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« on: December 17, 2011 07:10:27 PM »

Hi Smiley I'm very much interested in giving this polymer clay thing a go. I want to make necklaces/earings/plugs/tapers/little ornaments etc.. anything and everything really. Here are a few links to the things I've found on here that I'd love to have a go at:










Could I please have a list of supplies I'll need? I have a hobbycraft very near me and I shop on amazon a lot but I'm very much open to shopping at other online stores. Oh, and one stickler... it has to be UK only. I'm severely impatient and waiting even for things to get here within the UK is torture enough.

Quick question: When creating things like this, would it be easier/cheaper to get white fimo and paint it? Or go for the coloured fimo?

« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011 07:31:53 PM »

The first pic is made from silver Sculpey III, I think. I have the silver Sculpey III and it looks just the same. The pink heart was painted on with acrylic paint.
In the USA, most major craft stores, like AC Moore and Michael's, run sales every three or so weeks and a block of Sculpey would be about $2.
I love certain colors of Sculpey, ones you could never paint, like translucent. They make lovely metallics, like the silver in the heart, and gold, copper, even pearlized white. There's even glow in the dark clay!
The supplies you'll need are clay in basic colors. Based on what you're making will determine clay colors. There are also kits and sets with many colors, or clay in colors for one specific project and the instructions.
I make miniature foods for my mom's dollhouse, jewelry and this years Christmas ornaments. The tools i use most are a safety pin for poking or texturizing clay, aluminum foil to use balled up in the center of large projects to save clay, wire, cookie cutters and jewelry findings.
The secon d picture is ceramic, not polymer. The third pic, the poster was good enough to post her tutorial, but I'm on a tablet and can't see the small letters :-) 4th is bright colors, these are actual clay colors, not painted.
The octopus is a bit different, he is wrapped around glass. Polymer clay has to be baked to harden, so it can be baked with metal or glass.
The 6th pic, the cupcakes have a mold used for the bottom. These molds are silicone.
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011 09:28:42 AM »

You have asked a lot of questions that actually cover a lot of polymer clay territory!  I'll respond to just a few now, but must finish wrapping and get to the p.o. very soon to get pkgs to my hometown before xmas, so look for the other answers later today.

Btw, when you want to link to a particular post in a thread here at Craftster, be sure and highlight and copy the subject line just above that post to get the correct url.  Otherwise if you just use the url in the browser window, the link will go only to the whole thread and actually the latest part of it.  At Craftster though, you'll always have to wait a moment for the "jump-down" to the proper place on the page.
For example, the url you wanted for the metallic heart is:
See how that includes the actual post (msg) as well as the topic (thread) compared to the one below?

As for the heart in the first link, I'm pretty sure monstercookies says she uses metallic powders (like Pearl Ex, which comes in various golds, silvers, blues, reds, etc).  That's the most common way to get metallic effects like that on polymer clay, though clayers used to use real-metal powders before the mica-based powders came along.  
I think she said once that she sometimes/always? uses a metallic clay underneath too (she uses Premo) but that's not necessary for the effect. (If she'd used a "metallic" clay only--those are translucent clays, usually tinted, with mica particles in them-- it would have been hard to keep all the mica particles laying flat and reflecting light on a dimensional/sculpted item like that, so there would have been swirls and variations in the "silver" color.)

Here's something she said for sure:
I usually do the entire piece with a base mica powder - in this case, silver... then I mix mica powder with a small amount of satin polyurethane and paint on different colours, such as copper, bronze, brass, etc... it stays a lot more clean and crisp that way.
So rather than just rubbing the metallic powder into the raw clay as would normally be done, she mixes it into a clear medium (in this case a Semi-Gloss version of polyurethane, probably Varathane) to create a "paint" she can apply with a small brush, etc.  And she's created a one-tone undercoat of silver powder before starting to paint, though again not necessary depending on the effect desired.  (Metallic powders can be applied in a number of different ways, over various background colors, etc.)
Since the heart is kind of a dull silver color, it's probably a mica powder called pewter or something similar, and the fact that she uses a semi-gloss clear finish (again polyurethane) keeps it from being any shinier/brighter too.

She then "antiques" the whole item with black acrylic paint (rubs it into the crevices, then wipes it off the surface areas with paper towel, etc, while still wet), and she says she then adds another coat of satin finish (though not necessary, but usually Gloss would be used to further shine up the metallic coloring).

