wow... now i'm confused.. cording the "tube" and the "beads" wha??
the green one has no beads, just a wire thing that keeps its shape but is not memory wire - a lil more flexible and has a plasticy feel to it, its covered by a thin layer of some material (my version of technical terms..
No problem ... I was just using a term I'm familiar with which may not have been as helpful as it could have been!
So when I first read your message, I briefly thought you were referring to the items hanging from
the "cording" rather than the cording itself (...and by cording, I just mean anything that goes around a neck that can hold beads, pendants, etc.)
In the US, we have several types of plastic-covered wire which are called "cording" (SoftFlex, Tigertail, etc), and I suppose there is cording of some kind under your seed beads, though the word "cording" doesn't work as well when speaking of stiffer wire (like Memory Wire) or other metal-things-that-go-around-a-neck.
I realize now that when you say "the green one has no beads", you mean the cording
has no little beads on it (only big beads, and maybe one gecko).
But when you say "they glow lovely under UV and the green glows in the dark," now you're referring to the major beads, not to the cording
If you're interested in the kinds of cording we have in the US, check out some of the types and differences between them on these two pages:
this one probably has more of what you use for your "necklaces":http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm
this one covers usually-thicker cording that's often used for "pendants":http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm
the gecko is one of those suctions things that u stick to mirrows. i stuck it on my shelf to take the picture. LOL.
Oh, how funny ... I thought you were Being Very
Creative by attaching the gecko to the cording (which I assumed was then shown off on the back
of your neck)... LOLOL! (it would be possible, by the way, to make something like the gecko from either regular polymer clay, or from liquid clay, or both... and both forms of clay come in glow-in-the-dark versions)
is FIMO what they call polymer clay?
is just one brand
of polymer clay. And Fimo now
comes in two lines as well --FimoClassic
(there used to be simply one "Fimo" which was fairly similar to what is now FimoClassic).
These two Fimos are quite different from each other though, especially because Eberhard Faber (its manufacturer) has changed the formula for FimoSoft to make it much like Sculpey III . . . that makes it much softer than FimoClassic and easier to condition, but unfortunately it also makes it weaker after baking in any thin or projecting areas which receive stress, and it's goopier to deal with for details, etc. (it used to be a strong clay, but still softer when raw than FimoClassic).
Other brands of polymer clay you might run across are Premo
(also manufactured by Polyform, which makes the Sculpeys), but a very different clay (very strong, great colors, good handling, etc.)... technically it's called "Premo!Sculpey," but no one calls it that except the manufacturer, etc. Kato Polyclay
is the newest regular polymer clay brand, but it may not be available where you are.Cernit
is another brand that's available certainly in Europe, and also here occasionally.
(There are a few others locally in various countries... not always strong though.)
Most brands come in various colors, and at least one version of a "translucent" color, and some have metallic clays which contain mica particles that can do some amazing "tricks."
There are also specialty polymer clays
, which are flexible after baking even in thick areas
.. some sold for making molds, making erasers, etc., and some others.
And there are also various "liquid clays
" put out by the different brands... most are clear or clear-ish, and some are colored (or can also be colored at home).
by the way, i have come across ur site b4. the glass attic. its AMAZING!!! super source!!
Thanks... glad you like it
i have some problems with the technical terms (as u might of figured) because i dont know what the translation to portuguese would be, but i'm learning..
Well, your English is excellent, but I can see that there are lots of possibilities for misunderstanding terms... I still
have trouble figuring out what a particular clayer actually means by a word all the time!
this brazilian . . .
Oh, you're in Brazil. There are definitely some polymer clayers there! I don't know if Paulo Guimaraes is still around, but he was very friendly and talented, but there is at least one "guild" (club), and one other non-guild club in Brasil:Polymer Clay Brasil meets the first Saturday of each month at Casado Restaurador. Email Vera firstname.lastname@example.org,
or see the guild's website http://www.polymerclaybrasil.com.br
The CDCP - Clube da Ceramica Plastica (Polymer Clay Club) was established in March 2005 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, by Monica Girard and Beatriz Cominatto with the support of friends, students and polymer clay colleagues. Clube da Ceramica Plastica - CDCP is dedicated to discussion, study, and promotion of polymer clay through exchange of experience, expertise, education, and exhibitions throughout Brazil and world-wide. Our URL is temporarily:
I can also send you e-mail addresses for some individual clayers in Brazil (they may or may not be members of those groups above), but I'll do that in a private message so their addresses will not be broadcast.
HTH, and hope you find clayers and info about supplies, etc., in Brazil!
GlassAttic ...polymer clay "encyclopedia"http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm