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« on: June 01, 2008 06:46:34 AM »

Most people seem to use Sculpey glaze but I was wondering if you could buy it in the UK? If not, any other good brands for me to look out for?
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2008 08:20:59 AM »

Most clayers in the U.S. use a polyurethane called Varathane or the floor polish called Future; the clayers who can afford it use the gloss "mineral-based" (aka spirit or alcohol-based) version of finish called Gloss Laquer put out by Eberhard Faber, manufacturers of Fimo --not their water-based ones btw. 
Sculpey Glaze is not preferred by most clayers because it's thick which can cause problems with application and/or during baking --it can be thinned with water though.  It also doesn't penetrate as well as Varathane and also may also not stick as well in general if any oil is present on the clay (can wipe the clay with alcohol first to help with that).

In the UK, you can substitute those with any type of polyurethane (gloss, water-based) sold in a hardware store for sealing bare wood, or with Klear/etc* which is basically the same thing as Future but doesn't smell the same (these are also thinner than the other finishes), or with Fimo's Gloss Laquer--from the UK's Polymer Clay Pit online or perhaps at craft, hobby, or art supply stores.
(here's a link to the Fimo finish at PolymerClayPit:
http://www.polymerclaypit.co.uk/acatalog/Varnish.html )

*here's what I have on my Finishes page about the UK versions of Future:

UK & Ireland
...Klear or Krystal Klear or Johnson's One and All ...(all by SC Johnson)
..clear bottle with blue cap, red label, blue writing. ...find in most supermarkets where they keep the furniture polish and floor wax and dusters (Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys, Safeway)
....comparing Future and Klear, Future has a sweet smell and is quite pleasant, whereas the Klear stinks of ammonia & needs some ventilation (see Pascoe's Long Life just below for small warnings).... otherwise they seem to act the same:. same consistency/colour, bakes fine the same, wears the same, just stinks differently!! Shelley

If you want to read more about using finishes of various kinds on polymer clay, check out this page for lots of details:


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