A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: If you see a project that you think is awesome and deserves to be a featured project, you can click the THIS ROCKS button to nominate it!
Total Members: 301,998
Currently Running With Scissors:
417 Guests and 1 User
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Glaze I can buy in the UK?  (Read 891 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
_glittersparkle
« 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?
Thank you Smiley
x
THIS ROCKS   Logged
Diane B.
Offline Offline

Posts: 5072
Joined: 01-May-2004

GlassAttic --polymer clay "encyclopedia"


View Profile WWW
« 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:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm



HTH,

Diane B.
« Last Edit: June 01, 2008 08:29:23 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

POLYMER CLAY "ENCYCLOPEDIA" 
http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
few of my photos
http://s96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/DianeBB
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
Coping Molding
Coping Molding Basics
Coping Crown Molding
Coping Chair Rail Molding
Coping Baseboard Molding
Latest Blog Articles
Summertime Sweetness: Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips
Fire Up the Grill: Jerk Steak
Tute Tuesday: July 4th Light Up the Sky Hat

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2015, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.