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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Toddler Fairy*click images to view large pls :D* on: July 31, 2009 10:40:17 AM
Wow she's great!  I really like her body as it looks extremely realistic.  Overall she's just too adorable!

About her face... this is nitpicking but her eyes are adult eyes.  Toddlers' eyes are a lot bigger in relation to the face.  She's probably your artistic interpretation but since it's the first thing I noticed I just wanted to point it out.
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Big Bang, Bride, and Groom on: July 27, 2009 11:12:56 AM
You're a beginner?  NO way!   Cheesy  Great job!
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Has anyone shopped at Polymer Clay Central lately? on: July 27, 2009 11:06:30 AM
I ordered and paid a pack of sandpapers from them exactly a week ago.  But I haven't heard from them at all, no "thank you for ordering", or an estimated ship date.  They didn't respond to both my follow-up emails.  I feel like I paid some random person on the internet and will never hear from them. http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/sandpaper.html

It's really frustrating. I needed the sandpapers for commissioned works, and had I known that they were so tardy in response and shipping (if they WILL ship at all), I would've just bought them at an auto detail center or on ebay.  I need sandpapers now so what do I do?  Buy another pack from somewhere else and just forget about this order? Angry

Has anyone shopped there lately?  I wonder if they just don't respond to customers but ship their items on time.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: A Couple Of Questions on: July 14, 2009 07:20:37 AM
Here's one site that sells doll synthetic hair, or google "viscose":

http://cynthiahoweminiatures.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=25_28

This site has natural yarn material for hair:
http://www.clothdollsupply.com/hair.html

I think for your character, viscose will look better though.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: great project big challenge on: July 09, 2009 11:19:41 AM
awwww he's sooo cute!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: How long do you work your clay before curing? on: July 07, 2009 09:42:09 AM

What my page was probably referring to is the fact that polymer clay will harden a bit any time it's cool.  We usually refer to polymer clay as "stiffening" though when cool, rather than actually hardening.

Sorry, "stiffen" is what I meant.  I know polymer clay can't be air cured LOL! 

I was worried about it getting stiff AFTER i sculpted parts of my sculpture, since at that point i can no longer "massage" the clay to warm it up.  That's why I posted this thread getting a feeling how most other clayers feel about baking parts of the sculpture separately or all in one piece.


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As for how long to leave polymer clay out before baking it, that can vary from immediately to years from now.  
Most people just bake right away but there are some advantages to leaving it out at least a while (even an hour, or overnight for absolute best) since any moisture that's found its way into the clay from hands/air/conditioning/inclusions/etc and even some of the air that might have done the same will have an opportunity to work its way to the surface and get out (which means that moisture or air captured in the oil-based clay won't cause problems inside it when they're expanding from being heated).  Also, the plasticizer around any joined areas will begin to migrate and make those areas stronger.


That's a very good point, Diane.  Thanks!  It's also good to know some leave the clay out for years!  That really gives me a peace of mind as I don't think I'll leave it out for more than 7-10 days given how small my project is.  Grin
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Polymer Clay Glitter Pendant Tutorial on: July 06, 2009 01:27:51 PM
Thank you for this great tutorial!  I like the idea of sitting on the clay haha!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / How long do you work your clay before curing? on: July 06, 2009 10:56:59 AM
Yesterday I tried polymer clay for the first time, and it's pretty fun.  After all was done, I realized I was subconsciously rushing myself so the clay doesn't dry out before baking.

I know I have more than a few hours before the clay hardens according to Diane B's website, but the exact time frame is unclear (2-3 days? 8-10 days?).  I used Premo and will try FIMO classic and FIMO effects next week.  How long do you usually leave the clay out before baking it?  What's the "cut off" time before you consider baking a portion first as opposed to finish the entire sculpture/project?
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Crane Sculpture on: July 03, 2009 02:49:19 PM
I like the feather texture.   Smiley
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is using sheets for beginner projects lame? on: July 02, 2009 03:29:57 PM
I always have extra bed sheets, pillow cases and out of fashion clothes that I know I won't use or wear anymore.  They're perfect for trying out patterns!

P.S. It's funny how the google ad bar above is showing bed sheet sales LOL!
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