Difference between Paper Clay and Polymer Clay

Hello! I'm going to try and make a clay sculpture of my business logo. I'm unsure what to use, Polymer clay or Paper clay? I'm not really sure what is the difference because I'm used to thinking they both make excellent pieces and their baking time depends on their manufacturer. What do you suggest? I use for this project and future projects? Terresa Waz, Newbie clay sculptor http://www.chicagocomputerclasses.com/excel-classes/

Posted by terresawaz 3 years ago


Recipe for dense hard clay?

Greetings, I am looking for a recipe to make dense hard (and still mailable) clay, not the soft playdough-like clay there are already two instructables for. Thanks

Posted by NeuroPulse 7 years ago


question on clay

Recently I descovered my property has a lot of clay soil deposits, with that said how would I use that to make clay jars,pots,cruiclibles? And I have lots od sand, so exactly I know you mix the soil, sand and water but I dont know in what order or fashion so some websites might help. with this I am planning to make a clay crucible for forging, and an oven while I'm at it. Thanks

Posted by CyrusII 9 years ago


polymer clay and acrylic paint instructable

Recently after looking at a few pages on deviant art i have really gotten interested in polymer clay and acrylic paint, i would like to try and make a few charms based off of items in anime, games and what not but all the tutorials i have read online don't really help me without pictures, and i though that if anyone uses polymer clay and acrylic and is apart of the instructables community would they kindly make an instructable on it. I know an instructable on using polymer clay would be good for the community seeing as how i couldn't find on on here already and i would apreciate it greatly

Posted by craig3 10 years ago


what Materials are the best to make tiny human models like Wood Artist's Model?

I was thinking Wire and Fimo but Fimo is too much expensive... WHat kind of wire is the best? im thinking about twisting them quite often What Kind of thing can I replace for fimo and cheap?

Posted by DIAGONALLIS 1 year ago


The Crucible is looking for instructors

The Crucible, a nonprofit arts education community organization is currently seeking instructors for motorcycle maintenance, properties of metals, wood working, stone carving, and kinetics. If you have experience and interest in teaching fine and industrial arts to the community, we encourage you to apply! If you're qualified to teach classes like these, we want to hear from you!Properties of Metals & Materials Entry-level class What causes work hardening in metal? Why does work hardening go away when the same metal is heated? Why does glass need to be annealed? This class explains physical occurrences that you will observe in classes at The Crucible. Examining these phenomena at the atomic level will help you better understand metals and materials. There will be no math, labs are incorporated into the class, and there are no prerequisites. Everything you need to know about demystifying the behavior and use of materials will be taught in class.Clay AnimationEntry-level class Create and build your own claymation characters. Learn quickly how to draft and organize a storyboard, then build your own scenario. During production, you'll apply colored lighting to your action scene and then learn how to shoot frame by frame to give life to your creation. You can collaborate with other students to develop a more involved group project. For this class, you must bring your own digital camera and tripod.The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & RepairEntry-level class Learn how to repair your motorcycle and avoid paying the top dollar that motorcycle shops charge. If you have a bike that you want to learn to fix or are interested in owning a bike and don't want to rely on someone else to keep it on the road, this is the class for you. Generally motorcycles are simpler and easier to work on than cars. In this class we will cover a number of different bikes. With the consent of the instructor, you will be able to work on your own bike in class or choose to work on one of the bikes provided by the instructor. If you choose to work on your own bike, you must buy any materials needed. The Crucible faculty is comprised of Bay Area artists, tradespeople, artisans and educators who teach innovative educational programs to students of all ages, experience levels and areas of interest. The Crucible seeks a staff of broad diversity and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply. For more information, visit our website: Job Opportunities at The Crucible

Posted by plasmajan 9 years ago


Applying modeling clay to porcelain

Hello, I have some porcelain dolls that I would like to embellish with some modeling clay for some Halloween project I am working on. What is the best type of modeling clay that will adhere to porcelain permanently?

