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General Chit Chat / Is there anybody there?
« Last post by Beadbug on September 19, 2018, 10:15:22 PM »
Hi. Are we all too busy to post? I haven't worked for a while, domestic events in the form of an ailing father in law have occupied our time. Thankfully we now have him settled in a good home where he is happy and enjoying his food which he hadn't bothered with for a while, it's no good living on soup. We still have much to do regarding clearing his home which he says we should sell or rent but we don't feel like becoming landlords so it will be sold. It's hard going through his things, all his memorabilia from happier times, his wedding photos his RAF photos, everything. It makes it harder that we are so far away three and a half hours or so, but he had good neighbors so they  will help where they can.
So, I hope to be able to get on with some clay pieces next month as we're off again in the next few days. Hope you are all well and happy wherever you are.
Introduce Yourself / An oldie returning :)
« Last post by sarahsjs on August 08, 2018, 05:28:36 PM »
Hi everyone, I think I must have registered on here a few years ago. But didn't have chance to make the most of the forums until now.

So just getting in touch to say hello. I've had my own business, based in the UK making wedding toppers and special occasion figures since 2007. I love my job - and if I'm honest I'm a little bit obsessed with it! :) But I'd like (as a hobby) to start to sculpt my own figures in my free time and perhaps look into making jewellery.

Just wanted to say hello and look forward to looking through the forums for lots of advice.

Sarah x


Rules & Guidelines - READ FIRST PLEASE! / Updated Membership Process
« Last post by ejralph on July 24, 2018, 07:09:57 AM »
Hi All

As time marches on, this forum - like so many others out there - has seen less and less activity as people move over to social media sites. Currently,  I will be keeping the Polyclay Forum up and online as I feel it has some great info here for clayers looking for answers! This may change in the future as I re-evaluate the cost/benefits ratio however.

But we do have an ever-increasing problem of fake sign-ups at the forum. I mean literally hundreds a day.

It is no longer possible for me to wade through these to find the handful of genuine clayers making bonafide applications. So

If you wish to join The Polyclay Forum as a member (post pictures, ask questions etc) then signing up will no longer work - your application to join will be automatically deleted. To join, you MUST email me at eralph (at) ejrbeads.co.uk and ask to be set up as a member here.

To process your application, I will need evidence that you are real and have a genuine interest in polymer clay and crafts. So when you apply, show me some photos, link me to your facebook page etc so I have some way to know you're a genuine applicant.

I am sorry to have to enforce these new measures, but they are necessary to enable the forum to continue at all at this point.


Hi, all

I love to make Fimo Clay animal's and characters, and then make them come alive,
new for 2018 here are some photo's and a link to see the film :)

link to film:

Sculpting & Modelling Showcase / Re: Stuff I'm working on
« Last post by Beadbug on April 20, 2018, 11:31:35 PM »
Brilliant work James. Quite lovely likeness of Peter, the comic is stunning, very well done!
Sculpting & Modelling Showcase / Re: Stuff I'm working on
« Last post by JamesTheSculptor on April 06, 2018, 05:43:45 PM »
-And just one more thing!
I have finally caved and got myself an Instagram account, so if you're interested do please check me out!


Sculpting & Modelling Showcase / Re: Stuff I'm working on
« Last post by JamesTheSculptor on April 06, 2018, 05:39:20 PM »
On to a more recent piece.
I wanted to try sculpting Michael Palin again, but this time in full colour rather than the simple Super Sculpey-only sculpt I did a little while back.
I have to say- and I'm not prone to saying this- I'm extremely pleased with this piece and think it might be one of the best things I've made for a long time.

Very happy to know I've sculpted my hero properly!
Sculpting & Modelling Showcase / Re: Stuff I'm working on
« Last post by JamesTheSculptor on April 06, 2018, 05:36:09 PM »
So a couple weeks back- or actually before that- I had a rather tricky commission.
A guy I do work for asked me to make a bust of Peter Cushing as Dr. Who from the movie 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' from 1965. A film I love and and terribly familiar with.
What he wanted was a recreation of the very first scene which involves Dr. Who reading a comic and saying "Most exciting!" to himself. A scene that I've always thought was lovely and never seen done before anywhere else, especially in sculpture.
So I went away feeling acutely excited and also extremely nervous about the task I had been given, but I had a feeling I could pull it off.
It was an extremely fiddly job and pushed me quite a lot.
There weren't tears as such, but definitely a lot of worrying and thinking the piece would not come together.
Not just the initial and perennial worries I have about a likeness working, but also the problem of one of his arms becoming loose as I worked on it and the rather irritating issue of snapping practically all his fingers off!
Making the little comic itself was huge fun, if also a source of frustration. Waiting on someone to get back to you with the front and back cover of the comic was tense and in the end I had to extemporise and make do with what I could find. I think it looks rather smart anyway.
Anyway, all those annoyances were fixed and you can't tell where there may have been a breakage, which caused me no end of relief!
It was definitely the biggest and most challenging piece I've ever produced and I have to say it was rather sad to say goodbye to it!
Anyway, here he is!
"Most exciting!"

General Polymer Clay Questions / Re: Can I bake clay attached to a doll head?
« Last post by Beadbug on April 03, 2018, 06:57:55 PM »
I would think that it would be fine because the plastic is extruded at a higher temperature than 110. It may get a little soft but leaving it to cool in your oven might be a good idea. Hope this helps.
General Polymer Clay Questions / Can I bake clay attached to a doll head?
« Last post by pamelahoward on March 30, 2018, 01:40:43 PM »
I bake my clay at 110C. Would it be okay to bake clay attached (attaching in post is n/a) to the plastic head (no hair or eyes)?
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