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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Making cell phone charms out of polyclay on: August 25, 2007 09:20:06 PM
To this point, I've been very hesitant to use polymer clay to make cell phone charms because they tend to take SO much abuse. I recently got a request specifically for a cell phone charm made out of polymer clay. I decided to take it on, but want everyone's thoughts... These are the sort of guidelines I've come up with for myself-
Use fimo classic to ensure maximum durability of the clay
No paint. Period.
No thick varnish that risks scuffing or peeling
Use an embedded headpin to ensure that the eye can't come out unless you bust the darn thing in two.

She wants a chocolate covered strawberry, and the chocolate sauce I use is a mix of sculpey III and diluent, so I'm a bit nervous about that being a bit weak. Any thoughts on ways to increase the durability?
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / As promised: a cookie tutorial on: June 20, 2007 09:44:23 PM
Okay now this is my first tutorial, so if there's any vagueness, please just ask and I'll do my best to clarify. My camera's batteries were dying so I tried to get the pics quickly, and some of them came out a little blurry =( I think, though, that they are clear enough to get the point across.

Step 1: Get your mise en place. In this case, you'll need some baked cookie colored clay (a golden tannish color), some semisweet chocolate color (a rich brown mixed with a hint of black), and some kind of a pin. I make my own out of wire and give it a sort of corkscrew, so that it stays in well.

Step 2: Make the cookie shape (a domed disc), imbed the pin, make the chocolate chips. Bake the chips first so they don't get all messed up later when you texture the cookie.

Step 3: I use my exacto knife for the next few parts. You could probably use a needle. Anything sharp, really, I suppose. Make a little incision in the clay. This will be a pocket for your chip.

Step 4: When you put the chip in, push it down into the cookie, and bring the cookie clay up around it, like in this picture.

After several chips, you should start to see a fairly realistic cookie emerging from your lump of brown clay. I think what's really key to making it look real, is the little pieces of "dough" that slightly cover the chips. When you bake cookies, you don't start out with a hunk of plain cookie dough, then lay some chocolate chips on top. You don't want your clay cookie to look like that either.

I didn't use 2 of my chocolate chips, but I feel pretty happy with how it looks. I think trying to squeeze in 2 more would have been a bit much.

Step 5: Texturing! this is where your cookie will really get wow factor. As said before, my weapon of choice here is a stiff bristled nylon paintbrush. I've got a veritable arsenal of these.

Step 6: More texture. Cookies usually have deep pocks and such in the surface. I have a broken toothpick that I use for this part. I wouldn't suggest using anything like a needle with a well defined point. Something jagged and irregular is going to be your best bet. Go at it at different angles, with varying force. If every little irregularity in the cookie is exactly the same shape, they aren't so irregular.

And, uh, bake and yeah that's it =) Hope that helps some.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Zebra Heart Pendant (new pic update) on: June 14, 2007 02:09:32 AM
Okay it isn't quite done, I need to round the lobes of the heart and buff the surface a little because some cornstarch embedded itself along the edges of the stripes, and I might give it a couple coats of varnish, but I am so excited that I had to share!

It's hard to tell in the picture I guess, without any reference, but it's an impressive 2.25" x 2".

Update: The heart has been cleaned up, sanded, and varnished. I wanted to put it on Etsy but a friend of mine came to visit this weekend and bought it from me on the spot.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Not reinventing the wheel or anything... on: May 29, 2007 10:38:46 PM
I know desserts have been done, redone, and done again, but I can't help it. I love making miniatures, and few things are cuter than sweets on small scale. Some of the pictures aren't that great, but the camera isn't mine so I can't retake them. It really sucks because I would have liked to have gotten better detail on the poptart, but the camera thought the part furthest away was the best place to focus on =/

this pictures is absolutely terrible, sorry about that

any suggestions for what to do with them? the cupcake is part of a pair of earrings, but the rest are all singles.
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Cracking during baking on: April 11, 2007 07:30:13 PM
I've always used mostly premo or sculpey III, but recently got fimo classic for some canes i wanted to make. There's a lot of translucent in them, and the first round of canes burned. I read a lot of people cover translucent pieces in cornstarch to act as a buffer from the heat, but I really didn't want to do that because my pieces had a lot of surface texture and i didn't want cornstarch to make its way down into crevaces. So I had the brilliant idea to submerge them all in water. It seemed to have worked fantastically. Nothing burned. Everything seems perfectly cured. But upon closer examination, I realized that there were tiny little cracks in all the white parts. It isn't so bad that I'm going to ditch them all, but I have a lot more pieces to make, and I'd really prefer they didn't all come out this way. Why is this happening? Is it the water??
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Diluent Woes on: March 20, 2007 10:19:04 PM
so about 2 weeks ago i concocted some green "paint" using my awesome new diluent and was sooo happy with the results. the container it was in has a screw on cap (old lip gloss pot). when i went to use it tonight, it was really thick and sticky, as though i'd only added a little diluent, not the lovely fluid consistency it was before. i've tried re-adding diluent, but after quite a bit, it still seems... goopy? i just can't get it as smooth as it was before. what happened? and how can i fix this icky mess?!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Using Diluent on: January 02, 2007 05:06:36 PM
I never have before, but I'm looking for a clay concoction about the consistency of royal icing, and the TLS is just too thickand adding clay to color it would only make it more thick. Can adding too much diluent compromise the integrity of the clay? Also, are there any tips you guys could recommend for when using it?
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Owl Charm ~ My first posting on: November 27, 2006 06:52:13 PM
I was so excited to finally get a picture of this guy that I wanted to post it here so... here he is. He's made of Premo, a flat glass marble (sort of an irridescent peach color), gold spacer beads, gold eyeshadow, and a little TLS here and there. oh and wire ^_^

9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / decoupage on clay? on: November 09, 2006 03:49:22 PM
I know a lot of people do various image transfers using TLS and then sticking that on a piece of clay, but that isn't really what I have in mind.
I have this really old book and I'd like to cut pictures out of and attach them to clay pendants. If I cut the clay to the right size and bake it, could I just adhere it with some sort of decoupage glue and seal it with acrylic varnish?
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