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« Reply #20 on: April 18, 2008 06:41:03 AM »

Oh my gosh...I searched for polymer cake topper, because I just volunteered to do this for a friend and I'm a newbie and if my attempt turns out HALF as well, I'll be so pleased! Great job!
« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2008 12:09:26 PM »

She's georgous!
Any chance of you making her a groom to match? 
 You have inspired me to have a go as im making and decorating my uncles wedding cake.

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« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2008 10:45:44 AM »

She's perfect!   Great job.  One of the best clay cake toppers I've seen... simple but very well done and great look.

You said you didn't like the skin color, but I think it looks great with this.  You can always get a more translucent skin color by using SuperSculpey, or adding translucent clay to regular clay colors though if you want.
You might want to check out the info on skin colors on this page:
(...click on Skin...)

Do you know if colours for fimo / sculpey stays for a long time?

Most all brands of polymer clay have permanent pigments in them so generally that's not a worry.  Some pigments are naturally more fugitive though so if the item is in direct sun for a fairly long time, you can begin to see fading in the reds and purples especially.

I have some early colored sculpy from 15 years ago that's in good condition, and I imagine the newer clay lasts even better.

I used Fimo classic with I find is hard to use than sculpey (it's softer). But if the final product is more durable, then I should definitely use Fimo instead.

As for durability and also handling, the brands and lines of polymer clay will vary, as mentioned.
For handling... in general the firmer the raw clay is, the easier it is to sculpt with (just making shapes to put together as you did, as well as actually "sculpting") and the more successful it will be, especially for any detailed parts involved.
(And all polymer clays can be made quite pliable for working with just using the proper "conditioning" methods --which don't involve a lot of work unless the clay is actually partly cured and is hard for that reason:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm )

For strength & durability...the brands keep changing their formulas (which unfortunately often means they get weaker), but below is a general guideline to the brands and lines re which will be the strongest after baking--especially in any thin or projecting areas (keep in mind that some shapes are just inherently strong, so if you make a plain ball or another thick and rounded shape with even a weak clay it should be pretty darned strong). 
These are listed from the strongest to the weakest, in groups; some come only in one color:

Kato Polyclay
(older version) FimoClassic
(older version) Cernit

SuperSculpey Firm

Bake and Bend? (a somewhat flexible clay)

Studio by Sculpey?
(new version) FimoClassic
(new version) Cernit?

(older version) FimoSoft

(new version) FimoSoft?

Sculpey III


**the older versions of these clays have suggested baking temps of 265 rather than 230, but may still be on the shelves

... also can't be sure of the exact strengths of the newest versions relative to them all, so have used question marks after some


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« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2008 04:33:32 PM »

Fantastic for a first try; I know it's already been said, but a groom (or another bride!) is totally necessary Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2008 06:07:42 AM »

truly lovely,
I love her sweet face

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« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2008 01:37:57 PM »

excellent! especially for your first try!
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« Reply #26 on: April 29, 2008 03:32:23 PM »

She is just precious!  I am new to clay as well and I think you did an outstanding job!

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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2008 02:23:25 PM »

Hey All!

The bride and groom is finally together! I used Sahara colour for the face this time, with a bit on blush on the cheek bone. I think it looks closer to skin colour than Ivory that I used for the bride on this post. Enjoy!


Something else i tried was to make the head separately than the body, to avoid the heavy head tilting backwards.


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