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General Polymer Clay Questions / Re: To pre-bake or not to pre-bake?
« Last post by ejralph on Today at 07:13:39 AM »
For me, Kato clay would pretty much always crack if I mixed it with any other clay. And Fimo always if thicker pieces and baked over 110

I literally haven't once been able to bake a round solid ball (15mm diameter upwards) of Fimo above 110 and NOT have it crack. I tried many different smaller ovens, I used multiple thermometers in different areas of the main kitchen oven and even had the engineer in to calibrate it so I knew the temps were absolutely accurate. I tried baking from cold. I tried putting clay into the hot oven - no difference. I tried baking at 115, 120, 125 - all the same, solid balls always would crack. Only once I stuck to 110 degrees would there be no cracking.

If it were not for the fact that Fimo themselves changed the recommended baking temp to that, I'd have thought I was going bonkers! It is one of the main reasons I moved over to Cernit after being pretty loyal to fimo since the 80s because the oven I use just isn't so reliable holding 110 as it is holding a slightly hotter temp, so I needed a clay that could handle that ok.

But as I always point out - I seem to be in the minority of people reporting this. I've come across a handful of people now who have had the same results as me but many others still claim to be baking solid Fimo clay pieces at hotter temps. I have no idea what they are doing differently - and I've done a fair bit of trouble shooting with others to try to work it out.

I post about it just in case other people are having issues with Fimo - it is a fantastic clay - just if you are having cracking issues, try baking lower and longer.

Emma
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General Chit Chat / Re: Staying young
« Last post by ejralph on Today at 07:01:01 AM »
What a great post!

I so agree - learning new things keeps us alert and moving forward, whatever our ages

How cool that you are learning the Ukelele!

Emma
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and jewellery showcase - April 2017
« Last post by Carrie on April 17, 2017, 04:42:01 PM »
Yes...you're right........organic wibbly. Like it  ;D
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and jewellery showcase - April 2017
« Last post by MilleD on April 17, 2017, 02:48:08 PM »
Ooh, lovely.  Rolling it flat makes it look like the pattern is drawn on.  Very nice. :)
Thank you!
Actually, it would have been far more sensible to just ink up the texture stamp and print the pattern on  ::)


I disagree. I don't think you would have got quite the same organic wibbly effect if you had :)
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and jewellery showcase - April 2017
« Last post by Carrie on April 16, 2017, 09:19:28 AM »
Thank you!
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General Chit Chat / Staying young
« Last post by Beadbug on April 16, 2017, 12:04:18 AM »
I saw a programme on the box that said one of the ways of staying young was to keep the grey matter involved, learn new things, new skills. I'm a great believer in never stopping to learn something new. As I grow older I see people younger than I and they have surrendered to the ageing process, they're not interested in new things, they live in the past. Well the past is the past that's where it should stay. So I remain inquisitive, really I want to live forever but that is not possible so I want to pack in as much as I can while I'm still compus mentis. My latest obsession is my ukulele, I love the thing as much as it drives me potty and causes me pain. But I know I'm getting better so I'm not as irritated as I was when I started, practice makes perfect as they say though I am a long way from that state! So I say challenge yourself, take up a new hobby, as busy as you may be, do it! Well that's my rant over with, I need another glass of vino collapso, night night.
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and jewellery showcase - April 2017
« Last post by Beadbug on April 15, 2017, 11:42:28 PM »
Ooh was my first response, really lovely!
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General Polymer Clay Questions / Re: To pre-bake or not to pre-bake?
« Last post by Carrie on April 15, 2017, 12:48:58 PM »
Also, whether or ot a thick piece cracks seems to be in the lap of the gods...a pretty random occurrence ???

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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and jewellery showcase - April 2017
« Last post by Carrie on April 15, 2017, 12:46:18 PM »
Ooh, lovely.  Rolling it flat makes it look like the pattern is drawn on.  Very nice. :)
Thank you!
Actually, it would have been far more sensible to just ink up the texture stamp and print the pattern on  ::)

I can't remember now why I decided to roll it flat....

Thank you, Emma!  I made the first piece using a home-made  texture stamp - made from polyclay -  and for some reason I hadn't known what to do with it....it's so odd when something suddenly shouts at you "hang me this way round"  ;D
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Beads & Jewellery Showcase / Re: Beads and jewellery showcase - April 2017
« Last post by ejralph on April 15, 2017, 11:03:26 AM »
Oh Carrie - those are both stunning!

The first one really calls to me - something about the shape and colour, so harmonious. I think it looks a bit retro too, but in a modern way if that makes any sense at all?

Emma
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