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Topic: Periodic table stitch markers and other fun geekery  (Read 5482 times)
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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2011 08:45:33 AM »

that is so funny.  i do the same thing about neon.  but it is a toss up or combo of 80s and vegas.
thanks for the info.
I love shrinky dinks!!
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2011 08:47:13 AM »

the squares i found on etsy. i do believe they are cut and then fused to make them thinker. i could be wrong but just thought i'd mention where i got the squares
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2011 06:27:00 AM »

I really love the ring especially.  I used to have one like that- where do you find something like that blank?  Jewelry is not my specialty, but I think I want to make one of those for me!  maybe two (I have some killer beads)
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2011 06:46:17 PM »

who said crafts and science don't mix! what a cool idea  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2011 07:57:14 AM »

Seriously fantastic! I didn't even know they still MADE shrinky dinks.....where do you find them? I need to make some of these. The ring is absolutely perfect.
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« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2011 09:02:31 AM »

So cool... LOVE seeing the periodic table entries used  Grin  Cool Grin

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where do you find something like that blank?

For those who want to buy sheets of blank shrink plastic ("Shrinky Dinks" is one brand of shrink plastic, and think it used to come in preprinted sheets as well as blank ones), various brands of shrink plastic will be available at craft and probably art supply stores and scrapbooking stores, etc, as well as online...and perhaps even at some office supply stores.  

Some of the other brands of shrink plastic sheets would be ShrinkArt, PolyShrink, ShrinkPlastic, and Ultra-Thin (by Vesta Abel).  Some versions also come in "clear" as well as the regular translucent, or pre-sanded, or especially for use in inkjet printers, and maybe even in a few "colors," etc.

There are also other shrinkable plastics that just can be found around the house or in other places besides purchased packages of shrink plastic.  Some of those are clear like flexible clear salad boxes/lids/etc (#6 or maybe other recycling numbers), some are foams like foam plates, some are preprinted like metallic (potato) chip bags, etc.
 
There's more info on using shrink plastics, "other" plastics that will shrink, brands, etc., on this page of my site if anyone is interested in more info:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/MISC.htm (click on the category Shrinking Plastics)

That page also has info on plastics that will either soften and slump so they can be shaped, or actually melt to make things with.


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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2011 11:45:55 AM »

Here are the wine glass markers I made thanks to your inspiration,  1boy1girl1kitty2 .



Not nearly crafty--used Publisher to create mini squares off the periodic table and add slight coloration in behind them. The back has the atomic number in fairly large print--both helpful hints in case the lettering is too small to tell the difference after a glass or two!. My hands have become too shaky to use pens on a fine scale...now when did I get THAT old, I wonder?!!! Undecided

I wanted to get beads in the actual color of the element to slip around the round wire, but the darned charms cost an arm and a leg (over $2 each online) I guess because they're sterling over something. To get all-one-color beads to match the color of each elements was going to make each one cost over $4.50. Times eight charms, that was waaaay too much for my budget on this.

He's a scientist, though, and loves all things simple. I gave them to him today but he didn't get to open them so I don't yet know whether this looks simple or just plain to him!

Thanks again!!!
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2011 07:01:40 PM »

thanks for sharing the link! I will absolutely check it out!!!
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2011 12:42:35 PM »

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Love this idea, and great wine markers (and stitch markers).  Gotta get them elements out there for due respect!


The little blank metal frames could be made much more cheaply from polymer clay though since polymer clay can easily be made to look like various kinds of metals --using metallic powders, metal leaf, metallic waxes, etc. (see below)

The basic way to make an "empty frame" like this from polymer clay would be as follows (though there are other ways too):

...roll out an even sheet of clay
...find or make an object which would be a solid square the same size the frame's opening should be (perhaps the end of a small block or die/dice, or the end of a square cap/handle/etc--or you could make the size/shape you want from polymer clay and harden it first, or carve a white eraser, etc.)
...then "stamp" into the sheet of raw clay to create the square impressed area (remove stamp)
...trim away the clay from all 4 sides of the impression, leaving just the clay you want to be the visible "frame" (using a long blade, or even a single edge razor blade for cuts this short, or could use a "shape cutter" of the right size, etc)
...here, just found an example of after-stamping-and-trimming (though this one was textured all over first, and wasn't trimmed to have straight sides for the frame):
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_fKs3IEf17C8/Sb5y_O6SNhI/AAAAAAAAAz8/L33VQa9AvRI/s400/polymer-frame2.jpg

...then use one of the metallic powders or a sheet of metallic leaf at this point (all over, or at least on the visible frame parts), either with brush or finger into the top surface of the clay
...bake

...once cool, glue into the impression the element's info on a square of paper (preferably using a permanent ink--pigment ink is esp. good) or already-shrunk shrink plastic
...leave as is, or cover with something clear (for example, a tiny bit of glass or plastic...or 1-2 coats of a clear, gloss, water-based polyurethane or clear acrylic fingernail polish...or 2-part epoxy resin or even a 2-part epoxy glue like Devcon's 2 Ton...or other clear finishes will work too but won't be as tough and resistant to scratching and clouding from humidity later as those will)


Or instead...the metallic coating could be added once the clay has already been hardened by using  metallic powders mixed into a clear water-based sealer like polyurethane or an "artists gloss acrylic medium" perhaps, applied like paints, to make the metallic powders/leaf stick...or by applying metallic leaf to a tacky layer of one of those substances applied first... or rubbing on a metallic wax like Gilder's Paste or Rub 'N Buff. 
Or some people have even used metallic acrylic paints though those are more pearly-metallic than some of the other looks.

(Some of those metallic materials need to be sealed since they'll oxidize/tarnish over time with exposure to air...those would be some of the colors of the "real metal powders" --though not the mica powders-- and some colors of "real" metal leaf, and perhaps some of the metallic waxes.)
Also, if using powders on raw clay especially, those can be applied all over before the impression is made and will still work.)


Polymer clay frames (including metallic ones) are also often made fancier than just plain rectangles, and are made in all kinds of sizes and shapes.  They can range from can't-tell-the-difference-from-real-metal-frames to more organic or whimsical looking depending on the maker.  Here are just a few examples, mostly metallics, mostly small ones, mostly organic:
http://www.barbaralang.com/PolymerClay/collagependants.html
http://www.parrishrelics.com/creatures.html (bottom of page)
http://gallery.gundo.com/gallery/album17/cameo_lady_3
http://gallery.gundo.com/gallery/album08
http://www.marcysclaypen.com/experimental/experimental.html
example of wraparound-strip method http://thepolyparrot.com/faux_looks.pdf (bottom of page)
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Uz-LkylSfE0/SOwkUEuj6oI/AAAAAAAAAZI/04zc5fh16KU/s1600-h/polymer_clay_floral_pendant_by_mybelle101.jpg
no impresssion, and second backing frame: http://www.sculpey.com/projects/keepsake-box (steps 5-17)

There's more info on all the metallic effects and also on making all kinds of frames, on these pages of my site for anyone interested in more details:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/frames-mirrors.htm (click on Very Small Frames for Pins & Pendants, etc)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm (click on Metals)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/leaf.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm
stamping into clay + making your own stamps:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/stamping.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/texturing.htm
using an "onlay" method instead of impressiing:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/onlay.htm

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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2011 07:20:54 PM »

Thank you, Diane.

I would have loved to try it! Next time! (And next time I'm definitely including arsenic!)
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