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Topic: My first polymer clay models ~ Octopi and Owl  (Read 1422 times)
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Bunnie Boo
« on: June 19, 2011 03:15:33 AM »

Now that I have finished Uni I meet up with my friend once a week to catch up.
We thought it would be fun to learn a new crafty skill each week.
This is our first week, we decided to make some models.
Enough of my blathering here are the first three things I made.

Elba the Owl


She is about 1" tall, I painted on the eyes and little v shapes ( not happy with those as they aren't in the middle grr)

Birtil the Red

Birtil is the newest recruit of King Algernon's Messenger Service

Birtil's older brother Dai the Green

Dai likes to prentend that he is Cthulhu and make his tentacles into wings!

Birtil and Dai hanging out together


They were made with Sculply Studio. I don't like it very much as it is too soft, are there any better alternatives?
I hope you like them c&c welcome
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2011 04:32:59 AM »

Your octopii are amazing, and I think it's a great idea to learn something new each week
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2011 04:50:52 AM »

they seem to have so much personality, great job!  You can try putting the clay in the fridge for a little bit after kneeding it to firm it up if it is too soft.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2011 06:40:01 AM »

Fimo is another polymer clay that is alot firmer...theres also a fimo soft if the regular is a bit firm for you, and they have fimo effects that has glitter colours and a transparent clay. I like the way your octopi turned out though, theyre rather cute Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2011 09:37:30 AM »

I also really like your octopi. Just had to let you know. (:
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2011 09:58:05 AM »

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We thought it would be fun to learn a new crafty skill each week.

This is such a great idea!  I hope you guys can continue it for a long time.  I had a wonderful time once when I lived in San Diego going to some on-going inexpensive "classes" held by a young woman who obviously was a jack-or-many-craft-trades since she taught us a totally new thing every time.  Right up my alley!

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This is our first week, we decided to make some models.

Your items are really cute!

Will you perhaps try using colored polymer clay too, or mixing colorants into white polymer clay, etc, instead of painting them totally?
You might also be interested in some suggestions I've given before about a variety of fun things for beginners to do with polymer clay if you guys want to explore more, as well as how to color raw clay, etc:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=192069.msg2020704#msg2020704
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=178586.msg1852235#msg1852235
and perhaps: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=305955.msg3515231#msg3515231
http://glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm
And/or perhaps you'd like to play with other clays too for your models.  There are lots of air-dry clays you can make at home (bread clay, salt dough, paper mache pulp, etc), as well as buy (Creative Paperclay, etc).

As for the Studio by Sculpey line of polmer clay, it's kind of different from the many other brands and lines of polymer clay in that it kind of has "lint" inclusions so feels and acts differently.  It's also been discontinued now so won't be a problem for you in the future.  Smiley
The brands and lines of polymer clay differ from each other a great deal too --in softness, handling, ability to get fine detail, strength after curing when thin or projecting**, colors available, and more.

Generally, the worst for softness and also brittleness when thin are the Sculpeys made by Polyform in this order:
original Sculpey... SuperSculpey... Sculpey III and Studio by Sculpey
(...their SuperSculpey-Firm and their Premo, originally created by a clayer not by Polyform, as well as their SuperFlex or whatever they're calling it these days, are much stronger than those 3).  
The new Bakesmart/Craftshop is similar to original Sculpey.
The very best handling clays after conditioning (and also strong brands) are usually considered to be Kato Polyclay and FimoClassic (they're also best for those with hot hands or who work in warm conditions, etc)...Next come Premo and Cernit, and then comes FimoSoft (of the major brands in the U.S.).
You can read more about all the brands, the strength issues, etc., on this page of my site if you're interested though the info is a few years old:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
There's more of an update in my previous post here at Craftster:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366723.msg4307846#msg4307846

And here are ways to make polymer clays cooler, firmer, softer, etc, and to "condition" it in general:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm

** btw, the tentacles of your critters will break or break off far more easily than thick/rounded areas would, especially using the more brittle brands/lines ...they could be stronger though if they had "armatures" of wire or other materials inside the clay
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Bunnie Boo
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2011 01:29:05 PM »

Wow thanks for the lovely comments, I'm glad you like them  Grin

Will you perhaps try using colored polymer clay too, or mixing colorants into white polymer clay, etc, instead of painting them totally?
I did use coloured clay but the choice of colours was a bit limited as my local art shop is rubbish. I bought the Sculply Studio because that is all they had, apart from plasticine  Sad

You might also be interested in some suggestions I've given before about a variety of fun things for beginners to do with polymer clay if you guys want to explore more, as well as how to color raw clay, etc:
Thank you for all your awesome suggestions, I will definately check them out. I will try to buy some of the other brands you suggested, although I may have to order them from the US as I think I have only ever seen Fimo and Sculply over here (England) Embarrassed
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011 08:49:12 AM »

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I did use coloured clay but the choice of colours was a bit limited. . .

Don't forget though that you can either mix colors of polymer clay together to get many-many new colors or you can also mix artists' oil paints and some other colorants into white, translucent, or any color of polymer clay to get new colors --or do both.

An entire palette of colors can be made in fact from just one clear red, blue, and yellow, plus white and black (any red, blue, yellow will work too but the palette created will be different). Studio by Sculpey doesn't come in deep rich colors or very saturated colors though, or in translucent.  You can mix the Studio with other polymer clays though, but you'll get some of that linty feel and be limited to the colors they/you have.
There's some info about that with pics in my posts here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108415.msg1032139#msg1032139
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101494.msg962792#msg962792
...as well as many more details in the Color page I linked to in my post below (under Mixing Your Own Color Palette)

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I will try to buy some of the other brands you suggested, although I may have to order them from the US as I think I have only ever seen Fimo and Sculply over here (England)

Check out the Supply Sources page of my site for info about buying polymer clay in England, locally and online (also by mail order from the U.S., if you want):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm (click especially on Non-USA)

The online shop previously called The Polymer Clay Pit has now morphed into selling all kinds of supplies as well as polymer clay supplies, but here is the page there with the polymer clays on it:
http://www.georgeweil.com/Materials/Clays/Polymer/BrowseCategories.aspx?Ref=3,63,1092,-1
Sue carries a wide range of polymer clays including the "best" two for handling and detail after conditioning which are Kato Polyclay and FimoClassic, as well as Premo which is a very good middle of the road polymer clay--that one is manufactured by Polyform/Sculpey but was developed by a clayer just using their lab...she also carries FimoSoft, and the specialty clay called Bake and Bend in kits, as well as Ultralight which is kind of marshmallow-y and the good gray SuperSculpey-FIRM

I've been told that most of those are also available locally at Hobbycraft and The Range

The other main polymer clay brand is Cernit and it's made in Germany so you might be able to get it in England too, or cheaper by mail order.

P.S.  Here's a post I wrote on doing polymer clay "cheaply" too, if you're interested:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=155163.msg1548395#msg1548395


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Bunnie Boo
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011 04:18:15 PM »

Thank you Diane for all your awesome advice and links.
I think I will do what you suggest and buy some Fimo classic and Kato Polyclay in the basic colours and have a play  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011 04:20:48 PM »

Just be aware that those two will be the "hardest" to condition, but not really bad if you do it in certain ways** (check out the Conditioning page at my site).
Once conditioned though, they're definitely the best to work with.

**Donna Kato changed the technique for her clay a little bit recently involving flattening thick slices first, which didn't make it up to my site...I'll find that and put it below:
http://craftedu.com/free-basic-conditioning-polymer-clay-with-a-pasta-machine/play-MzA0MjM5OTUzMg
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