clay.  And the backdrop is set inside the bottle. Smiley

Thanks so much for those links, I'll definitely check them out!! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2010 09:26:08 AM »

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I love tiny things, I'm not sure why - for some reason I've never made anything over a couple of inches, lol.


I've really noticed that there are some people who just like small and aren't that crazy about large, though medium-small is often okay.  And there are some people who only like large, and are totally disinterested in small or even medium!  Those may only be subsets with most people in the middle, but it's definitely something I've seen.

 
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Pointy fingers would be a help! So would fingerprint-free. fingers

The main "sculpting" page at my site has a category with lots of tips you might want to check out for avoiding (and fixing) fingerprints :
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm > Fingerprints, Smoothing, & Dust

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Oo, is your teeny-tiny figure posted anywhere? I'd love to see; I love looking at the tiny stuff.
 

Don't think he's online anywhere but will go look.  Most of the stuff I've made is still only in photograph form... keep thinking someday I'll get around to scanning it all but even the thought makes me tired Roll Eyes.  Hmm surprise, he was in my Photobucket (not very sharp though--scan of a photo).  The yellow guy on the right is the original earring...my version on the left:

There's a bit of an enlargement of the photo here but still pretty blurry:
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB/sculpts_small/d73a-1.jpg


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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2010 09:46:43 AM »

You have a lot of patience to make such tiny figures. Very cool though. Do you wear them as necklaces or how do you display them?
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2010 07:37:40 AM »


Don't think he's online anywhere but will go look.  Most of the stuff I've made is still only in photograph form... keep thinking someday I'll get around to scanning it all but even the thought makes me tired Roll Eyes.  Hmm surprise, he was in my Photobucket (not very sharp though--scan of a photo).  The yellow guy on the right is the original earring...my version on the left:

There's a bit of an enlargement of the photo here but still pretty blurry:
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB/sculpts_small/d73a-1.jpg

Diane B.

That is so very cool! You did a marvellous job!!

..and I've just got to say your website is brilliant. SO much information, I think it'll take me days to get through it all, but thanks for all the hardwork that obviously went into it!


You have a lot of patience to make such tiny figures. Very cool though. Do you wear them as necklaces or how do you display them?
 Smiley

They're getting surprisingly easier! Sherlock was wayyyy fiddly, he was, until that point, the smallest thing I've ever made (I've just finished an Alice from Alice in Wonderland that is about half Sherlock's size!, but yes, patience helps a lot.

And yes, they are necklaces! I suppose they could be used as phone charms and such, but I'd only do that with my resin-filled bottles as there would be less chance of breaking the glass 'cause people tend to be kind of rough with their phones. Or maybe that's just me!  Embarrassed Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2010 09:18:53 AM »

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That is so very cool! You did a marvellous job!!

Thanks, still want to think about those tiny tools/helpers/techniques though.  In some cases, tiny molds can help to get a basic face or body cast which can then be modified, but there have got to be some good ways to do every part from scratch too without begin frustrated out the wazoo.

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..and I've just got to say your website is brilliant. SO much information, I think it'll take me days to get through it all, but thanks for all the hardwork that obviously went into it!

Thanks again  Grin.  That's what I made it for... people who want lots of info and access to it 24/7. Since you're new to the site though, be aware that I haven't been keeping it up for the past few years of its life (can't even get to it actuallly since I changed over to a Mac) so about 1/3 of the links are now broken and newer stuff and techniques not added.  Still useful though.

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I suppose they could be used as phone charms and such, but I'd only do that with my resin-filled bottles as there would be less chance of breaking the glass '

P.S.  Since they're this tiny you could partly or completely submerge them in resin in a frame or other shallow "cell" too which could protect them fairly well.  The best example of that is a link I had that no longer works (she actually had a number of teeeny-tiny polymer clay things in her "cells" but this person has some partly submerged things that show the general idea...be right back when I find that link). . . . .okay, found these:
http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diydivas/ig/Barbie-Resin-Jewelry/barbie_necklace.htm
http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diydivas/ig/Barbie-Resin-Jewelry
http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthenwoodbeads/tags/resin
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_vRzhgxejPW8/S0-U-LWdooI/AAAAAAAAG-w/qwMBQVSb9Tk/s1600-h/019.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ekAm4Aquyj8/SGi_UOAUGfI/AAAAAAAACUw/aPtsSdIwThM/s1600-h/DSC02261.JPG
(more info on embedding "in permanent cells" of epoxy resin here, if interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm )
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