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From: Melody017/19/11 1:51 PM 
To: All  (1 of 15) 

I've been doing a lot of work with applying tiny raw clay appliques on a raw clay base bead using a mix of TLS thinned with a little liquid clay softener as "glue". Occasionally the TLS "leaks" out onto the raw clay of the base bead. It cleans up effectively with alcohol on a Q-tip. HOWEVER, if I miss seeing a "leak" and cure the bead, once cured the leaked TLS turns an ugly white halo that looks pretty bad, especially in photos. Sanding it seems to make it worse. I discovered this morning that if a little liquid clay softener is applied to the cured TLS and left in place for only a minute and then wiped of well with T shirt material it seems to remove the "white halo".

This is what I've been using it on:

Anita in AZ

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From: clayjay7/19/11 4:49 PM 
To: Melody01  (2 of 15) 
 68002.2 in reply to 68002.1 

Hi Anita,

That's a great tip. I'm sure it will come in handy.

Since I have you here, I have a question. I was on your blog and noticed that you have some loose monarch butterflies. I would like to buy a butterfly magnet if you could spare one of the the butterflies. Could/would you do that for me? I have a magnet if you don't have any. I would try to make one, but it's not worth the trouble for one butterfly, besides, yours are so beautiful. If not, I understand.

Take care, Jay


From: Melody017/19/11 8:55 PM 
To: clayjay  (3 of 15) 
 68002.3 in reply to 68002.2 

Hi Jay, Thanks you for your kind words re my Monarch Butterflies. Alas, they are all earmarked as components for my elaborate Morning Glory and Autumn Leaf Monarch necklaces. HOWEVER, it is my intention to try to make another Monarch cane later this summer and then I WOULD have some to share. Unfortunately, because the Monarch was my first real cane, I didn't make very much of it because I didn't know what I was doing and didn't want to waste clay. I will definitely let you know if/when I have new Monarchs to share!

Anita in AZ

  • Edited 7/19/2011 8:56 pm by Melody01

From: clayjay7/20/11 2:58 AM 
To: Melody01  (4 of 15) 
 68002.4 in reply to 68002.3 

Hi Anita,

I understand. If you didn't know what you were doing, please don't learn. Those are beautiful and besides that, I wanted one because I really like yours. I've seen some that I didn't care for. That said, I will gladly wait. Oh, I like yellow ones also. I don't know if those are Monarchs though. You know how much I like the desert and sun colors.

Take care,



From: Melody017/20/11 8:48 AM 
To: clayjay  (5 of 15) 
 68002.5 in reply to 68002.4 

Hi Jay, Thanks! and thanks also for understanding. Your request has given me the gentle push I need to get a Monarch cane into the queue. I've been hung up getting very excited to start it because I need to remember how I made it and I took no notes, which is unusual for me. I love the yellow Swallowtail butterflies, too. We have humongous ones here in the spring.I've never tried to make a swallowtail in PC because the colors are so pale that I'm not sure that they'd have the visual interest of the Monarchs.

I'll keep your kind request in mind and let you know.

Anita in AZ

  • Edited 7/20/2011 9:57 am by Melody01

From: clayjay7/20/11 1:25 PM 
To: Melody01  (6 of 15) 
 68002.6 in reply to 68002.5 

Thanks Anita,

The Swallowtail might be a challenge because of the "tail" breaking off. Unless it's on a rock or something underneath for support.

Take care, Jay


From: Melody017/20/11 1:50 PM 
To: clayjay  (7 of 15) 
 68002.7 in reply to 68002.6 

<<The Swallowtail might be a challenge because of the "tail" breaking off. Unless it's on a rock or something underneath for support...

Jay, Good point. Pretty much off the subject here, but just for fun and considering you like Yellow Swallowtails ,I thought I'd share this picture of my beaded yellow Swallowtail. Well, the body is PC and uses TLS on the head, so maybe it's not ALL that off the subject. <G> Old picture and not a terribly good one at that.

Hope your day is joyful and gentle.

Anita in AZ

I am told that the attachment won't open so I've deleted it and I'll try to post a 2nd version in an additional post and maybe I'll get lucky.

  • Edited 7/20/2011 3:30 pm by Melody01

From: 7Jackie DelphiPlus Member Icon7/20/11 2:05 PM 
To: Melody01  (8 of 15) 
 68002.8 in reply to 68002.7 

Hi Anita,

For some reason, the photo won't show up for me. I get the small red X in the upper corner instead.


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From: clayjay7/20/11 2:58 PM 
To: Melody01  (9 of 15) 
 68002.9 in reply to 68002.7 

Me too.



From: Melody017/20/11 3:32 PM 
To: clayjay  (10 of 15) 
 68002.10 in reply to 68002.9 

Sorry it the image has the "dreaded red X"

Second attempt at posting the beaded Swallowtail

Anita in AZ


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