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Have I made a brilliant discovery???
« on: June 08, 2011, 08:33:46 PM »
I had a stash of porcelain beads, plain, boring white things, in various shapes and have done nothing with them because they are so miserably boring  - so I experimented by covering one with unbaked clay and stuffed it in the oven with the rest of the bake - and it seems to have worked really well. 

So,  is this a new, brilliant, innovative discovery which will make me a millionairess?  or does everyone else in the world know you can bake polyclay onto porcelain  ???

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 08:55:21 PM »
I didn't know you could that.  Tha't pretty cool!  :)

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Re: Have I made a brilliant discovery???
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 09:38:52 PM »
Never head of it being done exactly that way, but I'm not surprised, since ceramic tiles are used so often for baking clay on!

You know you can cover wood (with a little prep work), papier mache, and even some plastics as well.

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 09:48:55 PM »
I've tried it on wood beads...worked fine! As for the millionare bit...well I hope so  ::) But I've seen people covering porcelain ( making teapots) so sorry if I  spoil  your evening but......  8)

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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 09:55:34 PM »
lol - I knew you could cover paper mache, scrunched up foil etc but I wasnt sure about porcelain, now I know!  It means I can use up all these ghastly boring beads and it wont take very much clay.

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 10:21:00 PM »
Ah, you are getting the Polymer Clayer's zest for experimenting - nice one!

Although, you know the rules around here. Without photos -  it never happened.

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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 10:41:10 PM »
Well you can cover pretty much anything that can take the heat of the oven without melting or expanding (that's the problem with some wood, it can expand and crack the clay).

Best thing to cover? Polymer clay beads that you never liked... ;)

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Re: Have I made a brilliant discovery???
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2011, 12:15:16 AM »
lol - well the experiment was done with some beads I didnt like, and covered the bead with poo clay!  if you want a photo Emma I'll happily oblige - but it will have to have a warning notice  on it to say "warning poo bead alert"

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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 07:38:50 AM »
Photos are always cool - even if they look like poo.

Most of my experimental stuff looks very ugly. But it taught me something which was the point I guess.

There's lots of stuff you can cover wtih clay as Anna says. Sometimes it doesn't even need to stay in there. If you have the corn based packing peanuts in any deliveries, they can be used to create bases for clay beads.

Just moisten them slightly with a spritz of water and form into any shape you want. When dry, cover with clay and bake. You can then soak the beads in water afterwards and dissolve out all the packing peanut material to leave a hollow bead.

You can do the same with pre-bought papier mache bead blanks too. Cover them in clay and then dissolve out the insides.

Wood bead blanks can be used too. I found sometimes they will warp or leach out gooey stuff, so best to test bake them first and see if they have any conversation they want to have with the oven before your clay goes on them.

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Re: Have I made a brilliant discovery???
« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2011, 11:19:14 AM »
some great ideas here -  corn based peanuts Emma?  not sure I've ever seen such a thing but I do use corn based cat litter which sets rock solid when cats pee on it - I reckon that could probably do the same job - maybe before the cats have pee'd on it though else the smell from the oven would be pretty grim!   ;D lol


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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2011, 03:14:47 PM »
The cornstarch packing peanuts are very similar looking to Wotsits but without the cheesy flavour. And they taste like Wotsits too, but without the cheesy flavour  8)

I did have a load stored somewhere here which I gave out to customers whever they asked about them. If I get a delivery with them, I always set them aside. But not sure if I have any around right now.

You can tell if they are the right ones by dipping them in water. The right ones go soggy, the polystyrene ones just float!

Cat litter sounds like it will do the same job though!

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Re: Have I made a brilliant discovery???
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 03:18:39 PM »
Sh right,  no I dont think I've ever had those as packing matrial - plenty oof the polystyrene blighters!  ::)  so, Emma, how do you they taste the same as Wotsits then???  lol

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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2011, 01:27:09 PM »
I made my brother eat some.  :D

He can also tell you what every different type of cat kibble tastes like. (By and large, they are very salty apparently. No wonder cats have kidney probs  :o )

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Re: Have I made a brilliant discovery???
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2011, 02:28:39 PM »
Weird that Emma, because dog biscuits taste very bland. They smell quite flavourful but they aren't!

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« Reply #14 on: June 11, 2011, 02:34:57 PM »
no point flavouring dog biscuits - they dont touch the sides of their mouths! lol

Cats are stimulated to eat by smell - not taste -  thats why cats with snotty noses wont eat - cos they cant smell the food.  Dogs just eat - full stop! lol