How to prevent fingerprints and scratches on your polymer clay pieces

How to prevent fingerprints and scratches on your polymer clay pieces


Hello and welcome to my channel in
today’s video I’m showing you how you can prevent finger prints and small
scratches on your polymer clay pieces. I hope you will find this video useful. It can be quite frustrating: you just
finished baking your pieces and you discover it has lots of fingerprints and
small scratches. The only option is now to sand your items, however this is quite
time-consuming and you got to be very careful not to sand it too much or you
could try the acetone solution and carefully rub a cotton bud with acetone
over your pieces. I haven’t tried this solution and ideally you don’t have to
resort to this method. Personally I don’t mind the odd fingerprint on my
sculptures. It’s like a makers mark , but they get annoying when they occur all
over your work, especially on jewellery pieces you want to sell . So how can you
prevent fingerprints and scratches. When you work with clay for a while it gets
very soft and that attracts fingerprints. You can use firmer clay such as Kato
poly clay but if you work on a hot summer’s day you will end up with the
same problem. One way to avoid this is to put your clay in the fridge for an hour
or so. Another obvious solution is to wear
gloves. Now you don’t see me wearing gloves very often. I don’t like using
them because I like to feel my work. I know it sounds a bit strange. Your hands
can become very sweaty in gloves and also you might prevent fingerprints,but
most gloves are not smooth they have a very fine texture on the fingertips as
you can see here. I don’t know if this is the case if you turn them inside out so
let’s try this. As you can see here turning them inside out hasn’t made a
difference you can still see the texture Another solution is to use cornstarch. Put it on your fingers and it will stick in the fine ridges of your
fingertips. Make sure to dust off the corn starch
with a brush. I don’t use this method much because I find it quite messy. You can also try to smooth over your
pieces with water, though I’m not sure you can do this with fimo, because I
can’t remember how it reacts with a bit of water . However you can do this
definitely with Premo sculpey and Kato poly clay Another method I use to smooth my
sculptures is to use the Sculpey clay softener You only need a tiny amount of that
stuff. Rub it on your item like so and the scratches and fingerprints should
disappear after a while.For getting rid of scratches you can also use your
knitting needle When you’re sculpting bigger body parts
try using the side or palm of your hand, instead of your fingers I appreciate
that this is not always possible. You can also use the sides of your hands for
smoothing over fingerprints And finally let your items rest for a
day. A fresh pair of eyes will be able to spot fingerprints and scratches and you
could still make your corrections. I hope you find these tips useful. Try and
experiment with these methods and you will find a method that works best for
you. If you have a question let me know in the comments. Happy playing and thank you for watching until next time

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