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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Best polymer clay to use in making dolls? on: August 17, 2012 04:17:18 PM
Let me just get this straight--I want to make dolls, not sculpt figures. Everything I read is talking about porcelain-like finishes, and I'm looking for something a little more flexible, because if all goes well, I want to start making plush toys with polymer clay faces and details. I don't want to fret about them bumping anything and cracking or breaking.

I've done some research, and found several products I kind of like the sound of, but I have the budget of a college student and can't afford to just buy everything and try it. (Though I wish I could :p) I was wondering if anyone has used any of these products and could answer some of my questions?

Sculpey SuperFlex Bake and Bend. It apparently, even after baking, retains a rubber-like consistency and does bend and twist and what not. It comes in a very limited set of colors (Beige, Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Red, White and Yellow). I'm wondering if I could paint over the colors and would they stay? Or would the consistency of the product make it hard to paint/keep the paint true/etc?

Sculpey Ultra Light. Apparently this stuff bakes rock hard, but it's very light and you can use it for jewelry making and such. It even floats. It says it's perfect for doll-making on certain sites with reviews. It only comes in one color (White) and paints very well. I'm worried about its probably to chip and crack and such. Also, what sort of paints/sealing agents/etc I could use with this would be awesome. This seems like the most likely choice for me.

A general question for any and all of the stuff I use--would I want to use glass eyes? Could I insert these into the clay before baking or would it be best to sculpt eyes into the face and just paint them with a very high sheen?

If there's anything better out there that anyone could suggest, I would love to hear about it. I'm working with a limited budget, but I don't play to make the dolls any bigger than 6-10 inches, so I wouldn't be using too much of the stuff at a time and could afford something from a cheap-to-medium price range.

Thank all of you for your help c:
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / In need of Vintage Pattern, anyone know where to find it? on: October 29, 2011 05:42:42 PM
I've seen it twice in my size (or as close as possible to my size; it was a 36 inch bust rather a 38) on the internet, but whenever I do, it's 'Item has already been sold'.

I'm looking for a Vintage Simplicity 3918 and a Vintage McCalls 5419. They look like these, respectively:

Does anyone have these? D: Does anyone know where I can find these? I really love the way these dresses look. I'll even take a tutorial on how to draft a similar pattern, even?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oh well, let's try this again (PROM) on: January 25, 2011 02:26:45 PM
Hallo again. Because of the difficult and overall shape of the last dress I sketched up a dress inspired by it. (This is my original design, I would really appreciate it if no one borrowed the over all idea/etc. without asking)

Anywho, this is the sketch. I figured out a way to tackle the bodice, but not so much the skirt pieces.

This was the original sketch, and I went back and did a more detailed one trying to figure out how to make the dress.

This is the second sketch.

The dress is going to have a base, a zipper, and the straps/sleeves are more like the ones in the first picture. I'm having trouble figuring out a shape for the skirt pieces. I managed to figure something out for the very bottom 2 pieces that cover the hole formed by the overlapping drapes.

Any ideas anyone? Someone offered a semi-circle or rounded triangle, but I'm not sure.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom's getting closer! on: January 10, 2011 07:57:54 PM
Okay, okay, I know I may be crazy and looking to kill myself with this project, but I love this dress. I want to do something like this:

Without the applique flower and maybe just one or two pieces coming from down the side. Thing...elaborate toga. I know draping is going to be hard, but can anyone point me to sites/books that may help?
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Me again :'D on: August 26, 2010 09:02:28 PM
So, I have plans to get a Golden Snitch tattoo, instead of what I originally wanted. The original plan was a little ornate oval frame with the phrase from the Mirror of Erised ('Erised Stra Ehru Oyt Ube Cafru Oyt On Wohsi', which backwards reads 'I show not your face, but your heart's desire.')

Since I am not getting the tattoo, I decided to make a necklace instead 8'D

This are some of the bases for the pendant, but I have a small problem--how to inscribe the words without using paper (I want the surface behind the words to be shiny, like a mirror--I'd used polished silver, but yeah, I lack the serious mula that involves.)

