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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2012 10:23:55 PM »

These are stunning!

Can you just buy the... um... base/frame/metal part thing (I have no clue what to call that part)... blank? I've never seen them in stores, but then again, I've never looked!

Can't speak for Miaka but I've purchased things from here: http://www.cameojewelrysupply.com
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2012 02:05:13 AM »

Thank you =)

These are stunning!

Can you just buy the... um... base/frame/metal part thing (I have no clue what to call that part)... blank? I've never seen them in stores, but then again, I've never looked!

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I buy them online, usually in severel supply shops on dawanda or etsy. Try searching for "cameo setting" or just "setting" =)

First let me say that I think this is a great project and you've done well with the overall execution.

On a few of these brooches (your turtle and black rose at the bottom edges) the background color is not fully filling the brooch background and it's really noticeable because the black background shape isn't perfectly oval around the edges.

Are you preforming the background and baking it separately and then gluing it to the brooch backing? When that happens maybe you could add a very small, thin, rope of clay around the edge to cover that up? These cameos are just so pretty it's a shame to let that detract from your pieces.

I see a few faint tool marks on the black rose's red background. You can also use a little bit of mineral oil on a q-tip to 'melt' the clay to remove tool marks from the surface. You just have to do a little sanding after baking to clean it up a little. Clayers do it with poly clay beads to make the bead as smooth as possible after baking. It addles the topmost portion of a design(that won't matter with a one color background) but then when you lightly sand a thin bit of the top you get really beautiful smoothly patterned beads. It should work here too. Unless you're baking the background on the brooch backing. I don't think that would work then.

You've done a great job with the molded bits. I don't see any cast marks around the sides. Very neat and cleanly imprinted. The facets on your cabs are fantastically crisp.
Thank you for your CC and tipps!
About the turtle and rose cameos: I noticed that the background doesn't exactly fit, I already fixed the mold for the turtle one (that's why it looks better in the first picture, that's the new version) and I'll probably work on the others, too.
I usually make the base cameo first, then add the motive, make the mold and after that fill the mold with the colours I want - so I basically need to fix the base and then make a new mold for them ^^

The tool marks bother me a bit, too, but I tried sanding around the motives and it doesn't exactly work the way I wanted it. Maybe I'll have to get some smaller tools for working with the cameos, I'd prefer a smoother look, too.
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« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2012 07:26:09 PM »

what a fun idea.  they look great
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2012 11:26:21 AM »

I really, really like these. Making your own molds and working from them gives such
a refreshing, unique look to your pieces : D
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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2012 08:05:19 AM »

How do you mold the different colors together? Do you fill the mold with the light color first...and clean up the edges & then put in the dark color...or are you using 2 molds one for the intricate shapes & then another for the background?

I have never molded polymer clay before.

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« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2012 05:17:54 PM »

Wow, these are gorgeous. I especially like the owl cameo and the cabochans.
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« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2012 12:55:08 PM »

Thank you again =)

How do you mold the different colors together? Do you fill the mold with the light color first...and clean up the edges & then put in the dark color...
Like this ^^
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« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2012 09:52:37 AM »

These are gorgeous!
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« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2012 06:46:33 PM »

Those are gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2012 07:35:49 AM »

Thank you for the nice comments <3
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