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Fran OnTheEdge
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Oh dear... I just saw this video today then went off and searched for an online test (actually I was just looking for info, and found the test) and according to that test I have a high probability of ADHD - well... at least now I know why I'm so up and down.
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I was just thinking, when you showed the double metal dipping pots that you clip onto the palette, you menioned oil mediums, I've always used Liquin and Linseed oil in mine (and I usually had another pot with turps in it on the palette too).  It would be great if you could do a comparison video on the various different oil painting mediums, and what effect they have, like liquin, stand oil, poppy oil, Damar varnish, Cold Pressed Safflower Oil, and mixing your own recipes for various effects.  Or have you already done one?
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+thefrugalcrafter Lindsay Weirich How about this Lindsay? Oil painting has much nicer smells than watercolours do, it's more forgiving than watercolours since a mistake can be scraped off and painted over much more successfully than with watercolours.
You could get more into oil painting, find out what you think of the different mediums, varnishes and background preps and then do a lovely video for all of us oil paint lovers! ROFL! I just like listening to YOUR videos.
Truth to tell I do go back to oil painting now and then, (and sometimes watercolours & acrylics) but these days I'm concentrating more on Polymer clay and getting into working with metal. I was just curious as to what you thought about Poppy oil, Damar Varnish, Liquin etc etc... but if you don't use them, don't worry about it. Our local art shop sometimes does pay-for classes if I REALLY want to know more about oil mediums. But it wouldn't be the same as one of your videos.
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I've got one arriving soon, Cindy. So thanks very much for this video, very useful indeed.
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Thanks for reviewing this, Cindy. However I wasn't too impressed with that machine.  When you said "no rippling" (I think it was on 2) I could see the ripples on the clay.  Seemed to me it pretty much had ripples all the time.  I reserve judgment about the nylon strips, have to see what people think about that, and about the bar on the top that closed the previously mentioned gap.  Now I got my machine from Debenhams - an ordinary UK department store and it only cost me £16.00 and to start with I had no ripples at all. 
Recently it's begun to show ripples on the widest setting, but I very rarely use that setting since I heard that it can cause damage to the gears if you use setting 1 too much.  Pity we can't just buy a new set of stronger gears, since that's what broke on my last machine and otherwise it was just fine.
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+PolymerClayTutor I never skip from 2. Only setting 1 and I roll it with an acrylic roller to overcome that stage. No, the one where the gears broke was a much older machine, and I didn't skip a setting from 2 to 9 on that one either, it was an attempt to use setting 1 that bent the gears - and after I'd been warned, too! It seemed to work on setting 1 for a while too, and then it suddenly jammed solid. My new one from Debenhams is fine... so far. I've never bought a 'Clay Conditioning Machine' only ever 'Pasta Machines'. Which is why I was interested in your review. Would you say the Atlas is in the same class, or better?
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Brilliant, One of my favourite programs as a child, I loved Ed Bishop and George Sewell, really loved Ed's car!  I'd forgotten how it all started.  Thanks for posting this.  Love the purple hair and silver suits.
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I was just thinking, "Oh no, Cindy, what have you done! 41 designs, and I need them, they are so lovely!" and then you come up and say plus 191 stamps... arrrggghhhh!
ROFL!
I think to compensate you are going to have to do some more 'Make it yourself' type videos.' (she says hopefully)

Thanks for posting this, they sound really good quality.
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Thanks for doing this test Lyn, that's very clear.  Useful to know.

I have found that even Premo can break if it protrudes and is very thin or narrow, like a snake coil, or hair strand coil, or a tiny leaf.  So I wondered about using Bake N Bend for those parts, so that they would flex more rather than snapping off.
Have you tried Bake N Bend?  Have you tried it with Premo?  With SculpeyIII?  Does BakeNBend stick well together with other clays?  How does Bake N Bend stand up to hour long baking times?

I don't know if Cindy Lietz has done such a test - I did look briefly but didn't find such a test.  So I wondered if you had?  (or would.) lol.
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+Fran OnTheEdge Hmmm...good question Fran, I haven't tried the bake-n-bend yet...it might be worth testing though. Let me know if you do.
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I was so sure I'd posted here, but I can't find it.  I was going to say that I ordered a pack of these as soon as I saw them on this video, it took 2 months but I've finally got them - they arrived today.  I think it's time to open the black clay again!  Woopeee!  Thanks for posting this, or I wouldn't have even known about this selection of pearl-ex.
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+Fran OnTheEdge I've noticed it's the harder set to find, Fran that's for sure.
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Thanks so much for posting this, it's fascinating to see how you progress through building a piece like this, you gave me confidence to try something with more than one part to it.  I think mine may be a little to big to wear so I'll have to try again, a little smaller next time, but I do like what I ended up with despite that.  Thanks for your generosity in posting things like this.
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+Fran OnTheEdge I always say...you can fix almost anything since no one else knows that you didn't intend it to be that way...lol...creativity at it's best for sure. Thanks Fran!
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Hey, that's today!  Are you my long lost twin sister or something?  I just did a Seahorse too! I did mine in Super Sculpey and just modelled it in 3d in my hand.  I'm going to Swellegant mine. What do you plan to do with yours?
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+Fran OnTheEdge Hey, Long Lost Twin...lol! I did do it in Swellegant...lol...brass & darkening patina with some indigo & violet dyes. Your Sea Horse turned out amazing Fran! Great work!
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Okay, where can I get the Sky Blue Patina?
Can I get it here in the UK?
(Love the sky blue colour)
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Yes! You can use LOS and any other metal friendly patina or coloring all works well with any of the swellegant and stuff
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I'm so glad you've done this test, I been wondering about these (and Fimo) for a long time.
I've tried all 3 of those but like you, not the Fimo Deko Gel.
I'd really like to try the Fimo, as I think it is pretty clear even at low temps, or at least temps as low as Premo clay bakes at.

I wasn't sure how clear Kato would be at 275C, since I've used it to make clear beads, but I used a heat gun not the oven.

I've only used TLS and Bake and Bond to fix breaks in baked clay, or to ensure a good bond between raw clays, like when putting 2 different coloured clays together, yet not blending the colours - funny, I never thought of bake n bond as a clear liquid clay, just as a sort of clay glue.  I use them interchangeably, whichever is nearest to hand - does it make any difference, which one you use?

Not sure what you meant by sanding the Bake N Bond, does it get clearer if you sand it? Or did you like it when sanded for some other reason?
You said it will buff up quite well... in what way 'well'? (Does TLS do the same?)

Please, please, do try and do the Fimo as well, that would really complete things for me.

As usual a very useful and informative video. Thanks for doing this.
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Jewellery Designer
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  • Dream's Edge Jewellery
    Jewellery Designer, present
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Colchester, Essex
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Reading, Berkshire - Newport, Wales - Colchester - Haverigg, Cumbria - Paignton, Devon
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Working on a Jewellery collection. 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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