Natalie Makes Things
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Have you tried putting the sparkles on before baking and baking them on?
I haven’t tried that because 1. It would be very hard to control which sides got glitter and which didn’t, and 2. I worry that the glitter would melt (that happened once when I tried acrylic gemstones). However, it could turn out really cool- especially if you wanted the whole things covered. If you try it, you should link back here with pictures!
Very cute idea!
You might notice that sealing your clay projects with nail polish will make the project get sticky. It can really eat at the clay unfortunately and make the whole thing gummy (so hair and fuzz and all sorts of stuff stick to it). You can use sculpey gloss glaze, or Mod Podge to seal with too. Acrylic gems will melt in the oven, and big chunks of glitter will too (fine glitter seems to be okay for some reason), but I’ve put fishing line in the oven with no real adverse effects!
Thanks! I haven’t noticed stickiness with this particular polish, though I haven’t touched them much, either. I’ve tried Sculpey glaze stuff, but it wasn’t nearly as shiny. Do you have any recomendations?
Love it! Glitter makes everything better.
Agreed! Thanks Kelly!
The best so far I’ve used for glossy has been mod-podge glossy, but I’m going to try some triple thick clear gloss glaze soon. I’ll let you know how that turns out !
Interesting- I never thought to use mod podge! I’m looking forward to hearing how your new experiments turn out!
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Natalie, Jen is right about the nail polish. You might not notice the stickiness for months, as it takes awhile for the nail polish to undermine the clay. Spray sealers will do the same–something in the accelerant.
If you don’t like the Sculpey Glaze, Future Floor Polish actually works nicely on clay and leaves it pretty shiny, especially if you use a couple of coats. Use a soft brush and make thin coats. Be sure to dry thoroughly between the coats.
Jen, Have you had success with Mod Podge? I know someone who recently tested Triple Thick on clay and it failed the test.
Thanks for the confirmation on the polish… The floor glaze sounds interesting – I’ll have to give that a shot next time!
These are gorgeous, but I too was concerned about the use of nail polish. What about using liquid clay to secure the glitter after baking. The glitter should be fine in the oven for the few minutes it takes the clay to cure. Another non-baked idea would be Crafter’s Pick ‘The Ultimate’ craft glue. It’s billed as being a water-based super glue, and I use it for EVERYTHING! Then a couple coats of Future to top off the shine! (I think it’s now called Pledge with Future Shine)
Thanks for the input Deborah! That Ultimate glue stuff sounds amazing- I’ve been meaning to pick up some more E6000 but it’s kind of underwhelming, and depending on the material it can ruin whatever you’re gluing. Do you know if the Ultimate stuff is anything like E6000?
awesome! i’ve been seeing those faceted clay beads everywhere, but i looove how you added the glitter element
Thank You for the opportunity to learn more techniques using polymer clay.
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Will defiantly be making these soon! Glitter is such a great addition to the clay as well!
Thanks! If you make it, you should come back and post photos!
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