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Topic: Polymer Clay- How to make Frosting,Slime and other soft textures?  (Read 2403 times)
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leaken
« on: July 14, 2010 07:14:23 AM »

I have seen such cute designs made with polymer clay and I'm a newbie when it comes to doing a few things with clay.  I'm not wanting to sell anything I make. I would love to give as gifts to family.  I have twin granddaughers that would love things that look like sweets...LOL!  They are very much into the "girly thing".  And I think it would be fun for them to see that grandma is kinda cool...lol!

So my question is:  How do I make cake frosting, or slime, syrup textures for my creations? I have tried to find out how and if this question has been posted before I'm sorry.  I just could not find it.

Thank you for any help on this. 

Leanna
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010 08:12:13 AM »

Hi and welcome!

It's mostly a matter of thinning down solid polymer clay or thickening liquid polymer clay.  (A few people esp. in Asia use white silicone caulking instead).

Since polymer clay and liquid polymer clay are oil-based it's best not to put any additives into them before curing which contain water, so common thinners for solid polymer clay are things like liquid clay, mineral oil/veg oil, Vaseline, glycerine, and more**.  
Liquid polymer clay can be thickened with a little solid clay, or with powdery inclusions or oil paints, etc.

Both can be colored with solid clays, artists' oil paints (also come in tubes of small kits), alcohol inks, or particulate or powder colorants and pigments like metallic powders/shavings from oil pastels/chalks, etc.  It is possible to use small amounts of water-containing colorants like acrylic paints but since steam can then get trapped inside the clay when heated it's best to use something else or to let the colored pieces sit out for at least some hrs so the moisture can begin to evaporate out.

The shaping of the resulting clays can be done by hand (if possible), or with various extruders like clay guns and icing tips, or they can be textured after application, etc.

You can read a lot about how to do all those things on these pages of my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm > Frostings, Icings, Etc.
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/claygun.htm > Icing Tips
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/LiquidSculpey.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/texturing.htm

** http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm > Additives (for thinning/softening)

And btw, it doesn't matter whether you want to sell your clay things eventually or not... any info here is purposely shared with all.  (What you can't do is to advertise your things-for-sale here or even your site that makes money from visitors.)

P.S.  When you want to search the two polymer clay boards, put the word you want in the search box in the upper right, select Entire Category, then click Go.  
Or you can click on the long blue icon under that called View Topics with Tags and that will bring up the "tag cloud" listing all the words that people have associated with threads/topics by "tagging" them; unfortunately that will include all the tagged words/phrases everywhere at Craftster...there's no way I know to get a tag cloud only for a certain category like the polymer clay boards.
Look up at the top left of this thread/topic and you'll see an example of tagging... I entered the tags "frosting," and "coloring clay."

HTH,
Diane B.
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leaken
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010 08:24:40 AM »

Thank you so much!  I'm going to check out the sites you suggested.  This has been a great help in understanding in working of polymer clay.  : )
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Gutspill
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2010 11:36:14 AM »

Our resident Monster Kookies has a pretty comprehensive tutorial written up on the subject Smiley
http://news.deviantart.com/article/72538/
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leaken
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2010 09:00:45 AM »

Thank you Gutspill!  I'm checking it out now! Love Monsterkookies stuff! Very amazing indeed!
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2010 04:05:51 PM »

another good way, i read, without use of liquid clay, is to let the polymer clay sit in some rubbing alcohol for several hours, and it's turn frosting-like.
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leaken
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010 04:19:41 AM »

Thanks, I will try that one too!   Smiley
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ShabbyPugs
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2010 05:59:16 AM »

This has been a great help for me, thank you sooo much  Grin
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