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« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2010 04:17:27 PM »

I have many sketches for more jars but unfortunately no more jars- I have put out a call for them so hopefully more will come my way

« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2010 07:46:19 PM »

Oh wow. I love these! I'm going to have to borrow this idea!!!
*this rocks*

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« Reply #32 on: September 23, 2010 08:08:13 PM »

These are incredible!! Such a clever idea and your execution made my jaw hang open.

Great work!!

« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2010 08:58:32 PM »

ohmigawd i love these
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« Reply #34 on: September 23, 2010 09:49:16 PM »

These are so cool!

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« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2010 01:51:49 AM »

Ilove these  Grin I'm looking forward to see what else you come up with  Wink

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« Reply #36 on: September 24, 2010 06:35:31 AM »

These are really fun! Love the dragon scales!

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« Reply #37 on: September 24, 2010 08:55:16 AM »

These are so great!
Filling the bottles with water really works, eh? I was so skeptical of that, but you managed it beautifully!
« Reply #38 on: September 24, 2010 09:36:11 AM »

So clever!
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« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2010 11:47:35 AM »

this is the same site I found for baking with plastics the page for that is here:
this is one of the best sites I have found for unusual polymer clay techniques the index for these techniques is close to the bottom so scroll down

Garie Sim is an international polymer clay treasure! Grin (He even pops in here on occasion here so may comment.)  He's done all kinds of things and experiments with polymer clay as you mentioned, and his whole site (and blog) has loads of inspiration/lessons/etc.

His experiments with heating plastic bottles, etc., are done without any clay covering and that exposes the plastic to more heat (and to the vagaries of a particular oven and spot in that oven) though.  So covering a plastic container with clay completely, including the top/rim if possible (or using a protected baking technique), will usually be enough to keep most plastics from getting messed up.  
The baking temp he mentioned is also approximately 265 F so using a slightly lower temp and/or baking for a shorter time will also usually prevent problems (and the clay is usually thin enough to be cured that way).  All that said, its still a great idea to use cool water inside a container if possible, as long as it doesn't get under the clay, etc, where it could cause bubbling from steam.

I did come across an article that shows you how to cure polymer clay in the microwave in a bowl of water located here:

(There's more on the "microwave-boiling" technique for curing clay on this page at my site, if anyone wants more info too --as well as other ways to cure clay when there is no oven:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm ...click on category Boiling & Microwave-Boiling)

but I don't think you would be able to microwave the magnet if you could somehow remove the magnet and then glue it back on this technique might work

The DH-physics-person said that using the microwave-boiling technique for curing polymer clay along with a magnet could possibly increase the rate at which the magnet weakens with heat (even more than in a regular oven), but doesn't know for sure.

I have many sketches for more jars but unfortunately no more jars- I have put out a call for them so hopefully more will come my way

There are probably various things around your house you could use even now too.  My BOH page, for one, has a section with suggestions for both plastic and glass containers as well as other things to make them on too (and even making your own forms) if you want to check them out:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/BOH.htm ...click on Sources for Bottles, etc
Or you could use other permanent or temporary forms to make them on (tube of paper, dowel covered with aluminum foil, etc), then use corks for closure or even make your own decorative "stoppers" like the ones middle of this page:
...And just ran across this lesson on making decorative cork stoppers in this pdf file from the new manufacturer of  Fimo products:

« Last Edit: September 24, 2010 11:48:58 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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