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Topic: Stitch Markers - Yer Internals! Some Worked, Some Didn't...  (Read 4715 times)
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« on: March 04, 2006 05:10:58 PM »

Well, I have this great idea to make stitch marker sets from polymer clay.  The stitch markers also happen to be internal organs.  I'm a nursing student and think a lot about internal organs.  What a great way to combine my fav hobby (knitting) and my soon-to-be career!  I'm bummed though because while my creations looked great prior to baking, after baking they got all dark.  I think I cooked em too long.  Or my oven just sucks.  Sad  I'm real happy with the liver and intestines though. 

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Here they all are!  (That bottom one is a um ... turkey neck?) You can see how pretty and perfect they all were before going in the oven!   Cry

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And the liver and intestines post oven ... darker, but OK. 

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Sadly, the uterus and lungs didn't survive the oven well.  Sad  Looks like blacklung! 

Well, I really like them anyway.  I'll keep the blackened lungs and uterus anyhow!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2006 05:23:52 PM »

that is so funny and creative! Wish I had known this kind of stuff when my best friend was in nursing school. It would have thrilled her to death! Thaks for the chuckle!

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2006 08:12:38 PM »

LoL oh that is too good....LoL great markers, bet you could make a few dollars selling those.

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2006 08:21:12 PM »

Those are great.  My sister is going to be a nurse but she doesn't knit.  I'd appreciate stitch markers like that.  I've never made any mostly because I didn't know how.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2006 12:49:10 PM »

Hey, supercool!! .... love this kind of thing.

The reason your pieces darkened can be one of several:

...Sculpey brand clays (original Sculpey, SuperSculpey, Sculpey III) darken more easily than other brands.  This is particularly true for their lighter colors or any colors with translucent in them (which can include even the dark colors)

... miniatures like these don't need as long a bake as regular size items... theoretically, all clays but those Sculpeys could stay in the proper temperature for hours and hours and never darken, but it can be hard to make sure the temp never gets higher; next time try only about ten minutes

...temperature in the oven, or next to the clay, can be hotter than you think
.....unless you measured the temp with a separate oven thermometer, it may not actually be the same temp that the dial is indicating
.....you may have baked on something which will heat up more than the ambient temperature in the oven, like metal or ceramic tile
.....your item may be too close to the bottom coils or to the sides of a small oven, or even in a "hot spot"

There are ways to avoid all these problems though.  Check out my page on baking polymer clay for loads of info about all of them:

I wish the polymer clay "microorganism" swap was still online for you to see!  Turns out there are quite a few scientists and science types involved in polymer clay, and these guys created a swap for items which might be found under the microscope; they were really great!

....There are other people in the science field (including nurses, researchers, etc.) who love various micro-organisms, parameciums, etc....and love to use them as jewerly, pens, etc. Grin
... Once he and I made some pinworms from clay for a "joke" presentation to a research doc. The doc loved them so much they hang right next to his Nobel Prize!!! syndee
...sanguinia's polymer clay maggot or grub (as pendant)... made out of translucent clay with a dab of ivory clay (roll into a thick snake and then start twisting. ...smooth off the "head" part, and pierce a hole through it side to side....bake) ... I also made a "lovely larva" too using some orangey-brown and ivory clay.
...great bugs:
http://www.pbase.com/joanie/bugz  (4 pages)
(there are many more polymer bugs on this page as well:
.......click on Animals, then scroll down to the Bugs section)

...my son just made a good-sized brain from polymer clay for a school project... it had many of the various parts in different colors, then he sat the whole thing in the top of a plastic Halloween skull as his "presentation". Diane B.

For more polymer clay body parts, you might want to check out these pages at my site:
(...click esp. on Things in a Bottle + Eyeballs...)
(....click on various body parts, though not many are "interior" parts...)

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2006 01:28:04 PM »

Aw, adorable little organs Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2006 04:51:54 PM »

Those are really well done! I imagine it must've been hard to model organs at that scale, but they're all very recognizable even if they might be a little dark. I wonder if sanding might help..maybe the insides didn't burn quite as much? You could also try painting them a lighter color with a wash of acrylic, perhaps.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2006 07:46:25 PM »

Teeny tiny internal organs...that is such a cool idea!

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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2006 11:38:55 AM »

so freakin' cute.  i give you props for creating yet another union of human anatomy and crafting.  they look like little milagros!
« Reply #9 on: March 06, 2006 01:04:32 PM »

Those ROCK!  Even if they did get a little dark.

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