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unladylikely
« on: January 30, 2011 02:03:11 PM »

My bestie was having some trouble just watching me craft everything under the sun.  She felt like she wasn't creative and I knew she was, so I kept offering to have her try things.  Clay was a big hit...especially when we realized what would happen when we combined dowels with clay:






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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011 02:29:04 PM »

These are awesome!! Love that you gave them names too Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011 03:19:44 PM »

very cool! love the names!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011 03:44:29 PM »

These are absolutely gorgeous! 
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011 01:05:05 AM »

 Grin

love them! especially the snake wand though i really like the one with the white spiral almost shell like end.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011 08:44:32 AM »

Fantastic!...and so great for your friend too  Grin  Add wands to the list of things that can be blank canvases or anything-goes for playing with all kinds of polymer clay techniques, materials and looks ("ornaments" are probably still #1).

Did you use white glue or liquid clay or something on the wood for tack, or were they clear-finished before, or what?

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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011 09:48:40 AM »

I love these. They're all so creative.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011 01:40:32 PM »

@Diane: Thanks!  The clay sticks right to the dowels 95% of the time on its own.  If the handle slides off after baking, i just glue them with E6000. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011 09:52:42 PM »

@Diane: Thanks!  The clay sticks right to the dowels 95% of the time on its own.  If the handle slides off after baking, i just glue them with E6000. 

you could always roughen the surface of the dowel with course sandpaper or scratch with a craft knife. the clay would probably stick better to a rough surface than a very smooth one Smiley
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you could always roughen the surface of the dowel with course sandpaper or scratch with a craft knife. the clay would probably stick better to a rough surface than a very smooth one

Deep scratching might work better than sanding depending on the grain and the porosity of the bare wood being used since raw polymer clay either sticks to smooth surfaces (glass, smooth metals, ceramics, etc) because it can create a vacuum underneath with its oiliness, or to uneven or "around-the-corner" surfaces because it can create a mechanical hold. 

Usually porous items aren't the best for clay sticking unless they aren't moved much (except straight down to the surface) because neither of those things can happen. But bare wood can also run the gamut from smooth and dense to not that smooth and open-grain so some wood could work okay if the clay is just pressed directly down onto it.  (Trying to roll clay that's on top of a porous or even slick armature very much though will make it come loose pretty easily--frustrating when covering pens or eggs, e.g....that's why some surfaces are first coated with white glue, clear finish, acrylic paint, etc.)
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