Wednesday, August 18, 2010

No more Fingerprints

Wrestling Couple Cake Topper
Grim Reaper
Now this seems like a weird juxtaposition. Happy wedding couple and the Grim Reaper but I have a link. So yes I did get the new cake topper done and I think it looks pretty. Even better because I decided to use a tip a found a few weeks ago on through Polymer Clay Daily on how to remove fingerprints on polymer clay. Basically all it is is using a clay softener and a brush.
All you need to do is after you are all done, placed on the baking surface and ready to bake, just brush the entire piece with Sculpey liquid clay softener. I found using a slightly stiffer brush works better.

I have clay softener around just because I bought it years ago and never used it because it made a mess, turned everything to goo. But finally it has a purpose. Better yet it really works. I tried it on this wedding couple and what a difference it makes. All those little smears and tweeks to get rid of fingerprints, yet still leave a mark are gone. I usually spend forever trying to cover my mark on a piece like that and never get anywhere.

I used it on the Grim Reaper I made for my girlfriend's birthday. This time I just smoothed things out and started painting it on. It's hard to see with all the black but you can really tell on the sickle. And no I didn't use any glaze on high. It comes out that smooth.

This is one technique I wish I learned years ago. Saved me so much time and with better results than I could get with out this. It even worked on some textured pieces and on the smart bits like the roses. So if fingerprints are the bane of your existence, pick up some sculpey softener, although I think I remember being told you could use baby oil to soften clay, so that might work too.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to have to try this with some of my pieces. Thanks for the great tip!
    -Michelle of CreativeCritters


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