Have you ever had one of those days, where if you did not laugh, you would cry?
I received a heat gun for Christmas, and I am quite excited about using it. One of the first things I want to try with it, is to make some eyes for some sculpts I have in mind. Of course, now I need to find the right paints.
I have been doing a fair amount of research on various paints used with polymer clay, and am feeling just slightly overwhelmed. There are so many good brands out there, and I have heard so many good things about them. So far, I have looked into Genesis paints, and I am thinking that will be the way to go for me. But…not only is it extremely difficult for me to get to the city to go shopping for supplies, I am not certain of exactly what colours I want. And, what other supplies will I need for this project? More paint brushes, paint thinner, and a palate, for starters. Of course, I think I will use a lid from a yogurt container as my palate. I also will probably use the paint brushes I already have, and use a toothpick for the tiny little details. So those two I can strike off my list.
I think I will start off with some basic green and blue for eyes. Black for the pupils. Silver to add a bit of depth as well. But what about pink as a blush and for lips? Should I get red and thin it? Or should I see if there is a lighter pink? Perhaps I should also look into some of the powders experienced sculptors use. And while I am at this, I think I would love to get some pewter, gold and other metallics. Paint or powders? Foils would be nice too. And while I am at it, I think I am going to need fibers for wigging. Oh, and yes, I will need more of the liquid Fimo too, to aid in series baking etc. Oohhh, I also need some straight pins (used in sewing) with glass balls on them, to help form the eyes. All I can find so far are the ones that have flat heads or plastic balls. Any ideas where I can find these?
Since I am now adding metallics and powders to my list, why not look into getting some books to show me how to make pendants and other jewelry? If I am going to start making some jewelry, why not get some findings too? Keychains, chains, clasps, oh My! Sterling silver of course, since a person has to ensure there is no nickel or lead in anything one makes to sell online. I did manage to find a lovely shop called The Ring Lord at http://theringlord.com/and ordered some sterling silver wire and split rings from. So now I would like to find a shop online that will have everything I need.
The list is getting longer and longer! I am starting to get a bit dizzy with it all! Here is my list so far:
Paint (blue, green, silver, black, red?, pink?)
Powders (silver, gold, pewter, metalics, pearlesque, pink / red)
Straight pins (no lead or nickel!)
Findings (keychains, clasps, jump rings?, bails, chains etc)
Wow, quite a list!
Of course, I have also been thinking of other things I would love to do. Start making my own ACEOs and ATCs. Wall hanging/decorations. Full sculpts of fairies and dragons. More animals. I think you are seeing my dilemma now!
Soooo…I think I am going to ask you, my loyal readers, for advice. I would love to hear what types of paints, findings, etc that you use. Suggestions, comments and favourite online shops that ship to Canada would be greatly appreciated.
I think I am going to go get more coffee. It is going to be a long day 🙂