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« on: March 26, 2011 01:27:06 AM »

Hi all
I made this house elf for superhooker in the IYP swap and thought he deserved a post of his own.

He is made from a wire armature which I covered in aluminium foil and then polymer clay.  His eyes are plastic dolls eyes, which I inserted before I baked him.  I am no polymer clay expert, and baking those eyes was not a great idea because they "boiled", well they bubbled inside and got a slightly milky appearance.
the poly clay was a pinky flesh colour, so he has been painted and inked as well.
Hopefully since he arrived at superhooker's he has been given a sock or some other item of clothing, or I might have to report her to Hermoine and S.P.E.W
Unfortunately due to computers being evil agents of satan this is the only pic I have of him.
Hope you like him.  I do.

« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011 04:05:38 AM »

That's great! it has an inherent Dobby-ness and the big eyes work just fine with the whole look Smiley you have a lucky swap partner! and I hope too that he has already been given some socks and at least one S.P.E.W. woolen hat.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011 05:28:35 AM »

He is awesome!
I immediately thought of Dobby. He must be related.
I do hope he will be given a sock.
Great job!

« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2011 07:07:13 AM »

He's wonderful!  Do you know what superhooker named him?

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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2011 08:40:02 AM »

He's wonderful!! (and I know nothing about Dobby or house elves) 
Love his "outfit" too and think he's perfect dressed just as is.  Nice job!

(If you're interested in eyes made from clay, plastic, glass, etc. plus suggestions for baking at least some plastic eyes and even improving some re already-fogged ones, check out this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm > Eyes >> Other Materials for Eyes.
The main problem is that there are various kinds of plastics and they mess up--melt/fog/distort/shrink-- at their own particular temps but usually in the 200-300 F range; it's hard to know which temp will be okay for each plastic item.

Since one of those suggestions is to make sure that the eyes never reach over 275 F, or perhaps a bit less, for even one second during curing which isn't that easy to do, you might want to check out my page on Baking as well for the various ways to enclose/protect clay while in the oven:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm > Darkening, Scorching, Burning)

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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2011 03:34:51 PM »

OMG Diane B.  You certainly have a wealth of information you are willing to share.  Thank you so much.  I have book marked your page so that before I try anything else in polymer clay I will do some more thorough research.  That information is endless.

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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011 05:19:11 AM »

OMG!!!! I love him!!! great job! Your fantastic work has inspired me to want to create with polymer clay!!!!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2011 09:45:54 AM »

Oh my goodness he is just too adorable! I need him!

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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2011 01:31:23 AM »

That is just adorable, I love house elfs

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