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« on: November 08, 2010 06:51:23 PM »

Hi all - I did this as a part of a super fun stocking swap - based on a pin cushion from my partner's wist - I molded the clay around a foam skull leaving a hole for the actual pin cushion. Painting it was the fun part - and a special nod to the coolest website on the net!!!   Wink


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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010 07:28:52 PM »

this is awesome!!!
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010 07:37:44 PM »

way awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010 11:43:37 PM »

fantastic! i love the paint job!
im assuming you used air drying clay Undecided
did you stitch the pincushion to the foam or did you glue it in pace?
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« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2010 01:09:02 AM »

Unbelievably cool. I want one. Grin
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« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2010 07:20:46 AM »

Thanks you guys - and no - not air dry clay - it's polymer.  When I baked it the foam kind of melted (originally I didn't realize it was a foam skull-it was covered in papermache type stuff ) - so when it came out of the oven I pulled all the foam out and formed a pin cushion to fit inside the hole with a bit of glue around the edges to keep it in. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2010 10:17:03 AM »

Very cool!  And what a great swap gift to receive!

Re using polystyrene foams under polymer clay then baking:
...they'll hold their shape and size if wrapped with aluminum foil, etc, before being covered with clay
...they'll shrink (and can be removed later) if not completely covered
Unless the foam is left inside (and wrapped so it won't shrink) though, try not to use a brittle clay like the 3 main Sculpeys since the clay will be thin, and therefore brittle after curing.
(much more info on doing using ps foams with polymer clay for anyone interested here:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm > Plastics >> PS Foams >>>Left Inside, or Removed)

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2010 10:23:43 AM »

thank you.
i hadn't realised you could mould polymerclay around foam (i assumed it just melted) hence i thought it must have been air drying clay.
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