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craftygem
« on: April 08, 2006 01:46:29 PM »

here are a few polymer clay covered pens that i have made.  not much to say about them but they're fun to make.  i use BIC round sticks



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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2006 12:33:19 PM »

they are so cool!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2006 01:39:49 PM »

Very nice!! . . . and oh, so addictive too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2006 07:31:13 PM »

Very nice!! . . . and oh, so addictive too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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i just wish i had gotten pix of the other ones i've done.... ive given a bunch out as gifts
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2006 07:40:18 PM »

how did you harden the polymer?
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2006 07:51:10 PM »

very pretty pens!
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2006 08:50:38 PM »

Those are very pretty. I love the one that looks like red blood cells!
Do the caps fit still? or are those not necessary?
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« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2006 08:55:57 PM »

Quite nice.
Did you put the pens in the oven?  Would they explode/melt?
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« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2006 01:02:06 AM »

My mom makes some that look like fingers,
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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2006 03:22:15 AM »

Quite nice.
Did you put the pens in the oven?  Would they explode/melt?

i harden them in the oven.  with the BIC roundstics they don't melt.  i also tried the bic pens that are clear plastic..... they do melt!  not a good idea.
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« Reply #10 on: April 10, 2006 03:23:22 AM »

Those are very pretty. I love the one that looks like red blood cells!
Do the caps fit still? or are those not necessary?

thank u!  the caps dont fit.  but u can change the ink cartrige when it runs out.  just be careful and use a small pair of pliers  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2006 04:21:07 AM »

i wonder why the black ones dont melt...

Thats really cool!  They look sweet.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2006 08:00:28 AM »

The awesome thing I would assume is that they aren't very hard to make, right?  And the initial cost of the pens is minimal...I think I need to get into polymer clay...along with the gazillion other things I am into!! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2006 10:49:43 AM »

craftygem, one of the important Lessons of Life Grin is always to take photos of things you make! ... took me awhile to figure that out and establish the habit, but there are so many things now that I wish I had photos of so I could show a technique or example of to someone else, or just because I notice when I look at my old photos now that I've totally forgotten I'd made many of them...

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i wonder why the black ones dont melt...

If you're talking about the clear Bic pens, the reason they melt (where the Bic Stics don't) is in general because they're a different type of plastic... one whose melting or softening temperature is lowerr than those of the more rubbery types of plastic. 
Also, even the Bic Stics may actually be close to the limit of polymer baking temps (265-275), but because they're insulated to some degree under the clay, they can tolerate that heat better.  (This shows up when covering the black plastic film canisters, for example... if the rim is not covered, or the baking time is not kept to ten minutes, the rim may begin to distort.)


(for anyone interested in other brands and types of pens which can be covered with polymer clay, plus lessons on covering them, etc., check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pens.htm )




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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2006 04:28:23 PM »

The awesome thing I would assume is that they aren't very hard to make, right?  And the initial cost of the pens is minimal...I think I need to get into polymer clay...along with the gazillion other things I am into!! Smiley

theyre not hard to make.... just depends on the design u make
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« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2006 08:01:27 PM »

Did you get this off of a magazine, because I make them too! Yours are way better though!
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2006 03:34:02 AM »

Did you get this off of a magazine, because I make them too! Yours are way better though!

no i didnt, they do have them in magazines and books, but i got the idea when i was younger.  my best friend's aunt and uncle used to make them and sell them at the mall.  i thought it was something u needed a kiln for until i discovered polymer.  i would like to see your pens too
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2006 10:07:58 PM »

Those are really nice, and look very hard to make (contrary to what you said). Anyway, how do you get them soo smooth? I don;t even really understand how you made them, I don;t work with clay! But nonetheless the look awesome!
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« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2006 11:48:26 PM »

These are awesome Cheesy I hope you dont mind but I "this rocks"ed it !! I am so going to have to try these Cheesy
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2006 01:01:47 AM »

i love making those, though ive only made one. i love yours they're so cute
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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2006 01:07:19 AM »

you have to take the ink stick out of the pen before you put the pen in the oven and then once they are completed you stick the ink stick back in!!!!!

