about Polymer Clay Wax
In this article find out which polymer clay waxes I recommend, why I
like them and what they are best used for. Polymer clay wax is a great way to finish off
your clay. It's inexpensive and easy to use.
If you wish to keep the texture of your bead, wax is the best way to
seal it. It's a great way to preserve the special matte texture of Souffle clay. The wax will also enrich and deepen your colors and give your work a beautiful sheen.
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If you're new to polymer clay wax, there are a few issues you may encounter. Be sure to check out my article: How To Seal Polymer Clay With Wax - Questions and Answers, to find the solutions.
Polymer Clay waxes i recommend
There are two waxes that I recommend for sealing polymer clay.
- Minwax Paste Finishing Wax - Natural.
- Renaissance Wax.
These two waxes are the ones I have used personally with consistent success and they seem to be the most readily available. If you can't source either of them, there are lots of other waxes that you could try. Many furniture pastes have the same ingredients and they are readily available at hardware stores. Be sure to test each one though.
So in summary, here are the ups and downs of the two polymer clay waxes I recommend:
- Minwax Paste Finishing Wax is inexpensive, has a less pungent smell than
Renaissance Wax, has a lovely butter-like consistency and dries
- But, you won't find it at polymer clay suppliers, so you'll have to make a separate trip to get some. Many hardware stores stock it though.
- Renaissance Wax is available from many polymer clay suppliers.
- But, It is expensive, has a very strong smell and takes a long time to cure completely.
So What's the verdict on polymer clay Waxes?
This is a Souffle bead done using canes and a bargello.
All in all, the advantages of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, make it my favorite. If you can get hold of some there is really no reason to use the far more expensive Renaissance Wax. However, I have included it here, because it is available from many polymer clay suppliers and, therefore easy to pick up with your other supplies. Even though the pots are so small, the wax does go a long way, so if you are a part time polymer clayer you may not need more than this.
I hope you found this
useful. Remember to check out my article: How To Seal Polymer Clay With Wax - Questions and Answers if you are just getting started.
Do you have another favorite wax for polymer clay? Please let me know in the comments below and I'll check it out. And as always, please like and share.
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