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I get asked a lot of questions sometimes! O: And it's not that I don't mind answering, it's that sometimes I get asked the same question again and again and I don't have time to explain it every time. :( So I made up this quick list of commonly asked questions!

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Updated on 01/06/2015

Can I purchase your work to turn it into a mold for resin, clay, etc?
--- NO! D: Giant, giant, huge flashing no here. I will never allow my works to be duplicated in such a way. If you've seen molds out there of my work please alert me so I can handle it. I like to keep creative control over all my sculpts, so as of now there is no instance I would allow a mold to be made from one of my creations. Sorry about that. :saddummy:

What kind of clay do you use?
--- I use polymer clay, it's an oven baked clay that hardens at 275°F (130°C), so you do not need a kiln to bake it. The brands I use are Sculpey, Sculpey III, Sculpey Premo!, and FIMO. You can find these at basically any craft store [and at Wal-Mart in a starter pack with 12 colors ($13 I think?) or just in white (around $6)] and the prices range from $0.99-$3.00 depending on the brand. I almost always buy my clay from Michael's Arts and Crafts.

How long do I bake it? How do I bake it?
--- It depends on how thick your clay is. Read the package! It will tell you everything you need to know about how long to bake. It's also a bit of trial and error, and I will never be able to tell you an exact time to bake it, you will have to figure that one out yourself. Experiment!

To bake it, just put it on a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and put in the toaster oven or oven at the specified temperature. Never wrap your charm in foil, you will burn it. It's not a baked potato.

Okay... but I can't find this clay where I live!
--- semi-sweeties has a great list you can use to find where to buy polymer clay in your country! You can find that here: semi-sweeties.deviantart.com/b…

How do I turn my creation into a charm? What do I need?
---  Super Basic Jewelry Guide by GrandmaThunderpants see this :D

Ive seen you use popsicle sticks in your charms before, is wood safe to put in the oven? Are headpins safe to put in the oven?
--- Yes, both are completely safe at the temperature polymer clay bakes at. Don't touch wood or metal fresh from the oven (or your hot charm, for that matter) because it will be very hot to the touch, but it will not burst into flames. As for putting metal in the oven, what are cookie sheets made of? Metal, right? xD It's entirely safe.

Do not put any plastic in the oven for any reason. This is NOT safe. It will also make a huge mess. And stinky fumes.

My clay is too hard/soft, what should I do? or My clay seems to be having a weird reaction to plastic, what should I do? or My charms always seem to be way too brittle after I bake them, have I done something wrong?
--- Polymer Clay Plasticizer Quick Guide by GrandmaThunderpants see this! all of these questions relate to plasticizers in clay, and this guide covers all of them.

Can you paint polymer clay?
--- Yes, you can. I would recommend you paint after you've baked the clay and with acrylic paints. You can paint before you bake, but only if it's something very small (like JUST eyes or a mouth). Wait until the paint has entirely dried before you bake the clay. If you're unsure about this or it makes you uncomfortable, then paint it only after it has baked and entirely cooled off.

The cheap little $0.75 bottles work best because the paint is thin and can be applied with any old brush in 1-2 coats.

Okay cool, but how did you get your charm so shiny?!
--- I use a glaze. :D Sculpey sells gloss glaze and satin glaze, and in my experience don't even bother with the satin glaze if you're not going to use it all up within a month. Every time I buy it, it turns super thick and gooey after just a few weeks, while the clear glaze remains easy to apply.

No not the glaze... the glitter!
--- My signature "style" is to add pearlized clay to everything to make it sparkly. You can use pure mica pigment or purchase any polymer clay with "pearl" in the title and it will be glittery. :D

Some of your items have this glow-in-the-dark powder or little crystals, what is that and where did it come from?
--- It's glass. :) I'm keeping my exact source a secret on these, sorry! I provide many resources and I'm always happy to help, but I have to have a few secrets right?

What is decoden? What is the fake frosting that you use on phone cases?
--- Decoden is made from the words "decorate" and "denwa" which means telephone in Japanese. It started by just decorating mobile phones, but now decoden is an umbrella term for putting cute frosting and sparkles on whatever you want! The exact materials I use for my decoden are another trade secret, but if you do some research you can find plenty of materials to use yourself. :)

How did you make _______?
--- Sorry, but I don't have time to make tutorials anymore. :saddummy:

Older tutorials can be found here, though some techniques may be out of date (meaning someone else has explained it better, hahaha) sarah-chan.deviantart.com/gall…

You have too many secret materials, that's not cool! I'm just starting out and I want to know everything.
--- The only materials I keep secret are ones that took a lot of time and effort to locate or create. I want everyone to enjoy crafting and discovering their own materials and techniques, which is why I choose to keep certain things private. :)

Why do you charge so much? Your items are way too expensive!
--- Ah, the question that makes artisans everywhere curl up and die a little inside. I price my work based on three things. The cost of the material, the amount of labor, and the amount of time spent crafting it. Labor refers to mixing the clay and conditioning it, craft time is the actual time spent sculpting the specific item. Not only are my materials costly (they add up fast) but I spend many hours hunched over a table carefully adding details and painting on faces. You have to consider all the work that goes into a commission. First there's talking with the customer about what it is they want, going over reference pictures and planning out the cost. Once payment is made I have to mix up all the different colors of clay that are going to be used on their item, then I have to plan out how I'm going to sculpt it. The sculpting phase could be as short as an hour, and it could take as much as three days to complete. Then comes the baking, which is another hour. Then painting, glazing, photographing, resizing the photo, uploading it, going back to the customer and showing them the final product, discussing possible changes, then finally packing it up neatly and driving to the post office. Would you really do all of that for $5?