These are also very small, somewhat obviously. Does anyone have any suggestions for putting the words on the metal? (Or tinfoil in the case of the 'glass frame' pendants?)
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lace Tablecloth--what to do? on: August 19, 2010 09:57:00 AM
I have a lace tablecloth that I bought at a garage sale and I want to use it to trim some things I have, but I don't want to start cutting it up and have the whole thing unravel. And I don't think starching lace is a good idea, is it? Because the starch will eventually wash off and the whole thing will fray, right?

I just need an idea of how to go about cutting out some of the lace and attaching it to something else without it completely falling apart xD If anyone knows any secrets to do this, it would help!
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Something as a hardener? on: August 12, 2010 07:27:06 PM
Okay, this is a tricky question, but since what I'm aiming to do will be jewelry, I figured I'd come here!

Okay, so a few months ago I found a 2/3 intact Robin's Egg. As in, all it was missing was basically the pointy/cap thing. I've seen people using the eggs and hardening them to make jewelry, and I want to do something similar, but I can't find any products/etc. to USE to harden the eggs.

They aren't going to remain empty--I'm going to squeeze some hot glue into it after I've hardened it and it's somewhat more stable, but how do I harden the egg?

This is essentially what it looks like. Someone suggested acrylic, but...I can't find any/figure out what it's talking of. All I can find is an 'acrylic adhesive'--is that what's being discussed?

Any help you can give me would be grand. Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Sort of prairie dress? on: August 11, 2010 02:06:06 PM
Me again! So, I want to make a dress and I've figured out the skirt (sort of simple, obvsly) but I'm having trouble on the bodice. I was going to make it a more simple tank top sort of bodice, no darts, nadda. But it didn't look right, so now it became this.

My only problem is, how to do that? I don't think it's going to have any specific function like a princess seam. It just...looks better? I don't know. Any one have any ideas?

Essentially this is what it's going to look like with those lines, just without all the lace D: I thought this might help some. You can see how the lines start where the sleeveless/strap/things of the dress end. That's how I'm hoping the dress will end up. Only not laced up.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Quick question numero 2 - How to make of the shoulder tunic on: July 01, 2010 08:20:54 PM
Hey guys. Plans to Otakon are officially on 8D And I need something to wear to the rave. I'm either going to make a hanky-tank

or an off-the-shoulder tunic .

I get the gist of how to make a hanky-tank. Can someone explain the basic shape of an off-the-shoulder tunic to me? I want it to be really short sleeved/almost sleeve less (like in the pic) and I'm not sure how to go about the neckline, etc.

I'm going to wear it with black tights and black low-top converse, and the material is a sort of dark neon orange. I want something sort of loose and comfortable to dance in, but I don't know which to make, or how to go about the latter. (Cause I really like the latter)

Thanks a bunch.
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Okay, nevermind 8D [Otakon costumer] on: June 30, 2010 02:02:47 PM
Yeah. I don't have enough time for the Fran cosplay, SO another Chii. One I based off this top:
(It's something of my friend's. She can't remember where she bought it.)

I made it sort of Gyuru-hime/Lolita/Dollish, becayse...Well, she's Chii. xD These is the sketch of how I want the outfit to come out on a whole:

It's going to be at about knee length in the front, and mid-calf/ankle-length in the back. Her top is really just two trapezoids--my predicament is from the two different level things. I am doing all the lace and ribbons--cause it's gotta be PRETTY. But yeah. I originally thought of a REALLY big circle skirt, ala uneven waist hole, that would actually be the top hem of the dress. But...That's a really big circle. So I came up with this sketch, last night, at about 1 AM, drawn in the dark because I couldn't sleep until I got this stupid dress off my mind. xD

It would be sewn down the side angles, top to point and top to point (the points matching on each part, only the bottom length different. Elastic would be going around the top hem and underneath my boobs as a princess seam, with the ribbon tied on after. Do you think I could still get the same shape/effect as the original sketch of the dress (Pic 2)?

Thanks guys <3 This is for Otakon--which I might be going to last minute if my friend's boyfriend can talk to her mom so we can conquer friend's bitch!friend who hates us all. (Long story. Lol?)
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