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  •  Love them (7+ / 0-)

    I keep trying to switch her over to a clay that is more permanent, but what she wants more than anything are the colors (your son's are so colorful, just like Ellie's!).

    The more advanced kinds of clay are all white and are meant to be fired and painted or glazed.

    She hates to paint.  :(

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 07:35:03 AM PDT

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    •  I dunno about "advanced" being all white (4+ / 0-)

      there are some amazing things you can do with polymer clay.  I've been checking out books from the library and some of the artwork is stunning.

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 09:47:57 AM PDT

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      •  Recommendations, please! (4+ / 0-)

        I'd love to know what books you've seen.

        There's a really awesome art store in Austin just dedicated to all things clay, and I was looking through some books there, but it was all glazed or painted fired clay.

        I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

        by coquiero on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 10:01:28 AM PDT

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        •  I've gotten a few on Amazon... (2+ / 0-)
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          there aren't a lot geared to kids, but there are a couple.

          http://www.amazon.com/...

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          I shave my legs with Occam's razor...BOWP~

          by triv33 on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 01:54:36 PM PDT

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        •  anything by Katherine Dewey for starters (4+ / 0-)
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          She has one called Creating Lifelike Figures In Polymer Clay  that really helped my weeping angels, another on fantasy figures and a third on animals. I found all three at the library and Mum bought me a copy of lifelike figures. It has tool tips, notes about different brands of clays and the detail is just amazing.

          Look Learn and Create Polymer Clay 101 by Angela Maybray and Kim Otterbein is one I currently have out - comes with a DVD, has projects and techniques - really attractive stuff. Not all that difficult either really - covers a lot of techniques, also reviews brands of clays, more tools, colour schemes, and the projects are nice - not just cutesy beads but not overly complex.

          I've checked out others, but these are the ones I have really found interesting - our local Crafts section has a lot of polymer clay books - you should see what is available to check out near you.

          And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

          by Mortifyd on Sat Jun 08, 2013 at 02:18:27 PM PDT

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          •  Thanks, I just ordered a few (1+ / 0-)
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            I just wish I could get her to use an armature.  She just has no interest.  

            Even in the sneak peak I saw good ideas, though, like using crumpled up tin foil to fill out the body without adding weight.

            I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

            by coquiero on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 09:08:48 AM PDT

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