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« on: March 28, 2013 10:15:29 PM »

Hi everyone!!

I want to turn this
http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln0lchsjne1qf0ojso1_500.jpg

into a top on a sewing pin. I was thinking about using polymer clay, but its a medium I have not used before.

To get the faces on would I be able to draw it on with a sharpie or acrylic paint?
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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2013 05:19:32 AM »

Hi everyone!!

I want to turn this
http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln0lchsjne1qf0ojso1_500.jpg

into a top on a sewing pin. I was thinking about using polymer clay, but its a medium I have not used before.

To get the faces on would I be able to draw it on with a sharpie or acrylic paint?


Hi bambam91!
                     Yep, you can draw on polymer clay with a Sharpie marker. (after it's baked) But long term, Sharpies aren't the best medium to use as they can become fugitive and fade or turn yellow over time. There are other ways of painting on poly clay, but what I do is use acrylic paints (they are very color fast) and then when completely dry a light coat of satin poly finish sprayed or painted on. This is especially good if the object is going to be handled a lot- polyurethane finish is really durable and will extend the life your pieces.
You can probably do the same thing if you were to use Sharpies, but the colors are still susceptible to UV rays and would still fade.
If you have Copic markers, you can use those as well. They are awesome on polycaly! I would still use a polyurethane finish as eventually the markers would wear away after lots of use.
Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2013 08:28:02 AM »

Thank you so much Cackle!!

I have Copic markers as well as acrylic paint. I might try one with each and see which one I like better.

Thank you for the tip about the finish as well!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2013 01:45:23 PM »

Hey, no problem. You should post some pics after you finish them!
BTW, I had a good look at those marshmallows in the link...I think the faces are photo-shopped on! Yours will be all the more wonderful and unique because they will be authentic.
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2013 04:38:01 PM »

Yeah that was what I was thinking & those are real marshmallows. I thought they would be cute though.

I will definately have to post!! As I am going to attempt to do some toad stools as well.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2013 09:05:15 AM »

You can draw on polymer clay with Sharpies and other pens you just need to experiment which works best. You can also transfer the images onto polymer as well. Looks cute!
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2013 06:26:29 PM »

Thank you. I ordered polymer clay online, so just waiting for it to arrive now Smiley
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