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« on: June 24, 2004 02:50:42 AM »

I have made pedant may self, it wase inspired by that  http://www.polyclay.com/beads.htm


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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2004 05:27:55 AM »

loving the detail on the hand... how did you make it?

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2004 07:06:52 PM »

I love that idea! *runs off to make some hands* Good job on the way it looks!!! I personally think that yours is better than the ones on that site!!! The choker is awesome too! Did you make it???

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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004 07:39:15 PM »

i dig the combination of the black lace and the white hand.  it's got kind of a weird old horror movie feel to it that i really love.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2004 05:13:02 PM »

I was just working on making my own hands based on the lovely work at polyclay yesterday, but reached a quandary.  My problem lay in the best method to create the henna designs- the originals are caned, and that kind of detail in caning gives me massive headaches from the planet Mars (though I will do it, if I must, but I don't have a pasta roller so it's harsh work).  I was considering winging something rather scrimshaw-like- carve it in, cook it, paint it with something reddish and rub off the raised areas.  Is that how you managed yours? 

See, I'm not sure what "something reddish" would work best for the desired effect. 

Also, I'm broke. 

So, yes.  How'd you do your pattern?  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2004 08:02:36 AM »

It is hard to explain because in my country we don't have  polyclay, I'm only guessing what  polyclay is.
I used modeling paste , it behaves like clay and comes in 2 colors white and brown, (I used white one). Item that is ready  should dray for 12h but I used microwave  what made hand crack Roll Eyes. When hand was ready i painted it with  several coats of nail polish when it was dray I made henna designs with fine marker.
 You can see that  it is weary primitive variation on original idea Embarrassed .

Thank you for all the good words and sorry for my English,  I hope you could understand something from that Grin

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2004 06:26:34 AM »

It turned out beautiful nonetheless, and your grasp of english is perfectly understandable. 

Polymer clay is something like Sculpey (http://www.sculpey.com) or Fimo (http://www.fimo.com)- not technically clay (silicate in water), but instead particles of PVC in plasticizers.  You shape it, bake it in the oven, and it hardens.  I know http://www.dickblick.com carries some polymer clays, if anyone without access to them is interested in obtaining some to play with online, and I'm sure many other sources could be found if you run it through a search engine.  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2004 02:20:41 PM »

Hi olenka and Capt. Riley. . .


What country are you in? . . .  "polymer clays" are available all over the world, though not in some particular countries. It can always be mail ordered though (from several countries in Europe, New Zealand, Singapore, etc.)
Check out this page for more info:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/supplysources.htm ("Clays" at top of page)

It sounds like what you have is one of the air-drying clays (those will shrink as they dry, and may take a day or more to dry thoroughly).  Polymer clays will never "dry" ... instead they must be baked at around 275 degrees F in order to cure and harden them (usually done in an ordinary kitchen oven or toaster oven, though there are other ways).

Some of the brands of polymer clay are:
Fimo, Sculpey, Premo, Cernit, KatoPolyclay, DuKit, etc.
(each of those is a little different in consistency and characteristics, but are basically handled the same).
Check this page for finding out about polymer clays, the different brands, etc.

Here are some suggesitons on baking polymer clays if you don't have an oven as well:

At Sarajane's website (www.polyclay.com), most everything is made from polymer clay.  She has written a couple of books as well.  Sarajane often uses molds (which she's usually made with polymer clay as well) for making many of her objects and embellishments. Here's a page for lots of info on polymer clay and molds:


Capt. Riley, you asked about ways to make the henna marks without caning.  There are various ways you could go about that if using polymer clay for the hand or other object.

...draw on the baked clay with a permanent pen (some will bleed a bit or turn purple over time though, like Sharpies) ...Pigma or Sakura Micron pens work well as will india ink, or just use watered down acrylic paint with a dip pen, etc.)
(...see more on this page: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/letters_inks.htm)

...use a stamp with pigment ink (or permanent ink?)...you can stamp the design after the clay is baked or before (if before, it may also be indented slightly)
(see more on this page: http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/stamping.htm)

...carve (yikes!) or stamp into raw clay, then after baking fill the depressed areas with softened clay or acrylic paint (thick, tube types work best)...let set a minute or so... wipe off as much excess as possible with paper towels ... then wipe excess with water, or better, "sand" off the excess with 0000 steel wool, at least 400 grit wet-dry sandpaper with water, or even a dish scrubbie pad (if you want the surface to be shiny or a little shiny, buff the surface on your jeans or with an electric buffing wheel)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/carving.htm (look under "Backfill")
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm (look under "Antiquing")

It's also possible to "carve" into baked or raw clay with a pin... then do one of the backfilling methods with something red.

...another possibility would be to "transfer" the image of a tatoo onto the clay (there are various ways to do that... see this page for more:

(also, if you're interested in doing things without a pasta machine, you might want to check out this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm (under "No Pasta Machine?")


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