Beginner with beginner questions

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Sandra J. Bea » Fri, 01 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>Hello, I've just started to get into polyclay sculpting and am
>looking     for
>info. I'd like to do figures and woluld like as much information on
>armatures
>for Sculpey, ie. what kind of armature could I use, do I have to remove
>the
>armature before I bake the figure. What about air pockets in the
>sculpture,as
>it is being baked, does is cause the figure to crack, flake or bust
>like it
>sometimes does to regular clay as the air expands. Also, what kind of
>paints
>can I use to paint the sculpture after it's baked, would acrylic paints
>work
>or do I need special paints.

Your armature would depend on what you are doing and how big.
Tightly rolled aluminum foil is a good one.  Wire is good.  You can use
sculpty, but I gave that up a long time ago.  Now I use super sculpy or
s***clay.
You can paint with acrylics....if you want to. Why not use the colors
of the clay?
By armature...I'm assuming you mean just the "inside" of a piece.  I
never use sculpy for a whole piece....it is too weak.
Good luck..

Sandra Beach

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Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Samantha McPherso » Fri, 01 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Hi,  I've been making sculptures for a while now and I use foil and wire most
often as an armature.  Polymer clay can be painted with acrylic paints.  If I were
you I would not use regular white Sclupey for the sculpture.  It's very weak and
almost everything I've ever made with it has broken at some point.  If you're
going to paint it try using Super Sculpey.  Or try using the colored clays.  Even
Sculpey III is better.  Also, if the clay is conditioned properly you should not have
a problem with cracking or bubbling.  Even with large armature of foil.
Hope this helps!



Quote:

>Hello, I've just started to get into polyclay sculpting and am looking      for
>info. I'd like to do figures and woluld like as much information on armatures
>for Sculpey, ie. what kind of armature could I use, do I have to remove the
>armature before I bake the figure. What about air pockets in the sculpture,as
>it is being baked, does is cause the figure to crack, flake or bust like it
>sometimes does to regular clay as the air expands. Also, what kind of paints
>can I use to paint the sculpture after it's baked, would acrylic paints work
>or do I need special paints.

>                            Thanks,

>                                    ~escher~


 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by esch » Fri, 01 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Hello, I've just started to get into polyclay sculpting and am looking  for
info. I'd like to do figures and woluld like as much information on armatures
for Sculpey, ie. what kind of armature could I use, do I have to remove the
armature before I bake the figure. What about air pockets in the sculpture,as
it is being baked, does is cause the figure to crack, flake or bust like it
sometimes does to regular clay as the air expands. Also, what kind of paints
can I use to paint the sculpture after it's baked, would acrylic paints work
or do I need special paints.

                                Thanks,

                                        ~escher~

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Sherry Bail » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00


I do small dragon sculptures. I make armatures from wire of various weights
and crushed aluminum foil. I cover these with a base coat of clay. I used to
use cheap white Sculpey (the bulk kind) but I'm switching to Promat because
it's stronger -- one of my dragons broke in shipment, and I think that was a
big part of the reaosn why. This coat of clay should be thick enough to
provide strength (at least a quarter inch, preferably more like a half inch)
so the armature needs to be skeletal enough to permit that much extra
bulk. Then I do my design work in color clay on top -- in this case, adding
scales made from canes as well as decorateive features, teeth etc. I bake my
dragons between steps, meaning they are baked maybe ten times. I haven't used
paint so far except some interference color to give a shimmer to the wings one
time, but use artist's acrylics. (There ARE no special paints for polymer
clay.)

Hope that helps -- the medium is too new to have hard and fast rules. You
don't want air spaces, pack your clay well -- it's more to avoid bubbles than
chipping or breakage -- the clay stretches when hot more than earth clay which
gets brittle.

Sherry

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Eclips » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I do small dragon sculptures. I make armatures from wire of various weights
> and crushed aluminum foil.

You do dragons too? Alright! I made one a couple weeks ago (over
aluminum foil), since I just *had* to try to do one of my dragon
character.. I just wish I could go to craft stores and such more often,
I'm running a bit short on supplies - not to mention all the various
things I want to experiment with. (<grrrr...) two more years.. just two
more years and I can get my drivers liscence..)

