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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Discussion and Questions / Plaster finishes, ideas anyone? on: May 15, 2009 04:29:55 AM
I'm hoping the 'etc' after 'pottery, ceramics etc' also includes plaster (i've never asked a plaster question before so i didn't know where it should go).

So we've been spending the last 4 weeks making heads in waste moulds, and i finally took it home today to finish and mount. The thing is, i'm finding it hard to find any information on the internet, i've only got suggestions. Such as using milk over days/weeks then buffing for a pearl sheen, or layering gold paint with shellac etc to get a faux bronze effect.

Has anyone here done anything remotely colourful, added any kind of finish, worked with plaster at all? Any suggestions on any kind of finish (as long as it doesn't take say...a month to complete) would be great *rips hair out*
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / White washing for altered book on: April 05, 2009 02:01:30 AM
Is white washing generally putting over a watered down paint over the pages to make it a blank? Is there a way to wipe back the text so it is only just faint but without painting and without weakening the page too much (ie making it pill while removing ink).

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any help for white clay? on: March 16, 2009 06:40:06 PM
Even washing your hands doesn't prevent the dirt from touching the clay. The oils in your hands will pick up alot. I use rubber gloves (obviously there are some who are allergic and can't wear them). Some people paint the clay after being baked to give that 'fresh' look.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: jewlery from polymer clay on: January 22, 2009 10:57:42 PM
There are many people here who are professional, but there are also beginners, and mid-level experienced as well. What is and isn't good doesn't depend on how much you know, but on the type of skills you have, and everyone likes different things. I'm no where near as good as alot of people here, but i know when i post i'll get good contructive feedback. So i wouldn't be shy.

Looking at what you've made, i have to say you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The pendant and the goddess set are probably something i could attempt to make, but might not turn out that well lol. I would wear them any day, if not, i'd have them sitting in my room staring at me!

On the first one i love your use of colour and having the clay match the tones of the beads. And as i am a pagan, the whole goddess concept i do very much like. And knowing it is actually black is even better Cheesy.  The copper and the small details are really good.

As for - "My one question....how do you keep from getting your finger prints on the designs? No matter what I tried there were still tiny finger print marks left on there"

I think you will have a few different answers for that one. I've just found, when my piece is finished, to hold it at the base and use my fingertip to lightly rub over the fingerprints. If you're using gloves then there will be none. I think i also read somewhere using a moistened q-tip/cotton bus does it too.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Resin instead of liquid sculpey? on: January 22, 2009 03:26:12 PM
I know that liquid glass cannot be baked (i'm guessing lol). But i was wondering, can i use liquid glass to glaze a baked piece of polymer clay? I do not have liquid clay, and i don't even think my art supplies store sells it.

I want to give some of my pieces a shiny finish, does the resin react at all with the clay? I saw this gorgeous tutorial on miniature pancakes as well, and i would've been able to make it except to do the 'syrup' you have to colour liquid clay with pastal and drizzle it over the top THEN bake. Has anyone done anything like this but instead, baked then added the resin after?

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Hooter, cupcake, loveskulls & voodoo on: January 20, 2009 01:35:34 PM
Thank you  Cheesy I'm extremely new to miniature food, i'm surprised the cupcake worked lol. It's a pity the photos don't show them as well, the voodoo doll looks even better irl if i do say so  Grin

I actually made some little book earrings and pendant last night, with pages and all  Grin
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: What should I buy to get started? on: January 19, 2009 12:11:24 AM
I have not gone out and bought fancy tools, only because for the amount i make, it's not worth it unless i start selling. The only thing i bought specifically for the clay was a hand roller. It's small, but has a very heavy rubber roller if you aren't able to use a pasta machine (which i'd LOVE to own one of).

Things that come in handy that MAY be found in the house, and what i use atm.
Rubber gloves (the vinyl type, not the washing dishes type)- for anyone who doesn't know this, you will leave fingerprints on the clay, and the colours stick to your skin and leech onto the next lot of clay you use, leaving a discoloured object. The colour goes on the gloves but does not come back off.

Pottery tools - knives, scalpels, paint brushes, paddlepop sticks, needle tools, scrapers, tissue blades, corrugated cutters, rolling pins etc.

Moulds, any sort of stamps, fabric for texture.

Storage - plastic freezer bags, or re-sealable ziplocks or garbage bags so keep your clay in. You can use containers but make sure they're air tight.

This is all i can think of atm but i hope it helps.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: What should I buy to get started? on: January 18, 2009 08:16:17 PM
Can i just add that if you are new to this...the little 56 gram blocks do actually go a long way. And i have not seen the gigantic blocks of fimo, just the sculpey and such so i really have no choice  Roll Eyes
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Post your colour blends on: January 18, 2009 08:13:04 PM
Yes i meant mixes, not skinner blends. But that is very helpful. I like your pictures. I just wanted to see if anyone has found for example the perfect ratios to make a bright purple, or a this or a that etc. Why google when i can talk to humans?  Grin Oh and it turns out i do have the glassattic website in my favourites  Grin
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Hooter, cupcake, loveskulls & voodoo on: January 18, 2009 07:12:43 PM
Well it's been months and months since i made any fimo stuff, so i bought a whole lot on the weekend and started again. This is half of what i made this morning. And even though they're not perfect, i've been looking at tutorials and improving on my creations. The owl and cupcake are from tutorials, though the colours are different. The voodoo dolls is my own creation and the skull earrings are based on some slightly different ones i saw and desperately wanted.

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