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MileniaKitsuvee|Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't know about the hair dryer technique! I will have to try it since I have to wait for 24 hrs for the glaze to dry. I thought using a hairdryer with the glaze wasn't safe. XD
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Talty| Artisan Crafter
Hello! I wanted to let you know that I cited your tutorial in the article Introduction to Polymer Clay written for Project Educate because I believe it's one of the best resources available in DA. Thank you so much for your generosity in making tutorials and inspiring others :heart:
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
I feel honored to be featured :)
I am so happy this will be more accessible and more available to new polymer clay artists n____n
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Talty| Artisan Crafter
Yay I'm glad too! ^^
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origamibttrfly's avatar
You said you added about a spoonful of water to the glaze, do you mean the whole bottle of glaze or some other amount of glaze?
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
the whole glaze :D .. not another amount.
If your glaze is solid though .. you can't fix it by a spoon full of water
Oh .. and it doesn't need to be a full spoon or 1 spoon alone
it depends on how thick it is. I like my glaze watery .. or semi watery
it is better and i can apply different layers this way.
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origamibttrfly's avatar
Cool! Thanks!
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OnigirixPlushie|Student Digital Artist
Gah.
So I use any random color of clay I have laying around, which I then paint with acrylics after they're cooled, and I paint 1-2 layers of paint. I use sculpey glaze on them, but after about a week the glaze starts to crack. D: (it's only the glaze that cracks, not the paint) And I HAVE to glaze them, because otherwise the paint will smear.
Do you know how to keep them from cracking/if there's a better type of glaze that works better with the paint?
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
Umm .. the glaze never crack or at least, I never had any episode where the glaze crack so you will need to reglaze them .. that is actually wierd o_O
Can you take a photo of that? what colors are you using ? may be the colors / clay / glaze are not compatible types together ? so that cause the glaze to crack? I am not sure what cause your problem
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OnigirixPlushie|Student Digital Artist
Lately I've been using white Fimo clay & painting it with acrylics; and it cracks no matter what color paint I use. xD And it's not like, huuugee cracks or anything, it just when you look closely at the charm you see little cracks running through it.
I'll try re-glazing them to see if that helps, and if it doesn't I think I'm just gonna switch brands of glaze. xD
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Fushica's avatar
oh man now I want to try using my hair dryer
you've given me the confidence to try glazing my stuff again XD
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
^^ go try it!
I only use my hair dryer to dry everything BUT my hair .. lol !
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moofestgirl|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I usually use 2 types of gloss, the Sculpey glaze you're using and one called Triple Thick. I find that the Sculpey Glaze does dry a lot more lumpy without water, but the Triple Thick doesn't. By the time the Triple Thick is 100% dry all of the lumps have smoothed and it looks really pretty, and I only have to do one coat ^^

I guess it just depends on the type of gloss you use? o.o
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Yea, it does depends on the type of gloss.
Some glosses are thicker than others. I no longer use this sculpey gloss too, and the gloss I have in hand is actually very watery so no need to add anything. Though, you should put in mind that gloss become thicker by time, so if you happened to come across this fact, just add few drops of water since heat and long storage tend to evaporate water in it.
Happy crafting ^^
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Distorted-Nightmare's avatar
Would using a hairdryer till make them shiny?
Like if you hair dray your nails after nail polish it comes out dull..
Is it like that for polymer clay?
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
Well... for polymer clay
if you hair dry them, they become shine-er xD
and for me .. it reduce much of time waiting them to dry
especially if i have limited time working and i need to finish an order =)
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darkflair's avatar
Could you explain to me how the stick to hold up the clay object works? > m< Wouldn't it leave in the clay after glazing?
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
Nope! if you left it for a long enough for it to dry completely let's say 2 hrs then you can simply remove it by doing a circle motion to detach the piece off the stick .. I am using a stainless steel or some metail here so it is actually good and if I do that .. even if I didn't glaze perfectly the glaze on both ends will go with the piece and I can trim it by a clipper :)
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wafia's avatar
this is reallyyy helpful!!
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
Glad it is n_____n
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CloudBunniie's avatar
How much does glaze cost, usually?
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
I've seen glazes prices between $3-5a
and they might be a small bottle but I can
say that this small bottle can glaze over 200 charms
I've tried it myself n_____n
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CloudBunniie's avatar
Cool~! ^U^ Do you mind if I ask a couple of questions about like clay and stickers? I always wanted to make some for myself, and a couple of my friends but I am afraid it costs a lot that my dad and sister will say no...;~;
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ChocoAng3l's avatar
Well the stickers was something I developed so it is not a technique to share
sorry :). But I can help you with clay if I can n_____n
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