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The Wolf Pack



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 7:45 pm    Post subject: Do-it-Yourself Polymer Clay Geocoins Reply with quote

Here is a page I just found Smile

http://www.graphixoutpost.com/geocoins.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2008 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Do-it-Yourself Polymer Clay Geocoins Reply with quote

The Wolf Pack wrote:
Here is a page I just found Smile

http://www.graphixoutpost.com/geocoins.html


thanks!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very cool, there's some great tips in there! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting that! I carved a design last week into the speedball material and bought some sculpey clay and some fimo to experiment but I read somewhere that you should spray the carving with cornstarch so it doesn't stick. I haven't gotten to the store to buy any yet..

Does anyone have experience using or not using cornstarch? Is it neccessary? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make clay tadpoles out of fimo. I use a stamp that I carved from a pink eraser to stamp the design into the clay. I usually use regular flour on the stamp or the clay sticks to it and it messes up the design. Corn starch would probably work as well as flour. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is just like if you were baking you need something whatever it is you may use...if you were making a cake you dust lightly with flour..If your making biscuts you dip your cutter in flour and so on....
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tadpole379 wrote:
I make clay tadpoles out of fimo. I use a stamp that I carved from a pink eraser to stamp the design into the clay. I usually use regular flour on the stamp or the clay sticks to it and it messes up the design. Corn starch would probably work as well as flour. Laughing


Corn starch is far superior to flour actually. It's finer, more absorbant and cleans away better. It's what they use in all the candy and chocolate industries for molding work and you know how sticky that stuff can be Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fox-and-the-hound wrote:
tadpole379 wrote:
I make clay tadpoles out of fimo. I use a stamp that I carved from a pink eraser to stamp the design into the clay. I usually use regular flour on the stamp or the clay sticks to it and it messes up the design. Corn starch would probably work as well as flour. Laughing


Corn starch is far superior to flour actually. It's finer, more absorbant and cleans away better. It's what they use in all the candy and chocolate industries for molding work and you know how stick that stuff can be Wink


cool, I'll have to get to a supermarket then! Thanks Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a link I just found when I googled corn starch and clay molding with some helpful hints:

http://www.angelslanding.com/pushmolds/faq2.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 10, 2008 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Oh this is so cool! I have been trying to figure out making a signature item for MissV and I. Have to dif out my linoleum knifes and get carving lol
I smell a trip to Michael's in my future!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found another do it yourself site Smile

http://home.alltel.net/vjedlicka/
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thirstymick wrote:
Thanks for posting that! I carved a design last week into the speedball material and bought some sculpey clay and some fimo to experiment but I read somewhere that you should spray the carving with cornstarch so it doesn't stick. I haven't gotten to the store to buy any yet..

Does anyone have experience using or not using cornstarch? Is it neccessary? Thanks!


i use baby powder or embossing powder.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 1/2 cup of water and a drop of liquid dish soap.

My mold for the Shop99er Moai signature item is made of Fimo and so is the signature item. With the water/soap release the two pieces of clay do not stick to each other and it's easy to press out excess water from the mold with the next casting.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use 1/2 cup of water and a drop of liquid dish soap.

My mold for the Shop99er Moai signature item is made of Fimo and so is the signature item. With the water/soap release the two pieces of clay do not stick to each other and it's easy to press out excess water from the mold with the next casting.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thirstymick wrote:
Thanks for posting that! I carved a design last week into the speedball material and bought some sculpey clay and some fimo to experiment but I read somewhere that you should spray the carving with cornstarch so it doesn't stick. I haven't gotten to the store to buy any yet..

Does anyone have experience using or not using cornstarch? Is it neccessary? Thanks!


Spray starch? You mean like the stuff for ironing your clothes? That's a great idea for getting an even coat! Has anyone tried PAM or some other cooking spray?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fox-and-the-hound wrote:
thirstymick wrote:
Thanks for posting that! I carved a design last week into the speedball material and bought some sculpey clay and some fimo to experiment but I read somewhere that you should spray the carving with cornstarch so it doesn't stick. I haven't gotten to the store to buy any yet..

Does anyone have experience using or not using cornstarch? Is it neccessary? Thanks!


Spray starch? You mean like the stuff for ironing your clothes? That's a great idea for getting an even coat! Has anyone tried PAM or some other cooking spray?


hehe, so I'll admit this was the first time I've used cornstarch for anything Embarassed okay, the first time i've even actually seen cornstarch Embarassed I was hoping it came in a spray can but probably went shopping in the wrong section of the supermarket b/c all i could find was a box of powder Laughing I did eyeball the PAM, but decided against it...

It worked alright.. I don't think I needed it for making the mold (I carved the design in speedball material and then cast a mold from sculpey clay) actually, I needed to take a knife and dig the starch out of the details so that it would make an impression.. but those two materials didnt stick together too badly... the clay to clay on the other hand... the starch was very neccessary

I only made 1 b/c I was hoping to be able to order more clay somewhere online for cheaper than the store. I'll post a picture when I buy some sandpaper to clean up excess paint, I filled in the depressions messily Smile thanks for the tips!!!
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