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CupcakeKocaine
« on: September 15, 2012 02:23:25 AM »

Just wondering if anyone had any baking tips for making spiral stretched  lobe jewelry with out it getting flat on one side or the two spiral sides collapsing  while baking and fussing the piece together. Things is an example pic of what Im describing
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76456478/helix-twist-polymer-clay-gauged-earrings

thanks in advanc ???e!!
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papermittens
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2012 01:50:55 PM »

Polymer clay is not acceptable for making plugs out of. It's not something that would be safe to have in a piercing for any period of time. Polymer clay has its uses, but plugs isn't one of them.
I refuse to say it's okay just because "people wear it and they are okay!" or "people sell it!"
People also pierce themselves all the time with dirty safety pins and don't get staph, or MRSA, however there are also people who actually do get sick.
It's best to just save up and buy the plugs made from good materials, or loop the clay through a nice metal tunnel or something.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012 09:12:04 AM »

As mentioned, it's not generally considered safe to use bare polymer clay in stretched earlobes.  There are a few things you can do to avoid that direct contact though.  
If you're interested in the whole issue, check out this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm (click on the Jewelry category, then scroll down to the section on "for stretched earlobes")
Some people don't care or don't understand about the possibility of getting plastic chemicals in their bodies though (especially the effects after many years), so some seem to have no concerns especially when young.

As for the problems you mentioned about baking shapes that aren't pressed together, that shape couldn't be made around a dowel which is the usual way that spiral logs are made.  
You'd need to use a firm clay** in any case and perhaps even cool it well before shaping.  

Then you could do something before baking like forming the long tapered logs over 3 short lengths of wood dowel of different sizes (or make your own dowels with rolled-up paper logs), and bake everything on a nest of polyester fiberfill or tissues (which you could also use for the holes), or in a pile of baking soda, etc.
I'd guess you could also hang the earrings with their space holders in place while baking by attaching a wire with a hook shape on each end of the top dowel length.  Or if the clay is firm enough, perhaps just baking on fiberfill, etc, would be fine.

Another consideration would be the brand/line of polymer clay.  Is the earring intended to be pulled apart when threading one side through the earlobe?  In that case you'd need to be sure you used a strong brand/line of polymer clay** and perhaps even mix a regular polymer clay with some Superflex polymer clay (or perhaps MixQuick?) for more flexibility, especially over time (although "thin" polymer clay is always flexible and strong if baked sufficiently).

 
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POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
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http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
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