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5031  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Sculpey Pirate medalions on: May 18, 2004 08:32:55 AM
Cool, Ralph!!!

Stamping or texturing, then highlighting and/or "antiquing" are some of my *favorite* things to do with polymer clay!  Just love the way it looks, and it's such immediate gratification  Grin.

I'm not sure what the gold metallic "texta" is that you used after baking (is that a metallic wax like Rub 'N Buff or Treasure Gold?), but if you don't already know about it, you can also use metallic powders on raw clay to apply to the high areas as well.  (There are ways to apply them just to the low areas too = "antiquing"). 

Re the "gold crayola spider pen" ... is this a crayon?? or something else.  I've never heard of using crayons in that particular way with polymer clay, so I'm interested to hear.

If you like this kind of look, you may be interested in checking out the pages of my polymer clay "encyclopedia" on stamping, texturing, metallic powders and waxes, and molds, in particular for various ways to get the kind of look you have there.  Here are some direct links to those pages and one link to some of the same kind of thing using powders:

http://www.polyclay.com/buttons.htm (sarajane's buttons)


http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm (...look here under the sub-category "Metal")

(One small caveat... since you're using Sculpey brand polymer clay, anything you make which is thin-ish or which sticks out can be broken with stress.  Sculpey is the "weak" polymer clay (it's fine for round beads, etc., though because those shapes are inherently strong).  If you're using these as buttons which will actually be used and receive stress (as opposed to just decorative embellishments), you might want to go with one of the other polymer clay brands for more strength (Premo, Fimo, Kato).  At least, angle the buttonholes.
Here are some pages with more details about all that, if you're interested:


I made some neat fake belt buckles, vampire medallions, sceptre embellishments, crowns, etc., with gold highlighting for my son when he was little... just great fun!

Here are a few more to look at in that vein:
http://isisesc.supelec.fr/gallery-nenuphar/PolymerClay (click on the top photos for more)

Diane B.

5032  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: polymer clay jewlery/goodies on: May 12, 2004 07:44:28 AM
Sorry, Voodoo! Unfortunately though, that was the only system I could come up with for making it easier to read and scan.  With over one thousand, five hundred pages, it would just be too difficult to try to find particular info if it were just unrelenting text paragraph-after-paragraph   

(My system is somewhat like what you see in text books, with the main word or distinction for each idea in bold, and secondarily important things underlined... I also put warnings in red, and references to other pages at the site in puple and italicized.  All links should be colored blue, except for the few I've grayed out.
I haven't been able to go back through everything at the site though and fix it according to that system, so it's not totally consistent.  )

Now if you'd said that the text was different sizes and fonts, often changing from paragraph to paragraph, there is a fix for that one! (if you need it, it's on the home page).  That was a problem we couldn't figure out how to avoid, but it doesn't happen for most systems and as I said can be fixed by just making 2 quick changes under View and Tools from the menu bar.

Glad you love the ideas though  Grin

Diane B.

5033  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Many Uses For / Incarnations Of Picture Marbles on: May 11, 2004 10:33:41 AM
We also use polymer clay in various ways on the backs of glass pebbles or half-marbles. 
Here's a photo of several of Jean Shepard's:

For these particular ones, she used cane slices, or metallic Premo clay, or crackled gold and silver leaf, as well as a tiny underwater scene.

Should be able to use superglue or liquid clay to hold clay firmly onto the (degreased) glass backs.

Doing the "cracked marble" thing could be interesting too.

Diane B.
5034  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Microscope slide necklaces on: May 11, 2004 09:16:07 AM
We also use slide sandwiches in polymer clay... here is one example:
(...for these particular ones, no framing was used though... the clay will hold the glass to itself fairly well, but here liquid clay or superglue was used to hold it even better).

And Rach, I know what you mean about combining science and art.  We once had a swap on the theme of laboratory science and it was a total hoot (there seem to be lots of scientist types in the polymer community, for some reason!).  They sculpted all kinds of "bugs" as well as re-creating shapes and patterns seen under the microscope with polymer clay caning and other techniques... cool.  Then made pins out of them.  Very popular among co-workers!

Diane B.
5035  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: polymer clay jewlery/goodies on: May 11, 2004 08:57:57 AM
When I was talking about the weakness of thin Sculpey clays, I meant in the thinnest orientation.  Unfortunately, any clay that would fit on your finger and allow you to close your fingers together would be "thin" in terms of clay  Sad.
In fact, the only shapes which are strong when using Sculpey clays are the inherently strong ones (like balls, oval balls, etc.).  Now you *would* have to stress the baked Sculpey to make it break, but it's likely to get stress if worn.  (If you stressed a non-thick piece of another brand, it would simply bend because it's not brittle like the Sculpeys.)

Here's one of the links from my sub-section on rings... you should definitely take a look if you're interested in rings  Grin

Diane B.
5036  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: polymer clay jewlery/goodies on: May 11, 2004 07:15:25 AM

I'm not sure which of my pages you looked at, but I have literally thousands of links at my website which go to photos and visual lessons, etc..  Some pages have more than others, of course. 

Anything in blue is a link like this (though unfortunatley about 20% of them no longer work because the website owners have moved, the photosharing site has gone out of business, etc.). 

The links are scattered throughout each page, but on some pages most websites are still listed at the bottom because I haven't had time to sort them into the appropriate sub-category above or because they incorporate an example of more than one sub-category.

Yes, Sculpey III (and also SuperSculpey and plain white or terra cotta Sculpey --all in boxes) are just brands of polymer clay. 

The Sculpeys are the weakest of the brands after baking anywhere they're thin or project out from something though, so wouldn't be the best for rings. All the other brands are strong and flexible when thin -- Premo, FimoClassic and FimoSoft, Kato Polyclay, Cernit (and others you probably won't find in the U.S.).

As for rings, there are various ways to make them which will work, though rings aren't made by polymer clayers all that often.  All other kinds of jewelry are though! 
If you want to see some photos of polymer rings and read about how various people have made them, check out this page then click on the sub-category "Rings":

To keep a ring of clay from distorting, one way would be to form it over something bakable like a dowel, etc., then actually bake and cool it on that armature.


Diane B.
5037  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: cigar boxes and empty bottles on: May 10, 2004 10:55:10 AM
Both of those things can also be covered (or partially covered) with polymer clay Grin
If you're interested in checking that out, take a look at this page:
(under the subcategories for "Glass" ...and "Paper,Cardboard" or "Wood" depending on what yours are made from)

and also at this one for more on cigar-type boxes:
(under "Permanent Forms")

Diane B.
5038  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: looking for bones on: May 10, 2004 10:45:27 AM
You can make some very convincing faux bone with polymer clay too!  (it can be carved after baking, or it can be shaped with molds or other instruments before baking... also "antiquing" it a bit with brown paint will bring out the graining or just make it look aged, etc.)

If you're ever interested in checking that out, look on these pages:


Diane B.
5039  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Mr. Bones, what a guy! (stuffed skeleton doll) on: May 10, 2004 09:57:31 AM
It would be fun to add a few piecing of clothing or other accessories to one of these figures like for the "Dia de los Meurtos" (Day of the Dead) figures too.

Here are some examples of what I mean:


These figures are great fun to do in polymer clay too!

Diane B.
5040  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: portable zen garden with a twist! on: May 10, 2004 09:47:16 AM
What a cool idea!

There are various other ideas on making mini Zen Gardens on this page of my website as well:
(... click on the "Miscellaneous" category, and scroll down a few paragraphs)

Diane B.
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