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« on: June 23, 2007 10:35:44 AM »

Now that the Owl Swap is pretty much complete I want to share my sculpey beads with you all!

Here are my beads in progress

Almost done all the finer details


"Buttercream Frosting" ring



"Cotton Candy" ring



As you can see I had a slight problem with paint chipping off the back!  If anyone has any suggestions on how to avoid this happening the next time around I would really appreciate it!

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2007 11:09:03 AM »

Wow. These are so nice.

I don't have the patience to work with things to small.
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2007 11:34:01 AM »

I had a slight problem with paint chipping off the back!  If anyone has any suggestions on how to avoid this happening the next time around I would really appreciate it!

You don't say what type of paint (and finish) you used, but I assume it was acrylic since that works best for "painting over" baked polymer clay.
Next time, if you didn't already, you might try cleaning the areas you'll be painting with alcohol first to make sure there is no hand oil, or anything else that's acting as a resist for the paint. 
You might also want to wait awhile before subjecting acrylic paint or clear acrylic finish to stress and abraision because although they "dry" fairly quickly, they don't completely "cure" and achieve  their greatest strength for about a week.

Ways to avoid the problem in the first place though would be to:

...use colored polymer clay instead (or color SuperSculpey yourself --if you do, be sure to add at least a bit of white clay or white oil paint as well as any color you want because whites are very opaque and will keep the SS from being translucent)
... if you marble two or more colored clays together, you could end up with a similar effect (then add a gloss sealer if you want, or sand and electric buff the piece to a glossy shine)

..."highlight" or "antique" one of the clay colors with the other color (of paint, ink, metallic powder, etc.), so you can add add that second color separately and just where you want it
 ......for the pieces you show, an example might be making the faces in-off white clay, then highlighting and/or antiquing with a green, rose or yellow acrylic paint (tube-type best) or artists' oil paint --acrylic will be more opaque than oil, if that matters-- or with a metallic powder (like gold), or with a non-metallic pigment like ground-up artists pastels or ordinary chalk, or various other things
.....or in reverse, you could make the faces with green, rose or yellow clay, then dab or rub on an off white paint/powder/etc.... sometimes a sealer would be needed, sometimes not
(...you could also mix the powders into a clear acrylic finish and use them like a paint, for dabbing, rubbing, etc.)

(if you're interested in more info about highlighting and antiquing dimensional surfaces, look on this page:
...click on Antiquing, Highlighting and Staining at the bottom of the list at the top of that page)

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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2007 11:47:38 AM »

Thanks woeboat!  Grin

Thanks so much for all the info and tips Diane! <3
You're right to assume I used acrylics, I had no idea the cure time was a week, I'll be sure to take that into consideration next time around.
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2007 12:18:42 PM »

Those are so cute! My favourite is the bluey-green one. Just out of curiosity, what is that blue.....thing you're using (the thing that says "made in china" on it) and what is it for?

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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2007 03:54:45 PM »

oh, hahaha...it's an Alize stir stick from a party I went to.  It was the perfect thing to put the beads on while sculpting them so I didn't get fingerprints all over them and have to smooth them out later.
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2007 05:52:57 PM »

those are so awesome!!! I thought they were great without the paint and then I continue scrolling and I was mistaken...they are unbelievably adorable with the paint! the colors look amazing!

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007 07:28:13 PM »

so cool
« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2007 03:10:15 PM »

I love owls. Smiley

I must ask--did you make the ring parts as well?? I have been trying to think of how to make my own ring blanks.


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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2007 10:01:35 AM »

you SO rock

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