Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Polymer Clay

I have found the delights of polymer clay... hello Fimo, Sculpey... and Liquid clay that smells so addictive *lol*.
I've discovered that I can make a whole range of 24th scale foodstuffs - vegetables mostly - and do it quite well. The advantage to 24th scale is simply that, although tiny and fiddly at times, you don't need to add the amount of detail that you really have to in larger scales.
However, there are rules...
I have been using oven-baked clay. This type of clay needs to be slowly baked to harden at a temperature of 110 degrees celsius or 230 degrees fahrenheit.
You DO NOT forget whether your oven is celsius or fahrenheit, and promptly put your clay in the oven at 230 degrees Celsius. OOPS! By the way... important information here... polymer clay fumes are poisonous if the clay is heated and burnt!
When making small globes for the centre of cabbages and also tiny candles with itty bitty wicks, you really don't want to spend hours making them, only for your oven (with a bit of added utter stupidity) to do this...
At first, I thought that the speed of 'cooking' and hardening was just because the objects I'd painstakingly spent hours making were so tiny... NO! It was just a few 'senior moments' and forgetfullness. Well, until hubby said "It's a Celsius oven... silly moo!"
Just to prove that I eventually got something right, here's the candles with a few other things I made...
Now THAT'S better! The christmas pressies had bows and ribbon made out of paper. The box is a cigar box (printed from Jim's Printable Mini's) with tiny cigars inside it too! The newspaper is a copy of the Martha Tabram Jack The Ripper story (I am fascinated with Jack The Ripper). The 'marble' rolling pin and board were made from leftovers, as were the tiny candy canes - which I will have to make again in red and white instead. And then there's the candles... unburnt and uncharred :)

1 comment:

misteejay said...

You clever thing - they look fab.

Toni xx