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Topic: ?glaze? for polymer clay jewerly  (Read 2066 times)
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« on: July 16, 2009 11:42:08 AM »

well I was curious about future, Pledge with future shine is this the right stuff? what I want is a nice shine and some type of durable protective coating for my jewerly, I make alot of pendants, beads and foodie charms.
I have tried clear nail polish well that sucked it work for a couple of wears but then got a tack very dity look to the charms. Then I tried spar urethane not bad but I have heard alot about future, any help would be appreciated, and do you have to re bake it after you aply it???
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009 12:35:18 PM »

First, check out this previous post for basic info about the types of clear finish that can be used on polymer clay, and how they're different:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190875.msg2005953#msg2005953

As for other specific questions, "Future" has recently been renamed Future-Pledge or "Pledge With Future Shine" or some cr*p like that since it was purchased by the SC Johnson people who also make the Pledge products and want to associate Future with that name.  So yes, that's the same cyanoacrylate floor polish referred to by polymer clayers (another brand would be Mop 'N Glo, if that's still made).

You will get a "nice shine and durable protective finish" from Future as well as from other clear finish materials, but there are some differences between them too (see link above).

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do you have to re bake it after you aply it???

You do not have to rebake Future or other clear acrylic finishes, though doing that will speed up the "curing" of the finish (in addition to it's drying) which will make it even-harder sooner.

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I have tried clear nail polish well that sucked it work for a couple of wears but then got a tack very dity look to the charms.

Something like that could have happened if you used a clear fingernail polish that wasn't acrylic, but rather one with a petroleum-based solvent in it (those are often called "enamels" but sometimes fingernail polishes aren't marked as to type... get one that's intended for fake acrylic nails to be sure, or I know the very wet-looking one called Maybelline Wet 'N Shine or something like that is water-based).
Using a clear finish or paint or even just propellant in a spray can with a petroleum-based solvent in it will immediately or eventually begin to eat into cured polymer clay (which is a plastic) and turn it sticky, or even yukkier than that.

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Then I tried spar urethane not bad

You can use any water-based clear polyurethane and don't have to go for the spar/marine versions.  You'll probably want a gloss version though, and the Varathane brand puts out a gloss water-based polyurethane with special properties (IPN--interpenetrating network) and is also UV-resistant (not true of the floor polishes, or some other polyurethanes I think, so they can yellow with too much UV exposure).


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Diane B.

« Last Edit: July 16, 2009 12:41:27 PM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009 01:22:33 PM »

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