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dysfunctiondesigns

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Gluing v's pressing?
« on: November 18, 2013, 02:53:01 PM »
Looking for some advice or a point in the right direction.

I'm making little figures of my family for giving as Christmas presents and I'm just wondering whether other people put models together before baking or whether they bake the parts separately and then glue them together after?

When I make a body shape and then attach an arm, I feel like I have to press quite hard to get it to stay in position and I'm terrible for getting fingerprints all over the clay. I'd tried using cut up head pins to hold the limbs/head etc in place but just wondered if there was another way.

I imagine putting it together before making makes it easier to get rid of "seams", though I'm still working on this.

Any help or insight would be great. I usually make beads so models are new to me.   
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Re: Gluing v's pressing?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 03:00:36 PM »
I think gluing togeter after baking would be difficult .
It is better to put them together before baking. You could eithrt make an armour (depending on what you are making) or put som liquid clay in the joints and they will be super strong.
You can add some headpins or tothpicks for stability during baking to if you want.
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Re: Gluing v's pressing?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2013, 03:43:50 PM »
Maybe you can bake the peices seperate half way. And then take them out and glue them together with glue and some TLS and then put them in for a full cure. But when you do that your second cure needs to be for a full cure time.

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Re: Gluing v's pressing?
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2013, 04:08:19 PM »
TLS?
Would the glue not melt?

I guess I couldn't "blend" the seam if I don't put it all together when unbaked. Does anyone not do this?
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Re: Gluing v's pressing?
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2013, 04:17:13 PM »
TLS would be perfect. The glue does not melt in the oven but if you can use liguid clay like TLS why use glue?

If you want to blend the seem then you have to do it before baking. It all depends on what kind of project. I sometimes bake a half finished project as i always tend to destroy what i already made. Then to attach e the unbaked part like an arm or so i put TLS on in the joint and then i blend the seem away with my finger. It is not so difficult as long as you don´t have to much TLS that will smear in your joint.
To join 2 baked pieces i put TLS on both and and add a small ball ocf uncured clay between them and this way they will stay in place during baking. But this will make a visable seem.
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