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« on: April 26, 2006 04:37:06 PM »

For YEARS I thought all you could make with polymer clay was this dorky stuff I saw people make on bad TV craft shows with it.  Then I found Craftster and became intrigued with it and learned you could make just about ANYTHING with it!!! Of course....my first projects could be considered just as dorky or more so than those I saw on TV but I like them so I thought I would share.

So I made custom Office/Cube Name Frames for everyone in my office. One was a Tuscany theme and using the same method I saw on an episode of This Old House Classic I made Spanish roof tiles out of polymer clay.

Here is the whole frame


Close ups of the polymer clay tile roof:




The theme for this one was computers and I made (with help from my crafty husband) a polymer clay mouse and cord.

Here is the whole frame:


A couple of close ups of the mouse:




Overall I was pleased with the results.  I think these were good starter projects. Nothing TOO complicated I didn't blend colors or anything. Maybe I'll try that next time.

You can see all of the name plates here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=92257.0
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2006 04:40:14 PM »

brilliant! very cute! i love how chunky they are!
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2006 05:30:54 PM »

Thanks!

My first attempt at the mouse was a bit blocky so it looked like a cartoon character mouse. Then I baked it too long using off white clay so it was a weird brown color. THEN....I attempted to paint it and it just looked worse. So I made it out of silver, black, and red clay. Number two came out MUCH better!!

I did learn a lot from these two projects and I'm ready to do more.
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2006 06:40:40 PM »

Those look really good! And not just for a first try! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2006 01:53:00 PM »

Thank you!

I'm considering making my husband a curling checker set out of polymer clay next! He was captivated with curling during the Olympics and I think checkers shaped like curling stones would be awesome!
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2006 02:50:27 PM »

Those are fabulous!!!   Thanks so much for posting them.  I'll bet the recipients were thrilled !  (I like the ones in your other thread too)


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I baked it too long using off white clay so it was a weird brown color.

You might want to check out this page, if you haven't already, to get ways to avoid darkening of clays during baking... most clay brands won't suffer at all from baking too long, only too hot and it's easy for parts to get too hot:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
(...click on "Darkening, Scorching, and Burning"...)

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....I attempted to paint it and it just looked worse. So I made it out of silver, black, and red clay. Number two came out MUCH better!!

Well, not to say that painting over the clay can't be fun, but most clayers get their color kicks Grin in the colors of the clay itself (plain colors, new colors from mixing, metallic and glow-in-the-dark colors,  color blends... or colors mixed with translucents... or translucents mixed with inclusions of spices, herbs, dirt, crayons, glitters, etc., etc.  Just too much fun.

As for the curling checkers, not sure what shapes those would be exactly  Huh, but if you're interested in taking a look at some other things clayers have done or suggested for checkers or chess pieces, and checkerboards, take a look here:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
...click on Games, then scroll down to chess, checkers, etc.

I don't know if you've finished your "run" of name plates (hope not!), but you might also be interested in info and examples of clay "onlays," and also "painting" or bas relief with polymer too since you're using a lot of those techniques:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/onlay.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm
...click on Polymer Paintings, then scroll down to the section on "relief (bas or high) & onlay --dimensional or flat"


P.S.  You don't have these  name plates online permanently anywhere, do you???




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http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm

If anyone wants an all-polymer clay board here at craftster, vote here!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=72141.msg813624#msg813624
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few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2006 02:57:07 PM »

I had always wanted to try polymer, so I made a baby gift as my first project.. a little keepsake box... I'm sure if I had the patience I would make another project but this may be my only one.. atleast for now... my friend loved it though when she opened it at her baby shower...




Just a wooden box and I lined it with an ivory felt and painted the inside lid rim black.

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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2006 09:06:03 AM »

That is SOOO cute!! I love it!
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2006 09:28:43 AM »

Those are absolutely amazing and so darn awesome.
Great job.
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