Does polymer clay stick to glass? What about other similar materials? If you’re asking that now because you have some ideas you want to execute, let’s explore that in this post.
What will polymer clay stick to or not? I know we’re stuck on it, and chances are it’s stuck on us too. LOL…All joking aside, it’s a good idea to be able to discern certain materials where permanency is concerned.
And our materials, literally. But some things, more than others. Are you a little mystified about what works and what doesn’t? Truth is polymer clay is compatible with a lot of materials, including when raw, but it is important to discern between them so you know what to expect.
And these are very common materials used to supplement a project, so let’s look at them now.
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Can polymer clay stick to glass?
Yes, it will stick to it per se, but it will not actually bond to it…big difference. Glass can be a very good substrate for building upon. Let’s say, hypothetically, you wanted to craft something like a decorative dish (a great idea, by the way!) you could easily use one of those glass mixing bowls and start shaping your design form the bottom inside, and then later on, bake it to set it permanently.
The clay once set isn’t going to stick to the glass bowl unless you decide to use something like liquid clay, so this works in your favor. You just want to be sure the glassware you plan on using has a heat threshold that is a good match for the clay. Case in point, I have a series of glass dishes that the manufacturer recommends use at 300 degrees or below.
Not to digress a little but a while back I used to tint fruit and mason jars to give them a pretty translucent color, and to set them permanently, I also had it set at a pretty mild temperature too, and in addition to that I started off with a “cold” oven and eased it into the right temp. That’s what you want to apply with clay, too, and glass or ceramic substrates.
Can it depend on the type of glass too? Absolutely. Mason jars, if you’re familiar with them, tend to be very sturdy. What about the case of glass objects that are more delicate, like, say, these champagne flutes? It would be nice to decorate something like this for, say, a wedding or anniversary party.
If you’re thinking about doing something like this, and you have concerns about the type of glass being too delicate to withstand time in the oven, that’s understandable.
What About Ceramic?
Ceramic too, is another material that all of the above will apply to. have you ever seen one of those coffee cups decorated on the outside with two dimensional clay art? They seem to be very popular now…Ceramic is a great material to work with, consider tiles for example, as a substrate to work on, you can’t go wrong as they are strong and sturdy, and have a nice slick surface with which to work on.
Yes, your clay, when raw, will stick to it to some degree, but that’s to your advantage as it won’t try to slide around while you work, and it can prevent inadvertent plasticizer “leaching”, unlike paper. Even better, ceramic tiles can go straight into the oven along with your work in progress, so no need to pick it up and disrupt it in the process. Talk about a win-win!
And how do they do this? By being heat resistant, they can act as a “distributor” so heat is evenly dispersed when baking, and that includes toaster ovens too. Your finished clay project, afterward will come right off. Ceramic tiles are easy to clean, too, so if you get paint or something similar on them, you can scrape it off or apply a spritz of rubbing alcohol.
You can get a few from your local home improvement store – after all, they’re pretty much used in shower and bath tile, they’re dirt cheap – look for a size like 6″ x 6″ or 8″ x 8″ square, that can give you enough room to spread around. Just remember, white, glossy, smooth. Trifecta. White so there will be no color conflict.
Back to ceramic mugs…depending on the breadth of your design, while unbaked, the clay will stick firmly , but most likely not permanently unless you apply a small amount of Liquid Sculpey. After ward, it should be well preserved.