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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 2, 2011 5:53 PM CST
One of the girls asked for the skull tute, so here we go :::::::

!. Condition your clay, work it up soft and pliable. After that is done Roll it out
about 1/4'' thick. Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/589772 I have an oval cutter I cut out two circles
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2. Have hubby taking pic now. Seperate the ovals and lay extra clay aside.
Now the fun stuff, really working the clay to do what you want...Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/68a49f
I have a glass laying on my table, nothing fancy, just a glass. It helps me to move the clay to create the jaws.
Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/16a08dYou will have two. One for top and one for bottom. You also have to make indentations for the place for the horns.
Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/baa183 You will have two pieces that look like this.
Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/6c89c7 This shows how to create top of head.
3. Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/d2eddf This shows you how to set the top skull onto the bottom.
I start at the top and gently smoosh it down -NOT Hard, we still have to fasten the jaws and create eye sockets..
Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/0872cc I use a little tool I have but a toothpick or stick will enlarge the sockets, go easy you don't want to tear the clay.
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We got it looking more like a skull now. Take a pointy tool or toothpick and very gently poke little holes like I have done, a double row down the middle.
4. Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/fd92cb with the toothpick punck little holes around the eyeball like you did the center of the skull. You can play around and get it shaped just right.
5. Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/fce834 We are making horns for that rascal!!!! roll out a ball about the size of a nickle and if you are happy with the shape
Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/539f1d Cut it in half and put it to the head.
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Thumb of 2011-08-02/Ridesredmule/ef2935 If you want you can add decorations and take it to oven and Bake it. I baked mine @ 275 for 30 minutes. do 15 min for each 1/4 inch thickness.
This one is for Cheryl. Now it's your turn.....I hope you enjoyed it and as always any questions?????Just let me know.

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Now I forgot to show you to sign and date your piece. I try to remember to sign it on the back with the year. also Need to tell you I usually put a wire loop on the back so you can hang it as an ornament or as a necklace. Went back and did another one to show....Love these things...
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Aug 2, 2011 6:36 PM CST

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Wow this is a great tutorial....you really showed us how to create a wonderful polymer project!

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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 2, 2011 6:44 PM CST
Thank you dear. But I did forget to say. You can make a wire loop and insert it into skull to hang it as a decoration or necklace....
Name: Cheryl White
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denimangle
Aug 2, 2011 8:57 PM CST
thank you for a great TUT Thumbs up
I wonder if my earthenwear clay would work that easy I may have to try it out
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rcn48
Aug 3, 2011 3:05 AM CST
OMG, fantastic, thank you!! Thumbs up And thank your DH for taking the wonderful photos! I tip my hat to you. That's my biggest problem I take my own photos and my hands are usually too messy to handle the camera. Sticking tongue out

Question...I'm assuming you add the wire before you bake it? Confused
Name: Vicki
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vic
Aug 3, 2011 3:26 AM CST

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GREAT tutorial Charleen! Thank You Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 3, 2011 6:51 AM CST
Yes, while the clay is still soft and pliable. I use a wire that isvery easy to twist , it has a thin plastic coating. Fun Wire the label says"the only wire that bonds with polymer clay" But you can use any thin wire that you have on had 20 g. I use but these wire are thinner at 22 g.
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nap
Aug 3, 2011 12:21 PM CST
Excellent tutorial, Charleen!! It does look easy, with these instructions!
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 3, 2011 12:31 PM CST
Give it a try. After you put it together, just remember the teeth go together...
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denimangle
Aug 3, 2011 3:40 PM CST
Teeth I didn't see no teeth Whistling
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
Aug 3, 2011 6:34 PM CST
First, second , third Pictures when you smooshed it up. Teeth.... Hurray!
Name: Cheryl White
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denimangle
Aug 4, 2011 2:44 PM CST
gotch yeah ... Thumbs up
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denimangle
Aug 4, 2011 6:53 PM CST
well tried to make a skull but it went back in the bag when DH told me it looked like a coyote with horns .. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
will try again later
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
Aug 4, 2011 7:11 PM CST
Work on it when he is not around. The ridged edges go together. (that's the teeth) Press down on top and sides (that is where horns go) Take a stick and open up thee eye openings. Press gently on side , by the teeth and keep tweaking til it looks right. It took be a while before I got it looking right. don't give up Cheryl, you will get it.
Name: Cheryl White
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denimangle
Aug 4, 2011 8:09 PM CST
P had to add some water to the clay its been sitting in a baggie it was to dry and couldn't rework ..it dries out fast & its not soft and pliable Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Ridesredmule
Aug 5, 2011 6:02 AM CST
Get a small package of Polyclay and try it. I'd get Premo, it is a little softer than Sculpylll but I like both. Don't like dry clay, I have an additive I can use but just don't like the "feel" of it afterward..
Name: Cheryl White
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denimangle
Aug 5, 2011 6:41 AM CST
OH NO!!!! Not going to start with the Polyclay:rofl: Lynn has been after me to give it a try too ...:rofl: it keeps calling my name when im in HL but I have been strong Whistling
what is the additive Big Grin
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Aug 5, 2011 6:57 AM CST
They have a bottle of stuff that will soften the clay. Mine is a Sculpy brand.
Yes, I hear it saying, "get over here and buy just one pkg. I won't hurt you." Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Cheryl White
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denimangle
Aug 5, 2011 1:20 PM CST
I agree I agree Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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doglover
Feb 24, 2012 9:23 AM CST
does anyone have any instructions on making that skull with Quickwall?

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