Can anyone give me some advice on making bear/critter tongues that don't look too fat?
I'm using a fine leather, but I've had the same problem with ultrasuede--the seams at the sides make the tongue too beefy for a small bear.
Does anyone do one-piece tongues? OR is there another way to seam the thing?
Thanks, Oh Wise Ones :hug:
Erin--It's a question of where to put the 'u'--now I'm wondering if I got it right
Bev--I've been clipping and mitering my seams, but they're still too bouncy. I guess if I left the tongue under a stack of bricks overnight? . . .
Heather--the Sculpy coat sounds intriguing. Time to go shopping, I guess!
Thanks everyone! :hug:
I have only made one ultrasuede tongue and it turned out great. I used the thinner ultrasuede (there are at least two weights of ultrasuede).... I trimmed the seam close and clipped also and stitched down the center starting about 1/16 of inch from the front of the tongue stitching to the back end.
Otherwise, I guess I have no other suggestions. Good luck!
Hmm. I don't think needlefelting (or at least myneedlefelting) would produce the right effect in this case. By the way, I love your felties and baskets, Charlotte. I'm a basket fanatic!
Wanda, I think you've hit on my problem, which is the leather I'm using. It's too thick. Even after spending the night weighted down with books, it refuses to squash!
I'm wondering if a single layer of felt or ultrasuede treated with Liquid Sculpey might work, but the Domestic Furies are keeping me housebound.
I'm off to scrounge through my stash . . . :hug:
You know what... i just thought I'd clarify something just in case ther might be any confusion.... maybe Tracy can chime in as well...
"Sculpey Liquid" - which often referred to as TLS - Translucent Liquid Sculpyis a product that comes in a plastic squeeze bottle. It is a liquid polymer clay product that requires baking in a home oven at 275 degrees to set it. Otherwise it will NEVER dry! It is wonderfully versitile stuff that can be used in many, many ways.... It CAN be painted onto fabric, but as I said... you HAVE TO bake it for it to dry/cure. When baked onto fabric, the TLS will penetrate in, and sort of "plasticize" the fabric... adding a bit of thickness and a sort of rubbery feel to it. It cures to a semi translucent matte finish, and can be tinted with paints prior to curing.
"Sculpey Glaze" comes in a little glass bottle. There are a couple of finishes availbe. I know there is a gloss finish and a satin finish... i think there used to be a matte one as well. It is essentially a varnish that is formulated to be able to dry on polymer clay without erroding the surface of the cured clay. BUT it doesn't have to be used ONLY on polymer clay.... I believe that you could also use it on other surfaces as well. You DON'T put this stuff in the oven like you do with the TLS... it's an airdrying varnish.
Since they are both liquid type products made by Sculpey, sometimes people do get the two confused.... but they function in very different ways...
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Hey, gals! The sculpey glaze is what I use. The gloss version. I had bought it for teeth and gave it a try on the tongue as well. I really love the results. Works for me! The liquid sculpey sounds intriguing as well...I had not heard of that! I will have to look for it next time I get to Hobby Lobby.
Heather--Yep, that was me!
Those wings are too cool! Ooh, I can't wait to get some liquid sculpey now!! Wasn't planning on making the trip to Hobby Lobby for awhile (it's an hour drive and I always end up buying half the store! ), but I just might have to this weekend. I've been thinking on making some angel or fairy bears sometime and don't really want to mess with feathers (been there, done that, found it a pain!), and you just totally inspired me! I wouldn't copy your wings or anything, but the possibilites...... Could probably use it too to make various accessories for bears? Ideas, ideas, ideas......................
Eileen--How stiff it ends up depends on how thick the glaze is applied. I put it on pretty thick (it soaks in quite a bit) and end up with a tongue that is stiffened, but still semi flexible too. The finish really isn't brittle--I can pinch together the tongue on my last bear and the finish doesn't crack. It seems more stiff and rubbery at the same time......does that make sense? Something you might try is to experiment with the glaze on a couple of sample tongues or seperate scraps of ultrasuede.
Thanks for chiming in Tracy! Oh... those mouths, teeth and tongue are simply adorable!!!
Oh... and if your store doesn't carry the TLS, they may carry "Liquid Fimo"..... very similar product, but it cures to a glossy completely clear and transparent finish. TLS cures a bit more matte and a bit less clear. I love them both!
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Your open mouth is amazing. I've got some glass beads--called 'daggers' that I've used for both teeth and claws, but I'd love to try making my own.
Our local Walmart doesn't carry any Sculpey or Fimo products, so I'll have to trek myself downton. We have a chain called Lewiscraft that might have it.
In the meantime, I've decided on a one-layer leather tongue colored red with permanent marker. The leather is about 1/16" thick. I've sewn a very narrow seam down the middle to represent the little 'dip' in the tongue, and it looks very good, even on the reverse side. :dance:
This is a small tongue, about 3/4" wide. On a larger one, I want to try the needlefelting and glaze.
Thanks for all your help!