I posting this for margaret who couldn't get thru.
Greetings! I am new to this net, having just finished university
exams and not allowed myself to play until I was done studying etc. I am
thrilled to find this group, and would like to take this opportunity to
introduce myself and ask a few questions pertaining to polymer clays and
sculpting and creating and playing.
As I said, I'm in university. In my spare time I make
miniatures, 8" child dolls, and 3-8" baby dragon figurines. (I also do
other stuff, but this is the only part of my life that pertains to this
corner of the Internet, so I won't bore you with the details!)
Quite a few people, including unbiased strangers, have said that
my dragon figurines are quite good and that I should consider selling
them. Though I don't imagine such a concept putting me through the rest
of university, the economy being what it is, I thought I'd give it a try
for the extra cash it might bring in. However, this raises several
When I make the dragons, they have wings and spikes and ears and
accessories. They are extremely fragile. I will try the technique of
longer baking time, (previously I did the slow warm-up and slow
cool-down, but only cooked for about 20 minutes) and see if that makes
any difference. I'm presently working with Super Sculpey (peach flesh
colored, since that's all that's available in larger sizes in my area).
I tried Fimo, and like the durability, but find Sculpey easier to work
with due to its increased ?malleability?. (Spelling is not my forte.)
I've tried Cernit, but only a little. With that background in mind, my
questions are as follows:
1) which of the polymer clays is the most durable for the type of
sculpture I am interested in? I was told that porcelain is the best, but
I can't afford a kiln, so turned to the polymer clays. Other than
extended baking, is there any other way I can make my sculptures more
durable? Would mixing compounds help or hinder?
2) what is 'Promat', and how does it compare with Fimo, Sculpey,
3) what is 'PaperClay', and how does it compare with F, S, C, and P.
4) since I have to sell my creations, which is hard 'cause
they're so cute and by the time they're baked I'm in love with them, does
anyone know of a stronger medium (ie. finishes more plastic-y, or is
stronger) that I could possibly pour into a mold made from a dragon, so
that I get to keep the original? Or if anyone has other suggestions
along those lines....!
5) I've read in doll magazines about dolls made from 'resin', and
they are magazines that do specify 'cernit' or 'sculpey' etc, so I was
led to believe that 'resin' was a separate type of clay. But in one
thread I read that all clays have resin in them. Which is it? If resin
is a separate type of clay, again, how does it compare with the others in
terms of workability and durability?
That's all my questions for now, though I'd love advice from
people who sell figurines etc. on getting started, and how to know if you
really are good enough, and how to set prices, etc. I thank you all in
advance for taking the time to read this looooong letter, apologize for
my verbose-ness, and will appreciate any responses I get, either in the
Internet or through e-mail. Thanks again!