What is liquid clay exactly and what is it used for? Have you seen it in stores in the proper aisle next to all the slabs of clay, or perhaps overheard others talking about using it? I’m glad you asked, either way! Well, it is pretty much exactly what its name implies.
It’s the liquid form of polymer clay. It’s a tool that can aid you with a variety of uses, too, and make some things easier…so keep on reading to learn more about how this substance can help you too!
Liquid Clay Acts as an Adhesive
Liquid clay comes in bottles very similar to that of craft glue. You can dispense it as such, or you could use a stick applicator to do so. Like glue, it’s sticky, so if you get it on your hands you’ll probably want to reach for some rubbing alcohol to remove the residue. It acts as an adhesive when you are working on a project – let’s say, a figurine – and you’re attempting to attach limbs, like arms or legs, to the rest of the body.
Although by default it’s transparent in color (what you may know as “clear” ) it also comes in other different colors too, like these below…
Sure, you can do this with a toothpick, which can help and I do encourage you to do so (it does not replace armatures in and of itself), but a dab of liquid clay can help make the bonding process more stable.
I like to use toothpicks, but one thing I don’t like is that the chance of the other end poking out and showing. You can use liquid clay and apply it to raw clay, already baked, just about all clay to clay applications to secure your projects seamlessly
To Enhance a Project in the Making
Reach for the liquid clay if you’re trying to infuse a small object into a closed shape…it works almost like clear resin. You can add textures, special effects, and bedazzle jewelry parts, bric-a-brac, keychains, and charms, and add realistic looking special touches to objects d’art (think of fake food.)
Something like a slice of pie might have a little glaze on top, and you want to emulate that…just an idea. This is a much easier way to do so without trying to pinch off a dab of more Sculpey or Fimo and attempting to roll a piece that might work; you don’t need to do this when you just need a little embellishment!
To Bond Clay to Other Materials
Have you ever seen these beautiful and unique flatware and drinking cups or pottery made with a clay design on the facade of the mug or dish? Most likely that was an item made of ceramic. To help it adhere to the surface, liquid clay was and should be used. You can use it on glass, ceramics, metal, and wood, as long as the proposed object can withstand 275-300 degree temps.
It Works Almost Like its Counterpart
Liquid clay does most of what its clay counterpart does…and functions that way, too. When applied, it needs to do some “oven time” before it can be completely cured. Another thing is you can mix in something to give it a little color, like powder pigment, glitter, etc., and enhance its use further.
Simply put – liquid clay is the icing on the cake! If the cake is your project, it is the frosting!