HM87, glad you found your comments! ...bummer about not being notified
About the copright stuff, you can definitely get in trouble if you sell
a duplication of a copyrighted image. Generally speaking
, if you don't sell many of them, or don't do it in a really public venue, no one will come after you (as long as it's not Disney, of couse, who goes after every
one). If you could make your figure just look somewhat
similar to the character, I don't think there's a problem, but again if it will be sold in a really public place beware.
I wanted to mention also that polymer clay can be baked for hours, or even days, etc., as long as
the heat it receives doesn't exceed the recommended baking temp for that brand; in fact, most clayers find the extra long baking times to make any of the brands stronger than they would have been.
The Sculpey clays though are the worst for darkening
if baked long, but since you're just wanting to paint over the clay that shouldn't be an issue for you. Also, most every brand of Translucent clay (or any color
with a lot of translucent in it --which is not always obvious) will darken more than more opaque clay colors, so one has to be more careful with SuperSculpey (if it won't be painted over). There are baking techniques for keeping clay from darkening so easily though.**
The suggested baking temp for Sculpey III, SuperSculpey, and Original Sculpey is 275
, but at that temp. Original white Sculpey will begin to turn purplish, and SuperSculpey will darken**. They have to recommend that though for "thorough" curing (though they used to recommend 225-250 for SS and Orig.S.).
Also, there will be no "toxic fumes" even if the clay is baked for a long, long time, as long as it doesn't go over the proper temperature. There will be the normal odor of baking polymer clay (which varies a bit between brands), but nothing "toxic" unless the clay reaches over 385
degrees --when it will begin burning
(thick black smoke, horrible stink, etc.).
Clayers who make figures may also bake the clay repeatedly to add parts (and especially to help with the oops-I-smooshed-it factor) ...for that, some feel the first bake should be a full bake (at the correct temp), but others feel a partial bake is okay as long as the final bake is for the full time (time for baking will also depend on the thickness of the clay though, and whether there's an armature beneath to make the clay thinner).
If you want to check out some of the ways to avoid darkening as well as lots more on baking polymer clays, here's a link to check out:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
And if you're at all concerned about fumes or burning clay, here's another one you might want to check out:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/safety_health_cleaning.htm
Also, this page has info about the differences between the brands and types of polymer clay, and how they need to be treated:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
and these pages have info on "sculpting" with polymer clays:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(permanent support, etc.)
Make more, and show us!!
GlassAttic ...polymer clay "encyclopedia"http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm