checked your 'Tutorial Archives' and don't see what I'm looking
for. Do you
have any information on making Faux Dichroic PC pieces?
ArLynn—in searching our archives, I found
from November of ’02, which may help you:
Personally, I don’t have any other info on
dichroic methods, but a Google search came up with a ton of hits, and
one of them – a tutorial by none other than Lisa Pavelka:
I really love “Googling” for
information…it is fast,
and very accurate. I have even downloaded the toolbar onto my browser
page, so I only have to enter a search string and hit “enter”. You can
the toolbar at www.google.com .
This is not a compensated endorsement; I
am just a
Dear Deb -
I have come
across a person making bracelets from fresh flowers....she dries
flowers in her oven, she pulverizes and uses polymer clay to make
all I know about the process and she is not willing to share the
you know how this can be done, or a web site or even a book I could
person makes bracelets from funeral flowers ( as a lasting memory). You
do the same for weddings, proms etc. I would like to learn how to do
help would be appreciated. Thank You Pat Hinds
If you have dried flowers and translucent
clay, you can have flower beads!
In a nutshell, what I do is condition the
portion out the amount I want for the bead, and then incorporate the
plant or herb or spice, etc.) bits into the clay. Rolling works best
and actually pressing the flowers into the sheet of clay before shaping
beads works well too. Your mileage may vary, depending on the heat and
in your studio, and all the usual factors.
Give that a try and let us see what you
come up with!
I am new to
claying, and I know that you can't use clay for anything that comes in
with food, but how about a soap dish? Would the composition of clay
it was exposed to hand soap?
the info. I am considering Christmas gifts, and am making homemade
thought that a dish would be a nice accompaniment... If not clay maybe
Ann, I think it’s a great idea!
My husband, the well-known polymer clay
made a soap dish using some galvanized wire mesh and polymer clay. The
roughly ¼” openings, so the water can drain through. He applied
clay to all
four edges, which raises the dish up off the counter just enough to let
water go back into the sink. No adverse effects so far! As usual, your
question from HotDoc:
Hi - I'm very new at this, so forgive me if the question is too simple.
couldn't find the answer in the Glass Attic or PC Central.
I am using Premo!, so I initially thought that I should bake a 1/2 inch
for an hour, since the instructions are to bake 30 minutes for every
But if the bead is already pierced, albeit with a thin needle tool,
make the actual thickness 1/4 inch, since there is a thin column of air
I wondered this after I baked black and white 1/2 inch beads for 30 and
The white clay discolored slightly at 60 minutes, which may be for
different reasons, but perhaps because of over baking. Both beads feel
hard, and make a nice sharp sound when tapped on a hard surface. I
under baked beads could feel fine initially and then crumble in 8 or 9
would I know now?
Thanks! - HotDoc
HotDoc, before we talk about length of
let’s talk temperature. Polymer clay, especially the whites and
are very likely to change color if baked at too high a temperature. Are
certain your oven is accurately baking the beads at the recommended
The only way to be sure is an accurate oven thermometer. Oven
regulators are notoriously inaccurate, so checking in various spots for
temperature differences is important, as is, knowing whether the oven
temperature as it cycles.
Polymer clay is very forgiving of length
of time in
the oven, IF the temperature is correct. There have been artists who
re-bake items as they add elements, with no ill effects.
My advice here is to check your oven
could be off as much as 50-75 degrees!
If that is not a problem, then perhaps
light-colored items as they bake would be a good idea. Some folks use a
disposable aluminum pan to cure their pc items, and others just cover
Let us know how the next batch works!
Hi, Deb -
first question: I'm using Premo to make buttons, but they're so
baking, I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong. I'm baking
question: I was dismayed to find my unwrapped Premo, which has been
stored in a
plastic bin in a temperature-controlled climate, so dried out that
it crumbled into a zillion pieces when I ran it through the pasta
The diluent really didn't help it much, and I could mix it with new
it's so time consuming to "reconstitute" it, I'm not sure it's worth
it. Any ideas/suggestions?
