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« on: April 08, 2012 01:45:53 PM »


Hey ye!

These are a kind of experiment.
I made some polymer clay pendants and then I felt too lazy to hand-paint them. I decided to print some nice patterns from my photoshop collection and the fairy is an illustration by Rebecca Daumier (that one will be a present for my aunt!)

The point is that... the process and my material are both so so so shabby...

I used vinyl-latex to stick the paper to the clay but the paper on the round edges (the heart ones mainly) tends to break...

Im happy enough for not to feel embarrassed of my anti-professional and tasteful work.

Have you ever tried to stick paper to polymer clay? what have you used for it?

any tip is more than welcome!!!


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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2012 01:49:06 PM »

oops! I forgot to show you the kind-of-nice one! here it goes!

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2012 02:42:23 PM »

i think they actually look really nice, the only thing i might suggest would be have you tried doing the main face and letting it dry off a bit before you try trimming the edges and turning them over, then you have less soft bits that you're putting under pressure all at once, which might give it less chance of ripping, i would possibly do a solid piece to go over the back too to cover your turns, but they look lovely, plus it's a great way to use up any old scraps of clay!! lovely and thrifty too xx
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012 10:54:36 AM »

Very nice!  She'll love them.

There are actually lots of way to get paper (or other) images onto polymer clay:
1. The whole paper image can be stuck on just with an adhesive, or using a decoupage method, or with some kind of other "encasing" method.
2. The images from the paper can be "transferred" in a number of ways onto the clay (direct-transferring transfers only the ink/colorant to the clay... decal transfers create a thin decal of the ink in a decal, often transparent, which is placed on the clay, usually white clay).

For #1 above, check out these pages at my site for tips on doing it in several ways:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mixing_media.htm > Paper of All Kinds
...Here's a simple one, using just a permanent white glue on back of paper...she used an epoxy resin on top:
...These use liquid polymer clay on top, but unfortunately the link to Donna Kato's beautiful washi paper pendants (with liquid polymer clay on top) no longer works, but here are some similar ones--which may use a clear water-based finish like polyurethane or clear fingernail polish, or epoxy resin, or liquid polymer clay, etc, on top for a thick clear coating:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweet2spicy/tags/washi (click on each)

For #2 above, check out the many ways to do "transfers":

And if you're interested in some other ways to hang pendants besides flat holes, check out this page too:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/pendants_cording.htm (Top Loops, Tubes, Bails, Stacked, Framed)

Have fun!
Diane B.
P.S.  I bet the clayers over on the Polymer Clay boards would love to see things like this too...here's the Completed Projects sub-board for polymer clay:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=238.0 and there's a Discussions & Questions sub-board too
« Last Edit: April 11, 2012 07:37:53 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

few of my photos
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2012 03:36:21 PM »

wowww! Thanks Ch4r!e and thanks Diane.B for your tips Cheesy!!! You both are really helpful! Wink I will definetely follow them in further experimentation!!!!

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2012 07:31:48 AM »

These are new pendants made with new materials.

This time I stick the pics outrigh with multipurpose glue and later I applied yellow sticklack on the outer side. It doesnt change its colours, luckly!!!

I should mention that the pics are laser printed. I havent checked yet whether ink printings suffer modifications when applying sticklack.

Thanks for seeing again!


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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012 01:04:00 PM »

I love the last one of the Japanese (?) lady, very professional looking and cool. A real upgrade from the first ones you showed us, which were nice enough.

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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2012 04:22:32 AM »

this is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing your process, your pendants are beautiful!

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