Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of decoden and polymer clay questions about what to use to as a gloss/glaze. Almost every time the first response is “Clear nail polish, duh!”.
This needs to stop if people want to be creating quality items. Sometimes I’m afraid to buy handmade things for fear that they have been sealed with clear nail polish and they will deteriorate over time. I want to buy things that will last!
I’ve reblogged this before - but it’s sooooo important. crafting signal boost
I highly recommend MOD PODGE!!! It comes in gloss and matte. As the infographic shows, it’s only 75 cents an ounce.
Fuck that weak shit. Tamiya clear gloss is my copilot. It’s water proof, unlike Mod Podge. It might not be the cheapest gloss, but it’s hella durable.
My personal preference is the Krylon spray, because you can put on nice even layers, with no brush marking. When spray sealer won’t work, I like delta ceramcoat.
I agree with all of this, except for the Mod Podge. I used it once and it made all of my charms (around 45 of them) tacky and unsellable. I’ve heard you can use the Matte one but I would never use Mod Podge to glaze clay items again. Triple Thick is my preference.
I use water based polyurethane on my work, and on things that take a beating like keychains and cell charms I put on a coat or two of Golden Acrylic Varnish. That stuff can be used on buttons for clothes that have to go through the wash! That Tamiya acrylic sounds awesome as well. But as far as spray sealers go, polymer clay seems to reject a lot of them. Something about the chemicals that make it an aerosol don’t bind with the clay. But I’d be willing to test the Krylon spray, certainly would be easier than brushing things on!
For those of you wanting to coat polymer clay- a lot of the sealants listed will deteriorate your polymer clay sculptures over time. Polymer clay is very picky on what it will play nice with, and becomes sticky/ melts with aerosol spray varnishes like Krylon. So far the best varnish is Varathane, a water based wood sealer (don’t use oil based, they will eat your sculptures too).You can get it in pints on Amazon and put it in small squeeze tubes for ease of use. Polymer will also work with resin and Future Floor polish. The Golden acrylic varnish seems like a good choice too but I haven’t tried it. If you’re making items to sell it’s really important to do your research. Here’s a really handy resource. http://www.glassattic.com
A note on modge podge: it’s not acid free, so it will yellow your paper. There is an acid free paper version, but make sure you read your labels.