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« on: December 19, 2010 11:08:33 PM »

i made these as a Christmas pressie for a knitting mad friend at work. this is the first time i had tried this particular technique but i think they work quite well Smiley though i suspect practice is needed to get the 'stitches' a little more even. i baked each 'knitted' piece on a cocktail stick then trimmed the stick and wedged on a pearl bead to make the needle and tied on tread to hang them.



my favourite of the two (an unfinished purple scarf)


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Tutorial:
use a clay extruder gun to get even strands in your chosen colour.
lay two strands as shown below





gently twist the strands. the tighter the twists the tighter the 'stitches'. twists the strands in opposite directions.







place the strands side by side matching twists to create stitches.



repeat to create the desired number of strands. place two sets of strands side by side matching the twists.



once the knit is the desired length i weave a few strands at the bottom to neaten it. either then tim or leave strands to create tassles as for the scarf.



this is why you need to leave a loop at the top. thread a cocktail stick through each loop making sure each twists in the same direction





shape and bake Smiley.
trim one end of the cocktail stick. you can either do this before baking and add a ball of clay to the end to make the needle or tightly wedge/glue a bead after baking.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2010 11:37:34 PM »

Those are wonderful! Love them!
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010 12:04:05 AM »

Rocks Smiley Very well made. The purple is my favorite too. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010 12:13:16 AM »

woooow. O.O
These look crazy-intricate. So cool!
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010 12:50:27 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010 03:17:39 AM »

Wow these are fantastic!
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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010 03:36:26 AM »

You made them with polymer clay! Wow, it's awesome... I hadn't read the title, so I thought you had knit them (thought in that case the last picture would have been defying gravity)
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010 08:56:55 AM »

Very nice! And  I think you did a great job with the evenness of the stitches.

Which clay or clay-combo did you use?... Bake and Bend only, or the Premo + Bake and Bend mix, or something else? And did you have any trouble with the clay "memory" problem, or just not rebake?...hmmm, looks like you said baked only for the whole piece, so did you actually knit the strands raw?


For anyone else interested in knitting, crocheting, weaving and braiding with baked strands of polymer clay (and sometimes unbaked ones for the last two), there's info here:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm (click on Weaving, Crochet, Braid, etc.)

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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010 10:14:45 AM »

Very nice! And  I think you did a great job with the evenness of the stitches.

Which clay or clay-combo did you use?... Bake and Bend only, or the Premo + Bake and Bend mix, or something else? And did you have any trouble with the clay "memory" problem, or just not rebake?...hmmm, looks like you said baked only for the whole piece, so did you actually knit the strands raw?


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thanks Smiley

i've only ever used fimo brand clay (not so much preference just its the easiest to get hold of)
tute now added Smiley





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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010 12:07:26 PM »

Oh, now I see...you actually twisted the strands (while raw) rather than knitting or crocheting with them after baking.  Look great.

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Which Fimo line did you use?... Classic or Soft? 
And your strands don't look totally smooth after extruding (in the extreme closeups)...why is that? Did you perhaps not warm or use an additive to make the clay really smooth before putting in the clay gun?

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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2010 12:21:29 PM »

Oh, now I see...you actually braided the strands (while raw) rather than knitting or crocheting with them after baking.  Look great.

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And your strands don't look totally smooth after extruding (in the extreme closeups)...why is that? Did you perhaps not warm or use an additive to make the clay really smooth before putting in the clay gun?

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classic. im not sure if i conditioned it enough or if its just so cold in our house it caused it to crackle when tightly twisted Undecided
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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2010 01:07:46 PM »

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classic. im not sure if i conditioned it enough or if its just so cold in our house it caused it to crackle when tightly twisted

Ah, could easily be both.
 
If you're interested in various ways to make (any) polymer clay more supple, and especially for extruding, check out this page:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm
And this one has a lot about using clay guns with polymer clay that could be helpful too:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm

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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2010 03:13:29 PM »

You're a genius! I would have thought this "look" would be impossible, and not only have you done it, you've given us a wonderful tute!

Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2010 05:10:50 PM »

As a knitter myself, I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to receive one of these. I can't believe the work that went into them. The technique you used looks so intricate! I think I would have lasted about 2 minutes before I lost patience Smiley. Well done!!

Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2010 07:00:52 PM »

These are SO CUTE!  The purple scarf is my fave, too!  Thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2010 05:24:59 AM »

I absolutely adore this! Your friend is going to love these and her tree will look so pretty Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2010 05:33:41 AM »

Such cute ornaments for the avid knitters!  Your tutorial is nicely done as well.

