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    Hi,
    I have been thinking about making chains with clay...I use Kato clay as I like the consistency and the smell of it after baking. Yes, believe it or not the smell reminds me of my dolls from when I was a kid!
    Any way, as I said, thinking of making chains and I thought of maybe making some single links, baking them and then to those, attach fresh ones and bake the raw ones with the already baked ones. Do you think this will work? Can I re-bake clay a few times without burning it? If anybody knows of a better way I would appreciate the help.
    Thanks!!

    Caprizzosa

  • #2
    I build up my figurines and place raw clay onto cooked clay.they are put in the oven many times and I have as yet had not problems.

    Pauline
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    • #3
      yes iv also baked clay a number of times when working on figures this should be fine, its a good idea, the only thing id think about is the chains wont be flexible, the new clay will bond to the cooked clay making it all rigid, does that make sense? so if you need the chains to be flexible you will have to think of a way to keep the links apart as they cook, or if its ok rigid then make sure you set it in the oven in the desired possition
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      • #4
        Thank you both Pauline and nomilou-miniatures for your comments! and yes I was thinking aboout it last night and I also came across the link-flexibility problem... Humm, I have to put my thinking cap on unless someone out there has a tutorial to share? I know it can be done as I came across one once.

        Caprizzosa

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        • #5
          How about putting a bit of Kato Repel Gel on the cooked clay where the uncooked stuff touches it? This should stop them from bonding - I think!
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          • #6
            oo thats a good idea, i wonder if this would work in an eye socket to allow the eye ball to be moved afterwards for animation purposes hmmmm youve got my mind in over drive now lol
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            • #7
              Depending how you intend to make your links you can make them individually and join them whilst hot.

              I did see a tutorial on the web on how to do this but have lost the link!
              Basically you make each link, forming a thin sausage of clay round a circular cutter, making a fairly large overlap of the links. Bake each link either with corn flower to stop the link sticking to itself or I find it better to use a small piece of baking paper. Get them out of the oven and inter link each chain link before they get cold and hard.
              I then put a dab of glue on the links at each end to stop the ribbon round the back working it's way out of the link.
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              • #8
                Very nice necklace LC's BEads! And thanks for sharing! I am going to try and give it a go!!
                Thanks Bev! I have ordered some of that repel gel you have suggested. It has given me lots of ideas! Now I will have to try them out and see if they work! :0)

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                • #9
                  Is it safe if you leave them to cool for a while then? I've never done it because I always assumed it would give off toxic fumes.

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                  • #10
                    I was going to suggest cornstarch also.

                    I did make a polymer clay chain years ago, but I can't remember exactly how I did it! I am pretty sure I used cornflour to stop everything sticking though.
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                    • #11
                      Hi Kristen
                      Yes you have to link the links whilst the clay is hot as once it is cooled it will no longer be flexible enough to link together.
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