You can see more of her metallic-colored clay items here:

There are other metallic materials used on polymer clay too besides the real-metal and the mica powders, which give different amounts of shine, come in different colors, etc... like metallic waxes (Gilder's Paste, Rub 'N Buff), metallic leaf (very thin sheets of real metals but not precious metal) , metallic foil (plastic), and pearlescent acrylic paints and "inks." Some are used on raw clay, some on baked clay, some on either.

You can get loads of info on all those metallic colorants/supplies on this page of my site:
And info about "antiquing" is here (and several other places):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm > Antiquing, Highlighting, Staining
And info about using clay or non-clay "inlays" and "onlays":
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mosaics_inlay.htm > Inlays

As for using colored polymer clays versus painting on the baked clay, most polymer clayers would agree that using colored clay is half the fun and one of the things that makes polymer clay different from using air-dry clays and allows it to do so many things and effects besides just sculpting.  
Some people (particularly people who are mostly sculptors and come from other arts/crafts) do use polymer clay that way, but most polymer clayers use paint only for special things like adding color on flesh-colored clay for faces, for antiquing, etc.
For info on just painting on clay, see the page linked to above on Paints.
For info on colorings the body of your own polymer clay, and/or mixing colors to get just about any color you want, check out this page:
...and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240719.msg2654312#msg2654312
...and for keeping costs down, re coloring and other things:

Here's some more to check out before I get back:
beginners tools + supplies + baking
easier beginner techniques, explorations in polymer clay
what all can be done with polymer clay anyway, and differences from air-dry clays?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110507004411AAmELzg (read the "list of facts" there especially)

(my whole polymer clay "encyclopedia" website:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm )

Diane B.


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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2011 11:39:09 AM »

Okay, back now and almost recovered.  Cheesy

I indicated in my first answer where you could get info/lessons/etc about some of the things you asked about, but for the rest I'll just give links and you can come back and ask more specific questions if/when you have them to narrow down the focus better and get more info.

First, to keep things straight, here are some topics I think I covered at least a little before, though for some I've added other links to check out too (in BOLD):

metallic surface effects + antiquing + onlays/inlays
There are various stamping and texturing methods used for the heart too:

paints + coloring + cheapest, etc + beginners tools + supplies + baking:
"would it be easier/cheaper to get white fimo and paint it? Or go for the coloured fimo?"
"a list of supplies I'll need?...UK only" (be sure and look down at ALL my answers on that link)
...Supplies for polymer clay, aside from the simplest ones discussed there, vary widely though depending on exactly which technique is being used and which supplies the maker chooses to use.  
Each technique page at my site discusses supplies that might be used for it, but for UK supplies in general, look here under the Non-USA category:


and here are the others:

cupcakes + minatures
mostly this page for the miniature cupcakes and other miniatures:
For the fairly large and ceramic cupcake though, you'd probably want to investigate the several pages at my site dealing with armatures and sculpting.

pins/pendants + covering or partly covering a "core" and making "sheets" + "caned" stripes
http://glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm > Pins...how to make in general
http://glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm (many pendants would be similar to that except for hanging technique)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/beads.htm > Covering a Core
and maybe also: http://glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm
http://glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm > Layers >> Striped

octopus + seed beads as mixed media + clear finishes (often glossy) + hanging pendants + strength of some clays when thin
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (also > Websites >> Whimsical )
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm > Seed Beads
(see Pendants page link above)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm > Strength
...and perhaps Armatures-Permanent:

miniature gingerbread men (cutters + onlays + perhaps clay gun ropes)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/houses_structures_gingerbread.htm > Gingerbread >> Figures
http://glassattic.com/polymer/cutters-blades.htm > Cutters >> Small & Med. Size Cutters... etc
(see Onlays page link above)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm (using a small round-disk in clay gun)

miniature waffles, cake slice, rose + starlight candy + textured sculpted heart
(see Miniatures page link above)
(see Gingerbread page, but look under > Candies for the starlight canies)

"make necklaces/earings/plugs/tapers"...and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358057.0 :
http://glassattic.com/polymer/jewelry.htm > Earrings category, and also > Necklaces
"little ornaments" (regular size ornaments + miniatures to use as ornaments):
(also Miniatures page link above)
(also Gingerbread, Etc. page link above, but under Candies)
"anything and everything really"

Diane B.
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