when I glaze my polymer clay pieces and charms polymer clay pieces, my glaze dries on the bottom of my piece in like a little bubble.?


I normally have to buff it off with a nail file but it ends up ruining some of my pieces which makes it difficult after I worked so hard to make them. I use polyurethane varathane varnish to gloss my charms.

3 Answers

  • 6 years ago

    Not sure which area you're thinking of as the "bottom" of your piece or charm, but you may need to "wick" any excess clear finish that forms on a piece in the first few minutes, or apply it more thinly (I wouldn't suggest a spray for several reasons**), or set it on pin tips or in other positions** that allow any excess to form on the most-unseen portion of the piece.

    ...If you "dip" your piece into clear finish (best is polyurethane) to give it a really thick finish, it will almost certainly need to be hung in some kind of way*** then wicked in the first few minutes by just touching a tissue or other absorptive material to the drip which will suck the excess liquid off the piece without disturbing anything else (see the "Dipping" sub-category of the Finishes page at my polymer clay site for more:

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/finishes )

    ...If you are simply applying a the finish thickly, you can use any of the other techniques depending on the shape and final orientation of your charm/piece, or you can thin the polyurethane with water, or you can use a thinner finish like a cyanoacrylate floor finish.****

    (If you're interested in more on making polymer clay "charms" btw, there's a load of info in the links in my previous answer here:

    https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20140... )

    ** pin tips: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201403...

    *** sprays will often give uneven coverage that's visible to the eye, and they're likely to drip or run if you apply "enough" for full coverage, and many brands will also contain a petroleum-based solvent only in their propellants (not in the liquid itself) that can sooner or later begin eating into polymer clay (see more on using sprays in the Sprays category of that Finishes page at my site).. some people go to the trouble of using their clear finishes in manual diffusers, etc, which can avoid most of those problems but not most of them

    Also see see my previous answers here for those and other finishes that polymer clayers often use (and shouldn't use or have problems)*****.

    Source(s): **** for a contraption I created when needing to dip and hang small "Bottles of Hope" after covering with clay and baking, see 2 pics near the bottom of this page HERE IS THE NEW LINK: http://imgur.com/a/Fr2Kz (orig link below) ***** http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201006... http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=201203... (orig link) http://pcpolyzine.com/december2001/tools.html
  • Laura
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    It sounds like you are using too much varnish and it is collecting on the bottom as the excess drips down. be very light handed with your varnish. I really like high gloss spray varnish. This does the same thing, but ensures that you get a thin even coat.

  • 6 years ago

    You are using too much -wipe it off if you can't cut down. Do a method of holding (like the top loop) that lets you wipe without touching the added liquid.

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