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The Fifth Marauder
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« on: July 19, 2010 10:52:54 AM »

I made most of these a long time ago, but I just got around to photographing and posting them. For some reason the pictures still aren't very good (even though I jacked my mummy's camera...shhh). I'm starting to think it's an operator error.   Shocked
Anyways, first up is a little chibi version of Fred Weasley (my favorite!). I made him out of polymer clay, acrylic paints, and some nail polish. A little bit of his hair broke off, I don't know if it shows in this picture. I was so upset when it happened that I almost cried. Though it was my fault; I left him in my purse for too long.  Cry

I put a little ring in the top of his head so I could attach him to a keychain or something, but now I'm a little afraid he might break. Polymer clay isn't the most durable substance known to man...

Not a very good picture, sorry. I was trying to get a close up of his little face, but the flash kept reflecting off the topcoat and making a glare. Sad

Another crappy picture, but you get the idea.

Next is my Luna Lovegood jewelry set. They have this at the WB shop, but it's like $50, so I decided to make my own substitutes. I made her radish (Dirgible Plums) earrings, her cork necklace, and her beetle ring.

Radish/Dirgible Plum earrings. These took me about 10 tries until I got an end result I was really happy with. I tried beading them for about four or five tries, then I switched to clay and finally achieved near perfection (not). No kidding either, I started these last summer before HBP came out, I had some not very good ones that I wore opening day to the movie theatre, then I finally had these good ones by Halloween for my Luna Lovegood costume.

Next her Butterbeer cork necklace, to keep away the Nargles. This was really no great feat; all I did was stick an eye pin into a cork and thread a piece of blue yarn through it. But I still love it.

Then her beetle ring, which I never remember seeing in any of the movies, but it was on the WB site, so I tried to make one. The one they had was beaded, but that failed, so I switched to clay. It's not very good, but it served it's purpose.

Then finally, I made a little DA pin that was based off the necklaces they have at the WB shop. It's not very good quality, as it was made very hastily a few hours before my Halloween party. My friends so nicely pointed out to me that it wouldn't make sense to walk around sporting a pin advertising a secret and illegal club, but I don't care. It's cool.

If you can't tell from the absolutely terrible picture (you probably can't) it says "Dumbledore's Army" around the sides and "D.A." in the center. All I did was cover an old pin with a slab of clay, carve the letters into it with a toothpick, and paint it silver. Not very good quality at all.

So, that was a lot of stuff, but anyways, hope everyone likes it! Comments are appreciated! Cheesy

"We shall no longer hear the little cry/ Of our sad hearts, that may not live nor die."
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010 11:24:39 AM »

Cute figure, and like the impressed DA pin and the radishes too.

Polymer clay isn't the most durable substance known to man...

Actually, polymer clay is quite strong as long as you keep a few things in mind.  

For example, when you want strength in any thin or projecting area of a polymer clay item, don't use certain lines of polymer clay--in particular, Sculpey III and SuperSculpey (original boxed Sculpey is even worse) because they're brittle after baking those areas (like your hair stick-outs). Even those "weaker" brands/lines of polymer clay will be quite strong though if they're made into thick and rounded shapes (you probably couldn't even break them on purpose as long as they were baked thoroughly/correctly**) --those brands/lines also are much more easily distorted and won't take sharp detail as easily as the "better" brands.***

If you want more info on getting the best strength either from the clays you use or the construction techniques you use, check out at least  this page at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site:
...click on the Strength category near top of list

** http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
*** e.g., in this order:
...Kato Polyclay, FimoClassic... Premo, Cernit
...followed by FimoSoft... BakeShop/ClayShop

Also, any joined pieces of clay need to be done in certain ways to create strong bonds.  You can read more about doing that if you're interested on this page:
...click on the Some Bonding Techniques category near bottom of list

Oh, and btw, if you want to use other metallic materials to make polymer clay look like metal, check out some of these pages too (including how to color just the top area around impressions made in the clay--stamping/texturing/etc--which is called "highlighting" in polymer-clay-speak):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Faux--many.htm ...click on Metals

Diane B.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2010 11:31:33 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

few of my photos
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
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