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Discussion in 'General Chat' started by redroses2106, Nov 20, 2013.
I'll just keep trying then.
My friend makes bespoke dresses/clothes for children, and her own daughter.
I remember saying to her years ago that she should sew...she laughed and said oh I can't do that...now 2 sewing machines and an overlocker later...I think she's amazing with what she creates. She knows so much about fabrics, sewing etc it's mind-blowing...goes over my head anyway!
You'll get there...
Am still confused over how to thread a sewing machine!
I made a collar for McKenzie today. Unfortunately I thought I knew better than the lady on YouTube and stuffed it up and as a result it’s not adjustable and the stitching on the back is terrible! But it’s fine if you don’t look too closely, it’s usable, and my next one will be better!
Thank you, I will keep practicing and I guess eventually I will get there.
I've got an automatic needle threader on my machine. I am so bad with machines and technical stuff, I even managed to get that wrong!! Not sure how much hope there really is for me!
I love it! And she looks super cute in it.
She's very good at the modelling bit isn't she, looks like she quite enjoys having her pic taken. But then she is very photogenic, I might not mind having my photo taken if I was as beautiful as she is!
Thanks yes she definitely knows how to pose! I think it’s years of practice! Plus she knows she’ll get a treat after
And a Christmas ornament!
Not been crafting much recently, not been in the mood (which is unusual for me!) But just had a go with my new stamps and made myself a little necklace.
I was sorting out my craft draw and found some air dry clay I'd forgotten about (still sealed), I have a plan for what I'd like to make but have no experience with air dry clay, can anyone give me some tips? Or is it the same as oven bake clay?
That's lovely. I love my punch stamps (if that's what they are?)...
Um, am I stating the obvious if I tell you that you dry it in air rather than the oven?
Ok, and more helpfully:
Have a look at this https://www.malaysiaclayart.com/blo...ference-between-polymer-clay-and-air-dry-clay
I've used both in the past - though it was a long time ago and things have probably moved on a lot since then! I preferred oven bake clay (FIMO was the main brand back then), especially as that came in colours and the air dry was either white or brown and you had to paint it. It was never a major hobby, though!
You do need to seriously consider sealing air dry clay, or it can start to crumble from both wet or heat. It also shrinks when it dries, which oven bake clays don't, and is more fragile in general I personally think.
Oh, and whatever you do, make sure you seal the leftover clay back in the bag and get all the air out, or you'll end up with an unintentional brick! (experience speaking! )
FIMO is still a popular brand although 'artists' prefer the professional range..
There is also Sculpey, who do several different ranges - Premo! being the preferred for every day use I think.
Then there is Cernit which is my current personal favourite.
I also prefer the oven bake as you don't need to add colour afterwards so the techniques that can be used are vast.
Of course, if you don't need the colours and don't want to mess about oven baking, then air dry is perfect.
From the looks of it even the air dried come in colours now - though not the smae range as the oven baked ranges.
Have you posted pics of your work? Been a while since I've visited this thread!
Thank you yeah I got some urban beader ones really cheap after the copyright scare (£25 for the uppers and lowers ) so just trying them out now.
I've posted a few.
This is my Flickr feed where quite a lot of my stuff is (ignore the cat and flower photos )
Yeah, I think I worked that one out for myself.
Just from reading this I think oven baked sounds much better, but maybe as you say, air dry has improved since you used it, I shall find out!
That's good to know that it shrinks, I'll make sure to keep that in mind.
I shall remember to keep it sealed.
Wow, very impressive! My results were rather more - er - blobby than that... Then again, it was first gen FIMO (I was about 12 at the time, too), you had to pummel it for half an hour just to get it soft enough to make with...
I'd love to know how you do some of those ones that look like multiple overlays of patterns and colours! That wouldn't even have been dreamed of when I was playing with clay...
Thanks I think the materials have improved vastly which is helpful
Which ones do you mean?