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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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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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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2006 07:40:37 PM »

wow! Thats the lowest temp I've ever heard of for baking polyclay!
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2006 09:02:06 PM »

how cute!
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2006 07:54:07 AM »

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. . . the box said to bake at that tempurature . . .


Hmmmm, now I'm confused when you say "box." instead of package.  I don't know of any Sculpeys which come in a box except the white or terracotta "original" Sculpey, and flesh-colored SuperSculpey, but your clay doesn't look painted. 
Were you perhaps using a different type of clay or brand, etc.?

Here are the baking temperatures for the Sculpey clays from the sculpey.com website (they include Premo which is really a different formulation and not considered "a Sculpey" by most clayers since it is a strong clay and actually developed by a clayer who didn't like the Sculpeys):

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Sculpey - 15 minutes per 1/4" of thickness at 275 degrees F  (130 Centigrade)
Sculpey III (and Granitex) - 15 minutes per 1/4" of thickness at 275 degrees F
(not sure why they don't list SuperSculpey there, but I have a box myself and it says the same temp and time as Sculpey and Sculpey III)

Premo! Sculpey - 30 minutes per 1/4" of thickness at 275 degrees F

Sculpey SuperFlex - 20 minutes per 1/4" of thickness at 285 degrees F
Amazing Eraser Clay - bake most pieces for 10 minutes only at 250 degrees F . For extremely large pieces, do 15 minutes. This clay needs to be slightly underbaked so that it will "degrade" as you erase. If it is baked hotter, it will totally fuse and will not erase pencil marks.

Baking will always be an estimate as there can be multiple thicknesses.

You can bake longer, but NOT HOTTER!

Lighter colored clays can be shielded with aluminum foil to prevent darkening. (but anywhere alum foil touches the clay, it will leave a shiny spot on the clay --there are other ways of shielding and moderating the heat though)

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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2006 09:48:09 AM »

That is such and inspiration of creativity. Just plain awesome.
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2006 11:03:58 AM »

Ha! Thanks guys

But i think my brand was actually like a child's brand of Sculpty...like play-doh, except not...
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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2006 11:37:28 AM »

So are you using the word "Sculpty" just as a generic word for clay, or for clays which must be oven-baked (polymer clays)?   

Some (or maybe all) air-dry clays can be put in the oven, but that's only for speeding up the air-dying process, not actually "curing" the clay...they contain water and harden when all the moisture has evaporated out (... where polymer clays must undergo a chemical reaction caused by heat, and they contain no water, only oil).

"Makin's Clay" for example, is one air-dry clay which comes in a box of diff. colors... could you have used that type of clay and brand?
http://www.makinsclay.com/US/eng/products/basic_color.htm

(Sorry to go on about this Embarrassed ...  I just want to understand if there's something I'm not familiar with so I can add it to my polymer clay "encyclopedia" website correctly.  All the different kinds of clays are hard enough to sort out as it is!)



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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2006 01:00:12 PM »

s'all right
Okay:
My box says:
Sculprty 3
oven bake clay...
Bright Ideas...ladeda...10 pc.
hm...you get it, does that help??
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2006 02:16:35 PM »

Maybe its just where you're located, I couldn't find anything on it!
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2006 07:48:20 AM »

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Bright Ideas......10 pc.
hm...you get it, does that help??


No, unfortunately  Sad Huh

First, how exactly do they spell "Sculpey" on your box?   You've said Sculpty and Sculprty, which could mean that it's not actually Sculpey, or were those just mistyped?  Or do you perhaps live outside the US, where there might be a Sculpey knockoff??

Also, does it actually say 3, or does it say III?  The colored version of Sculpey is called Sculpey III, and there are lots of kids sets out there which have 6 or more colors in one box (they are the same as regular Sculpey III bars, but sometimes they're half-size --1 oz each).

Any idea what "ladeda" means?Huh


Thanks for helping me figure this out!




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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2006 10:51:22 AM »

Sculpty III

yes the end
i live in USA
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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2006 12:49:15 PM »

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yes the end

So you're saying that "la deda" means "the end"??  I couldn't find that in any language I looked at in the Babelfish translator (...and there was nothing for "ladeda").


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Sculpty III . . . i live in USA

Okay, I guess it'll just have to remain a mystery  Grin ... I couldn't find a reference to any product being sold as "Sculpty III" using a google search (though I did find a few customers who had misspelled it that way).


Thanks for trying!



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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2006 11:34:34 AM »

Woah guys whats with the interrogation!?!  Not very craftster like or friendly like for that matter.

The project is great plain and simple!

Nice work.
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2006 11:40:22 AM »

I'm with you, lollipop. 

I love your garden, hopskip.  I WISH I had clay skills.
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