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« on: May 04, 2009 04:08:20 PM »

I need some suggestions on good clear polymer glosses.  I bought some Studio by Sculpey Glossy Glaze, but it seemed foggy.  I want something really shiny and really clear.


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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009 04:34:05 PM »

The recently new version of Sculpey's Gloss Glaze should dry perfectly clear (though it's milky before dyring).  It may take a while to dry thoroughly though, especially if you're in a humid area (or you have anything containing moisture) underneath it or you used more than one coat and didn't let the first one dry thoroughly.  (Did you also sand before using the finish?)

The new Sculpey's Glaze is a polyurethane.  Lots of clayers like to use a polyurethane from the hardware store though since it's cheaper by volume (and those have been around in the clay world a long time) .. that would be the water-based, indoor version of Varathane (Gloss)-- also UV-resistant so won't yellow with UV light.  The Gloss of that brand (and "Kelthane" too, from Kelly Moore paint store, I hear) also has something called IPN, interpenetrating network, that allows it to get way down into the surface as well.

If you want lots more detail about all the clear finishes that are preferred by clayers, as well as other finishes, check out the Finishes page at my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/finishes.htm


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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2009 06:35:38 AM »

Thanks Diane!!

I am ashamed of myself for not thinking of polyurethane!  My dad made clocks and he used that stuff to seal everything.


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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2009 07:01:45 PM »

I'm a big fan of sanding and buffing for a shine - that way you never have to worry about things yellowing, fogging, or peeling.
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