Posted by SharBear613 3 months ago


Clay Contest Criteria

I have a question about the Clay contest criteria....debating whether to do an instructable for a DIY downdraft kiln vent for under $50 (cf $450-600 to buy) that I built. I've actually been waiting for the clay contest before publishing, however the contest criteria says:  "For the purpose of this contest, any project that uses a moldable, malleable, clay-like product will be eligible." So question is, would a kiln vent be eligible? Previous contest criteria has been "all things" related to said topic, but this seems more narrow in scope. Obviously a kiln vent is not made with clay, but it certainly fits the pottery topic. What to the contest gurus say?

Posted by craftycounterpart 1 year ago


What happened to the Play with Clay Challenge?

So, awhile ago I got the instructables authors newsletter, and they showed a schedule of upcoming contests. I started making an 'ible for one of them, and now the contest isn't showing up, even though it was supposed to open a week ago. This is the "Polyform Play with Clay Challenge"... I haven't seen anything about it. I just got home from vacation, so I'm still catching up on everything. I might be a little fuzzy still..

Posted by pie popper 7 years ago


International Entries Shipping?

I wanted to enter the Clay Contest, but I saw that it's only open for US and Canada. I live in Mexico, and I was wondering, what if I don't want the prizes for myself, but for a friend that lives in the US and also works with clay? I would ask the prizes to be shipped to her. Can I be eligible to win then?

Posted by talty 6 years ago


How can I make this ring?

I'm trying to make a ring similar to this. I was thinking of using polymer clay and looped cha cha ring bases. Would this be good or should I do it another way?

Posted by ChelseaDOLL 8 years ago


Help! CLAI - Clay Animation Video Game

So I made a trailer for a new video game I'm working on called CLAI. But taking each picture and individually editing the blue out is going to be hard. I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make the filming of the sprites easier? Is there some nice software I can use? In any case, enjoy the video: -Bilal Ghalib

Posted by lamedust 9 years ago


Interest in MMORPG Figurines?

Hey I was thinking about making personalized miniature figurines of people's MMORPG characters. All MMORPGS would be available for the service, except World of Warcraft, because that one already has a figurine service, using 3d printers and theres no way I could ever beat that. I wanted to know if people would be interested in it. I would also make NPC's like the big bosses etc. I myself don't play a MMORPG but I quickly made a Runescape character and a figurine of it as an example, see the image below. I'm planning to make the commercial ones a little bigger, around 15 cm in height(this one is really small), so those would also have better detail. You can see I made this character quickly, it still has a beginner's equipment!

Posted by merijnvw 9 years ago


Maker Faire 2009: South Bay Polymer Clay Guild

The Expo Hall at the Maker Faire was stuffed with 400+ booths! The polymer clay work from the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild was pretty incredible. Unfortunately I don't have close-ups! Check out their blog and class schedule if you're local and want to learn more.

Posted by canida 9 years ago


Photos for 'Let's Make...' intro

Hello, On the main page, large photos alternate with the words "Let's Make..." for various projects. I am curious about the image shown for the word 'clay'. I've scrolled all the clay contest entries, and clay Instructables, but cannot find the particular project for the photo. Help? Many thanks!

Posted by WUVIE 1 year ago



I want to make an instructables challenge! Clay foundation for 0g Space Architecture!

How do I do it? I was thinking to do it on meetups but I can modulate to be on this site, how would I do this? (I need microfunding of 5 dollars on the site meetups.com so I can post events around the world looking like this:)  “Colab Clay Games for making the World's First 0GSpace Architecture Modules! ”    where: Clay Sculptor Co-organizors around the world choose a good place with clay. There are  “Chefs” that would cut the clay in different shapes to give to the Artists/Creators  to make 0gravity modules of rooms and living spaces, with some sort of tech or texture built in it, colab or solo, at the end of the event gets uploaded to the cloud.   People are Welcome to bring good vibes, wine and make clay massages to each other, because God knows working with Clay is tough.

