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Topic: Sculpey+acrylic.... Is it washable?  (Read 2618 times)
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Chilan
« on: May 04, 2006 05:57:25 PM »

So basically, I want to make some buttons out of Sculpey clay.  I have that white stuff that you color or paint yourself....  And I was thinking that I wanted to make the buttons, paint them, and than sew them onto some garments.  My question is whether or not these buttons would be machine wash safe.  Or... should I coat them with a spray?  Or use a different paint...  I just have a lot of acrylic, which is why I was planning on using that....

Anyone know?
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2006 07:30:55 AM »

You should be able to wash acrylic paint with no problems since it's no longer water soluble when it's dry, especially after it's completely cured (not just dry ...say a week at most).  Dryers should be okay too.  In fact, all those fabric paints you see are just acrylic paints with mediums added to make them apply more smoothly and thinly, etc.

As for the polymer clay part, there's no problem with washing and drying most solid polymer buttons either (do not dry clean them, however). 

There is a problem though with the brand of polymer clay you'd be using, and that could be a deal breaker. 
Sculpey, SuperSculpey and Sculpey III are all brittle after baking, and can break or chip with stress ...this is true mostly for any Sculpey items which are thin or have projecting parts. 

So if you made buttons with those 3 Sculpeys which were very thick and rounded, or even more like balls than flat, there would probably be no problem... or if you hand washed and hung dry, you could avoid most of the stress during washing and drying. 
That wouldn't avoid the stress caused by wearing the item though, or the stress on the holes from the thread.  It's possible that a couple of layers of acrylic paint could make the Sculpey strong enough... you'd just have to find out.

There is no problem at all with making polymer buttons though if you use other brands of clay.... like Premo, FimoClassic (but not FimoSoft...it's now like Sculpey III), Kato Polyclay and Cernit are all strong clays after baking.   
In fact, you could mix your Sculpey with one of those and make it stronger depending on how much you add.  Buttons are so small though that you'd probably be better off just buying one of the stronger clays to use for the buttons... you could get quite a few buttons from one small package of any of those brands for about $2.00-2.50 (unless you happen upon a sale at Michaels!).

I have a whole page at my site on making polymer clay buttons, if you're interested in checking it out:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/buttons.htm



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for the upcoming all-polymer clay board here at craftster, check here!
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2006 08:12:33 AM »

I read somewhere that you can wash them but should NEVER dryclean them.
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Chilan
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2006 10:04:57 AM »

Wow, thanks for all the information!  I think I'll probably buy some stronger clay to do it with....  But I an just oogling at some of those canes that people made! 
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2006 12:11:47 PM »

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oogling at some of those canes that people made!


Then you should try making canes too!  Grin ... some of the most difficult-looking ones aren't even that hard (beware of most of the "picture" ones though, as a beginner):

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm (general info for cane making)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--reducing.htm ("reducing"....making canes smaller)

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/canes--instructions.htm (many specific cane patterns)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/faces_caned.htm (face cane patterns only)



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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2006 02:16:16 PM »

If your canes don't come out the way you like, you can roll them in a continuous circle while flattening them and the colors will swirl, but not really mix. They look great and no one will know you didn't mean for your buttons to be that way!
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