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« on: May 01, 2006 01:32:09 PM »

Hello!!!
I made a miniature garden out of Sculpty clay!



I loved making it and i thing it's cute!
Hope you like it,
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2006 07:46:24 PM »

that is so cute. it makes me want to get some clay out and make something. I have not touched clay since high school. Good job I like it. You need some little sprits to hide in it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006 07:35:13 AM »

That is really cute. Clay is such a fun medium. How long did it take to bake that baby?
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« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006 10:29:15 AM »

That is adorable!!!

Have you considered putting some "fake water" in the pond?? 
There are various ways it could be done ...some are easy and inexpensive (if you're interested in that, look on this page at my site, under "Making Faux Water"
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/other_materials.htm
(that section deals with clear epoxy resins, but it also talks about other ways to get a water effect too)

Also, have you tried other brands of polymer clay besides Sculpey III? 
That clay (+ Sculpey and SuperSculpey) are more brittle clays after breaking, and can easily snap or chip if stressed in any thin or projecting areas.  (These days that's also true for the new formulation of FimoSoft). 

Also, those clays are also so soft that it's hard to sculpt with them as well as firmer polymer clays, particularly for details and thin areas.  So sometime you might want to try out Premo, FimoClassic, Kato, or Cernit brands too.

Can't wait to see more scenes from you too!  (meanwhile, if you're interested in seeing other mini-scenes made with polymer clay, check out some of these pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm
(...click on Scenes and Dioramas...)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm
(...various items)
this one discusses making sculpted polymer flowers and leaves:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
(Flowers and Leaves) )



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« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2006 04:45:07 PM »

thanks guys,
it took me about an hour on 200oF
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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2006 04:48:17 PM »

did you build it over an armature or is it all sculpey?
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« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2006 06:29:30 PM »

I love all the little flowers, it's very cute! I can definately see little fairies sitting in them.
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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2006 10:36:15 AM »

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it took me about an hour on 200oF

You might have some problems with clay baked at that low a temperature though.  Different clay brands have different recommended baking temperatures for a full cure, but all the Polyform manufactured clays require 275 degrees. 

There is a problem though in that the Sculpeys (Sculpey, SuperSculpey, and Sculpey III) all darken more easily than the other brands of polymer clay (Premo, Fimo's, Kato, and Cernit). 
Polyform used to recommend as low as 225 F for plain original Sculpey and the lighter colors or those with translucent of Scuper Sculpey or Sculpey III, but they don't do that anymore because  225 just really isn't high enough to fully cure the plasticizer inside... the baked item may feel hard, but up to several months later it can begin to leach out some of the plasticizer that wasn't hardened (and leave oily spots or actually dissolve certain plastics), or it can just result in a weaker or crumbly item after time.

Since those clays darken more easily than other brands though, there are ways to bake them which will moderate the temp around the clay and help keep them from darkening! ...if you want to read about those for future reference (or to rebake the item you have), look on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
(...click on Darkening, Scorching, etc.... )


You didn't say if your item was solid polymer clay or had an armature of some kind under the clay, but in general the rule is 15-20 min. of baking per quarter-inch of thickness at the thickest place (really up to half-inch). 
Baking longer at a lower temp won't fully cure polymer clay unfortunately, it has to have the level of heat for fusing the particular type of plastic it is (although some people feel baking longer than necessary can make any of the brands a bit stronger).




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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2006 12:05:49 PM »

How cute is that!
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2006 07:13:06 PM »

the box said to bake at that tempurature, but i don't know.
I actualy built it on a peice of alluminum foil! tehe
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