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511  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Name Book - Photo Heavy on: August 02, 2010 01:39:21 PM
That's beautiful...  What a great idea.  I wanted to do something similar with just the letters of the alphabet for my daughter, her name is much shorter.  But with the name,.... how unique,... and something I'm sure she will cherish forever. 
512  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Cat in the Hat on: August 01, 2010 06:11:54 PM
My cat would never have it!  I think its pretty big you got all the cool shots of the cat wearing it, let alone making it.

I've dressed up my dog before for Halloween, but never any of the cats.  You may have inspired me.   Grin
513  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: What polymer clay colours do you go through the most??? on: July 25, 2010 05:32:54 PM
They were.  There was only 5 girls total, and 2 adults, so we rotated them between projects and people, and whichever child wasn't doing something was watching a movie.  They certainly weren't ever left alone with it, and no one was allowed to touch anything unless they were sitting with me or my friend.
514  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Foam with polymer clay, or somehting that would substitute? on: July 24, 2010 09:53:44 PM

Or perhaps mix water into mostly translucent clay (which can create bubbles and variations in opacity during heating), or mix water into tinted-whitish liquid clay then cast it in a silicone mold with an impression you've made like a textured hemisphere and bake


That sounds pretty intriguing, I'm going to have to try that!  I will probably try several of those techniques, see what works.  If all else fails, I will keep an eye out for some frosted microbeads, that would probably do the trick too.  Thank you!
515  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: 11 yr old clay... really, I've had it since 1996 on: July 24, 2010 09:29:36 PM
Yes, I was definitely shocked when I came across it.  I remembered that I had it,.. but just assumed it got lost somewhere in the shuffle...  I thought it was unusable when I found it, but STILL kept it and got some clay softener (which I had never used before) and was able to crumble it and work it back into something usable.  It was really dry and crumbly, but not hard all the way through.
516  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Foam with polymer clay, or somehting that would substitute? on: July 23, 2010 04:14:10 PM
Hi all,
I did a search, but couldn't find much on how to replicate a foam on clay.  Not exactly like whipped or shaving cream, but like... tiny bubbles.  Is that possible, or has someone ever had success in substituting something else?  I have used microbeads for bubbles in a teeny bathtub charm before, but I'm looking for some other ideas.  I'm really into making food miniatures right now.  I have a young daughter and she has been inspiring me to make mostly cutesy things for a while now.  I wanted to try a root beer float (will have whipped cream, but I'm puzzled over foam...) Thank you for any suggestions and I'm sorry if this has been asked before somewhere in old post land. 
517  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with "ugly" items on: July 23, 2010 04:02:58 PM
I would save them to grate up and use as inclusions...

I don't have anything that I saved from when I first started, but then again, my mother is probably hanging on to all of that stuff.  :0)  Just the other day I was thinking about throwing a hunk of green and red clay in the oven with some other things so I could have a chunk of hard clay to grate. 
518  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: What polymer clay colours do you go through the most??? on: July 23, 2010 03:38:43 PM
Right now what i am using most of is white, with black following close behind. (boring, I know)  I just noticed that I need to make an order for pink....  What can I say?  I have a princess age little girl, anything she gets a choice in is usually pink, and last month I helped out with a party with 6 little girls ages 3-7 who got to pick colors of several different items they were making. (Butterfly magnets, a charm bracelet, and a tattoo inspired barrette.)  What did they pick for almost everything,... pink of course!

BTW, the birthday girl at that party said it was better than chuck e cheese.  I was proud.
519  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: 11 yr old clay... really, I've had it since 1996 on: July 23, 2010 03:31:42 PM
How funny, I found some fimo last year that i had since 10th grade,... that would be... jeez 1995.  (I'm 30)  I have had it stored in some pretty hot places, (it was in a box that got toted through different states, I joined the military and moved several times..) most recently my attic, which coincidentally we cleared everything out to put new insulation up there.  The clay didn't bake, it felt just like it did when my art teacher first handed it to me.  I just added it to my clay stash that I use now.  I have clay softener, but I've never used it!  Maybe its the humidity here that kept it soft?  I don't know.  But everytime I read about clays partially baking I have to think how lucky I've been that none of mine has. 
520  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Daughter's Forest Nursery on: July 22, 2010 09:12:21 PM
Great job!  Everything is adorable.  I love the stenciled tree, I always wanted to do that to my daughter's room, but I'm hesitant that I'd screw a whole wall up.  Everything matches so well, and that just isn't a theme you can find at pottery barn kids or anything like that.  I can see why you'd be proud, that's a lot of work, but a labor of love!
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