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Tentacle Gauges in Black and Blue 002 by Dabstar Tentacle Gauges in Black and Blue 002 by Dabstar
6mm polymer clay gauges in black & blue

The blue is a neon colour, so the tentacles glow intensely under UV light XD
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LilithPandemonium Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you sell these
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Shadowlover6 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How much would a pair like these go. I'd love to have this one and a rainbow one in half a inch if possible still
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omenaapple Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
..derp.
Do you have a spotlight or something, over a white table, where you take these photos? 8I My photos of my fimo things always end up being badly lit or otherwise smudgy. Any good tips? ;w; These are really, really nice, by the way (_:
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there :) What I use is a large piece of whiteboard (like what you write on with erasable markers), it has a shiny surface which helps reflect the light nicely. I take my photos outside when the sun is out, but not in direct sunlight because there is glare on the whiteboard. I use an SLR camera mounted to a tripod so that I get nice crisp shots. After I take the shots, I put them into Coreldraw and adjust the Brightness/Contrast/Intensity to make the white's whiter and the colours brighter, because sometimes the photo can get a bit dulled from how it looks in reality.
I hope this helps, if you need a more detailed explanation or help with anything else, please feel free to contact me :)
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omenaapple Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I sometimes try to enchant my pictures with editing programs too. I just cant take good photos. xD /flail
And thank you for the tip, I'll try to find some whiteboard somewhere :3
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I was fortunate, because I was working as a designer at a stationary factory, so there was lots of scrap pieces of whiteboard. This whiteboard is literally a primed piece of MDF board, and is 6mm thick. If you have a stationary factory in your area, maybe consider visiting them and asking if they have any scrap pieces of this. The company that I worked at often let people help themselves to scrap pieces of most things.
Have you tried taking photos with a tripod or some mount of some kind? It really does make the difference!
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ebilgnome Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
What sealant do you use? =3
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
For my gauges, I ONLY use Varathane, its the only way to go! It is the only finish that I have found that is safe enough to go inside stretched lobes. For my other pieces I use Sculpey gloss/satin glaze.
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:iconebilgnome:
ebilgnome Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Ah ok, and you order that from overseas? O.O Do you think they would be safe without the glaze?
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:icondabstar:
Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I live in South Africa and order it from America. You can find it on Amazon. There is only ONE type you can use for in-ear gauges : Rust-Oleum Varathane Interior Crystal Clear Water-Based Poleurethane, Gloss Finish. It comes in gloss, semi gloss and satin (matt). [link]

If you are wanting to make gauges to go in a stretched ear lobe, you have to use this!!! Polymer clay is a porous material, so it can cause serious damage to the ear if it doesnt. And make sure your ears are completely healed before attempting to wear these gauges ;)
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ebilgnome Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh Lordies! Thank you soooo much! I've had mine to 4's before and I'm gauging them back out again and making my own will save me epic monies and make much niftier plugs and tapers! <3 Yay!
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Best of luck :) Just a few pointers: I have spent many many hours researching polymer stretches and just about all of them say to not stretch with polymer gauges due to the surface texture of the baked material. Do your own research and experiments, there's a heck of a lot of pointers and tips for making polymer gauges out there that make a big difference to the outcome :) And always, always, ALWAYS use Varathane on the gauges before putting them into any healed ear lobes :3
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:iconebilgnome:
ebilgnome Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Thanks so much! I'll definitely keep that in mind as I try this out! =D
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:icondabstar:
Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I live in South Africa and order it from America. You can find it on Amazon. There is only ONE type you can use for in-ear gauges : Rust-Oleum Varathane Interior Crystal Clear Water-Based Poleurethane, Gloss Finish. It comes in gloss, semi gloss and satin (matt). [link]

If you are wanting to make gauges to go in a stretched ear lobe, you have to use this!!! Polymer clay is a porous material, so it can cause serious damage to the ear if it doesnt. And make sure your ears are completely healed before attempting to wear these gauges ;)
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:iconcoccineouscephalopod:
If only these could be made in 16's x'D
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:icondabstar:
Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
They can!!! I am can make tentacle gauges in any size you like with any colours :)
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:iconcoccineouscephalopod:
Wouldn't they break? 16's are pretty small...
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:icondabstar:
Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Doh!!! My bad...I thought that you meant 16mm, not 16 gauge. You are correct, they would indeed break! I wont do anything smaller than an 8 gauge due to the material strength...

I do however make faux gauges for those without stretched lobes, so it is totally possible for you to have something that looks similar to this without you having to go through the effort of stretching! Here's an example of one of the ones I have done: [link] I will be posting some better pics of the new & better one's I have done soon :D
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:iconcoccineouscephalopod:
:iconhnnghplz:

I may just have to buy some. :XD:
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
:squee: that would be AWESOO:omg:OOME!!!! :happybounce:
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Row-your-boat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
These are so beautiful :')
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much :3
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Row-your-boat Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
No problem :D
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Rainbow-Marbles Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I was just going to say that if I stretched my ears I'd need these in my life and then realized you make fake gauges :,D So i definitely need these in my life haha, they're so awesome. How much would a pair be?
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for expressing interest in my fake-gauges!!! Please send me a private message and I will work a price out for you depending on what you would like :)
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Rainbow-Marbles Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Alright, sent! Thank you! :)
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Do you sell these spirals? :D
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes I do ;)
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:D :D :D :D

I'd like to place an order then sometime ^^
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Dabstar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem at all! Thanks so much for the support!!! :happybounce:

I can make you a custom pair if you would like? Just let me know what colours, shape & size you would like and I can you up a set ;) I am just waiting for a my varnish order to arrive from overseas, as soon as it does I will be able to accept orders. Otherwise I can let you know what designs I have available in the size you need?
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ChanelRossouw Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I loooooove the rainbow ones and the tentacles :D :D :D :love:.

I'm a 6mm :meow:.

wait, I send you PM chop chop.
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