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Rachelslittlethings
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« on: February 23, 2012 03:40:06 PM »

I made a tiny Oscar. Getting the perfect shape was quite the challenge. I still think his legs are too thick at bottom. I covered him with gold leaf and it looks really shiny in person.
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2012 05:05:40 PM »

Super cute! I knew what it was right away and I adore tiny things!
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012 10:23:15 AM »

Hey!

I just saw your project and I was wondering how you did the gold effect in detail?!

Is this thin leaves of gold that is specially made for fimo?

I don´t like the color fimo gold ... doesn´t look like gold at all!
So I´m curious because I was looking for a good solution over years and finally got to gold powder that you can mix with the actual fimo varnish .... this is the only way I´m really satisfied with ...

Take a look underneath:
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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012 12:32:37 PM »

He's great, and nice idea!  Little-tiny sculpts are hard to do  Shocked Shocked

(I notice your gold leaf is not totally smooth...did you use a fluffy brush to brush off the excess leaf, or did you perhaps not use the leaf when the clay was raw and/or the white glue/sizing wasn't smooth??**, or did you want that look?)

** http://glassattic.com/polymer/leaf.htm
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012 10:40:24 PM »

That gold powder is amazing!! I must get it. What is it? I actually am gonna make an Emmy soon and need something better cause it's a very complex award. Gold leaf will not work on it.


Thanks for the link Diane. I actually went and remade a tinier one. They were little prizes to give away for the Oscar party at my house.


I made tiny boxes and little labels that said "And the Oscar goes to..." Everyone really loved them.
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2012 11:44:17 AM »

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That gold powder is amazing!! I must get it. What is it? I actually am gonna make an Emmy soon and need something better cause it's a very complex award. Gold leaf will not work on it.

Both the "imitation gold leaf" and the "real-metal powders" will give a bright-hard-shiny gold effect.
The "mica powders" (including the golds) will give a metallic effect but will be just a bit pearlier gold than the other two.

The leaf and the 2 kinds of metallic powder are usually applied to raw clay (with a fluffy brush or finger), then rubbed in well.
The leaf and the real-metal powders will require sealing after curing though to keep them from oxidizing over time (most colors).

The powders can be applied to cured clay instead by mixing them into various clear liquid finishes then painting that on.
The leaf can be applied to cured clay after brushing it with permanent white glue or "sizing" first and allowing it to dry or become tacky.

Leaf can be used for items with crevices and multiple surfaces, though that does require brushing well with a fluffy brush to remove any leaf "on top of" other leaf so not adhered directly to the clay, and blank spots can be filled by adding more leaf in the area and again brushing away any excess. Doing that should result in a smooth gold finish.

You can generally buy mica powders at art supply stores and craft stores (sometimes in kits), or online.  Most places should have at least one gold (you probably want Bright Gold rather than an Aztec Gold, for exammple) though some local places may vary.
You can buy imitation gold leaf at craft stores, art supply stores, and perhaps at framing stores... or online. (They come in variegated metallic colors as well as the 3 main solid metallic colors.)

Much more info about using the powders and the leaf (and also metallic waxes and inks) on these pages at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/leaf.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm > Metals

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« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2012 01:41:23 PM »

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That gold powder is amazing!! I must get it. What is it?


Gold - powder ... I bought the one by Eberhard Faber@ ... that worked great! - no complications!

Look here: The firm changed but its still the same product:
http://www.fimo.com/FIMO_Accessoires_surface_finishing

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2012 10:29:26 AM »

The Staedtler powder just mentioned is one of the brands of "real-metal" powder (this one now manufactured by Staedtler instead of Eberhard Faber, original manufacturer of the Fimo brand products):
http://polymerclayexpress.com/images/Fimogoldpulverpowder.jpg

Mona Lisa (from Houston Art) is another brand of real-metal powder and has more "colors" these days, I think, though EF used to have more colors of their "pulvers" too including blue, red, green, etc:
http://www.misterart.com/crafts/decorative-painting/faux-finishing/mona-lisa-mixing-metal-powder.html
(don't be confused if these refer to "mixing into mediums"...that doesn't have to be done for raw polymer clay, but if not will have to be sealed afterward)
http://www.polymerclayexpress.com/images/hapulvers.jpg
(...note their "Brass" color which may be more similar to the statuettes than their "Gold"?... though any kind of gold-ish color should work --or even gold mica powders, etc.)

Real-metal powders are less good for lungs than mica powders but they can be kept out of the air, and do have that "harder" shine I talked about.

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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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