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« on: June 06, 2009 05:49:47 AM »

I got this neat rock looking polymer clay the other day and thought it would be neat to make "pet rocks".

Voila!

The last one came out dark, I think my oven had been on a while, so he is just a bit toasty.





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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009 06:03:31 AM »

Aww, they're adorable! The first one is my favorite  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009 06:31:11 AM »

So cute.  I love the rose one.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009 06:44:08 AM »

Is that a bead embedded in their foreheads?
I think they're adorable but I'd rather not have a bead on their foreheads - they are so sweet without it.
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009 06:48:59 AM »

These are absolutely adorable!  And now I want one!
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2009 07:18:39 AM »

aww, they are adorable, especially the first one. i agree w/ craftydeb though, i think it would be cuter without the bead.
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009 07:28:34 AM »

Awww... cute!

The main reason your "stone" clay came out dark was probably because it's mostly translucent clay (which darkens more easily than any other color of clay), especially since your other colors look fine.  There are ways to prevent that if you don't already know about them; here's part of a previous answer of mine that deals with that if you're interested:

. . .If you can't afford a good convection oven to cure your clay in, the next best bet is to use a ccompletely "enclosed" baking method to protect the clay from any higher heat than you want--using the old higher heat temps for clay that aren't recommended but still work, will usually be fine in that situation too.
The next-next best solution to avoid darkening would be a "partly-enclosed" method of baking like draping a damp paper towel over the clay, or placing a tent of aluminum foil over it--don't allow very smooth things like foil to touch the clay though unless you don't care about getting shiny spots.

You can read lots more details about all the different methods for avoiding darkening, using enclosed baking, which baking surface materials get too hot, etc., if you're interested, on the Baking page of my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
Below are the categories & subcategories there you'll probably most want to read, though you could just start with the Darkening, Scorching, Burning category:

Temperatures & times for baking
Ovens (regular, toaster, convection)
Thermometers... testing your oven if desired
Materials to bake on
...keeping flat items flat
Support during baking (propping)
...+ insulating (powders, etc.)
Darkening, scorching, & burning
.....avoiding darkening ... gen.
.....partially enclosing (draping... tenting)
........summary of more ways to avoid darkening
.... enclosed baking (completely enclosed)


And you might also want to check out this answer I wrote somewhere else the other day about the same kind of thing:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AnWC0uZjIGnixO.X00oLLCMjzKIX;_ylv=3?qid=20090604161655AAHzPN0
...scroll down a bit to my answer there


Btw, in addition to using the rock-looking polymer clays that you can buy, it's easy (and fun!) to make rock-like clays yourself.  Generally those will be created with translucent clay (or translucent tinted with another color) with all kinds of "inclusions" mixed into it --glitters & metallic powders, spices/herbs, play sands, dirt, pigment and even embossing powders of various kinds, tiny pre-baked bits of polymer clay, and many other materials.  
If you're interested in loads of info on making your own faux rock with polymer clay, check out these two pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm (click on Rock-Like Rock & Stones near the top of the list)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm


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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2009 07:34:52 AM »

Thanks Diane!

And I will probably try out a few without the Hindu look tonight.  I want to try some more theme-ish ones for some friends. Pics when I have em'
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2009 08:20:40 AM »

I love them!  Even with the bead in their heads.  I especially love the green one.  Looks like it lives in a tree or something.  Great job  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2009 08:39:00 AM »

OMG they are adorable!  I'll be wisting that rose one.  Wink
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