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« on: June 22, 2008 04:03:45 PM »

This is a fun and easy way of designing your very own window clings.  Smiley Anything you can paint can be a cling!

Supplies:
Liquid Clay (TLS)
cheap oil paints
paint brushes
rubbing alcohol (to clean your brushes)
Pane of glass (I use the glass that comes in picture frames)

Tint your liquid clay with the oil paints in desired colors. Don't make too much more than you think you'll need because over time (a few hours) the oil paints start to thicken making it harder to paint. If that happens, just add a bit more TLS.

Make sure your glass is clean and smooth. Start painting away! This weeping willow was made by blobbing lots of clay on the glass and sweeping a stiff brush in a downward motion. Don't be afraid to bake your project in stages!



Paint your smaller details on top. Bake it on the glass




Peel and stick.  Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 04:12:37 PM »

that is awesome! How long will it stay up? can you apply it to other surfaces other than windows? Thank you so much for sharing this.
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008 04:51:57 PM »

It will stay up on any smooth clean surface as long as you want! If it gets dusty and doesn't stick anymore just rinse it with water and let it dry.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2008 07:11:54 AM »

Heh, I've been looking everywhere for how to make your own clings (do these do walls as well as windows?)! I finally found one a few days ago, but this looks much more fun. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2008 09:38:46 AM »

Great tutorial!  Liquid polymer clay is a whole treasure unto itself!

What temp did you use for your cling, and how long?


I wanted to mention that if a liquid clay cling doesn't want to stick to a window, here are some tips from my site:
...make sure the slick side of the cling is next to the window...one side, or both, should be shiny smooth. Valerie
...clean the shiny side with alcohol ...there should be no oils or any thing between the plastic of the cling and the glass of the window. Valerie
...or to degrease, wash the cling itself in a dilute detergent solution (like dish liquid)...then do a short soak in quite hot water that's very clean...while they're still hot and wet, attach them to the cleaned glass surface where you want them. It isn't sticking by static--- it's more an "attraction of surfaces," which can be upset by some surfactant chemicals like soaps or emulsifiers. Alan
...sometimes it also helps if the glass of the window is not too cold. Valerie

All kinds of fun things that can be put into liquid clay clings beside oil paint are "inclusions" like polyester glitters, metallic powders and ground spices, and larger things like bits of metallic leaf, gratings from crayons/pastels, fine wire, and even solid polymer clay, etc... clings can be made opaque, transparent, or translucent depending on how they're colored and heated, and they can also be made with "ropes" between the colors for simulating stained glass, or they can be drizzled around for a making a lacy cling, they can have metallic leaf behind them which shows through if the clings are translucent, patterns can be "combed" or marbelized in different colors of liquid clay in a cling with various tools, etc.

Instead of being stuck on a window, they can also be pressed onto any very smooth surface (mirrors, smooth metal, etc.), or they can be attached to other objects with clear glues or even with liquid polymer clay if it's baked afterwards to cure the liquid clay.  Properly cured liquid clays are very tough, and if thick almost impossible to tear. 
Here are some other ideas for using clings:
...as a translucent "covering" for items such as glass votives, etc.
...to "cover" other polymer clay shapes and bases completely or partly (beads, boxes, etc.) ... liquid clay films will flex in one direction at one time only though
...can be glued onto most non-polymer surfaces as well (paper, painted surfaces, metal, etc., just like any other embellishment using liquid clay or an appropriate glue --clear glue, if necessary)
...as bits which are held in "cells" of clay or of other materials (faux cloisonne, etc.)
.........I used mine as decal 'tiles' for embellishing boxes. Ruth
...if they're sufficiently thick, they can be used as freestanding clear or translucent wings... or as other accessories for sculpts ...as "hinges" for books and notepads and pendants... as freestanding light shields or book fronts (mini-books or larger), and loads more


There's more info, lessons, and links to examples of clings and other freestanding liquid clay films on this page if anyone is interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/LiquidSculpey.htm
(...click on Films, then look especially for "Clings")



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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2008 10:13:42 AM »

Heh, I've been looking everywhere for how to make your own clings (do these do walls as well as windows?)! I finally found one a few days ago, but this looks much more fun. Cheesy

Unfortunately, they don't stick to walls.  Tongue they only stick to things that are super smooth. I made a salad once for my refrigerator though, and all the toppings were interchangable.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2008 07:40:15 AM »

I had no idea you could paint with tls, how cool is that. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2008 08:36:28 PM »

Heh, I've been looking everywhere for how to make your own clings (do these do walls as well as windows?)! I finally found one a few days ago, but this looks much more fun. Cheesy

Unfortunately, they don't stick to walls.  Tongue they only stick to things that are super smooth. I made a salad once for my refrigerator though, and all the toppings were interchangable.  Cheesy

 
Teapot, is there any chance of sharing a pic of your salad clings?  A pizza with interchangable toppings sounds fun!!!   Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2008 08:52:06 AM »

Heh, I've been looking everywhere for how to make your own clings (do these do walls as well as windows?)! I finally found one a few days ago, but this looks much more fun. Cheesy

Unfortunately, they don't stick to walls.  Tongue they only stick to things that are super smooth. I made a salad once for my refrigerator though, and all the toppings were interchangable.  Cheesy

 
Teapot, is there any chance of sharing a pic of your salad clings?  A pizza with interchangable toppings sounds fun!!!   Tongue

Sadly enough, a friend of mine loved them so much I gave them away.  Cry A pizza would be fun!  Cheesy
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