Posted by DIAGONALLIS 11 months ago


clay or wooden compressed air canister

Had the idea but don't know if it will work don't know if clay would hold the pressure it would be used to hold compressed air for mechanical uses to power primitive machines also if it would work what do you think the psi rating would be if not wood or clay what other primitive material do you think i could use

Posted by Pokemon03 3 years ago


Clay pigeon launcher

Has any one got any plans on how to make a clay pigeon launcher.i think i have every thing i need but i could use a video or something to see how the thowing arm works.Thanks for all your help.

Posted by wizz316 11 years ago


Custom Flashdrive shell Question

I've got a couple flash drives with broken cases, but the drive itself still works. I was wondering if anyone happens to know if the drive would survive temperatures high enough to harden modeling clay.  This would involve about an hour at 300 degrees Farenheit in an oven for hardening.

Posted by Great Wight Ninja 5 years ago


Ideas for a Pasta Motor???

Anyone have any quick ideas for making one of these pasta machine motors? I have the machine and want the motor - do you think with an adapter and some epoxy this is possible??? http://www.cookingtreasures.com/Marcato_Pasta-Atlas_Pasta_Machine_MOTOR_2.html

Posted by Golftester 7 years ago


What's a good thing to carve stuff out of?

I was thinking something with the consistency of linoleum, but i can't find any linoleum cubes or something similar. Anyone know something similar to linoleum that i can carve stuff out of?

Posted by jelly.turf 8 years ago


gift exchange entry: plastic action

My skills include: science and crafts project for children, sculpting, polymer clay, snow globes, simple jewelry, RC and rocket modeling, car technics, making sushi, stop-motion, medium-level computersavy. Here's a link to my featured Instructable: a.o. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-millefiori-USB-flash-drive-jewel/ What I'd like to make for someone: a polymer clay figure or thingy. I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L) M I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: smaller or similar. What I like: mechanical things that fly, ride or swim, robots, cute monsters, science-fiction, fantasy, the female body, the female mind (the order came spontaneously, sorry), chocolate, sushi, modern design, Apple (Mac). What I don't like: to lame or to noisy music, pathetic singing, anything to do with smoking (I'm not big on alcohol either), real weapons (but I consider most knifes to be tools, not weapons) I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) uncured epoxy (allergic); anyting incompatible with a cat, 2 young kids and a wife Type of thing I'd love to receive: something cool, cute, or sexy, possibly with a female touch. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Yep, I'm officially 43, although in my mind I'm still a teenager. (opt) Here's someone who can keep a secret that knows what I like, in case you want to PM them with questions: vderycke

Posted by masynmachien 8 years ago


fish tank decoration

In my fish tank, is it ok to put in fired clay pots as decoration and fish hiding places?

Posted by carrierpilot1357 10 years ago


Plastic Resin Casting and Molding advice

Hi I'm making my first plastic resin cast and the mold for it using the tutorial here: http://www.b9robotresource.com/plastic_casting1.htm One difference to that tutorial however is that the object I am making a mold of is something I've make in air-dry modelling clay. I've spent quite a bit of time making the original so bit worried about pouring the silicone for the mold onto the clay object - will it break the clay down or is there some way to prepare the clay (varnish or something?). I've put a test of dried clay in water and it has broken down in five minutes. Can anyone who has done this sort of thing before advise please? Thanks in advance. Garrett

Posted by garrettlynch 7 years ago


soft circuit- using conductive clay

Hi guys I saw an article on instructables awhile ago about creating conductive/ none conductive clad using simple chemical mix with rice flours, and i think they also post a video on using those clay making a simple toys wired motor and sensors. I was really excited by but the article but forgot to bookmark the page. Can someone point me to the url on this topic? Thanks in advance.

