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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 / 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?

4  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.

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Post your colour blends on: January 17, 2009 05:39:58 PM
I was thinking that instead of just googling the information like EVERYONE on earth does  Grin i wanted to ask if you had any special colour blends that you made yourself, or what ratios you've found bring out the better shades etc. Anything to do with that, post it here!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Silver boho on: December 29, 2008 07:00:36 PM
I'm going to uni next year as an arts student (finally) and i've been looking for new clothes and things so that i can feel comfortable each day i travel out. And then i thought i'd like some new jewellery to wear as well. Today i bought all the bits and pieces and only spent $10($6.90us), i already had a few of the findings i needed as well. They only took about 5 minutes to whip up, not perfect, but i'm very happy with them. I hope you like them

Before  Grin


7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My first fork pendant on: November 27, 2008 09:40:32 PM
I swear i didn't steal this one from the kitchen  Grin

Well i thought following the spoon craze was going quite well, that i'd attempt to make something with a fork. So this is my first attempt at a fork pendant. I know it's a bit messy, but like they say, you learn through trial and error. I secured the glass beads with clear fishing line, then weaved the wire through for extra stability and to hide most of the line. Don't get me started on trying to twist the prongs! My hand is ok now but gees, maneuvering two pairs of pliers is a bugger  Grin

So i hope you like it  Wink

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re-vamped photo frames on: November 24, 2008 06:32:50 PM
I hope this is the place to put it  Grin

My fiances aunt moved house the other week, and on the weekend i got to rummage through boxes and boxes of stuff. I pulled out two pre-loved photo frames.

This one was a cottage green, and it's just a plain wood. Gave it a couple of coats of black acrylic, cleaned up the glass, hot glued some buttons and cut some wrapping paper to size to put into the frame.

(sorry about the fuzzy, as you see my kitty was interferring lol) This one is made from cotton & lace as you can see by the pattern, it was just a plain white. Again, black acrylic, buttons and a different wrapping paper.

The buttons and wrapping paper both have lots of silver in them as well.

The two of them look SO much better in real life, the pictures really don't do justice.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / This spoon thing is addictive! on: November 10, 2008 07:01:06 PM
After seeing another users post on her wonderful spoon collection, i thought i would try my hand at it (not that it would be anywhere near as good as those ones!)

I was told the wire takes away from its 'beauty', but i'm allowed to do what i like lol. Also the wire covers the end of the handle where i've cut and protects me from the corners. It's giving me great Christmas gift ideas too.

I have another on the way which im trying to do with paper/wire collage, thats if the submerged pieces stay where i want them lol. But a full sized soup spoon.

The third one is actually the handle, i don't know why, but i didn't feel like throwing it out and don't have the hand strength to bend it into a ring, and was too short for a bangle. These are only teeny sugar spoons. Tried getting a clear picture, the darker one is the red i was trying to photograph, for some reason the resin looks more orange in pictures.

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Oopsies: Peeling away silicon moulds on resin on: November 10, 2008 02:36:11 PM
Well as most of you know, i do many crafts. And i decided after seeing all the cool things that can be made, to start on resin craft. Seems quite easy. Little did i know that when you remove your item from a silicon mould, that anything that has touched the mould is matte, not shiny.

Does this make me silly? Well at least i know now  Cheesy I have an excuse, im experimenting lol.

I found tiny little chocolate moulds from a thrift store yesterday, and am absolutely chuffed. I read somewhere that vaseline can be used to line non silicon moulds, or a release spray. Do these affect the surface at all or the way the resin sets?

If anyone's wondering, i bought a two parter called Craft Smart Liquid Gloss (epoxy resin). I swear i went into two of my favourite shops, both times picking up the bottles and saying, nah, i dont really want to spend $25 today, then they sold out days later lol. I ended up going back into 3 stores before having to call up and put some aside!

I don't know of anywhere else that sells this resin that isn't online.

Now i know to put in images on the top facing up, and not on the bottom facing down so i can still have that nice glassy effect and not have the throw the darn thing away.

I'm pretty sure there was a question in there somewhere  Grin

(photos coming one day lol)
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