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« on: December 19, 2011 11:04:44 AM »

I made these out of white poly clay as a Christmas gift for my grandma.  Each of my kids pushed their thumb into the clay prior to baking.  I then painted them silver and sprayed them with a sealent before shipping them off.


Super easy and I think a really cute gift idea.

The original idea was found at Sarah Ortega Photography
http://www.sarahortega.com/2011/05/diy-fingerprint-jewelry.html
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011 12:45:18 PM »

What a sweet idea!  Did you write the names/ages of your kiddos on the back?
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011 01:00:32 PM »

I did put their initials on the back so that my grandma can tell which thumb is which!
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011 09:28:03 AM »

What a cute idea, and a great grandma-gift!

P.S.  Not sure how familiar you are with polymer clay, but in case you don't already know, certain kinds of paints shouldn't be used directly on polymer clay since they can begin eating into the clay (immediately or up to 6 months later), making them sticky or worse.
Those would be any paints that are petroleum-solvent based (must the cleaned up and thinned with paint thinner, etc) --sometimes called enamels-- as well as spray paints of any kind and clear finishes can also have the "bad stuff" only in the propellant of the can. If you use acrylic paints or "inks," or alcohol inks, those would be fine though, or if you clear finish with an acrylic sealer before adding the bad stuff that would also work.  Sometimes the tacky ones can be fixed by rebaking the item or by sealing with a water-based sealer like polyurethane, but if they're gooey and goopy it's generally too late.
Again you may already know all this, but if do you want to check out more on which paints (and other metallic colorants like mica powders/Pearl Ex, etc) work very well for coloring polymer clay, check out these pages at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/letters_inks.htm > Inks
http://glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2011 11:03:51 AM »

Thanks for the info.  I used acrylic paint.
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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011 10:29:42 AM »

I love it! And they came out awesome Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012 09:58:36 AM »

That is an adorable gift, very chic but still lovingly handmade. I think the simplicity and moderness of the pendants is what I enjoy most about this. Its a pretty piece, and people will most likely comment on it. Grandma can then talk about the grandkids... its a gift that keeps giving.
Diane, YES! I attempted to use clear nail polish as glaze for polymer clay. It got all goopy, and I learned a serious lesson and bought sculpey glaze. On a side note, I used floor sealer on another polymer piece, it turned it yellow... a sickly, nicotine colored yellow. It was a skull and guts, so the yellowing looked better than it sounds  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012 02:00:27 PM »

such a good idea. i think ill definitely be trying this
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012 02:39:35 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I think I need to make a set for myself now.
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