Quite nice.
Did you put the pens in the oven?  Would they explode/melt?
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2006 03:30:50 AM »

i love making those, though ive only made one. i love yours they're so cute
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jenny, that one is so cute!  love the lady bugs
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2006 03:33:36 AM »

Those are really nice, and look very hard to make (contrary to what you said). Anyway, how do you get them soo smooth? I don;t even really understand how you made them, I don;t work with clay! But nonetheless the look awesome!

if you are interested in learning out how to make them i can try to post a tute..... its a little difficult to explain but maybe if i use pics too, hmmmmm idea
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2006 09:56:17 AM »

I would love to see that! If it's something a newbie can do that is, but if it requires tons of polymer skill, you don;t have too! I wouold be happy with a simple explanation, I just don;t get how you get them soo smooth!
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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2006 02:12:19 PM »

I would love to see that! If it's something a newbie can do that is, but if it requires tons of polymer skill, you don;t have too! I wouold be happy with a simple explanation, I just don;t get how you get them soo smooth!

to smooth it out i usually wait until i have the pen completely covered then just roll it back and forth on my work surface.... usually a place mat so i dont get the clay on the table.  none of my designs need to be perfectly symetrical so its fine to do it that way
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« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2006 02:22:27 PM »

Okay so you roll out like a big rectanglecut out the size you need, wrap it around the pen, disguise the seam and smooth it out. <-- Way simplified, but am I WAY off?
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« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2006 02:30:29 PM »

Okay so you roll out like a big rectanglecut out the size you need, wrap it around the pen, disguise the seam and smooth it out. <-- Way simplified, but am I WAY off?

not way off.... if you are looking to do one color, or to just mix the colors together then that will work.  thats the easiest way...... designs are another story tho ( you need to make canes for that where you put your design together in short fat logs, then when u have your design, u start to roll or squeeze it to meld it together and cut it into slices.  stick the slices on the pen until it is covered, then roll it to smooth
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« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2006 02:36:55 PM »

Probably easier said than done!  Tongue They are soo pretty though Smiley Thanks for answering all my questions!
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« Reply #28 on: April 14, 2006 01:45:55 PM »

so you do have to take out the ink stick before you bake it?
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« Reply #29 on: April 14, 2006 01:50:10 PM »

so you do have to take out the ink stick before you bake it?

yes, i usually take the ink out before i even begin to cover it.  that way you dont mess up the clay design before baking it
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« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2006 02:14:57 PM »

lamamarco,

If you want some lessons on covering pens with polymer clay, check out this page at my site (...they can be really simple to do, or difficult, just depending on what kinds of patterns, onalys, etc, you want to use):
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pens.htm

As for getting them really smooth, I also like to roll each pen under a sheet of glass or acrylic as the final step before baking (...I actually angle the glass sheet so it rests on the pen and on the edge of the table at the same time while rolling, so that the edge of the table will keep the glass perfectly even across the whole pen).   For extra smoothness, sanding and buffing are an option too.


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« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2006 02:32:49 PM »

Your site was very, helpful, the only thing is it doesn't have pictures showing how to do things you described. I'm more a visual person.
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« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2006 05:22:55 AM »

I love unusual pens and these are sooooo cool!!  I must try this.
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the only thing is it doesn't have pictures showing how to do things you described. I'm more a visual person.


Actually, I think most people are visual that way! 

There were more visuals in links on the Pens page at my site, but I've moved some of them now to the basic Covering subcategory, and also looked up some new ones that have recently been added to sites like sculpey.com and michaels.com, etc.

That should give you a quick visual on the basic procedure for covering pens... just ignore any parts of the lessons that deal with how to make fancier sheets, etc., for covering.
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pens.htm



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Thank you! I guess I didn't properly explore!
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