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« on: August 06, 2005 04:23:15 PM »

i've been making thumb tacks for awhile, just covering silver thumb tacks with some sculpey/fimo, and then baking them. here is a batch i made yesterday:

digital cameras are supposed to be so awesome, but i try to take up close craft pictures, and it doesn't work out too hott. in the picture are.... 2 day of the dead skulls, an orange, a heart, 2 stars, a cupcake, a flower, a happy sheep, a butterfly, a peppermint, and a happy tomato.

« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2005 04:29:37 PM »

Those are very cute!  Good job. They would make great gifts and you can customize them.
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2005 04:41:43 PM »

Those are sooo cute!!  Any tips for new sculpey users??  Everytime I try to bake my creations they crack and break....am I doing something wrong??


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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2005 05:58:16 PM »

as far as camera use - my pictures always turned out cruddy, too, but then my sister pointed out that I should use the detail/close-up feature on the camera. Also, depending what type you have, some cameras will show a little square when it's focuses (or several squares), and then you know that it's pretty clear (unles syou have shaky hands like me:))

For the magnets, I love the skulls! They're all really cute.

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2005 03:40:45 PM »

I agree with andi_sunrider about the close-up mode!... you must actually invoke it on most digital cameras or they will only focus up to about 3-4 ft.
 Get out your manual and see if your camera even has a close-up function (many do, but how they define that can vary a lot!  ...some call anything closer than 2-3 feet a "close-up"...others can focus down to a few inches or so). 
If you don't see anything specifically about a close-up function on your camera, look in the technical info, etc., to see just how close your model can get to an item and be in focus, then stay at least that far away. 
You may be able to use the zoom feature if you have one to get a larger image too, but sometimes zooms on digital camers are "digital zooms" rather than optical zooms, and will give images that are much more pixelated.

Any tips for new sculpey users??  Everytime I try to bake my creations they crack and break....am I doing something wrong??

The first thing to consider, night-owl, is the brand of polymer clay you're using.  All the Sculpeys** are weaker than any other brand, especially in any thin or projecting areas...  after baking those areas will snap off or break if stressed (round beads and things are inherently strong shapes and should be fine though). 

You can make this better by using a different clay brand (like Premo or Fimo), and/or there are other ways to make better joins between pieces (which is often where breaking off happens)... you can read about those on this page:
(...click on the subcategory "Some Bonding Techniques"...)
And you can read about the characteristics of the various brands of polymer clay on this page:

If you have any other problems, just post 'em .... fortunately there are answers to most everything  Grin  (...and put the word  polymer somewhere in the title so I'll see it).

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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2005 05:20:31 PM »


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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2005 10:22:20 AM »

SO cute!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2005 02:52:33 PM »

thank you!
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so people could spell words.... or names...

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2005 04:47:27 PM »

i love those. the happy sheep is my absolute favorite thing i think i've ever seen. awesome job!

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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2005 05:01:45 PM »

THat is a super cool idea, I would have never thought of that! Good Job, they are soo cute! The cupcake is my favorite Smiley
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