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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer Clay + Too Much Glycerin - Please Help! :) on: March 21, 2011 05:46:20 PM
I've done a few searches on the site (which is an awesome resource, btw), and I wasn't able to find the answer. I apologize if this has already been addressed before... I promise I tried the search. Cheesy

Anyway, I've been making these teeny tiny little ice cream cones using Fimo Soft. My ice cream cone template is also made out of Fimo Soft (baked, of course). It's basically a flat grid that I press the clay onto to get the cone "lines". Then I just roll up the small sheet of clay like a cone and cut off the excess.

So here is the problem: I was using flour as a release agent, since the clay kept on getting stuck in the teeny tiny crevices of the template. Then I read somewhere about using glycerin as a release agent and thought that would be an awesome idea. My first few ice cream cones came out so easily and they were perfect - but I found the longer I used clay and glycerin together, the more gummy and sticky it got.

I hate wasting clay, and I still have a good sized lump that I can use to make more ice cream cones. I've read about leaching the plasticizers out of clay... but can I do the same for glycerin? Right now, it is much too gummy for me to use but I don't want to throw it away...

Thanks in advance for any help you guys can give! Smiley
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