Sealing with liquid polymer clay
In this article, I'll discuss the different translucent liquid clays on the market and compare them to one another.
Liquid clays are a great way to seal the surface effects on your polymer clay. Since they’re basically polymer clay in liquid form, you don’t have to worry about chemical reactions with any mixed media you have used. They don't produce the best finish though, so you will probably want to add a layer of varnish or wax after sealing.
If you haven't sealed your work with liquid polymer clay before, or if you are running into problems, be sure to check out my article: How To Seal Polymer Clay
With Liquid Clay - Questions and Answers. Getting a nice, smooth, translucent finish can be a bit tricky in the beginning, but the tips in this article should help you.
Translucent Liquid Clays I recommend
There are only really two translucent liquid clays on the market at the moment.
- Kato Translucent Liquid Clay
- Fimo Liquid Deco Gel
Sculpey is in the process of releasing another one which looks promising, but I haven't tested it. I'll add it in later if it passes the test.
So what's the verdict on liquid polymer clay sealers?
Translucent Kato liquid clay was used to give this bead its glossy finish.
In my opinion, Kato Liquid Translucent is the better choice for sealing polymer clay. It's much clearer than Fimo if you use a heat gun to get it really hot.
It's also less expensive, and easier to get hold of. It can be a bit
fiddly to get right, but if you're prepared to experiment a little, Kato
liquid clay is worth the effort.
On the other hand, Fimo Liquid Deco Gel will do just fine if you don't have a heat gun. It gives a clear finish, and it's easier to use because you don't have to worry about clearing up the cloudiness.
If you have any great tips to make working with Kato Liquid Translucent easier, please share them in the comments below. We would love to hear them.
Also, don't forget to check back later to find out how the new Sculpey release does, and if you're having problems, check out my article: How To Seal Polymer Clay With Liquid Clay -
Questions and Answers.
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