Working With Liquid Polymer Clay

Liquid polymer clay is an exciting form of polymer clay that has taken the clay world by storm. There are a variety of liquid polymer clays available from different manufacturers, with slightly different characteristics. Some liquid clays are thinner, some are shiny after bake or have a matte finish. I've experimented most with Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS), and prefer it for jewelry making. It has many uses. It is the thickest brand, and can be hardened wilh a heat gun before it has a chance to spread out and flatten; this makes it great for achieving certain textures. It can be used as glue that sets as it bakes, or as a top coat to protect the surface. It can be mixed with alcohol inks, oil paints, powdered pigments such as mica powders or artist chalk pastels. There are too many techniques to list, but you can explore this medium by checking out Ann and Karen Mitchell's ground-breaking book entitled, you guessed it, liquid Polymer Clay by Krause Publications.

You can apply liquid polymer clay in a variety of ways. It can be squeezed directly from a bottle tip, or you can apply it with a brush or stylus. Or, to get a fine line application, I fill a small Jacquard's plastic applicator bottle with liquid clay and replace the lid and plastic tip with an extra-fine metal tip.

The applicator bottle works well with larger cells, but filling smaller cells is often only possible with a stylus.

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