Posted by consp51 7 years ago


3D Printing Tool

I myself don't own a 3D printer, but for those lucky fellows out there that do, I think sculptris could be a great tool for 3D printers. It's basically a virtual clay sculpting program. You can also paint your sculpture. Here is the link to download it. Happy printing! (just watch out for nargles)

Posted by LunaTonks 5 years ago


Computerized Clay Castle : Art Project WITH A TWIST

If u just want me to get to the point -- just read the bottom paragraphfor a detailed summary --- read the resti am building a clay castle for an art project, but with a twist...This one is going to contain 2 drawers that go in and out, and a wall outlet safe style thingy on the side. it also has a tower on each side, with an elevator, and there will be a light at the top of the whole thingTHE TWIST: This castle will be motorized and controlled by an IR remote that i got from and old hp laptop that is broken and im not using anymore...i need help making this work out in terms of making the circuits and all the other electronic stuff.the needs: cost effective -- so other people can do this without large expenses (will post as instructable)minimal experience required --- for people who arent as good at electronics stuff small and concealed -- so it can look like a boring old clay castle when closedit would be easier to make this without all the complicated circuits that hook up to a computer -- i know how to do it with that but its too expensive and then not "small and concealed"thats it------- please help me with this asap (i can build stuff but the electronics aspect is a lot harder and i only know the basicsVERY BASICALLY i am simply asking how to control some motors and lights with an ir remote -- (in cost effective way without a computer)thanks

Posted by raykholo 9 years ago


Suggestions on making small (synthetic?) Go stones?

I'm looking into making myself a Go set. It's a very old Asian board game. There are a couple instructables on making a board itself, which is pretty straightforward. My problem is in the manufacture of the stones. Basically the stones are flattened out marbles in either black or white. The idea is a bi-convex round stone, usually between 5 and 9.2mm thick, around the size of an average thumbnail. Traditionally these are made out of agate, slate or something similar. My goal is to produce stones that are hard and rather heavy, to mimic the actual stone feel as much as possible. I'm going to need 361 stones for a set, and I want to make several sets (maybe half a dozen). My current best bet is to press clay stones with a mold, fire them without a glaze to avoid non-uniform surface due to contact points, then spray an acrylic coat for color and texture. I was hoping someone might have other suggestions. I was considering an epoxy/resin option that I could press in a mold, then dry into a hardened, dense synthetic stone. But I know very little about epoxies and my options in this. I've considered glass and machined metal, but I lack the facilities and skills. Stone is beautiful but I don't know where to start with detail grinding and mass production at the same time. Wood would be great, but I would have to find/make the world's smallest lathe and I think the man hours needed would be impractical due to the quantities. I'm limited in tools, resources and knowledge on the subjects at hand. I like the idea of making a mold with which I could press several stones at once. Cheap is good and the ability to do this without a kiln would be great. The clay seems my best option but my kiln access is limited, so firing upwards of a thousand stones would be difficult. So if you have experience with a synthetic that I could pour and harden, I would greatly appreciate it.

Posted by Legion 9 years ago


Ecobuilding - Ecoconstruccion

I recently found that ecobuilding houses with raw materials have been done in Spain and all over Europe, I assume, for hundreds of years. Tapial is a technique that uses wood frames to erect the walls. Stones are used in the corners of the structure. Recientemente descubri que la ecoconstrucción de casas con materia prima se ha hecho en España y el resto de Europa, yo asumo, por cientos de años. El tapial es una técnica que usa formas de madera para eregir las paredes. Las piedras se usan para las esquinas de la estructura.

Posted by blkhawk 5 years ago


Beginner Jewellery maker. Question about gold/silver plating

Hi there, I'm starting jewellery making as a complete beginner and want to use Metal Clays to do this as it seems one of the easier and cheaper ways to make jewellery at home. I looked into lost wax casting, but there are no studios or workshops near where I live to do this. I really love gold jewellery, and was wondering that if I used bronze, copper, or silver clay, am I able to plate it too? I've seen those electroplating kits online, but I was wondering if it would work after I've finished making my jewellery piece with the clay.  I've also seen videos about 'silver accenting' copper clay... Is this just basically like coloured base metal (costume jewellery), or is it real sterling silver (i.e high end costume jewellery). Any insight anyone can provide is very much appreciated! :) Erika

Posted by cindyycindz 2 years ago


Does anyone ever do stop motion anymore? I know I do

I was looking on You tube and I saw lots of stop motion and I really wanted to know if anyone on this site did any more stop motion. They are really awesome!!Please if anyone has the will to make a group for stop motion please do so.

