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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Post your firsts! 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
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Great Polymer Clay Reference Site - Polymer Clay Web on: October 04, 2010 06:43:51 AM
It's nice, but there are some links that haven't been filled with info, yet, kinda making it incomplete. Smiley
13  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Baking, Sanding, Antiquing, Buffing? Or... on: October 04, 2010 06:30:36 AM
So, I'm a little confused in the order in which to antique my pieces. Visited the Glass Attic website and all I know is that antiquing can be applied before or after baking. However, if you wanted your pieces to have a high-gloss shine, is the order: bake, sand, antique, then buff? Or is it bake, antique, sand, buff? I'm not sure since I've never antiqued clay before plus giving it a nice buffed shine.

(I'd also like to add that just like many clayers out there, I got so giddy about having produced shiny clay jewelry that I started to buff my older pieces. :3)
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you tried buffing with a Shamwow? 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!
15  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you tried buffing with a Shamwow? on: October 02, 2010 10:57:27 PM
Yes deff not the same material. But it might work? Maybe just try a little and see. Maybe worth a shot to save a bit of $

My dremel was confiscated by my dad >_< so, I did it by hand, so far, it's giving a nice matted shine, but I wish I could see if it could buff it to a candy shell-like shine. Maybe in a few days when I get my tool back! And yes, I wish I could get back my $19.99 + tax back, but since it absorbed more hair from my dog than water, I figured this was the only way I could make it worth the money spent. Tongue

i usually use an old tea towel for buffing though kitchen paper or even toilet paper gets good results Smiley

I used to use kitchen towels before reading about buffing with muslin cloth, too. Smiley I like the way it buffs up some of my faux jade pieces, but now I'm being drawn to high-gloss finishes.
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you tried buffing with a Shamwow? on: October 02, 2010 04:42:27 PM
ShamWow isn't leather.  The official site FAQ says it's "made out of a rayon sort of material".  A little googling suggests that it "might" work for polishing, but I couldn't find anything convincing.
Drat. I assumed it was made of the same materials as regular shammys.
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Have you tried buffing with a Shamwow? on: October 02, 2010 10:14:39 AM
Has anyone tried buffing polymer clay with a Shamwow? I was gonna buy some muslin buffing cloth, but I saw my unused stack of shamwows (tried it on my dog, but it didn't work! Tongue) and thought I could cut it into circles and buff away.

I wiki-ed it and said it was chamois leather for buffing jewelry and stuff. I know I have to sandpaper my stuff real good for this to work.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamois_leather
18  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Custom made mailing boxes on: September 20, 2010 01:42:19 PM
I have a cricut and I love the idea that you can make any type of boxes with it! Has anyone tried making their own mailing box and have it survive the postal abuse?

19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Steampunk jewelry on: September 18, 2010 07:54:41 PM
In another area of scrapbooking, they also sell faces of clocks that are about wrist watch size Smiley
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where do you buy Gold bails? on: September 18, 2010 07:52:16 PM
You do still have to pay shipping, but I got a BUNCH for a good price on Etsy.I would try there.

OMG You're right! Cheesy I don't mind paying for shipping, but the site charged $7 for only a handful. Maybe when I actually start selling something, I could afford them, but not now Sad.

BUT WOW! You're sooo right! I got some for $3 shipping! Cheesy
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