Liquid Sculpey bakeable medium is one of the newest products from Polyform and more than once I heard the question: “What can you do with it?”
Well sometimes it is kind of hard to answer that just using words. So I thought I would share some of my experiments with you and point you to some more information to help you get a head start on working with liquid Sculpey bakeable medium.
Liquid Sculpey bakeable medium is totally different to the solid polymer clay we are all used to. And the great thing about it (it´s liquid!) is also the thing that gives us the most trouble: How to I give it a shape?
When I started experimenting with the LBM I noticed that it is best to not think about all the things you know about polymer clay (meaning solid polymer clay!) because they get you into trouble. So I put my laboratory coat on and told myself: I have no idea what kind of beast that new LBM is. Let´s test it!
How to Use Liquid Sculpey Bakeable Medium
(To better identify what I am talking about I put numbers on my experiments.
They are no tutorials and they are to give you ideas of what you might want to try out for yourself! If you are looking for a tutorial I add a link to one below in this blog post!)
The easiest to use LBM is in a silicon mold. The mold gives it a shape and the LBM is flowing into the shape easily. I noticed there is a difference with the molds you should watch out for: some a very slick and shiny and some are highly textured and mat. The LBM takes up whatever texture it is pour on or in and textured can mean that is will come out mat and sometimes air bubbles can be caught in the texture! (No. 3, 4, 6,7,8,9, 10,11,12,13,14,15, 17 and 22)
There are all kinds of molds out there. And you really should have a close look at what you can do with them! For example: use more than one color in them! I discovered that some of my molds give me shapes that have little indentations, that can be filled with a contrasting color of LBM after the first cure! (No. 3, 10, 14, 15, 17 and 23)
Or you can only fill the mold partly and cure it and then add a second color on top. Or you do that without curing in between (No.4)
You can also use rubber stamps as molds. But you have to be careful with that! I ruined one of my stamps, because it was not the right one! Only red and grey RUBBER stamps work for that. I had a black stamp that is now permanently filled with LBM! After that set back I decided it would be safer to impress my stamps into regular clay and then fill the LBM on top! (No. 1, 2, 16 and 18).
You can add mica powder or metallic powders to the regular clay before you fill it with LBM to bring out the texture more (No. 1, 2 and 18).
You can also stamp on the cured LBM! Use an archival stamp pad for that! (No. 21)
You can add color to the transparent LBM with alcohol inks (No. 21 and some of 22) or embossing powder (but that can get a very distressed surface!) (No. 7, 8 and one of the gears of 13, 19), glitter (No. 6 and 21), seed beads (No. 22).
Layer thin levels of BLM on top of each other, and treat each layer different (No. 21) ( you have to cure each layer before adding the next one!) or pour it into a key ring (No. 20) and include paper, dried flowers or spices (also No. 20).
These are only a couple of ideas I tried out. I am sure there is a million more things you can do with Liquid Sculpey Bakeable Medium and I am really exited so see what else can be done with it!
Here are some links for you to try out even more ideas:
Colorful Feather Earrings (Tutorial): https://www.sculpey.com/wp/project/liquid-sculpey-colorful-feather-earrings/
Please also read Sculpeys Tips for using Liquid Sculpey Bakeable Medium: https://www.sculpey.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Tips-for-using-Liquid-Sculpey-Bakeable-Medium-1.pdf
And watch the recording on Amy Koranek´s live demo of LBM, too. She has some great projects and tips to share with you: https://www.sculpey.com/specialty/89-translucent-liquid-sculpey