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« on: December 07, 2009 10:26:31 PM »

I'm wondering if anybody would mind sharing the technique for attaching polymer clay or plastic components (ie; hand sculpted claws or horns) to a stuffed toy. I had a poke around both the boards and google but I'm drawing a blank. Is anyone able to enlighten me?

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010 12:52:30 PM »

doubt this is the best method but i always use hot glue-ive also heard of people poking holes in the items before baking and then sewing them to the doll.

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010 02:48:50 PM »

I usually atach a metal ring to the polymer clay piece and then sew the piece to the doll. If needed I aply glue, but I prefer sewing, it is cleaner and I think it is more resistent than glued pieces.

« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010 12:06:31 PM »

If I'm using small parts, like teeth or narrow/small claws, I prefer to use elasticlay. It's really difficult to sculpt with, but when baked/cured it stays pretty flexible... I don't even need to poke holes in it, it's still soft enough after curing that you can just stab the needle through it.

Otherwise I just poke a bunch of holes in the polymer clay parts before curing, to make sure the holes stay I like to use pins and leave them in the parts while they bake. (Be sure to use pins that don't have plastic heads, of course!)

I sew them in with strong thread through the holes, even with claws I try to get at least two holes per claw. Then I put a little dab of tacky or super glue around the stitches and press the fabric to it for extra hold  Smiley


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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2010 08:49:16 PM »

I've done this a couple times

I usually make the pieces a lot like the plastic eyes you get for teddy bears and stuff animals the part then a piece of wire in the back with polymer clay around it sticking out in the back, then i grab a washer. Make a small hole in the fabric
stick it through, put the washer on the opposite side, the use a little hot glue under the washer for added strength!

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010 10:10:38 PM »

Another method that might work for horns, or even for larger bits like sculpted faces, is to sculpt it with a wider ring around the bottom, then create a hole in the cloth part smaller than that ring.  Then, you can just push it through and it'll stay in place well when it is stuffed.  This method also works well with amigurumi.

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