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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Platonic Solids Earrings on: March 03, 2012 06:01:35 AM
This is such an imaginative idea! I love these, especially the colour. I have found lots of layers of varnish is the best way to protect paper jewelry.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / christmas wrapping and newspaper locket 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

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My daughters first attempt at poly-clay...lots of pics on: March 01, 2012 11:48:58 AM
is that a tiny ladybird? it is SO sweet!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: My first steps with Fimo on: February 28, 2012 04:05:42 AM
Love the squid!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Brushes and Flasks Upgraded on: February 28, 2012 04:03:59 AM
these are terrific, is there a tutorial anywhere?
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: polymer clay mermaid bracelets and a question on: August 01, 2011 02:57:05 PM
 Thankyou, Antidigger, and thankyou Diane b. I have spent many hours at glass attic pouring over the information, thankyou for that valuable resource.
I tried yiour suggestion re cooking, and it does seem to have helped except I put the beads on top of the stove to cool and someone had put the ring on low!  Roll Eyes So I lost some of the beads. charge it up to expereince.
I would very much like to try varathane, I can't seem to find anybody importing it to the uk. Please could you let me know what the sculpey glaze that is like varathane is called?
Thanks again
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Replica of an 1827-9 wedding dress (as a day dress) on: August 01, 2011 06:57:29 AM
gorgeous, and the colours are beautiful, and the patterns so authentic.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / polymer clay mermaid bracelets and a question 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.

9  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Thousands of crayons?? 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!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made these earrings and a tutorial. on: July 06, 2011 05:58:53 AM
I love these. The tut was very useful  in that it explained the technique very thoroughly. It was the way I like things explained, and  I think in all a very good tut.
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