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« on: November 02, 2008 06:19:47 PM »

My dad's dealing with chemo for leukemia right now (doing REALLY well though- blood counts up already- yeay!) but he's still not allowed any fresh flowers (or veggies or "unpeeled" fruit or... anything really!) and that made me super sad!

I haven't done anything with clay since pottery in high school, lol, but I happened past the Sculpey aisle at my favorite local craft shop and inspiration hit! (I'd originally tried making paper flowers, but I sucked SO bad at them! They turned out TERRIBLE lol)

I know these aren't the best ever, but my boyfriend and I spent a ridiculous amount of time on these so I wanted to share Smiley

The rectangle base, picket fence, little flower pots and "stems" are all acrylic painted wood, and we filled the pots with little pebbles (left overs that didn't fit into our fishbowl)

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2008 06:23:46 PM »

Glad your dad is doing well! This is such an awesome thing to do for him!!

« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2008 06:24:09 PM »

That's very cool... my aunt strated a foundation for patients on the oncology floor at 2 hospitals.. but she's got a webpage too -- it's pretty new but taking off really well!
I'm so glad your father's counts are up.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2008 06:51:56 PM »

Beautiful, much better then real flowers anyway.  I bet your Dad loved them.

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008 06:57:13 PM »

Those are really great! I'm glad your Dad is doing well too. Smiley Best of luck to him and all of you!

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2008 02:44:09 AM »

Those turned out really well!!!!
What an awesome thing to do for your friend, good karma's coming for you!

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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2008 06:25:54 AM »

What a fantastic thing to do for your Dad!  I'm sure he will appreciate them.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008 06:56:45 AM »

Aw, what a cute idea. They're looking great. And best wishes to your dad, too.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2008 08:03:37 AM »

That looks really great!  And I'm sure your Dad just loves it.  The flowers are well done and design elements nice too... love the fence and the mini-scene.

Great to hear how well your Dad is doing!! (I had a friend who's husband went through something similar a few years ago... all is well now though  Grin). 

Did you know that the polymer clay community also makes something called Bottles of Hope (or Bottles of Caring), for cancer patients in particular? 
It got started when one polymer clayer was getting chemo for breast cancer and noticed all the little empty bottles of heparin (used to push the chemo) around ... she asked for some to try "covering" with polymer clay and discovered they're fine in the low heat needed for curing polymer clay ("medical" plastics are usually fine) then began making them for the other patients she sat with during those times.  Pretty soon her whole polymer clay guild was making loads of them for other patients, and the idea spread like wildfire.

You can read more about BOH and see lots of examples of the ones that have been made since then, if you're interested, starting with this page at my site (I'll also include another page that shows some of the ones I've made; mine are mostly just "covered" and sometimes embellished a bit, but many people have made all kinds of objects/figures/other things with their bottles too):

Btw, if you're interested in even more types of polymer clay sculpted flowers and leaves, check out this page:
(...click on the category Flowers & Leaves)
And here are a few more examples of "flowers" in vases/etc, but in miniature... they were made by members of my pc guild for an "exploration" theme we had of flowers in containers:

I haven't done anything with clay since pottery in high school, lol, but I happened past the Sculpey aisle . . .

If you're new to polymer clay, notice that in that "Sculpey aisle" there are other brands of polymer clay too.  Sculpey III, boxed SuperSculpey-flesh, and boxed original Sculpey are the weakest of all the polymer clays in any places where they're thin or project out so those areas can easily break off or chip if stressed or hit, etc.  You made your flowers fairly thick (probably since you're used to dealing with earth clay) which should help a little, and they probably won't get stressed since they're only for display, but next time you might want to try one of the other brands especially when you'll have thin or projecting things (stronger clays won't break even when very thin --in fact, they'll only bend if thin enough).
If you want to read more about the characteristics and advantages/disadvantages of the various brands and lines of polymer clay, check out these previous posts (which both include a link to the page at my site that discuses them all in much more detail):

Definitely let us see other stuff you make!

Diane B.

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2008 08:48:35 AM »

Sorry to hear about your dad. It must be really rough going through all that. I've heard chemo can be rough on a person. Glad to hear he is doing better.
Your dad is going to love those flowers far more than you buying some. Especially when he realizes how much time and energy you and your boyfriend invested in them. Priceless.
Best wishes for you and your family!

Diane B. - Those Bottles of Hope are very cute. What a fun idea. My fave site was...
Only 98 Bottles of Hope on the wall... someone must have taken one down... passed it around...

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