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Topic: What's the best clay for knitting needle stitch stoppers?  (Read 6444 times)
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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2005 05:23:01 PM »

I don't know if the ones made on that site (thanks for the link btw!... I'll add it to my site) have any flexible polymer clay in their mix or if they're 100% regular polymer clay (clays can be mixed in any proportion).

She seems to sell them in two sizes only, so I'm assuming they may fit a little looser or a little tighter on different size needles in the two ranges she mentions.  So, you could do like she does and have two basic sizes (just be sure to make the holes long enough that the protectors wouldn't easily fall off the needles at the smaller end of the range).  Or you could try out the different regular rigid and flexible polymer clays (and even try mixes) to see which works best for what you want.

Eraser clay is a little different from Bake and Bend and MoldMaker (that one's not colored), but they're all in the same ballpark. 
Lots of clayers do like the mix of 50-50 Premo and Bake and Bend (used to be called SuperFlex) for various things in clay though, but don't know which would clay of mix to suit this use, orwhether you really need a flexible clay at all.


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« Reply #11 on: October 17, 2005 08:33:26 PM »

thanks for the tips Smiley And you're welcome for the link. I made a long sushi roll out of regular sculpey, now I just need to find something to cut it into sections so that I can bake it and try it out. I tried using the side of a ruler I had, but that just smooshed it. I also tried my hair, but that just broke in the process haha.
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2005 08:17:58 AM »

Hmmm, hair is a clever idea! . . . might have worked too if you'd used several strands, maybe twisting them together like a cable to make them stronger?  It also sometimes works better for some cutters to kind of roll-and-saw the clay with them.

Take a look on this page though for all the different things you can use to slice clay canes:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm
(...click on the subcategory "Blades"...)

And look at this page for much more on slicing canes in particula:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm
(...click on "Cutting Canes"....)

It'll help too since you're using a really squishy brand of clay to either refrigerate your clay for 10 min or longer, or just let it sit to cool down ... both will firm it up. 
You can even make slices after baking a whole cane (or a length of it)... works best when the clay is warm... may need to rebake the slices, or sand and buff the cut surfaces, or dab on a bit of Diluent-softener, to get rid of any dusty looking areas caused by doing that.


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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2005 03:54:05 PM »

I was happy to read this thread, so I headed to Wal*Mart just minutes ago and picked up some Sculpey.  Only to later read on that some don't like it because it does get hard?!  aahhgg.  What is unwanted about having hardened stoppers?  is it that they won't accomodate as many needles? 

(I also have some Model Majic too so it's no huge deal)
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2006 12:31:06 PM »

I think some people felt that they might be hold on better, or that they'd be easier to remove, if the baked clay were at least somewhat flexible.  Regular clay, which bakes up rigid (when thick), will work fine though too.

You can mix your Sculpey III with Polyform's Bake and Bend clay if you want to make the Sculpey more flexible, or you can just use the Sculpey plain (...if you do that though, don't have any thin spots or projecting areas on your stoppers because the Sculpey brand is more brittle than the other regular polymer clays, and will break in those situations) .


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« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2006 10:01:29 PM »

Turns out my work has some sculpey flex, which bakes and then is still sorta flexible.  Inspite of this I tried my hand at the regular stuff I bought and was pretty pleased with the results.

I did shape them around size 8s but they fit up to 10.5 snugly.  I liked it.  I tossed the needle around in my tote with it on, just to see if it'd come off...and the stopper didn't, so I'm super happy.

I'll give the flex stuff a shot within the week though, just to see Cheesy
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2008 05:01:48 PM »

Hey everyone,
I'm new to the boards, and just started using dpns for the first time today after transferring them from circulars. I found a good substitute for point protectors instead of buying them or clay - electrical wire end covers - the pic is here:
http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/images/wirenut.jpg

I found one on the floor on my laundry room, and picked it up to try on my 4mm dpns. Works like a charm!  Grin
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« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2008 05:16:48 PM »

arrgh - nevermind. the electrical wirenuts do NOT stay on. Sad Sucks.
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