So, you have liquid polymer clay. Now what ?

Liquid polymer clay is more than just a bonding agent for 2 pieces of baked polymer clay or attaching finding. It can be used to do image transfers like I did on this candle screen. I tied for 1st place in a contest hosted by Amaco. 🙂 The pictures I used were taken in my garden. Here is the Candle Screen Project written up on their website.

Here is a short tutorial I wrote many years ago that shows how to do liquid clay transfers.

Here is a video that is great too 🙂 Foolproof Image Transfer by Willowbird Studio

Liquid polymer clay can be tinted with various mediums to be used as glazes or grout in your projects. These mediums include oil paint, mica powder, pastel chalks, powdered pigments, and alcohol ink. Alcohol inks must sit on top o the liquid clay until the alcohol evaporates before you mix the color. You can also mix in glitters, embossing powders, spices, or anything that is oven safe. Just keep in mind you don’t want to mix too much of any medium into your liquid clay, because it can change the basic properties of the clay and may not work as expected. I personally like to keep it to to no more than 3 parts liquid clay to 1 part other medium.

When tinted with opaque mediums like the chalks, alcohol ink or powders pigment you can use liquid clay to do glazing techniques like faux ceramic. This is my favorite tutorial to make Faux Ceramic.

If your glaze seems a little too thick , you can use diluent to thin it to the consistency you need.

This is another example of the same project above created by another artist, Valerie Brincheck.

Liquid polymer clay can be made into a grout for your clay project in 2 ways that I am familiar. First is to mix a thick paste made of regular polymer clay and liquid clay. Keep adding liquid clay to the polymer clay and working them together until the clay turns into a paste. The second is to mix in a powdered medium like pigment powders, mica powders, or pastel chalks. This will thicken the liquid clay, but it will still flow. Squeezing the thickened liquid clay out of a fine tip bottle is the easiest way I have found to use it. Fill the gaps in your mosaic and then wipe away any excess “grout” with a paper towel and bake. This next picture uses the paste method.

 

You can use tinted clay to do faux combed paper. The mica powders are especially nice for this technique!

Here is the tutorial from Fire Mountain Gems

This is a more intricate example of combed liquid clay created by Linda Heins.

Liquid Polymer Clay can be used to make window clings.  I have done this and it is so much fun ! Great project to do with the kids. The key is to bake the liquid clay on a piece of glass or smooth ceramic tile. After baking and it’s cooled off enough to safely handle, peal the clay off the glass or tile then stick it to a window. Many years ago I made some dragonflies for my bathroom window. Wonder what happened to them ?  Hmmmm. Here is the only example I could find online, also made by Linda Heins.

I almost forgot about making Faux Enamel Cloisonne. I tried this technique a few years back, but I no long have the pictures of what I made. A computer crash ate hundreds of pictures. 😦 Back up your important stuff regularly !  But back to the subject. 🙂 I did find some pictures online to show you what I mean.

I found a tutorial by Crafty Goat which may help you get the idea of how it works.

I’m sure I have forgotten some great technique liquid clay can produce. If I have please let me know in a comment and I will add it to the list 🙂

 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. howlingdogjewelrycapdap1838
    May 23, 2015 @ 16:04:46

    Reblogged this on Howling Dog Jewelry by Cindy Peterson and commented:
    This is a great blog with very good information. There are techniques I want to try

    Reply

  2. Poonam Mishra
    May 28, 2015 @ 17:52:45

    What a lovely tutorial 🙂 I was looking for a new technique to try and working with liquid is for sure is going to be the thing for me. Thank you for you going into great lengths to explain things.

    Reply

  3. vinodhini
    Jun 13, 2015 @ 12:12:57

    wow really nice idea i got from this wonderful tutorial

    Reply

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  5. yu chan
    Nov 04, 2015 @ 05:35:47

    can we replace liquid clay by mod podge dimensional magic? thanks 🙂

    Reply

    • tonjal
      Jan 13, 2016 @ 23:06:43

      I have no experience with Modge Podge. Sorry I can’t advise. Check The Blue Bottle blog. Ginger has a lot of information about products and if they work well with polymer clay or not.

      Reply

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  7. Carolyn
    May 07, 2016 @ 19:37:16

    Really helpful, thanks!

    Reply

  8. Jo
    Aug 17, 2016 @ 13:06:04

    “If your glaze seems a little too thick , you can use diluent to thin it to the consistency you need.” Please explain how to do this. How do you dilute liquid clay?

    Reply

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