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21  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Espaa at PoymerCaf!!! Hurrah!! on: July 30, 2006 02:15:31 PM
I liked the article too! Do you know Montse? She is a clayer in Spain and sells a lot through Justbeads.com:

22  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can i make it look like marble? on: July 28, 2006 07:14:56 AM
Yes, you can imitate all kinds of rocks and gemstones. It will be a little more difficult to accomplish with Sculpey III as it is a soft clay, but it is doable.

See this page on Diane's site:


Here is the info on marble, specifically:


(see also "Marbling," in the Color category)

http://www.spherestoyou.com/Sshoppe/marble.htm (marble marbles)

http://www.carrera-marble.com/samples.html (gone?)

When I marble I sometimes make the candy cane that Otterfire talked about, then I roll it out, cut it in 5 pieces and put it together in a log again, then roll it out and cut 4 or 5 pieces and do it again! Until I get the marble that I want!!!
....I want sheets of mostly white marble with (not too many) veins of black running through it here and there (not too many). I've tried rolling two 1/8" dia canes of black, one 1/4" cane of white and twisting them together, over and over before pressing them out into sheets. I get too much blend and no "veins".
....(adapted from Donna Kato's imitation malachite) Try rolling a log of white clay, then adding snakes of black clay of varying thicknesses along the length of the log (make snakes of several grays as well? DB) (make the snakes fairly thin).... Roll the log smooth, then roll it further to extend it in length. Once it is longer, roll and twist the log. Once you've done this, fold the log in half, then in half again, then roll smooth. If you want further veining, or to have the veining less regular, repeat the roll and twist process..... Once you have achieved the desired veining, flatten the log and run it through the pasta machine, with the veins running perpendicular to the rollers (otherwise the veins will widen out). TheDormouse

I find you have to be sooo subtle with miniature effects (are you working at 1:12?) I find the best marble look comes with mixing white and transparent until the streaks are really thin, then shaping. This, of course, gives the white Carara marble effect but it looks lovely.
For grey marbles, I mix a very pale grey using a snitch of black into transparent, then marble in a similar grey mixture of a snitch of black in white. The best results seem to be when there is no major contrast between the two colours you are marbling. All this gives streaky marble as opposed to veined marble.
For terrazzo or aggregate, grate the colours together, mush together, then grate again, then mush etc until the flecks are really tiny. (You can use contrasts for this one) Sand mixed in looks good too - but that's another effect.
For veined marble, wrap logs of transparent in white and press together the different sized canes, then slice. Vary the log and wrap for different effects, keeping subtle. Use already marbled mixtures for the logs...Sue Heaser

my doll projects on faux marble bases were a hit!

Barbara McGuire demoed a pendant that was stamped, painted and sanded that was nice, but the part I really liked was the clay, looked like fused chunks of different colors of granite or marble. The problem is that I tuned in after she mixed the clay and don't know how she got that, and the web site directions don't seem to match the colors she used on TV...Gail
...she formed her clay into a pendant shape (a large capsule shape)
......then rolled it around in bits of gold, silver and copper leaf.... burnished it, I think
.....and then wrapped it w/ the paper-thin translucent clay. I guess you saw the part after that where she stamped it. I'm a little bit fuzzy on what she rubbed it w/ after that (DKs were talking!)... It was beautiful, wasn't it? I'm almost tempted to go crumble up some leaf...! ~aLisa 
...(a bit more info)
......before baking, she rolled the bead out a little, which thinned out the translucent a little more.
......then I think she impressed her stamp into the raw surface and baked and used acrylic on top to antique the baked bead- wiped off excess paint and buffed ..... wet-sanded before buffing, to get the excess paint off.
.....the rock-like look seemed to be from the bits of leaf being muted underneath that thin layer of translucent
(blue seemed like such an odd color for the bead, but the little bits that showed with the leaf made it look more stonelike. Since the leaf bits were several different colors, it almost looked like agate after buffing) Randi
http://hgtv.com/HGTV/project/0,1158,CRHO_project_9808,FF.html (can't find new link)

Georgana's marble-look BOH with prominent veining, speckles, and lots of plaquing
Skygrazer's pink marble-look mokume gane scraps on pens
Denise in tx's two variations of colored marble on a clay couch... with very crackled metallic leaf (or paint), possibly in thinned out spiral cane slices
23  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Re: Polymer clay in the UK? on: July 17, 2006 09:49:29 AM
Emma Ralph also sells supplies and has 2 polymer clay books published to date:

24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: After the cane is made... on: July 05, 2006 05:52:39 AM
You can do a few different things, like covering the bottle with a sheet of matching clay, first, then layering on very thing slices of the cane.  You can add a cane to a sheet of clay, run it through the pasta machine and use that. There are a lot of different techniques.

Check out Diane's page on covering items:

25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Modifying action figures? on: July 03, 2006 05:56:35 PM
Hey everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post. I was wondering how some people modified action figures using sculpey.. do they just bake the action figure along with the sculpey? I was wondering if it was safe to do this or if the action figure would melt. Thanks.

I'd do a test baking with a sacrifical action figure to find out.
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!!!!!! Bubbles when baking clay on: July 02, 2006 01:26:06 PM
You are probably trapping air in the Sculpey when you condition the clay. Make sure that if you fold the clay, the fold either goes into the pasta machine first, or is on the side. That will help force the air out of the clay, not trap it inside.

If you are conditioning the clay by hand with a roller or brayer, make sure you are always rolling out from the fold, to press the air out.

Stamped impressions should not trap/drive air into the clay.  Before you stamp, lay the clay out on a very flat surface under very good light and look at it up close. You should be able to see the air bubbles on the surface. Use the tip of an X-Acto knife to pierce the bubbles, then use your finger to 'drive' the air out and reseal. Run the clay through the pasta machine again and repeat until all the obvious bubbles have been removed.

Good Luck!
27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: "whipped topping" effect for polymer clay food? on: June 28, 2006 06:27:00 AM
Maybe you can adapt this technique?


28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Storing Polymer Clay-What's your method? on: June 23, 2006 11:16:31 AM
YOu need to be careful what plastics you use to store your clay - not all are compatible.

Diane's site has tons of info: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/storage.htm

As far as the blades go - some folks paint a stripe of nailpolish on the 'handle' or bake a clay handle or just add a strip of masking tape so it is noticeable.
29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Best surface to work with the clay? on: June 23, 2006 07:41:27 AM
I have a dedicated art/craft area and for my clay, I usually work on a glass panel made for scrapbooking. When I'm to a point where I'm going to be assembling for baking, I'll usually do the final assembly on a ceramic tile, that goes right into the oven.

This is the work surface I use: 
EK Success Glass Mat Cutting Surface w/Photo Grid Lines
30  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Toaster Ovens - What's your fav? Any suggestions? on: June 23, 2006 07:35:54 AM
I know some folks that have been having very good luck using one of those turkey roasters for baking clay. You can often pick them up at garage sales and thrift stores.
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