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« 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?

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007 07:42:01 PM »

Actual book covers? Huh

I'm not too sure about that, but you could definitely make decorations out of clay and then glue them onto a book cover.

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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2007 03:32:41 AM »

I have actually just done this. I made embellishements out of polymer clay (the air-drying kind, cause I had it laying aound).

I just rolled it out (pasta machine, empty bottle, kitchen roller, whatever you have laying around) and used some of my rubber stamps to stamp words and pictures into it. To protect the stamps you might wanna dabble them into either baby powder or, in my case, flour (maybe not the best idea, but hey - I am all about experimenting!). That protects the stamp from sticking to the clay.

You could probably even embed things into the clay, like marbles or pearls or something.

Let it dry (or bake, whatever clay you use), paint it the colour you want, and voil - instant and personal embellishment.

Then you just glue it to the book, or card, or whatever, and youre all set.

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2007 08:36:34 AM »

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?

There are actually many ways to use polymer clay for book covers, items on journal or scrapbook pages or cards, minibook pendants, and even as the pages themselves  Grin
If you want to check out lessons and examples for some of those things, look on these pages at my site:

Those pages deal mostly with "how to" use polymer clay for making those kinds of things.  If you're also interested in how to make the clay patterned or decorative (in a bajillion ways) to then use for the covers, doodads, etc., that info would mostly be covered on the particular technique or item page for each. To see what those all are, check out the Table of Contents page, (scroll down), then click on any of the page names from inside the alphabetical navigation bar to actually go there and get lessons, examples, etc. for whatever you're interested in:

HTH, and have fun!

(then post photos of anything you make over in the Polymer Clay boards!)

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2007 02:05:18 PM »

Hi Diane

Thanks again for all your help! The links you provided are JUST what I was looking for! Smiley

Actually I'm happy to say that after all the posting on this board I have a completed polymer clay project! I would love to post pictures but I can't find the USB that fits my camera...  so until then it will have to wait Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2007 07:15:13 AM »

I was thinking you could do book covers either as large sheets of polymer clay glued onto the regular covers (like a composition book or something) OR make very thick polymer fronts and backs. Either pre-punch the holes or drill them after baking - then stitch up a book.  Just be careful to use a binding method that would be pretty loose because the polymer won't bend like a paper cover would (OK, it will bend, but then break!).  Hope that makes sense! 

Please post whatever you come up with - now I'm curious to try it out too!

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