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Topic: Ursula Gauge Earring and MORE!!!  (Read 3240 times)
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« on: January 31, 2011 12:25:35 AM »

Well, I Finally got a new camera. Now I can post my creations. No more lurking for me;D

ooak gauge=7/16
Wanted to make something special for my sister.
Short on funds, but not on fun.
She loved it!
<3 Cheesy

Being sick in bed, I just decided to fiddle around and try new things.
The ribboned flowers were a shocking surprise. I think the big one will turn into a hair clip and the small one a ring.
The tentacle will be a keychain for a friend, and the vine covered heart is going on my fridge.   Smiley

What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011 12:55:09 AM »

They are really cool. I especially like the tentacle ear guage and the vine covered heart Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011 12:43:29 AM »

Hey! I love the plugs. They're super cute, but you should make sure your sister is careful, Polymer clay is a porous material that could hold bacteria if worn for more than a day. Also, you might consider covering them in a layer of Resin, it will give them a wonderful shine, and make them safer to wear for a longer period of time. 
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011 09:48:33 AM »

Very nice designs!

I agree though that it's not totally safe to use polymer clay (or probably especially any plastic that's not hard when you buy it, including resin and polyurethanes/clear sealers, etc) in stretched earlobes because of several different factors.
If the clay is in direct contact with stretched earlobes, there's the chance that some un-polymerized plasticizer will leach into the skin. 
Some feel that's a problem only if the skin is broken or irritated at all, some feel clay should never be used. Some feel that it's okay for completely intact skin and very-throughly-baked clay but only as long as the plugs are removed frequently and perhaps not slept in (because of the stress pulling on the earlobes). 
Some feel there are certain coverings for the clay that can work and are worth using so won't be taking chances.
Some like the idea of using the denser polymer clays like Kato Polyclay, but not the more porous ones like Sculpey III because they'll more easily trap bacteria and oils/dirt/etc.
Some feel it's okay only if used as a decorative element with the actual contact being metal, etc.

There's a summary of the issues, and some fixes/preventions, on this page of my site if you want to check it out:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm > Earrings (then scroll down to "For Stretched Earlobes")

And for lots of opinions pro-and-con and more info, check out these previous threads:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237938.msg2613985#msg2613985 (and later replies in that thread)

(And there's more info on factors relating to various types of "safety" relating to polymer clay here:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/safety_health_cleaning.htm --first half of page )

Diane B.

« Last Edit: February 09, 2011 10:01:25 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011 09:26:11 PM »

I did Crafty. Just a thin layer though. Should I have done thicker?
The thicker globs of it turned a little murky, so I used a x-acto knife to scrape some away.

Thanks for the info Diane.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2011 09:29:10 PM by BoomerBile » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2011 11:38:59 AM »

Wow these are amazing.
Totally makes me want to get my stretchings back to own a pair of these bad boys.

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