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1  Post your firsts! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by Neurosylum on: October 04, 2010 08:55:32 AM
Everyone started out somewhere with a little something. Proud of it? Ashamed of it? Well, I thought we could post pics of our first little pieces and share some of the things we've learned how to do and what not to do. Tongue I came up with this idea because I was looking for old clay that I've stored 3 years ago out of frustration. In the corner of the old tool shed, I found my clay plus a trip down memory lane. Smiley (Plus, my Amco clay pasta machine that I bought at Hobby Lobby FINALLY works smoothly! I bet it was from the metal expanding from the heat and then shrinking in the winter.)
I'll go first:

My jewelry box/time capsule

A general theme of fruits and obsessed fan theme

I was obsessed with Avatar: The Last Airbender back when it first aired. Then I blew all my hard-earned cash for making these

Something I learned from resin making was baking them for 15 min or so at 350 degrees to get rid of tackiness. However, that made the colors fade on some of my pieces (I think it's due to the fact that the runnier, transparent dyes held color more loosely than the thicker, opaque ones). But I don't think I'll ever go back to resin jewelry because I don't have the patience to wait for it to cure. Meh, who knows - I told myself I'll never go back to using polymer clay, but here I am again. Tongue

Love to hear from everyone Smiley
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2  Re: Have you tried buffing with a Shamwow? in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by Neurosylum on: October 03, 2010 01:21:38 PM
Desiree McCrorey has made her small buffing wheels from denim (which fluffed nicely at the edges), and polyester felt as well as muslin, etc.
I had read about her article before about using polyester felt! The texture the smaller Shamwow cloths had led me to wonder about its buffing ability since it was kind of felt-like.

Speaking of! I finished sanding (up to 1500 grit - I didn't want to take any chances) and cut out little buffing discs just like Desiree McCorey described in her tut. Sewed them together and...IT WORKED! It gave a really nice glossy shine! See pics. Each are kind of like a before and after comparison, so in the first one, one earring was machine-buffed and the other one left in it's hand-buffed matted shine.

I hope you can tell since my iPhone sucks at taking pics  Tongue I wasn't even expecting this much shine on the last pic! Trust me - it's so glass-like!
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3  Gold Shrinky Dink Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Neurosylum on: September 17, 2010 11:06:54 AM

Centerpiece made of shrinky dinks and gold pigment dust usually for polymer clay. Smiley
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4  How much would you pay for... in Get Product and Website Opinions by Neurosylum on: October 01, 2008 10:32:20 AM

They're about 1 1/2" to 1 3/4". I know some of you guys know how to make these XD, but I'm new at selling them to someone else.

So? How much do you think? Smiley

They're kinda unfinished (deciding whether or not to put some beads on there).
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