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Fran OnTheEdge
Works at Dream's Edge Films
Attended University of Wales, Newport
Lives in Reading, Berkshire
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How do you get the big byte into the case? I can't make it fit.
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Yes I'd like to see more colour mixing, especially if you can improve a colour like the Sculpey III 'Tranquility' I just bought this and it looks nothing like the picture of it - instead of a light bright electric blue, I have a dirty slightly blueish grey mud colour - not a colour I'd want to see in ANYTHING!  What can I do about it?

Oh yes, I'd also like to know if you can mix together Fimo and Premo or Fimo and SculpeyIII?  and if you do what does that do to
a) the colours? and
b) the time or temperature you bake it at?
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Yes, I've used Acetone before - I bought a large bottle of it to remove glass paint from the glass of a lantern.  I've not used it for removing finger prints from Polymer Clay but I've looked at your other tips about removing finger prints and lints etc from unbaked clay - so I've been looking for this video for a while now.
I did wonder if it would help me remove acrylic paint from a baked piece? I've tried using a dremel drill brush but couldn't get into all the corners with that.
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I loved this. Found you from a comment on 'Polymer Clay Tutor' Cindy Lietz's channel, and I'd like to add my voice to the many other requests for a tutorial on how you made the Polymer Clay mermaid's tail.  I'm expecially interested in how you did the scales and made the tail so very thin, and why that was a brownish/gold tinge at the very end - was it paint? or paper it had stuck to when baking? or some sort of film or what?  It's intriguing.

I'd also love it if you zoomed in closer, it's rather hard to see much at this distance from the canvas. Please?
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Hi Fran!  I just wanted to let you know that I have now posted a tutorial on how I made the mermaids tail in case you want to try it :)
Polymer Clay Mermaid Tutorial

It's funny that you noticed the brownish tinge, that was sort of a 'just go with it' thing I did....I ran out of white polymer clay and only had 'translucent skin color' polymer clay left so I used that for the fin piece....because of it's slight transparency, I thought I would put the Inklingz shimmer paint on very lightly in that area so some of the translucence would peek through. xo
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I've been doing some research into clay extruders - looking at Makins, Walnut Hollow and CzExtruder. I had decided that the Walnut Hollow one was the best option and so I've ordered it, it should be with me in a few days now.  So I was very pleased to hear your favourable opinion on this extruder, making me even more excited to have a play with it. Thanks very much for posting this.
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Nice idea showing us what you can do with polymer clay.  But maybe next time you could dim the lights down a bit and/or focus in on things better - or even maybe upload a higher resolution video - when you were working with the white clay - either before baking or trying to show us those baked white strips that you said had patterns on them - well I just couldn't see anything but vague white blurred strips.
Maybe working with a grey colour would enable us to see what you are talking about? - the white is just all flared out!

It's such a shame, you have such a lot of really useful information in here but without being able to see it properly it's like you are throwing it out of the window!

P.S. I agree with other comments about the annoyingness of the beeps but the view was worse!

P.P.S. when you mentioned where to get those stiff cutting blades I couldn't figure out exactly what you said - so I looked at the transcript - and that couldn't figure it out either.  I looked in the notes - but you had not mentioned it there... so, could you TYPE the address down so it's more accurate?  I would really appreciate that.
Thank you for taking the time out to do this, but as soon as you can please, PLEASE upgrade your camera!
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We try to reply to all of the comments. You did not enrage us so don't worry about that, we have been doing videos for over 7 years and have encountered many issues and deal with them as we go. We don't do live broadcasts any more because of so many issues with the quality of livestreaming, like we said this was recorded over a year ago. We may do some in the future for our private community who is live with us at the time of broadcast but that is probably it. Just like regular video livestreaming is improving all of the time but it will never be perfect as there are too many factors involved but it is the next best thing to being there. All of our videos we record now are in high definition so they are the best quality available, however You Tubes conversion isn't always the best but they are filmed in Hi def. Our older videos are proof that video has evolved, we used to have to record onto a tape and you would lose quality with it but with the upgrades to high def it is much better. It just gets frustrating to us when people judge us from old videos that we can not do anything to improve. They are what they are. Yes we have many other videos of better quality and you can see all of the details. Much of the info about subjects we cover can also be found on our website or in our community. Anyway check out our most recent videos and you will see the difference. Take care.
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Yup happens to me too. Got some gloves like that - great - that'll feed my destructive side, Yay!
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Hi Cindy,
I can't get polyurethane varnish of any kind at all nowadays here in the UK. It's all now Acrylic.  Can I use Acrylic varnish instead?
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I would really like to see a comparison between this Bake & Bend and Sculpey Mold Maker /Super Elasticlay when used for making molds.
I have quite a lot of MoldMaker but when I used it for molds it was okay initially, but a couple of months later and it was almost completely stiff and cracking - no good for molds. I did ask Polyform about it, and they said try baking it at 135 degrees C instead of the 130 that it says on the packet.
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Thanks for the suggestion +Fran OnTheEdge !
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Thanks very much for doing these comparisons, this has helped me to decide which extruder to buy. (Going for Walnut Hollow.)
I did look at the Lucy Clay Tools Czextruder as well, but that seemed too expensive to me - for my budget. Sort of overkill.
I did however wonder if the Lucy Clay Tools discs would fit in the Walnut Hollow extruder like the ones for the Makins Extruder do?
And do the Sculpey discs fit in the Walnut Hollow extruder too?

I saw a very good Polymer Clay artist showing us his new Walnut Hollow extruder - he had been used to using a 'push-it-with-your-fingers' one - like Sculpey's and even though he was quite strong and had no arthritic problems like I do he'd found the push one rather hard on the hands and it took a long while to do enough for a certain project.
Clay Extruder [Review!] made by Walnut Hollow

It was funny, cos once he'd tried the Walnut Hollow one on camera - he was actually struck dumb he was so surprised and excited by how easy it was...
Rather endearing.
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I too would love to see you demonstrate how to use two part resins, especially the one that comes in two syringes stuck together, I think it's Ice Resin.  I bought some but I'm very hesitant to try it. Seeing you demonstrate that one would be a great help.
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You sound like a good tutor but we can't see what your hands are doing nor the result of all your hand movements  - the actual model - this is so important!  Please please why no closeups?  I'd have prefered to see just the hands and the model. It's half way through the video and I still have no idea what you're doing.
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Animator
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  • Dream's Edge Films
    Animator, present
  • BBC On Sense & Sensibility
  • London Film School on Kreta
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Reading, Berkshire
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Newport, Wales - Colchester - Colchester, Essex - Haverigg, Cumbria - Paignton, Devon
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3D Modeler, advocate of Wings3D, Animator, Writer, Film-maker.  Love watching Time Team.
Education
  • University of Wales, Newport
    BA (Hons) Animation, 2007 - 2010
  • Queen Elizabeth's Training College
    City & Guilds Media Studies, 2006 - 2007
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