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Sculpey® Liquid Clay Thinner & Softener can be used for softening polymer clay and thinning Liquid Sculpey®. Just a few drops will make all the difference.
As polymer clay ages, it can sometimes dry out or harden. Sculpey® offers high-quality Clay Softener & Thinner in 1-ounce bottles to soften your clay so that you can make all your favorite pieces stress-free. You can use it to thin liquid clay.
Adding polymer clay softener one drop at a time and working it in often resuscitates previously unworkable clay. It's essential to add the softener slowly, as adding too much at once can leave you with mushy clay.
Carefully add the polymer clay softener until the clay is the desired consistency. If you accidentally use too much clay softener, try leaching some out of your creation by using heavy books to press your clay between sheets of paper.
Just like with Polymer Clay or Liquid Sculpey, avoid getting Sculpey® Clay Softener & Thinner on surfaces as it can damage them. Always protect your work surface when creating with clay!
Before using Sculpey® Clay Softener & Thinner, you first need to know why your clay is hard. Does your clay have a rock-like texture? Or is it just a bit firm because it's cold? Old clay that has lost some of its plasticizers may need more work to come back to life. Firm clay that is merely cold, however, may just require some heat to loosen it up.
So, how can you tell the difference between old and firm polymer clay? Use the squish test. Pick up a piece of clay and squeeze it. All polymer clay should be compressible to some extent if it is fresh — even if it's cold. If the polymer clay block does not give way, then it's either partially cured, old or have been exposed to too much heat.
After trying the squish test and determining that your clay is indeed old or has not been stored correctly, it is time to soften the clay with Sculpey® Clay Softener & Thinner. Warm up the clay by hitting it with a mallet or other heavy object. This will get any plasticizers left in the old clay working. Then, add the Clay Softener & Thinner one drop at a time.
If you tried adding polymer clay softener to your old clay, but the clay is not absorbing the diluent, your clay has most likely become partially cured. This means that the clay has been exposed to too high a temperature and may not be salvageable.
Do you still have questions about how to use Clay Softener & Thinner? Contact a Sculpey® representative today by filling out a general inquiry form.
If you're ready to get started with a new crafting project, order polymer clay softener online or purchase Sculpey® clay today.