gone out and bought a bunch of polymer clay supplies. You’ve got a whole horde of
things you can’t wait to try, and then, from the midst of them something catches your eye. It’s a
bottle of liquid clay. What is it and what are you supposed to do with it? Do
you get different brands and are they all the same?
In this article I hope to answer all of these questions and to give you a few ideas to inspire you to go and experiment with this rather fun but finicky member of the polymer clay family.
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polymer clay is exactly what its name implies: polymer clay in a liquid form. It bakes the same way as regular polymer clay, but is a bit more flexible than it's solid counterpart. In its raw state however, it behaves in a
completely different manner from solid polymer clay. More about this further on.
three common brands of liquid clay: Kato Liquid Clay, Fimo Gel and Sculpey Bake and Bond. At this point in time, only Kato Liquid Clay is available in colors. Sculpey is currently releasing a new range so stay tuned for more information in the future.
There are other brands such as Clayologie Liquid Clay, but they are very hard to get hold of and are only worth looking at if you live in the country where they’re made.
Each of the different liquid clay brands have their own unique uses and downfalls.
I recommend the Kato Liquid Clay range and Fimo Gel. These liquid clays are
great to have in your polymer clay arsenal and will allow you to experiment with a wide variety of projects from faux effects to translucent layering. They can also be used to seal your polymer clay and some people even use them in place of resin. Check out my article: Which Liquid Polymer Clay Sealer Should I Use? to find out which one works best for what.
This is the million dollar question and there
really isn’t a straight answer to it. As with solid polymer clay, liquid clay is very
versatile and the list of things you can do with it is endless. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
warned that liquid clay can be quite frustrating in the beginning. There are
many problems you’ll run into and it behaves in a completely different manner than solid blocks.
So to summarize, here is what you need to know to get started:
clay may look daunting when you first start, but it really isn't that hard
once you get used to it. The best way to start is to think of it as
a completely different medium. It is really like taking
on a whole new art form, but it’s worth the effort.
You can make some truly unique designs that would be impossible with solid polymer clay. Once you get the hang of the liquid, you can combine it with the regular polymer clay to create some wonderful pieces.
Do you have some other ideas for using liquid clay? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. And as always, please like and share!
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