Posted by Sunny124613 9 years ago


FIMO clay, how to re-constitute it ?

I have a lot of FIMO,and I just opened a pack of it. It started to crumble when I tried to shape it on the ends. I tried some water, no help, I tried to warm it a little, no good. Anyone know how to make it supple and workable again. Maybe some type of oil ? Not sure what is in it. No ingredients on the package. Thanks. 

Posted by triumphman 6 years ago


Xena Armour......starting blocks

Well i'm pretty ambitious in wanting to cosplay a charcter from from favourite tv show Xena : Warrior Princess, no matter how camp and cheesy it is :-P Most of the sewing and basic pieces such as armbands wristbands and the corseted dress are easy enough to do....the difficulty will be in replicating the 'metal armour' especially the breastplate Xena wears...and possibly the  Chakram (that round frizbee like throwing thing :P ) So i've been looking around at different methods trying to get an all round idea of the best way to go about it, keeping in mind i'd want to keep this costume forever if possible (with a $2000 price of a Xena costume from Todd's costumes not being ideal) ...i want authenticity, with the armour being a strong and sturdy as possible with a DIY. Saying that the various instructables for Halo seem to be the way to go: Having seen three awesome tutorials that i could definitely see myself end up using: https://www.instructables.com/id/Halo-ODST-Armor-Helmet-Part-1-of-6-of-ODST-Armo/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Paper-Resin-and-Fiberglass-to-be-the-Maste/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-Halo-Armor/?&sort;=ACTIVE&limit;=40&offset;=40 Going the Halo armour route honestly seem the easiest. As while i would love to get as close to authentic metal battle armour as possible....there is time, money, and skills to consider. Also through looking here: http://www.therpf.com/f24/need-help-xena-armor-85017/ I've seen that it might be quite possible to create a two piece mould to cast the items. This would involve making a paper mache cast of my chest...creating the shape of the breast plate onto that....removing the breast plate...probably shaped out of nice sturdy lay (or not). From there.....a  mould could be cast from the breastplate....probably by something simply enough to mould around the front and the back of the breastplate....pressed to take on it's form and shape. One side would have to be done and dried/cured...the the other ensure the shaped of the breast plate is imprinted correctly and that non of the resin will seep through the mould... Now. I would love ideas for methods, materials, best way to paint to cast as i am a total noob just throwing around ideas at this stage. Some questions: Would it be possibly to use some as a finish so that the breastplate and other items actually feel like they are made of metal (never mind that there filled with resin)? How hard and how brittle would the resin be? Is it just like plastic? Will it break easily? If there is say a bit of side spillage when casting the resin, would it be possible to fix, say cut it off? What about the possibility of using Precious Metal Clay? Wouls it be hard/brittle/expensive/breakable? Is there such a think as bendable resin? (say for the armbands and wristbands) Would it be possible to 'coat' (as you might paint) resin onto the clay breastplate and remove it to create a replica? (without the need for a two part mould in this case)

Posted by Mavican 7 years ago


How to make a cHAllenge? 0g Spacial Arch with clay concept

How do i sign in for a challenge? you know other websites were I could advertise this? like meetups events , other? I want to start a cloud for design concepts for 0 gravity Architecture - no straight walls

Posted by DIAGONALLIS 11 months ago


Is oogoo (DIY Silicone Putty) Oven-safe?

