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« on: November 18, 2007 09:26:54 PM »

Can I cover wooden boxes and such with polyclay in the same manner as altoid tins or hand mirrors?

I would just test it out and see if it works, but I'd much rather make sure if someone else has tried before I burn my house down or blow up my oven. Knowing me something terrible will happen if I don't really know what I'm doing... Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007 10:11:57 PM »

From what I've read on the forums, since wood is a porous medium you need to prep it first. Something simple like a coat of paint. What I haven't heard, are all paints safe for the oven?

« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2007 11:57:53 AM »

hmm... thank you!

so does anyone know if plain acrylic paint would be okay? my intuition is telling me that's not a good idea... I'm probably wrong.

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2007 12:26:22 PM »

From Diane B's GlassAttic.com
"The problem with using acrylic paints inside raw clay is that they contain water, and water can turn to steam in the oven and physically bubble up under the clay or create areas of opaqueness and plaquing
....however, some clayers have successfully used acrylics in raw clay (as opposed to using them on clay then allowing to dry), but they feel that only a little acrylic can be used, and that it should be well-distributed in the clay so there aren't larger pools of moisture
...it may also be that the acrylic paints in tubes work better because they are more concentrated color, with less water
...bubbles can arise in any clay, but plaquing may not show up much in opaque clays (or a small amount of white opaque clay might be added when mixing to hide them)"

If the clay does not adhere to the wood when baking, you could probably use some translucent liquid scuply, or some wood glue to adhere after baking.

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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2007 02:41:54 PM »

You can certainly cover wood with polymer clay (the advice below from my website was about mixing wet acrylic paint into raw clay to color it --which is not especially good, not covering dried acrylic paint with raw clay--which is fine.)

If your wood is bare, it's porous, so it would need a coat of permanent "white glue" (Elmers GlueAll, etc.) or acrylic paint to seal any moisture still present in it so it won't cause the clay to crack while baking, and also to give the porous wood a tacky surface for the raw clay to grab onto.  If the wood is already painted or sealed, it's probably fine. 

There's lots more detail re covering wood and wood objects with polymer clay on this page at my site if you want to check it out too:
(...click on the category called Wood...)

For covering wood boxes in particular, check out this page:
(...click on Permanent Forms for that particular thing...)


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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007 07:09:36 AM »

From what I've read on Diane's website (and a bit of personal experience), tacky glue works fabulously and actually strengthens when baked.

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