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stopmoshun
« on: April 07, 2006 05:57:59 PM »

so i like day of the dead and coral and turquoise (but whats a girl to do when she doesn't have real turquoise and coral? make it herself out of premo)

so i made some faux stuff.



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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2006 06:09:34 PM »

i think that is really cute!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006 11:57:31 PM »

Beautiful as usual stopmoshun!!!  Shocked  I love the texture of the fake pieces, the colors and the composition of it. Looks like the kind of necklaces Frida Kahlo would wear, very mexican  Smiley I love it!!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2006 09:27:36 AM »

i was sort of inspired by frida's big jewelry.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2006 09:43:13 AM »

That's the best faux turquoise & coral I've ever seen!
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2006 09:45:36 AM »

thanks, it was pretty easy, just time consuming to make all those pieces, bake'em, rub'em in paint. but i think it turned out ok. i like the turquoise a lot. i got the idea for the turquoise from this book: designer style jewelry
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823026019/qid=1144687626/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-1204466-0899903?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

there's is on the front, although they had more steps involved, sanding then buffing. i tried buffing and i think it is a bunch of hooey b/c it didn't do anything. i like how mine turned out rough.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2006 08:06:48 AM »

so cool!  I love coral and terquoise!  And I love the combo!
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2006 08:16:17 AM »

very primitive.  i like it a lot.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2006 05:56:29 PM »

Oh, I love polymer fauxs... and love the skull,  especially the teeth  Grin

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. . .there's is on the front . . .

There's something very weird about that book you referenced! <playing Twilight Zone music here> . . . I had wanted to see which particular book and author you were referring to, but when I got to Sherri's book at amazon (from your link), the cover was different! ...actually, the little picture next to the title of the book does show the turquoise donut pendant on the front cover, but clicking to enlarge the picture (and even clicking on the "Look Inside This Book" option) gave a different set of pictures on the cover (I also checked the back cover, but it didn't have the turquoise either)... bizarro.

So, I had to use the Search Inside This Book option to find the recipe she gave for her turquoise and it was there so at least I know I had the right book!  She mentions Tory Hughes (who was the originator of polymer faux turquoise, and many other polymer fauxs as well), but she didn't really follow her method very closely.  (She also used chalk as a final coating which is something I hadn't seen before, and baked a number of extra times --not sure why.)

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. . .sanding then buffing.  i tried buffing and i think it is a bunch of hooey b/c it didn't do anything. i like how mine turned out rough. . .

Rough or matte turquoise is good too, but buffing certainly isn't uneffective!  If the sanding and buffing are done the right way and in the right order, you should be able to get every look from a satiny sheen all the way up to a high-gloss shine.  Some things are important though, like not skipping grits when wet-sanding (400 then 600 is traditional, though some people go all the way up to 2000), and using an electric buffer (with a soft fiber wheel) if anything higher than a nice sheen is wanted. 
If you're interested in trying more buffing, describe more of what you did, and we can probably tell you what happened (or....since I see you are in San Jose  Grin, you can come to a meeting of the San Jose Polymer Clay Guild and ask someone --the next meeting is Friday night ...google for more info).

(and if anyone wants even more recipes for making faux turquoise, check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/faux-turquoise_wood.htm --first half of page)




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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2006 10:53:34 AM »

I love it! So cute  skull! Grin
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