There's a lot of work and care that goes into my creations, and I understand that not everybody will be able to afford my work. If it's out of your price range then I apologize, but I'm not going to rip myself off to whoever complains the loudest. :)

I saw you made [CHARACTER] ... but you didn't include their [blah] or their [blah]! And this color is different!
--- Was it a commission? Remember when I do custom work for someone, sometimes they want a character seen WITHOUT certain items/trademarks. Or maybe they want them with something crazy for an inside joke. Or maybe they wanted the colors to be changed, or done a certain way. I didn't exclude something to make you angry or confused, I simply did what the commissioner wanted. As long as the person who paid me is happy, I don't care what a character is holding or not holding, or what colors they have. I would be more than happy to remake the charm to your specifications if you want to pay me for it. :la:

How long have you been working with clay?
--- Since August 2010. O:

Where did you get the name "Grandma Thunderpants?"
---  It's actually a Venture Brothers reference! :icongoteamventureplz:
It comes from an episode where there was a giant garage sale on the Venture Compound and Triana finds a giant pair of underwear, along with some other "kitschy junk." She proudly holds up the giant underwear and calls it "giant grandma thunderpants." Now for some reason this line always stuck with me as super hilarious, so in 2010 when I went to name my shop, I didn't want it to just be "my kawaii clay shop #5985" or anything, so I thought about what would be a good name that really stuck with people. In the end, I decided that grandma thunderpants as a name would either haunt or delight people-- but stick with them either way. That's why I chose it. :)

Do you do art trades?
--- I very selectively do art trades. I don't do this to be mean, I do this because I don't have a whole lot of time to do art trades with everyone. I also can't only do trades, because then I would have lots of cool loot but I wouldn't have money to buy more clay. :noes: If I want to trade with someone, I'm usually the one who approaches them.

I want to request a charm... but I don't have money. Will you make it anyway so I can see it?
--- Requests are currently closed, I just don't have time for it. :( I always take suggestions, but please understand there's a very good chance I won't do it. I don't want to let anyone get their hopes up, I'd feel guilty!

Where's your custom item information?
--- My commission info is here: grandmathunderpants.deviantart… and I love you. :heart:

Do you accept points commissions?
--- Yes and no! Mostly no. 

I'll accept an extremely limited amount of point commissions per year. I will calculate the amount of points needed by converting exactly the cost of the item to points. 80 points = $1 USD, so something that's worth $15 will be 1200 points, and so on. I know a lot of people are used to seeing like 5 point commissions and 30 point commissions, but 30 points is equal to like $0.20 and there's no way I could make anybody anything for that, ahaha.

Shipping costs will also be calculated into points.

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FOR OTHER CONCERNS
This is the item disclaimer from my website. It might answer your question.

DISCLAIMER AND ETC.

While our items are very cute and childlike, please do not give them to small children or pets for any reason. Some small parts can break off and become a choking hazard. Do not for any reason chew on or put our charms in your mouth. While polymer clay is non-toxic, the glaze used to protect the clay is not and can make you sick if you ingest too much of it (though it's perfectly safe to the touch! just no chewing.)

Keep in mind all of our items are handmade and thus may differ just slightly from the images you see on this website. Every item is unique and no two items are made exactly the same. It is not suggested that you wear your goodies in the shower or while swimming. The glaze protects the charms but the small metal parts holding it together might tarnish if exposed to water for extended periods of time.

