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« on: December 15, 2010 01:57:16 PM »

This is the Gnome house that I made for the Tiny Fairytale House Swap.  It's only the second project I've ever done in polymer clay, and I think I bit off more that I could chew.

I struggle a lot with the roof especially and it I'm still not pleased with it.  I keep having bubbling issues and I'm not sure how to prevent that.  I swear as I'm making it that all of the air is pressed out, but I keep getting bubbles.

Oddly, I had the easiest time with the details; the mushrooms, ivy, and whatnot.  I love parts of this house and have to overlook others.  The important thing is that my swap partner loved it and it's the best that I could do within the parameters.  Anyway, here it is.


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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010 02:45:06 PM »

It's so sweet and obviously crafted with care and an eye for detail.  Love the ladder on the back and all the teensy blades of grass, and actually I think the not-so-perfect roof is perfect for a gnome house!  Just keep practicing and reading how-tos and you'll figure out how best to limit the bubble issue.  And with any luck, craftster Diane B. of glassattic.com will be along soon to post some helpful hints and point you to the parts of her website that can provide a lot of specific information.  (http://glassattic.com/ is a veritable online encyclopedia jam-packed full of ideas and information about working with polymer clay.)
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2010 03:21:20 PM »


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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2010 05:45:03 PM »

it is so cute!  and the roof looks great!

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010 10:30:58 AM »

Totally adorable!... love little scenes and structures like that. (And you did a great job, especially being new!)

Bubbles are one of the few learning curve things for polymer clay unfortunately, but there are ways to help prevent them. 
It's not only air that causes bubbles btw, but also moisture (one reason it's not good to mix acrylic paints or other water-based colorants into raw clay btw); it can even be moisture from your hands.  Sometimes certain colors or brands will just have more bubbles at some manufacture times too, but not generally.  Then of course, there are the mixing/shaping ways that air can get into the clay from using the pasta machine or hand mixing, mixing colors, rolling up, etc, etc.

You can check out this page at my site though for loads of info about what causes bubbles and how to prevent or deal with them, under the Problems > Bubbles subcategory:

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010 01:14:24 PM »

Thanks for all of the comments.  I'm really liking polymer clay and can't wait until my skill level improves.  I see such wonderful work on this board.  I'll just have to keep working with it and researching techniques.

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