Hello! I have a question for people who use oogoo, or generally DIY silicone molding putty made from 100% silicone caulk. I want to cast oogoo molds of lego bionicle masks with polymer clay, but my issue is I need to keep the clay inside the mold in order to prevent any kind of warping, as most of it is spread a little thin (1-2mm thickness) and I don't want to end up warping it even in the slightest. Is oogoo or cured 100% silicone caulk oven-safe as long as it's within the specified temperature range? (I already know most DIY silicone putties aren't food-grade.) The silicone caulk I'm using is GE all purpose silicone I, mixed with corn starch, acrylic paint, and baby oil. The back of the tube says that it should not be used on surfaces that will exceed 400F/205C. The polymer clay I plan on using is cured at 110C, so I don't think it'll be a problem, but I'm worried exposing the silicone caulk mold to high temperatures will cause it to release some harmful chemical compounds. I looked up an MSDS sheet for GE silicone, and they had a generalized one stating exceeding the maximum temperature will cause the release of formaldehyde. Since I plan on baking these in our kitchen oven, I wouldn't want harmful chemicals contaminating a space where we cook our food. Also, if baking isn't an option, since the polymer clay is spread thin, and cures close to 100C, would curing it in boiling water be an option? (That way any water soluble chemicals would remain contained while the clay hardens.) All help is appreciated!

Posted by SixFootBlue 3 years ago


Cool Crafty CREATIONS (for little & big peeps of all ages)

As a new mom (of six months) to a beautiful baby girl, Madeline Ann, I LOVE how I can merge my passion of creating and parenting together! Right now, I create big girl things for myself still mostly & cute things for my tiny tot. I love checking other creative momma's ideas out. (or creative people's creations', period) I started a blog www.kreativekatiekonnect.blogspot.com and I've learned that blogging as a new mom is HARD! I just can't find the time to be as consistent as I like and haven't really gotten the knack of documenting all of my projects, photographing each step, editing, writing, posting & then SHARING hoping for followers. Maybe, folks in this group who have a little blogging experience can help me out with this.  This group is made by Me for You creative folks who love to make/create almost anything & everything. (From drawing potraits, photography, any cool crafting, sewing, mod podging, refurbishing & the list could keep going to infinity, really!) I have been refurbishing old furniture lately, painting & personalizing mailboxes, creating really cool stuff for my little one & TRYING to sew a few things here and there for her (and would love to for myself). I am hoping I can share some of my ideas with you and vice versa!  I love new ideas & I really hope you will join up with me and share yours along with enjoying one's that I share with you! Please excuse my POOR grammatical errors and lack of good writing/typing.  It's difficult to type while holding a baby, rocking, ect. LOL So, bare with me & excuse my writing, but appreciate my creativity because I CAN'T WAIT to see your creations. (or anything you share) Xoxo Katie Let's link up EVERYWHERE: Yay =-) : *Follow me on twitter @TheKatiePett  *Like me on Facebook  www.facebook.com/KreativeKatieKonnect *Check my blog out and pls share your thoughts: www.kreativekatiekonnect.blogspot.com Also, if you have a blog, twitter, or facebook page- please share w/ me and I will totally follow you and keep up with you! I'm a devoted fan once I meet ya! :) #FanOFcreativity

