cernit

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These are two of my bigger summer projects. The other two (watercolour kirin and the demon horse) are my others. Demon horse is nowhere near done, but watercolour kirin needs paint, and these two should hopefully be ready for paint very soon! 

I’m enjoying working with the fantasy film! It’s a different way of planning sculptures for sure, but I love all the sparkly iridescent awesomeness at the end. 

The kitsune fox dude will be white with purple wings and fins, and the kelpie hippocampus guy will be a dark green with gold highlights. 

Both are made from polymer clay (cernit or sculpey firm) over a wire and foil armature. The wings and fins are fantasy film with clear gel and paint. You can’t bake the film wings so they are attached and reinforced with apoxie sculpt.  :)

Polymer Clay Wizards?

Do I have to be a wizard to use polymer clay?  Or did I just get a bad batch?

I bought a big block of Cernit online because: a) It’s advertised as being soft and easy to use right out of the package and b) It’s one of the stronger clays when fired.

This block is super hard!  I tried conditioning a small piece for TWO HOURS to no avail.  All I managed to do was to make it a little stretchier, but it certainly never reached a level of “extreme softness” the internet tells me I can achieve.  I tried kneading it, rolling and folding and rolling again, stretching it, squashing it, heck I even stuck it in my shirt for 20 minutes.  NOTHING!

I called Blick (where I ordered it) and they said I could get a refund, but that I have to talk to the product information office first.  I’m going to call them today.  If anyone has experience with Cernit, let me know.  If it is indeed supposed to be soft and malleable right out of the package, I would love a first hand account that I can share with Blick so they’ll approve my refund.