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1  christmas wrapping and newspaper locket in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Noura-hardy on: March 03, 2012 05:57:47 AM
I'm posting this because crazydavises was asking how to protect paper jewelry. I made this out of christmas wrap and newspaper, (and  little bit of watercolour too, of course!) then  I varnished it all many times with thin layers of ordianary but non yellowing house varnish; it is over twenty years old and has stood the test of time well.
thnaks for looking

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2  polymer clay mermaid bracelets and a question in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Noura-hardy on: August 01, 2011 06:50:26 AM
hello, I have posted these pics in the jewelry and trinkets section, as well as here,  I wasn't sure if that is all right.
I don't know if you can see but I like a high gloss. At the moment the varnish I am using is ok, I get the gloss and while it isn't sticky, it has an odd waxy feel which I don't like. i have a spent many hours searching the net for a good varnish available inthe uk for polymer clay, and I haven't found one I like, "future" which was sold here has been discontinued.
Can anybody suggest a good varnish? does anybody know anywhere in the uk where varathane might be bought?
thank you, and I hope I have put my question in the right place.

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3  Re: Thousands of crayons?? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Noura-hardy on: July 06, 2011 07:26:18 AM

hello; you might like this technique. (pic above for demonstration)
It was somethingng my husband used to do.
  got a thick piece of cardboard
  covered it with melted wax
  covered wax with indian ink or any paint that won't flake
  took a little ticking needle (any needle with  BLUNT END)
   scratched through wax to surface of card
   this pic is black and red but you can do it any colour. He never tried wax crayon but it should work fine. I experimented with this and it and it is very versatile. I wish I had thought of melting down crayons!
  you can't see it in this pic but he end result has a lovely gemstone look. though of course the surface is fragile and can easily be damaged there is no problem if you get it framed, as this one. He loved this technique as he found it much more exciting than painting. I wish we had thought of adding crayon to the melted wax!
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4  I love autumn in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Noura-hardy on: July 05, 2011 12:14:33 AM
here I go with my pics!
 My favourite things are the changing of the seasons. I used to paint it all, but it wasn't enough so now I make it out of polymer clay and chain and leather and anything else I find that looks like leaves and bark etc., I wanted to make  the seasons wearable!

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