Posted by thekatiepett 5 years ago


Help on clay modeling/molding intricate parts

I had posted this on another forum asking for advice as well, but I haven't received a reply in days and I figured that the community there was more into the artistic craft sort of stuff. I like the engineering mindset of this community far better as I tour around here a lot looking at neat instructables, so maybe you guys can offer me some solid advice. I have a series of small metal parts with minute details on them, and I want to take them and create clay replicas of them. I want these clay replicas to essentially be spot-on accurate to the original and be durable; not brittle, heavy, and perhaps slightly flexible. Essentially, though it may sound strange, I'm working on a World War II movie project. I don't have the fire-arms necessary for it, and I don't have a reason to use real fire-arms, so I want to create dummy replicas that have believably working systems that of course are just made of clay and aren't capable of firing. I'm also of course going to create miscellaneous objects, such as papier mache helmets and whatnot. At the bottom are a few examples of what I need constructed. I don't know what type of clay would be the best for this; I can afford to have it be slightly flexible, but not rubbery. It would be handled and roughed around a lot and couldn't be brittle, lest it shatter. I also think that I would probably have to make a mold of the metal parts, but what material should I use? Some sort of molding latex, or clay? Would the clay stick to the metal, and if so, can I oil the metal to make it easy to remove, or would that interfere with the chemistry of the clay somehow? I've also considered maybe using papier mache to mold the parts, as I'm sure that it would be tough. Perhaps I could achieve this by carefully cutting the strips? I've considered that clay may not even be the best material for this, although it may certainly help with molds; tutorials on how to create molds for complex objects are also appreciated, since these have internal chambers and whatnot. Maybe I can eyeball it and cut the parts out of foam, and then coat it with some sort of hardening resin? I don't know, I'm certainly up for suggestions here. Thanks in advance! P.S. Oh, by the way, if any moderators feel that it would be better suited in the "Burning Questions" subforum feel free to move it there; I wasn't sure whether or not to post there since I simply want advice, not someone to make an instructable for me.

Posted by Phaethon 8 years ago


Help With Creating a Mold for Fiberglass Reproduction

Hi Guys and girls, I am new to fiberglassing. I am working on custom panels on my car. I like to work with clay being artistic and all, I can sculpt out new body panels,diffusers, Spoilers etc. I wanted to make my own panel but not sure how toget a mold created. I am working with OIL BASED clay which does not dry out over time so I would like to keep the clay undamaged from the resins or whatsoever. I want to use fiberglass as my casting. So My question is what can I use to work with my clay? How is the layer process started? What materials what I need? (Easy setup,which Brand Resins with Plenty work Time) This pic is a general idea I have to start Thanks !

Posted by solid25 4 years ago


I need an epoxy that won't yellow when heated (to 230 F) - please help.

I'm doing some craft projects where I'm attaching small LED lights behind pieces of glass and crystal-type stones.  Then I'm adding some decorative elements using Fimo clay.  The problem is, due to certain LED and clay placement, I need to bake the clay *after* connecting it to the glass/stones.  So the entire piece goes in the oven.  The lights and solder hold up just fine to the 230 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  My epoxy, however, turns very yellow.  If I have a blue piece of glass with a white LED epoxied to it, it shines very much green.  So basically, does anybody know of an epoxy that won't go yellow when exposed to heat?

Posted by aliasjanedoe 7 years ago


waterproof material?

Can someone tell me what material I can buy that is lightweight, molds like clay, is waterproof and singeproof, and won't break the bank? does such a miracle substance even exist?

Posted by Karv 10 years ago


Making the battery hand gun safer?

Okay, so I guess we can all agree that the battery hand gun is dangerous, so this is my plan to make it safer. I'm not sure if it would work though.Any ideas? I would put the pipe #1(original) into a bigger pipe (#2) and then fill the gap with clay to act as a "shock absorber".In theory, the clay would absorb some of the shock, and IF it did explode, the smaller pipe will fly out of the bigger pipe instead.Therfore, it would reduce the chance of the pipe exploding in your hand. What do you think?

Posted by IlluminatedAntichrist 11 years ago


CIY: Bold Flower Necklace

Growing up I use to love playing with Play-Doh.  Something about the color, the texture, and the smell.  Oh, the smell… I remember I use to play with this contraption that I would attach little people to, that had holes in the tops of their heads.  I would crank a lever and the little people would grow Play-Doh hair.  I had hours of entertainment cutting and re-growing hair.  Ipad what? Oh, how entertaining kids has changed. I never imaged that I would get the chance to play with clay again in my thirties.  To create my Oscar de la Renta look I decided to grab some clay and go to town.  Unfortunately this clay did not have the Play-Doh smell I remember, but I still had just as much fun creating with it. Click here for the full tutorial!

