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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2006 11:55:14 PM »

I am a future girl. I have same bottle purchased over yr ago, and still looks full.  That bottle will last me FOREVER!!!

Heck, that's BABY Future  Grin Grin... my bottle is at least 7years old, and mostly full.  It does last forever!

Future was hard to find believe it or not.  I think I found it at Kmart but not Walmart.  (unless walmart was out)

It has been harder to find in the last few years, I've noticed.  It used to be right next to the Mop 'N Glo (which is the same thing) at most grocery stores, but now both seem to be gone.  I've had better luck at my local drug store, occasionally at Target, and I hear Ace Hardware usually has it.

All the finishes found in craft stores around here peel off over time.  Future will not peel.

Most acrylic finishes should work fine if applied correctly, let dry thoroughly between coats, and no oil was present as a resist, etc., but Future and Varathane at least have some special properties. 
Future will kind of sink into warm clay (tho loses some of its gloss), and Varathane has something called an "interpenetrating network" which causes it to sink in and bond well to polymer clay not just on the surface (and doesn't get less glossy). 

Which finish do you think is the best DianaB??

Well, I use mostly Varathane, but occasionally I use Future (and always use Future for my classes because it's cheap and dries enough to allow students to take their things home quicker than Varathane).  If I use it myself, I'll always rebake it.
Varathane is thicker than Future, and I don't like having to put a bunch of coats of Future on to get to the same level Varathane gets with one coat.  (Varathane also comes in a semi-gloss --which is almost matte-- and I use that rarely but at least I have the option.)  For dipping, I'll definitely use Varathane.  Sometimes I rebake Varathane and sometimes I don't.  Varathane also doesn't have that sweetish smell that Future has, which bothers me just a bit. Also I believe that Varathane doesn't yellow with ultraviolet light over time the way that Future does (not that my things are usually left in UV light).
They're both good though!, that's just my preference.

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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2006 10:13:16 PM »

those are awesome. i love the red pair.

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« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2006 12:04:02 PM »

I love the red heart earrings!  Everything looks great, excellent job!
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