Entries in metallic lustre wax on polymer clay (2)

Sunday
Dec282014

A Review: DecoArt Metallic Lustre vs. Inka Gold Metallic Rub vs Mica Powders

 

 

You may have come across these (above) in a craft stores and wondered about which brand to invest in or if they are compatible with your particular craft.  I wondered the same thing.  Until I tried these finishes, Pearl-Ex mica powders were what I used to accent  polymer clay pieces, but when trying to be specific about which parts of a piece to accent, mica powders proved too messy.  Plus, mica powders call for the use of a dust mask- not always comfortable when you are making big batches (I'm talking about localized face-sweat people).  That is why I was always on the lookout for an alternative and I was glad when I found some!

These are some of the items I have tried to use the above products with:


 

The first brand I tried was the Viva Decor Inka Metallic Rub.  I bought the lava red one on clearance about 6-8 months ago and Michaels Canada no longer carries them.  I initially tried it on some unbaked clay and found that it adhered to the clay pretty well and stayed on after being baked.  That being said once it dried, it didn't stay the bright red colour that you see in the jar.  It worked pretty well as an accent on some glitter red Premo, as seen below.  

What I loved immediately:

•  Dries super fast.

•  Stays where you apply unlike powders that spill into crevices if you're not VERY careful.

•  Works well with polymer clay and unstained wood, but definitely requires sealing.

What I didn't love:

•  Changed colour pretty drastically when it dried and didn't look as metallic as it did in the jar.

•  Went mouldy! Yup, that's right, there was mold when I just opened it today - I carefully removed and obviously discarded the portion with the mold, but am still quite surprised that happened).

 

Premo Glitter Red polymer clay with Lava red Inka Gold Metallic Rub, sealed with glossy Varathane

 

More recently I found DecoArt Metallic Lustre :

Premo polymer clay in gold and silver with DecoArt Metallic Lustre Wax in gold rush and silver spark

And I fell in love with it (and now that I know I can purchase it online from DecoArt directly in 14 different colours, I'm going to have the hardest time not buying them all)!  

Why?

• Dries very very fast

• It works wonders on polymer clay and wood.

• The colour stays the same as it dries and is very metallic.

•  You can buff it to make it even shinier

• Don't have to seal it, it's pretty darn durable, but you should for jewelry or other items that will be handled more often.

Why not:

• I don't know if it goes mouldy, time will tell.

• Can't find any other reasons.

This is how it looks on unpainted wood:

Raw craft wood circle (from Michaels) painted with DecoArt Metallic Lustre in silver spark, accented with gold rush

Well, if these are so great why would you bother with mica powders at all you might ask:

The pastes are not a replacement for mica powders in some cases.

• If you work with textured clay and you want to get in the nooks and crannies, you will still be better off using mica powders.

• Also, if you want translucent coverage so that you can see the clay underneath, mica powders will work and these will not (at least not without adding water).

I use both products on different projects now and have used them in combination too.  Mica powders do not work on wood or metal, unless you mix them with other mediums, therefore the pastes are a bit more versatile if you have to pick between the two.

The DecoArt Metallic Lustre is my new obsession!

I would love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Have you used these with polymer clay or any other projects?  What did you think?  Would you like me to try other colours to review?

 

Saturday
Dec272014

A Very Delightful Visit to Michaels, Work in Progress and Other Stories...

As mentioned yesterday, I had a nice Michaels visit yesterday and they had an additional 25% off coupon for one day only, so I got some great items:  

Lots of new acrylic paint - some are metallic and are going to look great on the boxes I got. I want to design some new boxes for jewelry or dice, hence the wooden boxes. Finally got a great new work surface: The We R Memory Keepers Precision Glass Cutting Mat and can tell you even after one use, that it's worth every penny. Super happy to have a work surface that is big enough, I can cut on, easy to clean and non-stick!  I also bought a little drawer unit to start my second studio (yup I have two rooms of craft tools and supplies, the one room needs to be cleaned and tidied before it can be called a studio though).  

When I got home, I realized that my purchases would give me something to blog about.  For example, I made my first "test" notepad and it turned out pretty good (used the Tacky Glue in the photo).  I will be making a second, much prettier version to show you very soon.  After the notepad, I wanted to try out my wonderful new work surface (see last paragraph) and I have been thinking about a golden snitch inspired necklace; therefore, that's exactly what I decided to make:

 

Although it's still in the prototype phase, I'm quite happy with what I made.  I will be posting images of this necklace as soon as I have it ready for Etsy, but just wanted to share what I really love about this piece: my interpretation of the golden snitch rocks and the metallic lustre accents made possible with the Metallic Lustre Wax by DecoArt.  That made me realize that I should write a review of this great product and show you how I have used it- it really deserves its own post, but a quick summary for the moment:

• So far I'm super pleased with results I had both on wood and on polymer clay.

• I only have silver and gold colours at the moment because not all colours are easy to find in Canada (or they are ridiculously over-priced).

• I want to try them all, especially the black shimmer,

• A review is definitely on the way!


 

Thanks for reading!