Posted by happy_creating 5 years ago


Virtual potter's wheel controls 3d printer

From UnFold via NOTCOT: For L’Artisan Electronique, Unfold created - aside from the ceramic printer - a virtual pottery wheel in collaboration with Tim Knapen. This pottery wheel gives visitors a chance to ‘turn’ their own forms. At regular intervals, a selection of these designs is printed in clay and exhibited in the space. In L’Artisan Electronique, pottery, one of the oldest artisanal techniques for making utilitarian objects, is combined with new digital techniques. The virtual pottery wheel was realised by means of a 3D-scanner and digital design software. However, the installation still clearly refers to the artisanal process of working in clay. The printing process imitates the traditional technique used by ceramicists, in which the form is built up by stacking coils of clay. It looks fun, and even potentially genuinely artistic, but I would like to see a much higher resolution on the scan, to give a less "digital" look to the final object. Designguide.tv interview from Unfold on Vimeo.

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago


Pi day pie challenge question

Is this contest limited to edible, food base pies or can you make a pie from some other material, like say for example a felt, yarn or clay pie.

Posted by ChrysN 6 years ago


What are these tools used for?

Anybody out there have any idea what this set of tools would be used for? I was thinking maybe glass sculpture or clay sculpture work? Wood handles with brass shafts/heads. Approx 9-1/2" long overall.

Posted by stephenj007 1 year ago


How to make a DeathEater Mask?

So I'm a crazy HP fanatic ... and I thought it would be hilarious to go to the booklaunch as a Deatheater, seeing as I'm only about five feet tall.I was just wondering how to make the mask though? It would be amazing if I could get something to eventually end up looking something like this:http://deatheaterart.harrypotterorderofthephoenix.com/web/I've never made masks before, but I'm thinking my gameplan would be something like this - make a plaster mask, try to over some clay on top so I can add some texture/relief stuff on, paint over with some metallic paint, etc. I'm not sure if this is the best way to go about it, since I want to be able to wear this after. I'm also not sure what type of clay would go best, or even if clay would stick to plaster. And I'm not even sure how to attach this whole contraption onto my face.I do want to retain as much of a rigid, somewhat 'metallic' look, if possible.Suggestions would be much appreciated!

Posted by grimsqueaker 11 years ago


Neon / fluorescent / phosphorescent ingredients for ceramics

Hi all, Just wondering if anyone knows of any minerals, or products that will produce a visible fluoro colour in daylight, or phosphorescent in the dark. I want to be able to either use these as glaze or as stain for clay slip.

Posted by jarris 4 years ago


Bacon bowls and cool eco wallets

I was browsing around some of our referring sites this morning and I found a couple of interesting posts on notmartha.org. Bacon Cups >> I had an occasion calling for bacon themed food and my mind immediately turned towards the famed bacon mat. I needed something a little more single-serving though, so I decided to attempt bacon cups. In the bacon mat instructions there is mention of draping the mat over an overturned metal bowl and cooking it so that it would turn out in as a bowl shape. I decided to try using the backs of various muffin and mini cake pans, I ran out of bacon before I got to try as many as I would have liked so I'll have to try more at a later date. Any excuse for more bacon. DB Clay Wallet >> The people at DB Clay gave me a Version 3 wallet to give away! I hope you don't mind if I had a little look at it, it's excellently manufactured. DB Clay makes limited edition wallets out of a material they call Tope: "Tope is strong. Tope is durable. Tope is heat and cold resistant. Tope is smooth textured. Tope is water resistant. Tope is robust. Tope is eco friendly." The material feels great, and I bet if they sold it by the yard Etsy makers all over the world would buy it like crazy. I thought these were really cool wallets and then I found out you can get one for 50% on their website for the next 6 hours. So if you want/need a cool wallet, here's your chance.http://www.dbclay.com/

Posted by lebowski 10 years ago


Necklaces, Journals, Candle Holders and Paintings!

I make all kinds of fun stuff out of hemp, polymer clay, CD covers, etc! Check out my site for pics and descriptions ---> http://thickneckarts.etsy.comFree shipping on most items! Mention this ad and get 25% off!

Posted by thickneckarts 9 years ago