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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Quick Question: Why Papercut in Reverse? on: December 19, 2010 05:02:44 PM
I would like to try papercutting and have been looking through designs and materials. I have noticed that most artists papercut in reverse, drawing their design backwards (or digitally reversing it, etc.). It's probably obvious, but why is this done? Does the paper look smoother on the other side? If a template is used and no ink marks would be on the final paper, why reverse the image?

Thanks!
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: WIP shots- cute cupcakes, biscuits, strawbs, etc! on: April 23, 2009 11:58:10 PM
First of all, let me just say that you're cupcakes look terrific. I've seen my share of polymer clay cupcakes and yours--especially the ones with the swirled frosting--are some of the most realistic. Well done! I especially like the type of glitter you chose to use on top.

For the strawberries, I do like the bold style but if you ever wanted to try at more realisitic strawberry slices all you need to do is 1) work on skinner blends for the transition from red to white/pink, and 2) add more red lines and make them thinner.

About the silicone, you don't bake silicone, you just let it air dry. It takes a little while but becomes very hard once dry. I'm pretty darn sure than the decotti cream is just regular silicone caulk. I've seen tutorials from japanese craft mags that take silicone caulking and squirt it into a piping bag with a star frosting tip and decorate from there. There is also aryllic caulking which is slightly more brittle but is easier to clean out of the frosting tips. Both types of caulk are inexpensive and at any hardware store like Home Depot, Lowes, etc.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Using caulk to make piped frosting? on: March 21, 2009 05:19:35 PM
Would silicone caulk be more durable than acrylic caulks?
Bhevarri, do you find the brittleness to be a problem in your frosting pieces?

Thanks to everyone for all of the help!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to make hollow canes? on: March 21, 2009 05:16:40 PM
Thank you! I love this forum, everyone is so helpful. Smiley

Also, that Japanese site is great too. I was thinking about doing something like they did for the square imprint on miniature waffles, it was nice to see it done. The engrish online translation was funny, too: "Diagnosing the varnish which it colors red in the source, it begins. It is completion!!"

I think polystyrene foam is my best bet for a first try. Although I'm not sure about how you would reduce it with the foam inside. Would you just have to make it actual size? I guess that wouldn't be a problem for small projects.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / how to make hollow canes? on: March 20, 2009 08:12:51 AM
I've seen some hollow canes out there, such as for onion and olive pizza toppings. Angie Scarr has an example here: http://www.angiescarr.co.uk/999_55.jpg.UK_The_Gallery_Pizzas.html

How is this done? Is the cane made around styrofoam that shrinks up, or maybe or around something that can slide out?

Thanks
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Using caulk to make piped frosting? on: March 10, 2009 08:48:46 AM
So I have this book, which is printed in japanese:


In the book are large pictures of the completed objects and small pictures with japanese instructions of the steps to make them. In the step to make the frosting, it LOOKS like they take regular white CAULK and put it into a caulking gun, then squirt it into a piping bag with a star frosting tip and pipe it onto the baked piece from there and then decorate with sprinkles, little cookies, etc.

Also, these is this: http://www.strapya-world.com/products/30821.html which also looks like it could be caulk.

Not being the handiest person around the house, I've never used caulk before so I'm not sure if it would really look like that. I think you'd have to put a few layer of glaze or varnish on it.

What do you think? Have you ever heard of caulk being used with polymer clay like this?
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Calypso the Goblin on: January 16, 2009 06:01:15 PM
Amazing!! The shoes, trinkets, and metal-hand-bits give him the PERFECT goblin touch!

The most beauuutiful gobby I've ever laid me eyes on. Wink
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My newest creations!! Image heavy! on: December 11, 2008 01:23:20 PM
That baby krakken is so awesome! Cute and funny and skillfully crafted! I love it!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Neopolitan Ice Cream Sundaes! on: December 11, 2008 01:13:43 PM
The texture of your ice cream and of the whipped cream is fantastic!
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Zombies, Turtles, Marigolds, and... SWISS ROLLS. Yum! on: November 23, 2008 07:41:10 AM
Those zombies are really well done and wicked cute. Smiley Great job.
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