Friday, 20 January 2012

Translucent Liquid Sculpey - Tried & Tested

Translucent Liquid Sculpey is a bakeable liquid polymer medium which shares many of the same properties as solid polymer clay.

Image Transfer

Choose clear photos with bright colours, I used magazine images.

Squeeze the medium onto the images and spead a thin layer over the parts of it you want to transfer. Place on a heat proof tray and bake in your oven for 15-30 mins at 130°C remembering to ventilate the room.

When baked, allow the sheets to cool before washing off the paper backing. You may need to trim the set Liquid Sculpey to define the outlines better. I used my flexible image transfers as useful markers for my cook books.  This image shows the cake transfer pressed onto the window which illustrates the effectiveness of the transfer.

Stained Glass Effect / Tile Grout

Thinly rolled out polymer clay shapes were placed, unbaked, into the oven proof bowl and the liquid clay was carefully poured around them.  I left the liquid clay to settle down and popped any air bubbles with the nozel on the bottle.

The clay was then baked in the same way as the image transfers above and the dish was allowed to cool before I carefully lifted the edge away with my thumb nail. 

The baked clay has a smooth gloss backing.  In this image you can see the reverse of the polymer clay shapes (these were against the bottom of the bowl).  The liquid clay seems to have enhanced the colours on this side.  I was able to stick this glossy side to a window and a mirror. If I had made it bigger it would work as a pretty tax disc holder! You can see from the sheet of paper below that the clay is translucent.

A photo of the 'right' side, showing the polymer clay petals and leaves just proud of the surface, other inclusions such as dried petals would have worked equally well. 

The Translucent Liquid Sculpey can also be combined with Jacquard Pearl-Ex powders, oil paints or coloured pigments to create other exciting effects.  When baked the clay remains flexible but robust making it a useful material for a number of crafts.

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