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« on: July 02, 2007 01:16:32 AM »

I want to learn how to make a sheet of poly clay that looks like dragon/mermaid/fish scales.  I have lots of colors of clay and some metallic powders, but I haven't a clue how to do it.  I think I saw someone somewhere use the end of a straw to make the shape of the scales.  Or would it make more sense to layer circles/ovals?

Or is there a magical scale texture plate available? 

Also, how do I know my clay is conditioned enough that I won't have air bubbles when I bake it?
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2007 06:26:53 AM »

I have this page bookmarked on how to make a scaling texture tool. I haven't actually gotten around to doing it though, so I can't tell you if it works or not.

http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/texture_tool.html

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2007 08:31:22 AM »

There are various ways to make "scales." 
You can texture the surface or stamp it (perhaps coloring, antiqing, or highliging as well), or you can make individual "scales" from slices of a log or cane which you'd overlap while applying, or you could create the look of scales in more unusual ways (transfers, etc.).

Check out this page for lots of those ideas, lessons,  and links to examples:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm
(... click on Scales & Dragonskin...)


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Also, how do I know my clay is conditioned enough that I won't have air bubbles when I bake it?

There are two issues here... knowing when the clay is "conditioned enough" (answer: just by whether it's nicely pliable without cracking when a log of it is bent over, and when no "streaks" are visible if the clay will be used in an uninterrupted expanse so that would show up), and not getting air bubbles in the clay (before baking or during baking). 
There are actually many things that can cause air bubbles, including too much conditioning btw, or improper conditioning. 
Check out this page for a list of all the things that can cause bubbles and how to avoid or get rid of them:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm
(... click on Problems > Bubbles...)


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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2007 10:13:12 AM »

thanks everyone!
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