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Have any questions for me? O: Don't be afraid, ask me! I'm always eager to help out.
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Prinypie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Where do you get the metal for your charms? 
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Carlsbergensis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice one Gran. I do like the way you stick up for yourself, your secrets and the pricing of your work.
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Jasmine-rin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
" It's not a baked potato. " LOL BEST
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ehehehe. :P 
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TyrantLyzardQueen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I personally find your pieces cute and affordable ^ ^ they certainly arent anything you'd find in $1 jewelry stores or anything like that! So the pricing is reasonable and understandable!
I plan to commission you sometime this Spring/Summer with an ideani have in mind ouo
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :D 
I'd love to work with you. 
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divergenthp Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really helpful, thank you
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krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I was wondering (and I know this differs person to person) but how do you get started on selling stuff online?
See, I want to sell some stuff (like plushies, magnets and maybe home made sketch books) but I'm pretty much clueless as to go about this. I know people use Etsy, but I want to keep the money and not have to pay fees (I'm pretty much broke and I want to avoid losing money so I can pay for bills and supplies). So I was wondering if you have any tips on how to sell online and how to collect the money (this is pretty much holding me back from getting my work out there and I thought I'd ask since you're pretty well known).
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krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I already read this journal hence why I came to you to get your views/experience on the topic.
Was worth a shot, I guess...
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
There's a lot involved with setting up a shop, so I can't write a simple guide sorry! I think Talty's guide really covers all the basics extremely well though. :) I would have probably just said the same things she did.
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krystalfan-2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Ah, OK. Yeah, I figured there was a lot to it so I'm super hesitant to start it up.
Thanks for replying anyway though!
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Talty Featured By Owner May 21, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for linking :meow:
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cheniie Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you do the drippy stuff??! what is it?????? :O
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a decoden sauce. :) My exact material is secret, but you can search around to find something you like!
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ZzzShadows Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
question: you know your iphone cases? well, it's my best friend's birthday soon, and i saw them and wanted one....but i can't afford them, soooo...i was wondering if it would be fine if i sort of made something similar to them? you know, like taking a case and putting the clay on it with the cute little charms. I understand if you don't want me too. thank you for your time!
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itasasu2002 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
question: do you ship the commissioned items to people who have commissioned you?
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! When you commission me you also pay for shipping. :)
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itasasu2002 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ok. just wanted to know. :) thanks~
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem! :D
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itasasu2002 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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POISIONandBLOOD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sorry ment to put razor in your apple
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POISIONandBLOOD Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VERY dumb Q, may i make a version of this?
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thecircusqueen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
May I ask if you know where to get coloured chain? <3
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
My old supplier stopped carrying the chain I used to purchase, but I had a big stash of it that I'm going through now. You can look on Etsy for some, but I've heard eBay has a large selection of colored chains for cheap. :)
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2perfect Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Grandma Thunderpants... always strikes laughter into me XD
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahahah. xD I'm glad, thank you!
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2perfect Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome ^^
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sarahthemerp Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm wondering how you keep your clay so clean! Is there a certain why you organize it, or something you put on it to get rid of dirt? My clay always ends up covered in either other clay crumbs, or in tiny little dust particles XD Even when I was my hands before working with clay, it still ends up all dirty!

Thank you!
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Make sure you wash your hands and work surface very well! I suggest using a sugar scrub on your hands between clay colors and before touching any clay. Use a rough towel to clean your work surface and make sure you have another clean rough towel to dry your hands with, or air dry them. By rough towel I mean nothing too fuzzy, since the fuzzies will just show up in your clay. :)
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sarahthemerp Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok!!! Thank youuuuuu!!!!!
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MichelleAndTheBeatle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Even if I don't see them on etsy, do you still make certain charms? Or after a certain point you stop? Just curious! Thanks!
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Some items aren't on Etsy because they were commissions-- but I could still remake them! Also some items just simply don't sell well on Etsy so I don't relist them. :) But anything you see in my gallery can be remade at any time! Most of my materials are things I always have in stock, so it's no problem.
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MichelleAndTheBeatle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Okay awesome! Thank you!
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justjakk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
GTP (do you mind if I call you that?), if I were to show you an item, would you be able to make something in that style?

I had a friend who used to make little charms, but they were smaller than what you make and were extremely adorable. I would love to find someone who could make them, being that my friend is no longer on dA. 
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've made charms that were extremely tiny, just people prefer the larger ones so that's what my gallery is full of. :) I would be happy to make certain characters for you in my style, but I do not mimic the styles of other artists. Sorry about that, but I would feel terrible making money off another person's style.
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justjakk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Oh, I did not mean it like that. The look of the figure is already very similar to the way you make yours. I was meaning more of the size. 

The way the charm was made, the head is almost the same size as the body. The legs and arms are very short. 

I have an idea I would like to have done like that and thought maybe you would be up to making figures in that size. I will see if I can get the link to the item or at least photo the item for you to show you what I mean. 
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I can do my chibis at a smaller size, but they will stay within my style. :) You can see more examples of my style here: grandmathunderpants.deviantart… Feel free to note me any references of the characters you want! :D
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justjakk Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
yes ma-am. i was looking to see if i could find a link of the charm that was made, but couldnt find it. 

you have the style i am looking for, so i know they will turn out amazing. it may take some time to come up with the money. i will contact you when i have something more tangible to you. 
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! :D I'll look forward to working with you whenever you're ready. :aww:
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caretaker91 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
You probably said already but I didn't see where lol, but how much do you charge for the sasusaku earrings??
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Those would be $10 to remake. :)
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caretaker91 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Hmm, that's not too bad. I might just be getting them lol. Do I pay the shipping too?
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep! :D Shipping is $3 for the US and $7 to anywhere else.
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caretaker91 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
 Thank you! lol, Um how do I go about ordering them exactly?
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Payment is through Google Checkout. :) You can read about it in my commission info. grandmathunderpants.deviantart…
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caretaker91 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
Alrighty :) Thanks!
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KittyInTheToast Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is random, but are you a gramda in real life? I was always curious. :3
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm only 25 xD
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peaceloveandunicorns Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you use to color your shrinky dinks? I've heard colored pencils or markers work but I want to be sure.
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