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« on: June 22, 2009 06:58:42 PM »

It always seems that anything that I make using white polymer clay always ends up looking a little dingy after baking. I am sure that I am not baking for too long because the instructions on the package say 275 degrees for 30 min per 1/4" thickness and that is what I use. However, my white never really looks white. I want that brilliant white without the dinginess in some of my projects. Is there a trick or a way to achieve this that I do not know about. Also, I prefer not to have to paint over the white parts with white paint because my painting skills are not so good and I end up making a mess of my entire project that way.

Thanks ahead of time!
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009 07:30:54 AM »

There are two issues in what you're saying --dinginess from dirt/lint/etc, and dinginess from heating.  One can happen without the other, or you could get both.  
(And btw, just because a clay says to bake at a certain temp doesn't mean that the color won't change/darken because that can also depend a lot on the brand/line/color** of clay being used, how hot your particular oven really is and how hot the air around every tiny bit of your clay is wherever it happens to have been positioned in the oven, the baking surface you're using, etc.)

**e.g., the 3 main "Sculpeys" are the worst for darkening during heating, and Kato Polyclay darkens the least even at higher temps (and has a very brilliant white), with the others in-between ... also some brands just have a whiter white to begin with (more titanium), or they intentionally make a "softer" white like FimoClassic at least used to do and I think Premo's white isn't the brightest/flatest white after baking but whiter than FC)
...also, some clayers have found that boiling to cure (for a longer time) white clay items, if the shape allows that, keeps them really white but a few clayers feel it would leave the clay weak

You can find loads of tips from other clayers on ways they've found to keep light colors light (and to correct them if they get do get dirty) on this page of my site:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm
....click on White or Any Clay--Keeping Clean and also on Fingerprints, Smoothing, Cleaning

And the info and disagreements about boiling clay are on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/baking.htm
....click on Boiling & Microwave-Boiling


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beautifulpirate
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009 08:02:19 AM »

Thanks for the info. I will try some of this stuff out! ^_^
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