Well, now that they’re here, I guess we might as well make the best of it. I brought Fidge and the Nibblets that weren’t too jet lagged (the rest were napping in a sock) to afternoon tea with me.
Fidge attempted to set an example for the Nibblets of proper tea time behavior…
… But they were not attentive students.
Corn starch! i keep a little dish on my workbench and dip my fingers in it periodically while i am working with polymer clay. You can also rub it into the surface of the clay to smooth out blemishes and fingerprints.
Oh interesting! I sometimes use cornstarch when baking clay to keep it from flattening onto the baking sheet, but I haven’t tried using it like that! I’m going to have to give it a shot. Thanks for the tip!
would you cool it down by just letting it sit a while without touching it?
Yep, that works.
Thank you! It seems to be a mater of developing a light touch. When you concentrate on what you’re sculpting, it’s easy to hold it in a death grip without meaning to. I do spend a lot of time with my figures sitting on the desk, rather than being held constantly. If it’s getting flat while just gently rested on a surface, your clay may be a bit too soft! You may be working it till it’s too warm, perhaps?
Aw man, I SUPER wish I could be there! I’ll be back home in LA by then, though. (Booooo)
If you’re not familiar with the ringleader of the stowaways, that’s Fidge. She’s too nervous to be adopted yet, so she lives with me.
Finally arrived in London! So excited!
It’s actually nice to dress for cooler weather. Yay sweaters.
…Is that a box? I don’t remember packing that.
"Are we in London yet?"
Aw thanks so much!! And thanks for finding me again! :)
Aw thanks! Let’s see.. when I attach limbs on Beastlies or other polymer clay projects, I use a rubber-tipped shaper tool to smooth over the seam. Give that a try! When I do pieces with black, glossy eyes, I usually sculpt the eyes out of Magic Sculpt and then paint them with thick, shiny, black enamel. And keeping polymer clay clean is a never-ending struggle. You’ve got to aggressively wipe down your work surface, scrub your hands, then touch nothing but your clay and tools like you’re performing surgery. Even then, you still may need to dip a cotton swap in rubbing alcohol to try to wipe off any little bits of dust and lint that land on your clay. Good luck!