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Tools & Techniques => Polymer Clay Techniques => Topic started by: judyou1 on May 28, 2012, 07:30:45 AM

Title: What NOT to do!
Post by: judyou1 on May 28, 2012, 07:30:45 AM
Having nearly sliced off a chunk of finger a couple of times, I thought that I'd better mark the blunt side of my tissue blade.
Tried permanent marker but that quickly rubbed off so red nail varnish seemed to be a good idea.

BIG mistake...forgot the rule of not using anything solvent-y around polyclay.
Rolled out a sheet of white last night (very precious as my stockist has neither white nor black) and was about to cut it when I got called away for a bit. 

Imagine my annoyance when I found a diagonal streak of red right across the pristine white clay where the blade had been lying.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Of course I got out the nail varnish remover and took it off the blade and managed to remove the stained clay without wasting too much.

Another notch in the learning curve I suppose1

Judy
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Peter on May 28, 2012, 08:16:50 AM
A lesson for us all Judy!!!

Contamination of pristine clay is my major bug bear and I find myself continually washing my hands. I used to use a blue towel to dry my hands until I found the fibres came off of it and embedded themselves in the clay I was using! I now use a lint free cloth to ensure that no "bits" come off on to my paws and then the clay!!

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: ejralph on May 28, 2012, 12:13:49 PM
Polymer clay is just a constant learning curve isn't it!

Mind you - better to have duffed up clay than a sliced off finger.

Emma
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: LdyMox on August 13, 2015, 05:20:30 PM
I just got a flexible metal clay blade and had the same problem. I kept mixing up the sides so I tried to mark it with permanent marker, yea..didn't go so well;  When I was wiping off the permanent marker I cut my finger some good.  So far I have not figured out what will work that won’t smear, get in the way or flake off.
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Suze on August 13, 2015, 05:54:00 PM
I cut my finger the first and only  time I used mine...polyclaying is obviously dangerous  :) x
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: LdyMox on August 13, 2015, 05:54:50 PM
No pain, no gain? hehe  :)
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: MilleD on August 13, 2015, 07:15:47 PM
Is resurrecting a thread from over a year ago some sort of record?   ;D
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: LdyMox on August 13, 2015, 07:18:08 PM
My apologies, I had just joined the forum and just happen to slice my finger good under the same circumstances last night.
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: ejralph on August 13, 2015, 08:10:36 PM
Hey you resurrect any thread you like! A thread is only old to people who've seen it before. And it is only dead when people have nothing pertinent left to say

Or, as is more likely here, it goes so wildly off-topic into strange and dubious areas that any sane person grabs their coat and leaves it speedily  ;D

All threads show as equally new to new forum members and life is too short to be checking the dates on everything before posting. 

Emma
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: MilleD on August 14, 2015, 08:11:43 AM
I wasn't having a go - hence the emoticon - I was just getting a sense of deja vu as I read it so checked the date and was surprised how old it was.
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: ejralph on August 14, 2015, 01:56:33 PM
This is where having no memory whatsoever is useful I guess.

I am like Dory the fish - every thread is new to me, even if I was writing posts in it last week. I am shockingly bad.

Emma
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Carrie on August 14, 2015, 07:35:21 PM
Oh me too, Emma  ::)  l read things l wrote and don't remember them in the slightest!
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Sylvia on August 15, 2015, 01:13:37 AM
May I add a corollary? Claying with painted fingernails is a COMPLETE bust.  The first (and ONLY) time it took me AGES to work out why everything was going so wrong!
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: ejralph on August 15, 2015, 12:13:32 PM
lol
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Carrie on August 15, 2015, 04:12:29 PM
 :o  Just as well l couldn't possibly draw attention to my nails then! 
Lots of the YouTube vids l see are being done by people with extraordinary nails (they look very inconvenient, too....)

Having just cut myself getting an new unused blade out l don't want to do it again (hopefully the unwanted red won't show up in my finished faux turquoise :o) and wonder if metal paint would be suitable....l have a set of Vintage Patina lnks l could try but any metal paint should do the trick - after de-greasing.

I also managed to cut myself on my old blunt workhorse blade the other day.......
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Sylvia on August 16, 2015, 12:54:49 AM
Shall I post a picture of what I did to my finger during last year's Dan Cormier workshop?
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: Carrie on August 16, 2015, 09:07:42 AM
Wait till l've finished my breakfast........ :o
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: ejralph on August 18, 2015, 03:30:56 PM
Hey, I'm the girl who at school charged all the kids money to view me picking a huge scab off my leg. I'm really the wrong person to ask on this!

Emma
Title: Re: What NOT to do!
Post by: LdyMox on August 20, 2015, 08:13:43 PM
Yeah now that you mention it, many of the YouTube videos I have seen for Polymer clay they have the fanciest nails...but I guess they mange somehow. Me I have super plain nails, not even nail polish but works for me!