Newbie needs help please

Newbie needs help please

Post by Melissa Bauma » Wed, 14 Jan 1998 04:00:00



Hi!

I'm a Polymer newbie. I am dying to get into this and I thought I'd do a
bigger collage type project first. How do I keep the portions of already
sculpted clay pliable 9so I can stick other pieces to it) over a period
of days?(As it will take me some time to get it all done with a 21 month
old running around) Any help with ANYTHING is appreciated.

Thanks a ton!
Melissa

 
 
 

Newbie needs help please

Post by Dorothy Mcmill » Thu, 15 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Hi Melissa;
         When adding a piece of unbaked clay to unbaked clay, make sure
the piece you add is fairly soft and warm.  If the piece you are adding
to has been sitting for several days, you might want to get some Liquid
Sculpey and use that as a sort of bond between the two pieces.  Works
really well.  You can order Liquid Sculpey from a lot of places online,
but I've seldom, if ever, found it at a craft store.  Another method that
Marie Segal of the Clay Factory taught me is to put a drop of Pic-Stik or
Zap-a-gap glue to the back of the piece you are adding.  This works
especially well if you should have any of the metallic or mica powders on
your work.  
          For the liquid Sculpey try The Clay Factory 1-800-243-3466.  Or,
 Wee Folk Creations, 1-888-933-3655, or Prairie Craft Company at 1-800-
779-0615.

Dotty in CA

 
 
 

Newbie needs help please

Post by Aurorads » Thu, 15 Jan 1998 04:00:00


The clay stays pretty pliable until you bake it. Some types of clay harden a
little after they return to room temp, it's not permanant though, they just
need to be warmed a little. Someone earlier suggested putting the clay under a
lamp, but you have to be careful it isn't warm enough to start the baking
process. The other members of this group will probably be more helpful though.

http://members.aol.com/auroradsgn

 
 
 

Newbie needs help please

Post by T.J. Howe » Thu, 15 Jan 1998 04:00:00


On Tue, 13 Jan 1998 18:34:10 -0600, Melissa Bauman

Quote:

>Hi!

>I'm a Polymer newbie. I am dying to get into this and I thought I'd do a
>bigger collage type project first. How do I keep the portions of already
>sculpted clay pliable 9so I can stick other pieces to it) over a period
>of days?

Hi Melissa!

Welcome aboard!  I have found that if I am working with Super Sculpey
or really anything other than FIMO the only thing I need to do is
cover the work with some plastic. This is not to keep it pliable as it
retains that really well right up to the time (As Auroradesign said)
it is baked. The plastic covering is to keep dust and crud off the
clay. With FIMO it is sometimes necessary to set the piece on a cookie
sheet and set it on a heating pad for a few minutes on the lower
setting. Or warm it under a lamp with a medium to low watt bulb. Just
cover any work you are going to leave out for more than a few minutes
with a nice clean sheet of plastic of some kind or another.

Good luck and again Welcome!
Tommie

Everyone runs for hokey pokey
It's the natural thing to do! --Richard Thompson
http://www.cjnetworks.com/~tjturner

 
 
 

Newbie needs help please

Post by Neari » Fri, 16 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Melissa --

Polymer doesn't dry out!  You are in luck.  I've gone back to projects weeks
later and been able to work on them.

Just a couple of cautions -- don't leave it uncovered; dust and animal hair
stick to unbaked clay and are almost impossible to get off.  Also, you probably
don't want to leave it on a porous (did I spell that right?  it looks funny)
surface -- the plasticizer could leach out ....

good luck on your projects.

Nancy