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Fun Tip Friday #16 by SmallCreationsByMel Fun Tip Friday #16 by SmallCreationsByMel
Here's FTF #16!! Some of you probably already know this tip, but I decided it is still a very useful tip! =] Hope you guys like :D.
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sodii Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Won't the powder stick to the clay?
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
It works really well for light colored clay since you can dust most of it off. However if you use it on dark clay like black, it does stick a little. If this method doesn't work, you can use rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip instead =] (I believe it was 2-3 FTF's after this one).
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Darklunax110 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
would flour help? o3o
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I've never tried flour before but you can try! :D It's fun to experiment. If you do, be sure to share your findings! :heart:
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gelasiakitty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very useful! Do you have any other tutorials? I'm getting some sculpy in the mail
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
all of my tutorials are in my gallery if you'd like to check them out. There is a fun tip Friday folder and a tutorial folder =]. And like before, I will continue to post mini tips every friday
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Xinmai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
does it transfer onto your clay? if your using say blacks and dark colours, will it show up?
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
It will show up if you don't clean it off after you bake. On dark colors, it takes a lot more effort to clean. Try using a toothbrush, tape, and tacky clay thing (Please look at my response to the first comment below, thanks!) :D
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Xinmai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool thank you ^_^
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DoomyBunny Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Thanks, Thats super helpful
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
yay! happy to hear that!
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RJ8 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good tip, I've heard of using baby powder and cornstarch but never tried it. Now I can put that baby powder in my cabinet to good use. :)
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Nummonkee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, i actually knew that one because the same concept applies to dough and flour when cooking stuff.
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
haha definitely! A lot of times I feel like polymer clay sculpting is very similar to actual cooking =].
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Nummonkee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if only you could actually eat the cute little foods >_<
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
So true =\ I get hungry making fake food haha
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Nummonkee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i bet ^_^
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TheHarley Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I use this for all of my tools! =3
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Hanachi-bj Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Student General Artist
i actually do this! it works really well, and i use it on my molds too, so it doesent stick there either! :)
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Yeah! I have been using this a lot, especially on lighter colored clays =]
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
The powder won't remain on the clay? I mean, can you use this for colored clay too? :D
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
You can use this on colored clay, but the results are best on lighter colored clay. There might be some left on the dark colored clay after baking and it is difficult to remove all the powder. You will need tons of patience =]
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GemDeDude Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Great to know anyway so thank you! :hug:
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Dimolicious Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks, good tip :)
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tyney123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What do you do to get it off? When I make Oreos I use powder as a mold release to make life simpler, but even though I brush the excess off and then bake it still looks dull and washing it doesn't seem to do much and I can't sand them. Any tips? Or should I get an old tooth brush, roll up my sleeves and have at it?
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Artisan Crafter
If you use cornstarch instead you can wash it because cornstarch is water soluble and will go with just a quick pass under the tap.
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tyney123 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Huzzah! Thank you Talty :D
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem :D
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I do a few things to remove the powder.
1. toothbrush
2. tape
3. rubbing a piece of those tacky clays against it (the tacky thing is used to temporarily stick things onto different surfaces, not sure what it is called =\
4. I have yet to try this, but I think it might work. Use VERY little amount of oil (barely any on your hands) and rub it against the clay AFTER I have used all of the above to remove the powder. I will let you know if this works =].
5. If anything, you can always just use chalk pastel to color over your piece a little bit, like use black pastel and lightly brush over the oreos

(one more thing, i wonder for a mold release, what would happen is you put a plastic wrap over the mold and then put the clay over the plastic wrap on top of the mold. Would the details not turn out as nicely on the clay? hmmm I'll try this too sometime and let you know. If this works, then it might be better than powder :D)
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tyney123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Some good ideas in there thanks, especially the blu-tac idea (tacky clay)! I used the clingfilm a couple of times on some handmade polymer clay moulds (clay and clay moulds don't like each other!) it worked but not as well as direct contact with a powder release agent. Thanks again!
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Color--Spectrum Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, cool! Thanks! :D
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Welcome! =]
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