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« on: October 14, 2005 08:27:12 PM »

I dont know the official word for the needle stoppers, but it's not the end of the needle. It's something you put on the end of the needle to keep the stitches from coming off. I was wondering if it's better to make my stoppers out of eraser clay from sculpey, or the bending kind or what. The stoppers need to be able to be taken off and put on whenever I choose. They are only temporary.

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2005 06:32:31 AM »

I think that eraser clay would be perfect.  It's still plyable after its baked.  The non-hardening clay might rub off on your yarn.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2005 12:55:47 AM »

I know what you mean....Point Protectors! Maybe sculpey or fimo would work best.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2005 06:50:55 AM »

i second the eraser clay vote.  it's even on sale at the hobby lobby near my house.  you might check yours, if you live in the states.
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2005 08:16:04 AM »

instead of eraser clay, sculpey sells a mold making clay that stays pliable after baking:
http://www.sculpey.com/Products/products_poly_elasticlay.htm

and they say it can be added to other clays for softness - so maybe you can get more color options that way.

i was always planning (never got around to it yet) to make cores of the mold making clay and then surround them with the regular clay, so they were soft and grippy next to the needle, but hard on the outside.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2005 09:35:41 AM »

instead of eraser clay, sculpey sells a mold making clay that stays pliable after baking:
http://www.sculpey.com/Products/products_poly_elasticlay.htm

and they say it can be added to other clays for softness - so maybe you can get more color options that way.

i was always planning (never got around to it yet) to make cores of the mold making clay and then surround them with the regular clay, so they were soft and grippy next to the needle, but hard on the outside.


My boyfriend suggested your last suggestion also. I may try a few things. But I thought the eraser clay may work best. The only thing is that I can only find the eraser clay and the bendy clay in packs. So I have to cough up like 10 bucks for a pack. I was hoping they are sold separate, but I guess not.
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2005 01:47:45 PM »

model magic by crayola would work great too
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2005 02:15:15 PM »

For a cheap solution, look for those little novelty erasers (the kind without the hole for the pencil) They usually come in small packs and are used for party favors for children. I have seen these in dollar stores recently in Halloween shapes and Hello Kitty heads. They slip on and off easily and look cute too.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2005 02:47:51 PM »

Any kind of polymer clay will work for these (--including the flexible types like Bake and Bend, Eraser Clay, and MoldMaker).  Just make sure you don't squish the hole after forming them before baking (or bake on the needle) so they'll fit.

Polymer clays don't shrink or enlarge when baked except in fairly unusual circumstances (like wide expanses of sheet-like clay, or maybe if there's too much "plasticizer" in a particular bar**).  In fact, when I was making "stoppers" for small glass bottles with clay, the stoppers fit so well they'd actually make a pop sound when removed.  For making needle stoppers, you'd just want to make sure that the clay is long enough not to get knocked off easily, but not so long you couldn't twist it off.


**the solution for too much plasticizer is to buy older clay, or "leach" the clay you have for awhile ... leaching means to put a sheet of clay between sheets of plain paper then weight under some books or roll it up and secure with rubber band, for a few hours or a whole day ...the porous paper sucks out the plasticizer (you'll see the oily spot on the paper) ... more on that on the Conditioning page of my site, if you need more info

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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2005 05:13:12 PM »

would I have to make a pair for each different pair of knitting needle though? I kinda want these to be versatile so that with my big needles of various sizes I'll have only one pair and my small needles of various sizes I'll have only one pair instead of having a different pair for each needle size. Oh yeah, and I found some eraser clay at the store today that's sold separately. And I want to make sure and be able to make my own stoppers so that I can make my own shapes and stuff. Somewhat like these

http://www.patternworks.com/PWShopping/partsview.asp?action=lookup&partno=300273&subject=U35&catpos=8

I may pick up one block of eraser clay and try it out just to see how versatile it is now that I know where to get it sold separately.
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