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« on: December 16, 2007 05:47:14 PM »

I recently bought a bottle of Omni-Gel to make transfers on polymer clay.  When I opened it, the entire top half of the bottle was almost solid-reeeeally gummy, like a gum eraser.  I managed to pull a lot of it out and use some of the (off-white?) liquid underneath.  Is this normal?  Did I get a bad bottle?  I bought it at Michael's and the people that worked there didn't even know what it was so I'm guessing it's not a big seller.

Should I exchange it for another bottle or try a different medium for transferring?  I have both Premo and Sculpey III.  This is my VERY first time using polymer clay.

I should also add that I am using an ink-jet printer.

I went to the Glass Attic website but I got overwhelmed and my toddler was screaming, LOL.
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2007 07:18:38 PM »

Sorry about the toddler (I certainly understand that!), but making transfers onto polymer clay can be really tricky, plus there are a lot of ways to do it (many of which won't work if even one of the variables is wrong). 

Omni-Gel isn't that often used by clayers to do transfers, is pretty fiddly, and I don't know if what's left of it would be usable, so can't help you there. I also think that it was, and perhaps is, mostly used for making a "decal" image which can then be attached to another surface, if you didn't know that (iow, it may not make a "direct" transfer to the clay).
If you want to read more about Omni Gel in particular, check out my Transfers page again but look under the category called Non-Liquid-Clay Mediums...)

Did you look on that page near the top for "Easiest Techniques"?  If you want to use an inkjet print though, you'll need to use a transfer paper of some kind to print it on (whereas a toner-based print from a photocopier or laser printer will transfer from regular paper).


HTH,

Diane B.

P.S.  I'd definitely take it back myself, and you might want to buy a bottle of liquid polymer clay instead (Translucent Liquid Sculpey will be the only brand of liquid clay at Michaels).
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 07:22:34 PM »

GREAT info, thanks so much!
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