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Tuesday
Jan062015

Varnishes and Polymer Clay: A Review of Glazes

Here is a quick guide to help you choose the best glaze because you will be hearing different things from different people all over the internet and will ultimately become unsure and waste a lot of money.  Just like I did!

 

Sculpey Glazes were the first ones I tried:

• Small size and high price.

• The glossy one yellowed and thickened in the jar after a year and a half.  

• The satin one dulled glitter and mica powders when applied (it completely took the metallic look away)

• On finished projects, it was easy to dent with a fingernail and scratched just as easily, so I started look for an alternative.

• Dries super fast.

• Did not try on anything other than polymer clay.

• No toxic fumes or odour.

Conclusion: Might be better to buy it to use it up all at once and only on items that will not be touched very often.

 

Triple Thick:

• Takes very long to dry.

• Remain flexible, but is also easily dented.

• Creates a decent depth effect without the use of resins, but definitely doesn't look as professional or level as UV resin does.

• Good price point.

• No weird odour.

Conclusion: Might be better for home or school projects and not for professional use

 

Varathane Brand Water-Based Varnishes (Interior)

Can be baked to make more durable.

• Both gloss or semi-gloss are great.

• Can product is more durable than tube Varathane.  Great for jewelry.  Still dries relatively fast.

• The Varathane in the tube dries faster, but isn't as durable even after baking.  Possibly better for products that will not be in constant use.

• The can developed rust around the lid and now rust is falling inside the Varathane. Also the can is a pain to open and close. :(

• The tubes are easy to keep clean and open and close.

• Good price point

• My favourite glaze for all polymer clay projects.

 

Liquitex Glazing Medium

 I actually bought this one to seal paper or Kroma Crackle with and haven't yet tried on clay.  I assumed, since it's acrylic medium that it would be fine, but cannot offer any advice.  Great for sealing Kroma Crackle, paintings on canvas, acrylic paint on wood and decoupaging. Have you tried it with clay?  How did it turn out?

Hope you found this helpful.  Feel free to share any additional comments you have on these or other glazes you have tried on polymer clay.