I am partial to the red one--simply and yet detailed!
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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2010 06:21:16 AM »

These are really cool! I really thought it was actual yarn until I clicked on it and realized it was clay...very nicely done!
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wow! this is really great!
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2010 09:30:41 PM »

Wow! This is very awesome! I would be so excited and impressed if I got a gift like this from one of my friends! I really only work with yarn, so maybe I don't know as much as some other people, but I think it looks flawless!
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« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2010 01:06:24 AM »

These are really cute. They remind me of cupcakes from a while ago. I think I'll need to make some friends who knit so I can make them some.
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« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2010 06:05:28 AM »

Woah---I thought you knitted with clay and I was about to bow down to you!
They are amazing, and don't look terribly hard to do---thank you for the wonderful tute---I may have to give it a try---like right now!
(darn.  I don't have a clay extruder Sad  does my old PlayDoh one count? lol)
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« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2010 08:25:28 AM »

I love them!  Thanks for the tutorial. Another fun idea is to add a little ball of yarn. Or make this out of Fondant and add it to a cake. Grin
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« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2010 11:48:26 AM »

Woah---I thought you knitted with clay and I was about to bow down to you!
They are amazing, and don't look terribly hard to do---thank you for the wonderful tute---I may have to give it a try---like right now!
(darn.  I don't have a clay extruder Sad  does my old PlayDoh one count? lol)

thank you.
unfortunately knitting isn't one of my talents Embarrassed i can never get the stitching even which i find very frustrating Sad so i'l have to stick to this PC cheat Grin
you could always roll out thin snakes of clay though an extruder gun will make the strands more even.

i would love to have seen those cupcakes. a knitted cake sounds awesome!
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« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2010 08:19:08 PM »

These turned out lovely! The colors are gorgeous- very vibrant.
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Absolutely gorgeous - a terrific idea too.
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« Reply #26 on: December 28, 2010 08:47:04 AM »

grats to the feature Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2010 10:57:12 AM »

this is sooo cooolllll! I love to knit and would love to have a whole tree of knitting ornaments next year. Thanks for the tut.
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« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2010 12:36:20 PM »

 Shocked Wow! those look great. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
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So cute.
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« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2011 11:03:36 AM »

super cute! Thanks for the easy looking tutorial, I may have to try this for something!
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« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2011 12:15:56 PM »

They're both gorgeous, although of course, the purple is my favourite - love the way it drapes naturally too.  I might have to get me a clay extruder gun now... luckily, my birthday is coming up....
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This is so wonderful. I recently purchased a polymer clay book for one of those stormy winter days. You beautiful work is an inspiration.
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« Reply #34 on: January 03, 2011 01:09:07 PM »

Those are really neat, thanks for the in progress pics.
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« Reply #35 on: January 04, 2011 05:38:54 PM »

These are so cool! I think they would make awesome Christmas Ornaments.
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SO cute...I will definitely be making some of those as i find myself with extra bits of clay.  then, by Christmas, my tree will be all pimped out
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just wow! at first I thought they were knitted, and as I read I couldn't believe how simple it seems and how intricate they end up looking! I haven't had too much luck with polymer clay, I may have to try this out though.
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« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2011 10:53:47 AM »

You're the BEST!  This is great!  Bookmarked for next year's Christmas!
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« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2011 10:49:55 AM »

Sorry I'm so slow on the uptake but these are flippin' ADORABLE!  Grin

Thanks so much for sharing  Cheesy I'm totally trying this out later today   Smiley

Edit: I have tried and am in even more awe of your skills! My stubby fingers struggle with most miniature stuff and this was no exception  Roll Eyes It was quite tricky to keep my 'stitches' even but when I (just about) managed it I was so pleased  Cheesy I plan to get in more practice  Wink
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« Reply #40 on: January 17, 2011 10:38:28 PM »

Sorry I'm so slow on the uptake but these are flippin' ADORABLE!  Grin

Thanks so much for sharing  Cheesy I'm totally trying this out later today   Smiley

Edit: I have tried and am in even more awe of your skills! My stubby fingers struggle with most miniature stuff and this was no exception  Roll Eyes It was quite tricky to keep my 'stitches' even but when I (just about) managed it I was so pleased  Cheesy I plan to get in more practice  Wink

my first attempt was  horrendous, uneven stitching and enormous gaps.  Embarrassed
though the technique is simple perfection comes with practice, stick with it! Smiley
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 Grin OMG awesome!! Thanks for Sharing ^_^
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perfection comes with practice, stick with it! Smiley

I will maxxev, thanks  Cheesy
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« Reply #44 on: December 30, 2011 05:21:16 PM »

This is super cool.  Thanks for the tute!
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I just saw this done with regular clay this week and could NOT figure out how it was done.  The potter who did it is also a knitter and I was trying to work out if he actually knitted it  Cheesy

Thanks for sharing this method.  I realise the thread is a few years old, but it's 'new to me' so thanks again.
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