-- E(lipse

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Dorothy Mcmill » Sun, 03 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Hello, I've just started to get into polyclay sculpting and am
looking for

Quote:
>info. I'd like to do figures and woluld like as much information on
armatures
>for Sculpey, ie. what kind of armature could I use, do I have to remove
the
>armature before I bake the figure. What about air pockets in the
sculpture,as
>it is being baked, does is cause the figure to crack, flake or bust like
it
>sometimes does to regular clay as the air expands. Also, what kind of
paints
>can I use to paint the sculpture after it's baked, would acrylic paints
work
>or do I need special paints.

>Thanks>  ~escher~

      I think you will have much better luck if you use Sculpey III (not
the Sculpey white) for the inside base of your figure and then put a
"skin" of either Fimo, Cernit, Promat, or Clay Factory Clay over it,
rather than using Sculpey for the entire figure.  Sculpey doesn't hold up
well, but the other clays do.  Acrylic paints work well on the baked clay,
 as well as color pencils and pens (Prisma Colors are excellent.)  
However, many of us just use different colored clays and avoid the need
to paint.  Whatever you choose, have fun and enjoy!
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Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Eclips » Sun, 03 Nov 1996 04:00:00


I live in rural missouri. Gravel roads, fields of corn, the whole bit..
there isn't any public transportation here! (except for the school
buses, which would take me all of five minutes drive into to local
highschool.. <giggle> As if..)  It's an hour in to St. Louis, pro'lly
40-45 minutes into anywhere urban enough to find a bus.

If I lived in the 'burbs, I'd bike everywhere.

On the other hand, if I lived in the 'burbs, I'd pro'lly jump off a
bridge. <grin>

Quote:

> Learn to ride the bus.  I'm 16, and I can't drive yet, but the bus can
> get me just about everywhere I want to go.
> Sarah

> >(<grrrr...) two more years.. just two more years and I can get my
> >drivers liscence..)

> >-- E(lipse

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Sarah Flewelli » Mon, 04 Nov 1996 04:00:00


Learn to ride the bus.  I'm 16, and I can't drive yet, but the bus can
get me just about everywhere I want to go.
Sarah

Quote:
>(<grrrr...) two more years.. just two more years and I can get my
>drivers liscence..)

>-- E(lipse

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by PolyArti » Tue, 05 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>Learn to ride the bus.  I'm 16, and I can't drive yet, but the bus can
>get me just about everywhere I want to go.
>Sarah

   Not if you lived in Yuma.  I live out in the desert - but even in town
there is no bus service.  It costs me $25. for a cab from town to home.  A
car in running condition is a necessity... especially in the summer when
it's too hot to walk.  I imagine a lot of small towns can't afford bus
service.

Susan in AZ

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Sarah Flewelli » Wed, 06 Nov 1996 04:00:00


I didn't consider that.  But then again whenever I ride the bus, it
tkaes exactly four times as long as it would to drive there, and about
2/3 the time it would take to walk.  Hmmm....
Well, acctually if I wanted to go downtown I would have no problem
getting there, since that's where all the busses seem to go.
Sarah
P.S. it's too bad all the places I can get clay aren't in downtown.

Quote:
>   Not if you lived in Yuma.  I live out in the desert - but even in
>town there is no bus service.  It costs me $25. for a cab from town to
>home.  A car in running condition is a necessity... especially in the
>summer when it's too hot to walk.  I imagine a lot of small towns
>can't afford bus service.

>Susan in AZ

 
 
 

Beginner with beginner questions

Post by Dean R. Thomps » Fri, 08 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Quote:

>I live in rural missouri. Gravel roads, fields of corn, the whole
bit..
>there isn't any public transportation here! (except for the school
>buses, which would take me all of five minutes drive into to local
>highschool.. <giggle> As if..)  It's an hour in to St. Louis, pro'lly
>40-45 minutes into anywhere urban enough to find a bus.

>If I lived in the 'burbs, I'd bike everywhere.

>On the other hand, if I lived in the 'burbs, I'd pro'lly jump off a
>bridge. <grin>

----
Eclipse -
Sounds like you live near my husband's family.  They live near
Columbia, MO, about 1 1/2 hrs west of MO.  It takes my sister-in-laws
20 to 30 minutes to the nearest grocery store (in Columbia).  I'm
willing to leave the traffic and roadkill of NJ, though!   (I never get
to see a live deer anymore - only the misfortunate ones along the
highway.)
Lisa