Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Bunday!


Ove baletanke su moj najnoviji DIY projekat, a rađene su isto kao i ove (klik). Nadam se da vam se dopadaju!


This super-cute flats are my newest DIY project. I used the same tutorial I described in this post. Hope you like them!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Isprobavanje novih materijala / Fimo Air Natural review

Moj omiljeni materijal za rad već par godina je efaplast, iliti Fimo Air Light kako se sada zove. Krajem juna sam pošla u knjižaru da obnovim zalihe i videla još jedan proizvod iz te linije - Fimo Air Natural. Kako je cena krajnje prihvatljiva - oko 500 dinara za 350 grama, rešila sam da ga kupim i isprobam.

Ova masa je 95% od materijala prirodnog porekla i suši se na vazduhu. Proizvođač pored toga navodi da je kada se osuši veoma nalik drvetu, da se nakon sušenja lako smirgla, buši i uopšte obrađuje, da je laka za oslikavanje i lakiranje.
Moje iskustvo je takvo da se vrlo malo slažem sa proizvođačem.
Mislim da bih masu najbolje mogla da opišem kao pomalo suvu das-masu. Ne reaguje dobro na pokušaje razmekšavanja vodom, postaje gnjecava. Nije baš laka za rad, treba je modelovati vrlo pažljivo,jer lako puca po površini i ne prihvata baš lako novi oblik. Osim toga, dosta se lepi za prste ,odakle se teško skida. U principu se sporo suši, treba joj otprilike 30 sati na sobnoj temperaturi da se osuši  potpunosti, mada to zavisi od debljine, sigurna sam da bi se tanki parčići potpuno osušili za 7-8 sati.
Primetila sam da se posle sušenja skupila za otprilike 5%, ali se oblik nije deformisao.
Nakon što se potpuno osušila, pokušala sam sa šmirglanjem. Šmirgla se mnogo teže nego efaplast i malo teže nego glina i das-masa. Nemojte koristiti finu šmirglu, jer traje predugo, eventualno za neki završni rad, pošto nakon grublje šmirgle ostaju brazdice tu i tamo.
Probala sam da je izdubim na jednom mestu i drugačije je nego sa drvetom, pošto ostaje pomalo elastična i nako sušenja. 
Kada sam pokušala da izbušim perlicu koju sam napravila, pukla je oko ivica rupe.
Oslikavanje teče relativno lako, probala sam sa akrilnim bojama, temperama i vodenim bojama. Dobro prima boju i ne suši se mnogo dugo.
Ono što mi smeta je što lako upija lak i postaje malo gnjecava na površini, a pri tom potamni oko pola nijanse, i takva ostane, što znači da je vrlo teško izvući belu boju, uvek ispadne sivkasta.
Nakon što se lak osuši, površina je opet čvrsta i nema sjaj.

Za figuricu levo sam koristila Fimo Air Light. Trebalo mi je 5 minta da je oblikujem, osusila se za 4 sata, osmirglala sam je za 15 minuta, ofarbala i izlakirala za jos 15 i nakon dva sata bila je suva.
Za figuricu desno sam koristila Fimo Air Natural. Trebalo mi je 20 minuta da oblikujem materijal u priblizno oblik koji sam htela, pomenutih 30 sati da se potpuno osusi, skoro sat vremena da je osmirglam barem delimicno (glava i ocne duplje), 15ak minuta da se osusi boja i da je izlakiram i skoro 6 sati da bude suva i izlakirana površina opet tvrda.

Sve u svemu, ja nisam zadovoljna i ne bih je preporučila, s obzirom na to da ne radi ništa više nego das-masa , nego čak malo manje, a pri tom je skuplja. Moj favorit i dalje bez premca ostaje Fimo Air Light.

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About two months ago I went to store to buy my all time favorite modeling clay efaplast (now known as Fimo Air Light), and came across Fimo Air Natural. Since it was not too expensive, I bought smaller package to try it out and compare it to Fimo Air Light.
It is at least 95% natural raw materials and it is air-drying. Here is what manufacturer has to say about it: It is ideal for modeling , sculpting, moulding and shaping. When dry it is wood-like and easy to file, drill, carv and sand. It can be painted and lacquered and is very break resistant.
After several tries, my expirience is nothing like that.
In my humble opinion, Fimo Air Natural is best described as a bit dry paper clay. It is not very easy to mould and does not respond well to softening with water. Surface cracks easily while moulding it and it is very sticky (took me about 5 minutes to clean my hands and nails when I finished moulding it).
It dries very slowly and shrinks a little bit (around 5%). For owl sculpture on the picture below it took almost 30 hours to be completely dry, but I think it tooks 8 hours top for thinner pieces.
Sanding was probably the hardest part. It is really hard to sand Fimo Air Natural with fine sands I usually use for Fimo Air Light and Fimo Polymerclay. I also tried carving it, and it was harder then to carv wood, because it is a little bit elastic and when I tried to drill it it cracked around the hole.
Painting it is easy, both with acrylic and watercolors.
What bothered me the most is how surface turned wet and mushy after applying lacquer and it took almost 6 hours for surface to become hard again and there was no shine at all. The other thing that botherd me about applying lacquer is that colors become about half a shade darker, and stay that way even when it is dry, so color of clay became grey,not white.
To compare it to Fimo Air Light, I made two owl sculptures.

For left one I used Fimo Air Light. It took me 5 minutes to mould it, 4 hours for it to dry, 15 minutes to sand it and another 15 to paint and lacquer it and after 2 hours it was completely dry.
For right one I used Fimo Air Natural. It took me 20 minutes to mould it, almost 30 hours for it to dry completely, an hour to sand, paint and lacquer it and 6 hours to dry.
As you can see it takes much more time and effort to work with , so I don't think I am going to buy it again. The same results can be achieved with paper clay, and it is also cheaper.
Hope you find my review useful :)


Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to school.



Broš od efaplasta, sa detaljima od papira, prekriven zaštitnim slojem i prelakiran. Veličina je 4.5x2.8 cm i dostupan je u mojoj prodavnici na Artijani.