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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My first real polymer clay project (underwater scene) on: June 07, 2007 02:29:06 PM
Hi everyone!

I have been commenting on other people's posts for awhile now, but haven't gotten a chance to post one of my projects! I finally found my card reader so I can now join in on all the fun.

This wasn't my first creation with polymer clay (I tried a few things here and there), but it is my first real project with it.

It is composed of small polymer clay "tiles" for the background. The fish itself is made of polymer clay, a painted shell for the eye, and an old earring piece for the tail. A mixture of found/purchased shells are on the sand, and some leaves from an old fake plant were used to make some "kelp". The entire piece is on copper wire form.

Would love your feedback!! Smiley

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / possible found poem, does it make sense? on: June 01, 2007 08:35:27 PM
Hi everyone!

I am working on (just started today), my first altered book. It's a children's book composed of several short and on-related poems. I pulled some words and phrases from some of the poems to create my own, what do you think?

Bare feet -
What a difference!
Still trying to  understand
What's it like
Through the open doors?
I don't have a clue.
When the moment comes
You'll see
Everybody has something
Just keep looking.

I like it and it makes sense to me, but does it to you? I didn't want a theme for my book really, so the words are just to help hold it together. They are a bit separated though, for instance there may be several pages of non-text between lines. Do you think that would work?

Thanks for your input.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Snow Globes on: May 26, 2007 05:39:31 PM
see the project here:

it looks cute and seems easy, but i do have some concerns

1. would rather not use mothballs
2. how long would this project last? would the clay deteriorate after time?

4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / clay and bookmaking on: May 25, 2007 07:13:44 PM
hi everyone!

i was wondering if any of you could help me generate ideas. i have been dabbling in polymer clay over the past few weeks, and i really enjoy it. however, i started paging through some of my old book/journal making books and was inspired to try my hand at that again.

i need some ideas to incorporate clay things into the book. i'd be really interested to see some pictures if any of you have tried this. also, how realistic would it be to try and make book covers out of clay?

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / direct transfer from B&W photocopies on: May 16, 2007 01:09:35 PM
Hi everyone

I have been experimenting with transfer methods lately and have had a lot of success with baking the transfer right onto the clay with images obtained from a photocopy. I have been using black and white clip art type designs and hand coloring them with colored pencils.

They have been turning out great! Except for one thing. I've noticed that the outlines  (the black part from the original image), do not really stay black. They are a bit faded (although consistently) and have a slight purple color to them.

In most cases, I like the effect, but I'd also like to try and keep the black parts the way they are. Is there anyway to do this? I know recent copies work better, but I copied a ton of images and I don't want them to go to waste.

6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / My problems with Transluscent Liquid Sculpey transfers on: April 25, 2007 02:05:26 PM
Hi everyone

I am new here and have just recently started working with polymer clay. The first mini-experiment I tried involved TLS and a Dover coloring book. I traced a square on a coloring page, cut it out, colored it with colored pencils, and painted it with TLS and baked it.

I ran into problems while removing the paper backing. It was difficult to rub the paper off, and I tore the transfer in some places. At first I thought I wouldn't mind, but for a larger project this is very time-consuming.

So, I tried copying a color page and then trying the same process. The paper was a little easier to remove, but not by much.

I am trying to take these square transfers and put them onto same-sized baked polymer "tiles". When I bake the transfer, it never lays smooth on the clay, so this is another problem. When it is finished it is all bumpy and I end up getting incredibly frustrated.

Just last night I took a piece of computer paper, colored a small design using only colored pencils, and tried TLS with that. The paper backing peeled right off, no problem. If only I could achieve this result with the coloring page!!

Any ideas?
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