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« on: January 10, 2011 10:14:58 PM »



i hope the photos make this easier to follow.

step one: extrude strands of the desired thickness in your chosen colour and cut lengths of about 2.5 cm with a craft knife or a tissue blade.

step 2: take one of the cut lengths and push the ends together to form a loop. repeat.
           group the loops together as shown.

step 3: take a length of extruded clay and lay it across the group of loops as shown.

step 4: using the back of the blade deeply indent the clay making sure the indents are aligned with the centre of the loop.

step 5: i flatten the tails of the loops with a cocktail stick. this ensures each line of loops will lie reasonably flat. if you are making long lines you will need to do
           this bit at a time. be carfull you dont mark the 'stitches' with your fingers/nails as you roll the cocktail stick.  
          
          repeat steps 1 to 5

step 6: place one line of stitches overlapping the flattened tails of the loops.        

you can use this effect on its own or experiment with knitted cables, plaits etc.

if you have any questions or anything seems unclear please dont hesitate to ask me. for some reason the photos have come out smaller on this site than others Undecided
there is a larger version of this on my deviant art site ( http://originalbunny.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d36x1wf  ) or email/pm and i'l send you a larger version Smiley

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more an experimental piece than anything else. im not entirely happy with it. i wanted give the cuff a curved shape but it was hard to achieve without squashing and distorting the 'stitches'
im think next time it would be easier to create an armature and layer the stitching as i go rather than create a sheet to cover the armature with. i think this would reduce the distortion.
i kept the colour a light cream both the keep the emphasis on the texture of the bangle and to mimic the colour of undyed wool.

    
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2011 10:37:57 PM »

That is really cool, I'm impressed with that effect!  I don't follow some of the pictures, but the end results are fab., and I would like to try this sometime.  So, the tut is highly appreciated...  The cuff bracelet doesn't look distorted at all to me, but I can imagine it was hard not to distort it!  I think I am just going to have to get the old extruder out sometime soon and see what I can come up with.  I love love love the cuff, but I think I'll stick with just trying to make the pattern for the time being.  The colors just really make it mimic actual knitting.
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2011 10:45:41 PM »

I really like this! The bangle is great - I am a sucker for good textures, and this is a very warm, happy texture! Thanks for the tutorial - I am going to bookmark this!  
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2011 10:57:36 PM »

Do you bake your clay in the oven or use a heat gun.  I just received a heat gun for my birthday and I'm excited to see if it makes much of a difference.  I love the bangle bracelet, gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2011 11:07:01 PM »

Do you bake your clay in the oven or use a heat gun.  I just received a heat gun for my birthday and I'm excited to see if it makes much of a difference.  I love the bangle bracelet, gorgeous!

thank you Smiley
i confess i've never used a heat gun Embarrassed i've only ever used the oven.

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That is really cool, I'm impressed with that effect!  I don't follow some of the pictures'....

edited first post to include a link. for some reason craftster shrunk my pic.  hopefully the larger version will be more helpful Undecided if you are still unsure please ask Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2011 02:51:42 AM »

 Smiley these are real works of art well done and easy to follow tutorial thankyou so much for sharing
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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2011 05:45:15 AM »

oh wow that seriously looks really awesome. good job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2011 07:05:37 AM »

Whoa!  That is fantastic!  I am on love with that cuff. It's totally going on my wists!
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2011 08:04:08 AM »

Amazing!  I've been claying for years and I'm still impressed on how much new stuff comes out of everyone Smiley  This is incredible; I can see this as faux purse or box too.

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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2011 09:02:32 AM »

I totally understand how you feel not quite 100% about the bracelet, but in my eyes, it looks absolutely awesome. I'd wear it with pride.
It would be interesting to with a metallic colour and then age...knitted metal would be pretty intense I would think.
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2011 09:30:03 AM »

This looks really fantastic!!  Thanks for the tute.  (I'm sure lots of knitters, etc will be interested in this once they see it too Grin. )

I have a couple of questions:
...in step 5 where you flatten the bottom of the first row of loops, do you also trim that set of loops along the bottom of the flattened area before adding the next row of loops on top...or won't that matter much?
...is there any reason you couldn't just accordion-loop each row of loops, then trim them all the same height afterward with one long cut, instead of cutting each length of loop separately?