Denise…thanks for the compliment…we are
First, Premo---yep, it is flexible, all
thicker applications, it’s not so “bendy, but in flatter and thinner
does have some give to it. My suggestion for the buttons, if they are
to make them thicker.
Regarding the crumbling clay, is it
protected from UV
light sources, as well as heat? Ultraviolet light can cure the clay,
it sounds like maybe your clay has started to do just that. If it is
hardening, without curing, you can try to reconstitute it
As far as reconstituting it goes, you can
diluent to the crumbles, and put them away to “soak” for a bit. (A
bag works well) As the diluent soaks in, the clay will soften, and you
add more crumbles to it and repeat the process, rolling and flattening
at each stage. I know it takes time, but I hate to waste even a crumb
so that’s what I would do.
Another factor to consider is whether it’s
block, or your entire inventory. One might be dispensable, while your
stock wouldn’t be.
Also, was the clay workable when you
opened it? Perhaps
the supplier should be notified. It isn’t unheard of for a truckload of
start to cure on the way to delivery.
I hope some of this will help. Please let
me know if
you need more assistance!
updates and corrections. Here is one.
us ideas for using an electric skillet as a mini-oven for curing
items, and referred to some clay that had melted. Here is her update.
think my letter to you about electric skillets was the only place I
"went public" about the melting green Kato clay. Donna Kato and I
corresponded about this, and I owe an apology! Hopefully, you will
print my apology
as well as having been so kind as to print my letter.
We discovered that I had sculpted with and "cured" green Claytoon(R)
NOT Kato Clay. Claytoon is non-hardening, and not meant to be "heated".
it is MY mistake. My sincere apology to Donna. She produces a fine
product and was
very helpful in getting this resolved.
Thanks, Janey, for the clarification. Last
some of my students brought in their own clay to class on the last day,
had a similar situation. What started as a frog ended up being a green
that really smelled AWFUL while “curing”. As it turns out, the clay was
cure in your oven type, and it was a mess!
I am looking for a Polymer clay artist who makes beads that look like
beads but they are polymer. Do you possible know of anyone who does
this type work?
Sue—a Google search resulted in several
one of them!
TLS, or Translucent Liquid Sculpey, and
brands of liquid polymer clays, are wonderful, and I think we are going
seeing many new uses for them as time goes on. I hope this gets you
and remember, we LOVE pictures!
I’m new to
polymer clay. When I look at a polymer clay animal sculpt, it
looks like I
could easily make one too...but it’s hard...I just don’t think I know
start a project. I would like to make some cats. Can you explain how is
way to get started? Thank you!!
Well, kat, have YOU come to the wrong
kidding…remember, what I said about what I didn’t know, I would
is one of those times. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a sculptor.
I found that making things sometimes just happens when you let your
For making a cat, I would start with two
clay, one for the body, and one for the head, and a tailpiece. I would
with a rough shape, attaching the body to the ZZZhead. I would “pull”
of the headpiece, just a little at a time. From there, I would fine
cat until it actually looks like one, with the eye areas indented, and
clay balls added, and a nose, etc.
Now remember, I am NOT a
sculptor, so this is
just how I would do it.
I am going to toss this one to our readers:
Anyone have a quick answer to kat’s
your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Deb, do you know or have you heard of anyone who
sheer stockings (nylons) using paint on baked clay while still allowing
clay to show through - just as they would look on real legs?
Pam, I haven’t seen it, nor done it, but why
not use real nylons to impress the design, then dry brush the resulting
with either a dark or light acrylic paint, to highlight the pattern?
Any other ideas out there? As usual, send
Dear Deb -
I just saw
a book today that I would like to try; it is for images and said to use
photocopier only. Is there a way to substitute something for the
photocopier? Thank you
Kay, the word to remember is Lazertran.
instructions for using their product with an inkjet printer are
As you can see from their site, they make
different papers used for decals and transfers, but folks seem to use
photocopiers mainly. This is a good page to learn more about making
with your inkjet printer.
Please let us see results?