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1  Re: goldfish in a viewing tin in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by chromegrrrl on: September 03, 2007 09:25:04 PM
Good idea, I don't have an umbrella (well my daughter does but it's clear vinyl with Bad Penguin so it doesn't work as a shade unless I could position the penguin just right  Wink) but a piece of cardboard made a good impromptu shade.


You can see how I didn't quite get the fit right on the lid in this picture. Very close, but just a little off.

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2  goldfish in a viewing tin in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by chromegrrrl on: September 02, 2007 06:27:12 PM
I found the tins in the bridal section (the brand is Wiltons and the box says "15 ct. favor kit) they come with stickers to print and stick onto the plastic lens.

They are kind of flimsy compared to regular candy tins but do have a clear coating on the outside that makes it really easy to position the clay before baking.

(plastic lens removed for this picture to prevent glare) and

The canes are premo this time, you can see where I goofed the head of the fish a little but all in all I like it and there's less distortion than the skull canes (from sculpey 3)
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3  paper crimper vs. primo in Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions by chromegrrrl on: September 02, 2007 04:03:25 PM

I'm trying for a corrugated texture and set my sights on my paper crimper to do the job. I wanted to show off my results.

After a few tries I figured it out (I think.) The premo has to be about as soft as chewed up gum, rolled out fairly thick, sandwiched between two pieces of wax paper then fed into the fiskars paper crimper. The trick seems to be holding the crimper very loosely and going slow, then letting it sit and cool off (I have a/c in the shop so the ambient temperature is pretty chilly where my desk sits) for about 20 minutes, and slowly pulling it free from the wax paper.

If the premo is too firm the texture makes it really brittle. If the crimper is held too tight then it produces little uneven julienne fries of clay. Too thin of a sheet and it wants to warp as it's being pulled from the bottom piece of wax paper (although when I put the too thin piece down on another sheet of clay it behaved itself nicely when I pulled the wax paper off.

Smaller pieces do much better than larger pieces and narrower seems to have better results than wider.

I'm still trying to figure out what exactly I want to use this texture for, I'm not sure but it's fun to try.
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4  clay newbie stuff-- skulls & daisies in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by chromegrrrl on: August 29, 2007 02:19:04 PM

The hearts are about the size of a quarter. After trying to make a uniform sized heart free hand I finally gave up and made a press mold from one of the ones that I liked. So the guts of the hearts are actually bits of left over clay, and I ended up using cheapo self adhesive magnets because I'm scared the super strong ones will scar my fridge. The rectangle is a 2.5 x 2 inch hinged tin box, and the round one is a flat 2 inch (1 ounce) tin.

I need to bombard everyone with questions now.

Should I really put a clear coat on everything? I like the matte finish that sanding and buffing left, but I don't want to leave the surfaces completely unprotected. Is there a brand of clear coat that leaves a similar matte finish?

I've been cutting the canes and putting the slices onto a rolled out piece of clay, then rolling everything smooth under some wax paper. Is there a better way (with less distortion) to make a clay sheet? (I'm sure there is, but what is it?)

Is there a really good online supplier (for clay and tools) that I should know about?

Is there a best brand for covering tins and jars? I am using sculpey 3 and fimo soft (because that's what I have on hand) it seems to hold really well to whatever is under it, I figured I'd ask though in case there's something better.
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5  Re: picture of yak (fiber and yarn-- not the other kind) before and after in Spinning: Completed Projects by chromegrrrl on: January 31, 2007 12:36:22 PM
No problem  Smiley

It should be a little fuller after it's been washed. 
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6  Re: Mill End Creations! in Spinning: Completed Projects by chromegrrrl on: May 03, 2006 05:43:53 PM

This thread reminds me of the art projects in grade school where everyone gets the same materials and general directions then gets to do their own thing. Its so neat how diverse our results are with the same fibers, you can really see our personalities in the results.
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7  Re: Ripley (ala Aliens) a spinner?! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by chromegrrrl on: April 16, 2006 01:11:53 PM
Oh ooh ooooh! A progress pic.

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8  Ripley (ala Aliens) a spinner?! in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by chromegrrrl on: April 10, 2006 06:33:59 PM
My husband is soooo kewl and I couldn't think of a better place to post it.

According to him he's about 2/3rds finished (some final finishing and then he'll paint the embryo and rub linseed oil into the wood. I'll post pics of the final spindle he's finished. In the meantime I'm wracking my brains trying to come up with a suitable fiber blend to christen the spindle with-- I'm thinking black silk and tropical firestar? Any ideas???
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9  Re: Camel Down in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by chromegrrrl on: August 21, 2005 01:43:10 PM

Camel down makes an awesome soft yarn, set your twist ratio high and your take up tension low, make super skinny singles, for fatter yarn ply more singles together (the pic above is laceweight.) It's a PITA to spin but you'll love your yarn when it's done (don't trust it until it's totally done-- wash it, full it, and dry it completely before you make up your mind, because it looks like hell before it's finished)
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10  Re: Handspun yarn swap gallery! in The Swap Gallery by chromegrrrl on: August 16, 2005 10:32:34 AM
Natashafatale sent me this yummy yarn:

Thanks so much Natasha, it's awesome.
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