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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2006 11:42:52 AM »

never, NEVER use polymer clay for something that goes into your body!! it is a porous material, even after baking. not only that, but it also has chemicals which can, and will, leach out into your skin over time.

if you need further advice regarding putting improper items into any body piercing, ultimately you need to go to a professional. sit down with them and learn about what can happen to you, or your boyfriend, if you decide to put polymer clay into your ears.

bad things can, and will, happen. don't do it.

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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2006 03:21:01 PM »

Here's a page to check out for anyone info about the "safety" of polymer clay (and the plasticizers in raw clay or in improperly cured baked clay):

That page deals with the fumes and plasticizer that results from baking polymer clay, as well as effects from ingesting the raw stuff, as well as skin rashes (mostly from those who are allergic to the plasticizer in raw clay), etc.

(Oh and btw, the word "plug" has a specialized meaning in polymer clay techniques too --and nothing to do with earwear). 
Skinner blend "plugs" are rectangular solids of polymer clay which change from one color to another color gradually and evenly throughout plug ... there are lots of fun things that can then be done with them. 
(plugs can also be gradients from from a light version of a color to a dark version, or even be gradients through several colors in one plug)

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« Reply #12 on: June 08, 2006 09:05:18 PM »

I checked the safety hazzards of Polymer clay. Accourding to the brand I bought it is safe enough to eat and bake alongside food. The clay has been sanded smooth and sealed, painted then resealed... all products have a Non-toxic sign on them.

Both of us have had the Ear Plugs in our ears for quite sometime now... We have even added electrical tape around the plug because we wanted bigger gauges. (I'm a little over 1/2" and he is at 5/8")

« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2006 04:41:15 AM »

electrical tape and polymer clay?? you're really taking chances with your health. neither item is sterile, and what you're doing amounts to placing non-sterile items into an open wound.

just because you've been stretching "for awhile", does not mean your skin can't heal into the material you've now got in your ears.

i'm unclear as to why you asked a question here, as it definitely is clear that you've made decisions prior to this posting. it's also clear, that regardless of what is safe, you are going to whatever you feel like doing. i can only hope you don't experience massive infection. good luck.

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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2006 07:38:37 PM »

I made the decision of wearing a polymer clay plug AFTER posting here and reviewing some of the information given to me, and seeing that everything was okay with my boyfriend's ear. I also posted here in hopes that someone might warn me of something I previously did not think of.

I've even found another thread where a person is doing this (this of course was posted AFTER this thread)

Electrical tape is less porous than bamboo or wood or most natural ear plugs, I also change out the tape around it. Electrical is plastic... Many plugs are made from acrylic or rubber which isn't any less porous.

As far as getting an infection, as I said before I do clean both my ear and my plug constantly. I have not had any problems with my gauge nor has my boyfriend encountered any problems. I thank you for your concern, so if need be some one can close this...

I'd rather not get attacked for asking a simple question.

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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2006 02:15:16 PM »

i would imigine , all hazards aside... if you were to use any kind of clay like sculpy for plugs it would be like any organic jewelry ...

 i bought some bone earrings recently and was reminded to never bathe or swim with them, and to keep them oiled with extra virgin olive oil just to ensure thier longevity.so maybe if you took care of them the same way as you would anything else porus, and made them more of an occasional thing to wear rather than an every day for years kind of thing youd be best off.

  personally i wouldnt put anything in my ear, that i wouldnt ingest ....  cause ya never know right.

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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2006 03:29:31 PM »

If i were to make tapers for my ears out of polymer clay, would it be safe to just leave it in for say, 5 minutes?

i wanted to do that just so i could stretch my ear, then i would put a normal plug in.

also does polymer clay expand or shrink in the heating process?
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2006 03:35:05 PM »

Polymer clay doesn't shrink or expand. It does wilt a little if the clay is thin and unsupported. The reason clay plugs aren't safe for extended use is becasue it is so porous. Your skin can grow into the pores of the clay. If you're not going to leave them in, they should be fine for occasional short periods of time.


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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2006 09:09:40 AM »

(There have been some discussions here at Craftster on this topic, so there should be lots of info and opinions if you do a search.)

Having said that, baked polymer clay should be perfectly safe to use in any way you'd use "plastic" because that's what it is --plastic.
This absolutely presumes however, that the clay has been properly and completely cured to make all the plasticizer solid. 
(personally I wouldn't put much of anything next to skin that's broken or irritated though... well, maybe glass, and I guess some metals are okay)

Five minutes is a very short time though (unless skin is broken, or the clay is not completely cured), so I wouldn't worry about it unless you want to stretch them too fast, which might make the skin slightly broken in tiny ways.

(Polymer clay actually does shrink but you'd never notice it unless you were baking something really long... say over 10".  It doesn't shrink anywhere near as much as air-dry clays though.)

As for porosity**, there's very little of it with properly-baked polymer clay.  But there is a difference between brands in coarseness or density of their baked clay surfaces. 
Kato Polyclay, for example, is the densest polymer clay because of the way it's manufactured at Van Aken, and as a result even has a slight sheen after baking (that extreme smoothness can actually be a problem in some ways --Varathane will sometimes bead up on it, e.g., but it's great for the look).   The Sculpeys are at the other end as far as I know, with the plain boxed Original Sculpey having a lot of "tooth" (and therefore great for coloring with colored pencils, a la Kathleen Dustin).

You could also put a sealer on any of the clays if you wanted to make them smoother, and decrease any possible porosity.  You'd most likely use an acrylic-based clear sealer like Varathane wood finish, or Future floor polish, or acrylic-based fingernail polish, or you could use acrylic paint... they're all pretty much the same thing.

**tests with water and baked polymer clay have indicated that well-cured polymer clay vessels, e.g., don't leak for a long time when full of water... also baked clay completely submerged in water doesn't show any evidence of absorbing water for a very long time (that can be seen when it develops as a whitish or lighter color on the surface)


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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2006 10:24:33 AM »

wow thanks, guys, err... girls.

i did already search the site a bazzilion times.

hopefully it works. =D
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