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« Reply #170 on: May 16, 2011 02:26:01 AM »

Wow, I have to say, so much useful advice in this thread! I've been able to craft with polymer clay without asking a single thing because everything was already answered, go craftster Cheesy

But now I have a doubt and haven't been able to find any information, so I'm hoping you guys can enlighten me Smiley I recently baked a keyring in glow-in-the-dark FIMO, and I think it would look great with some antiquing (It's a Jason Voorhees mask, so it shouldn't look too shiny and new Grin). Back in the day when I painted miniatures, my favourite way of doing it was to water down some black or brown and cover everything, that way most of the colour stayed in the crevices and holes, and the rest of the surface looked gritty enough.

So my question is, if I were to use the same technique with acrylic paint on the polymer clay, how resistant would it be? the keychain will get used, so I wouldn't want to do it if the paint will get chipped or damaged by regular wear and tear. Is there any way of sealing the paint that won't look all shiny and glossy?

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« Reply #171 on: July 06, 2013 02:52:30 PM »

Hi there!  I've played around with polymer clay over the years and enjoyed it.  Now I am wondering if baked and painted polymer clay items will withstand being outside all year round. I read several pages of this thread and then got smart and searched this topic for "outside" and "exterior" and didn't see that this question had already been asked.  I hope I'm not duplicating.

I am interested in making fairy doors from it for my yard in the woods: we will have weeks of sub-freezing temperatures in the winter with dry snow (like you can't make a snow ball with it because it's not wet enough to stick together) and weeks of high 80s-mid-90 (Fahrenheit) with short, non-torrential, thunder storms.  I'll say that the finished doors probably won't get direct sunlight for more than a couple hours/day in summer and won't be under the snow build up on the ground.

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« Reply #172 on: July 09, 2013 01:37:16 PM »

I've made some garden art before and I have two recommendations. One is to use premo or other good clay, the white sculpey crumbles after a while. And use outdoor paint because the regular paint chips or fades. It gets really hot here and other than the white sculpey I haven't really had any problems with my other stuff. Your fairy doors sound cute!
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« Reply #173 on: July 12, 2013 12:45:24 PM »

I've made some garden art before and I have two recommendations. One is to use premo or other good clay, the white sculpey crumbles after a while. And use outdoor paint because the regular paint chips or fades. It gets really hot here and other than the white sculpey I haven't really had any problems with my other stuff. Your fairy doors sound cute!

Thanks so much!  I had planned on exterior paint; since I have been a painting contractor in my day I get technical about stuff like that. Smiley  Good to know on the varying qualities of clay, too.
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