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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2011 10:06:48 AM »

This looks really fantastic!!  Thanks for the tute.  (I'm sure lots of knitters, etc will be interested in this once they see it too Grin. )

I have a couple of questions:
...in step 5 where you flatten the bottom of the first row of loops, do you also trim that set of loops along the bottom of the flattened area before adding the next row of loops on top...or won't that matter much?
...is there any reason you couldn't just accordion-loop each row of loops, then trim them all the same height afterward with one long cut, instead of cutting each length of loop separately?

Diane B.

thanks Smiley
*facepalm*  cutting accordion loops instead of creating individual ones would have been so much quicker. the process itself its fairly simple just time consuming Undecided

depending on the length of the loops 'tail' you can either trim then flatten or simply flatten. slightly shorter ones will be easier to roll flat than very long ones Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2011 12:12:43 PM »

Breathtaking! It boggles the brain so much that even the tute amazes me...
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2011 12:35:21 PM »

I'm not a knitter but I really love this! Thanks for the link to the bigger pictures too, that helped a lot.
I think the heart and bracelet are amazing too, but I have no clue how you did them. Do you have a tutorial for those 'stitches' as well?
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2011 06:55:47 PM »

what a gorgeous, gorgeous technique.
i love it!
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« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2011 10:03:17 PM »

I'm not a knitter but I really love this! Thanks for the link to the bigger pictures too, that helped a lot.
I think the heart and bracelet are amazing too, but I have no clue how you did them. Do you have a tutorial for those 'stitches' as well?

thank you Smiley
the background is the reverse stocking stitch shown in this tute. i posted a knitted tute awhile ago for the cable stitches http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=367662.0 though leaving the loop at the top would probably be unnecessary  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2011 10:53:58 PM »

Oh cool! Thank you very much - now I want to buy an extruder.  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2011 08:47:18 AM »

Oh YES, the link with bigger pictures helped a LOT!  This, along with the other, are great tutorials.  I am always telling my crafter friend what novel and new ideas I have seen come through craftster, and I showed her your posts with the knitting and she was baffled at how much it looked like knitting and then impressed with the explanation.  She has a very limited style when it comes to jewelry and she also thought the bracelet was very classy. 

She sees my claying all the time and is very honest when it comes to 'imperfections'.  I've looked at the pictures for the tutorial and end product quite a few times now, and I haven't seen the distortion.  Sure, it might be easier to apply the technique to the cuff to minimize distortion, and making an accordion loop may be more time efficient than the small loops, but lets face it,.....  all of that are just great excuses to do this all over again, apply it to something else, different colors, etc.   Grin  Thanks again for sharing the process.  I always get so excited to see new techniques I never fathomed before and this is one of those times I just want to stop all the busy, get my clay out and experiment a little.
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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2011 09:40:49 AM »

The "knitted" cuff bracelet is beautiful! I have a friend who does really nice work with polymer clay and I'm always amazed by people like her and yourself who are able to do such cool things with this medium. You guys make me want to go get some clay and start sculpting!
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2011 02:17:37 PM »

Posts like this make me really want to try using polymer clay... I would totally buy that bangle, it looks awesome! Thank you for the tutorial, in a few years when I am an expert I'll definitely give it a go Wink
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« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2011 08:13:45 AM »

Wow! That is such an effective technique and youve done it really well, it looks just like real knitting!
Thank you for creating a tutorial. Im a knitter and Ive just started playing around with polymer clay - youve inspired me.
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2011 09:18:17 AM »

Hi,
My name is Jill and I think I saw a compact that you made with clay also these bracelets are incredible.I am new to Crafters. I am wondering if you could tell me how t use the mica powders. Do you just mix it in the clay? Thanks for your time.jbattin@gmail.com
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2011 05:17:38 PM »

this one looks complicated... but I want to try it so much! thanks for sharing this technique  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2011 11:10:32 PM »

Hi,
My name is Jill and I think I saw a compact that you made with clay also these bracelets are incredible.I am new to Crafters. I am wondering if you could tell me how t use the mica powders. Do you just mix it in the clay? Thanks for your time.jbattin@gmail.com

thank you. though i cant take credit for the compact im afraid, its on my to do list but i havnt made oner yet Smiley
to be honest i havnt worked much with mica powders. you can either mix them into translucent clay (this technique can be used to create faux stone) or more commonly is rubbed into the surface of the item before baking.
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