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Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 24, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9313979

I made this flower with the baking soda clay, it was suposed to be a flat piece but when I "fired" it in the oven it puffed up too much. It was "painted" using crayola markers, and sealed with a sparkle nail polish. I was just goofing around with the left overs from someother things I was working on.
Does anyone else work with this type of clay?
I have been wanting to try the polymer stuff, but I have been too chicken to make it.

PS. Is there a MOD that can fix the subject line? Silly computer would not show that until it was posted, now I can't seem to fix it.
Thanks.

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mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 24, 2012
11:50 AM

Post #9314146

THat is cool Cicca!
HAve you ever used "real" clay? You should try it.

We're "neighbors". I live in Stafford.

Deb
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 24, 2012
12:01 PM

Post #9314160

Awesome Deb,

I have used it (Real clay) in the past (I won't claim to be any good mind you!) but I don't Fire these days due to having just moved here and not knowing where I can get hold of a kiln, and I don't have the use of my friends yard (CA) where I pit fired previously...

This stuff is ok for little things however. :) Makes cute pinch pots.

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mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 24, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9314304

I have a kiln. It is small an OLYMPIC TRAVELER. ALot of times you can contact paint pottery places an dthey will fire pieces for you for a fee. I wish you were closer to STafford I'd fire pieces for you.
Deb
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 24, 2012
3:15 PM

Post #9314338

I wish I were closer too! I'd be nice to have someone that shares some of my passions nearby. :)
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

October 24, 2012
6:13 PM

Post #9314491

how far is herndon from stafford?
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 24, 2012
11:55 PM

Post #9314716

Almost 2 hrs. :)
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 25, 2012
2:02 AM

Post #9314736

Heheh, Ok I have no idea where I'd post this, but here is something the kids and I were toying with.


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Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 25, 2012
2:03 AM

Post #9314738

Sorry the pic did not attach to previous posting.

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2012
4:24 AM

Post #9314781

Try buying some of the oven-bakable polymer clay, Cicca. I don't think it's much more than a dollar a square at Wal-mart. I don't know if you can really make that stuff at home. Where's Azreno? She'd know about that...
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

October 25, 2012
4:14 PM

Post #9315337

I'll keep an eye out for it thanks :)
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9326344

Hi, hope you don't mind my posting. Polymer clay is fun, and very easy to manipulate. I had a lot of fun making these, especially the deer. It was a gag gift for a hunter.



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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

November 7, 2012
9:26 AM

Post #9326956

Lovely!!! And your excellent photos really show them off. The deer is WAY cute!
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9327028

Thank you!

He was fun. After the fact, I read about baking in pieces and then gluing the pieces together. Had I known that at the time, his one antler may not have fallen down a bit. Oh well... live & learn.

I like trying to blend colors with the sculpey, you get some interesting results. In fact, it was on Azreno's website that I read about making a clay log, which my (fumbled) first attempt ended up being the antlers.

Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

December 16, 2012
3:32 AM

Post #9359587

Smile,
How cool is that! Nicely done dear :)
Feel free to hijack my threads anytime you have something that awesome to share!
smileymom343
Kenmore, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 16, 2012
4:46 AM

Post #9359609

Cicca, you should try the sculpey, it's really fun.
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

December 16, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9359953

I shall have to do just that! Right after I finish up the spring sewing projects and get my book to the publisher.
So many things going on not nearly enough hours in a day! Good thing I almost never sleep eh? :P

Does the sculpty dry rock hard? I was thinking about making little tiles to do a table top with but I'm not sure how it would behave under those conditions. Any idea?
~C~
Anniesfollies
Carlsbad, CA
(Zone 10b)

December 16, 2012
4:27 PM

Post #9360139

Cicca I used to make Halloween ornaments and Snowmen with my students and used a flour with salt 'clay'. I think it works basically the same way as what you made with baking soda. What I found was that it has to be baked at a low temp for a long time, 250 degrees for about 4-6 hours, depending on thickness. If you tried to rush it it would get bubbles, and if you didn't cook it long enough it would not be completely cooked in the center and would mold with time. We painted them with tempera paint because that's what the school had. I'd imagine that markers, acrylic paint, etc. would work, too.

There are quite a few web sites that have various recipes and here's a link to one that compares the two.
http://thelifeoflulubelle.com/2011/12/01/salt-dough-vs-cornstarch-clay/
Cicca
Herndon, VA
(Zone 6b)

December 16, 2012
5:12 PM

Post #9360164

Thanks Annie

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