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« on: December 15, 2010 08:22:16 PM »

Every once in awhile, I see polymer clay projects that are said to be made with alcohol ink. What is the effect it gives to polymer clay? What is it like to work with? And where can I find it?
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2010 09:53:25 AM »

Check out the Alcohol Inks section of this page at my site for lots of info and explanations:
The only brands I know of are Pinata (clear colors) and Adirondack (toned colors).  They can be purchased online or sometimes at craft or art supply stores, sometimes in 3-bottle groups.

Alcohol inks (dyes) can be used on top of baked clay (for actual "painting"** or for washes) like watercolors, or for drips*** and can be thinned down with rubbing alcohol or denatured alcohol (or special Pinata "extender" which also leaves a shinier surface for the color).

Or they can be mixed into raw polymer clay or liquid polymer clay to color them (they're very concentrated).  Because they're not water-based, they won't create bubbling and plaquing when mixed into raw clay as long as they're allowed to evaporate somewhat before mixing so they are the other primary liquid colorant used that way besides artists' oil paints.

They're also used in between "stacks" of clay for special effects/techniques like mokume gane, used to color real-metal leaf on clay, used with stamps and as resists/etc, and can have mica powders mixed into them for metallic ink effects, etc.

** http://www.sdpcg.org/sc8album22.html
and can stain hands at least temporarily because of their strength

*** http://artfortheheart.blogspot.com/2007/05/polymer-clay-atcs-with-faux-watercolor.html (these use a few other inks as well)

Diane B.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010 11:24:09 AM »

Neat! Thanks! I'm excited to work with this new medium!
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