Hmmm, where at my site did you see antiquing suggested before
"before or after baking... molded clay items (or any textured item) can also colored ...or partly colored
....can be "antiqued" by coloring the crevices, or highlighted by coloring the upper parts (doing this will bring out the detail, add dimensionality, complexity and punch, and in the case of antiquing create an aged look)"http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/molds.htm
I found it there, but maybe I'm reading it wrong...?
If you wanted to "stain" the upper areas as well as antique the lower areas, I guess then all the sanding and probably most or all of the buffing could come last?
I did that...and all the antiquing paint came off on the raised areas. lol
To complicate things further, some clayers even alternate sanding and buffing with applying gloss Varathane!
Nah, I just wanna save some money while making money.
LOL... totally understandable! The sanding-and-buffing technique gives a really amazing gloss to baked polymer clay that also feels really good. And the satiny sheen that can be achieved with sanding plus less electric buffing (so not taken all the way up to glossy) is also fantastic in the looks and the touch department!
Yup! I am so addicted to it now! O__o My mom couldn't believe one of my pieces was clay since it was so shiny!