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Topic: Will Ferrel Elf Wreath- Need Help with Polymer Clay Figures  (Read 5842 times)
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« on: December 20, 2005 10:51:45 AM »

I am making my bro an Elf- themed wreath (the Will Ferrel movie Elf) and I made these little guys today to decorate the wreath:

BUT they are falling apart Sad  A foot fell off the penguin, the polar bear's head fell off and I am worried about the narwhale's horn Wink

I need help making these guys whole again.  I have some liquid sculpey to mend the items but doesn't the clay become too brittle if cooked too long?

« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2005 10:55:10 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2005 11:01:54 AM »

Those are so CUTE! They look just like the movie! I hope you post pics of your finished wreath.

(BTW, I would just use whatever super strength glue you have on hand to stick them back together.)
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2005 11:17:28 AM »

Cute!.... great idea.

As for rejoining, superglue may work, but it really needs two surfaces which exactly match to work best.
Liquid clay is probably your best bet since you have some.  
And btw, polymer clay never gets brittle from too much baking.... quite the contrary actually; many clayers feels longer baking makes polymer clays stronger.

You don't say what brand of polymer clay you used, but be aware that Sculpey is the weak polymer clay so it breaks much more easily in any thinner areas than Premo or one of the Fimos.  
It also darkens more easily than the others while baking, so when you re-bake the figure to cure the liquid clay if you're using Sculpey, try to use your large oven and also drape the figure with a damp paper towel (to try to keep the temperature as even as possible on all parts of the pieces).

You could do other things to secure the pieces too though:

If you don't want to rebake at all
...drill a small hole in the bottom of the head (just twist into the baked clay with a tiny drill bit, or press in a red-hot safety-pin tip)
... insert a short piece of wire or toothpick with some superglue on it
... put a bit of ink on the tip then press it to the tiop of the torso in the position you'll want (to make a mark)
...then make another hole in the torso and glue in the other end of the wire (you can also put a bit of superglue on the joining areas if you want) and press together for 15-30 seconds.

When you make joins later, be sure to have lots of contact area between the raw pieces to be joined (and press them together well), and/or use liquid clay, and/or use a small connector as above, etc.
There are more suggestions on making good joins when using polymer clayon this page at my site, if you want to check them out:
(...click on Some Bonding Techniques...)


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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2005 11:25:01 AM »

i've always read that you're supposed to use E6000 glue on sculpey/fimo. it's a little thicker than super glue, so if the parts don't fit exactly, it kind of fills in the cracks. it takes a while to set, though... just my two cents!
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2005 11:27:52 AM »

Those are really cute, especially the narwhal.

I would recommend Gorilla Glue. That stuff is amazing. Super glue might be ok, but Gorilla Glue is thicker and more substantial.

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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2005 11:35:54 AM »

i love these, they look great and i might have to bookmark this for next year!
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2005 10:04:42 PM »

Thanks for all the suggestions and the glass attic is a great site, bookmarked it for later reference.

I ended up using superglue as it was what I had handy and less work that rebaking with liquid sculpey.  The glue worked extremely well, so well that when I DROPPED the wreath clay-figure side down the parts that broke were not the parts I had glued.  Maybe next time I should arrange to just dip the characters in glue  Undecided

The wreath is pretty simple, I just glued on the three characters and then added some spirals out of star-confetti craft wire.  I would have liked to make an elf and some candy canes but ran out of time.  Maybe next year I will make my brother more figures for his wreath Smiley

« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2006 12:27:58 PM »

I will try and regenerate this thread.  I have had it bookmarked forever, and I want to make some of these guys this Christmas.  I have trying searching but I can't find any pictures of these guys.  Does anyone know where I can get some screenshots or something?  Thanks!!!
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2006 08:27:59 AM »

Try these:



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