Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Wonder Glaze for Polymer Clay

On my quest to find a better substitute for PolyGlaze I stumbled upon an interesting product called Triple Thick (by Krylon). Why didn’t I see it before? I think I am going to like it even better than EnviroTex Lite. For one thing, it does not smell. It does not require any mixing. It dries quickly, does not produce too many bubbles (which are easy to remove), and it is waterproof! It is also much cheaper than PolyGlaze and is available almost everywhere. Here is the list of stores that sell this product:

http://www.krylon.com/main/locator.cfm

It looks like the only quality in which EnviroTex and PolyGlaze surpass Triple Thick is clearness. Well, you cannot win in everything…

Triple Thick is actually pretty clear, especially when applyed in thin layers rather than in one thick layer. That is why I say it is a very good dimensional glaze. I am going to recommend it in my class this weekend.

6 comments:

Jeanne Rhea said...

I have some of the aerosol product, but had hesitated using it on polymer clay. Are you using a brush-on type? Since you said, it had no bubbles, I am assuming that you have something that is brushed on. I'll wait until I hear from you before spraying mine. If there is a brush-on, I'll try to find it. Thanks for info!

Eugena said...

Jeanne, you are right. I am talking about the brush-on product. In the store, it should sit right next to the aerosol one. You can see a picture of it if you follow one of the store links I provided in my post.

Eugena said...

It turns out that there are actually two products called "Triple Thick". One of them is by Krylon and the other one is by DecoArt (which is actually the one I tested). I will not be surprised if this is the same material distributed by two different companies. Both versions seem to work the same. The one from DecoArt is about $0.50 cheaper than the one by Krylon.

Tejae said...

I've read other places that the triple thick gets sticky after several months on polymer clay. Do you have any issues with that?

By the way, great tutorial! Can't wait to try it out. :)

Eugena said...

Hmmm... Well, I checked a couple of things I made with Triple Thick (they are about 6 months old by now). One of them still looks pretty much the same as it was when I just made it, but it seems like the surface of the other one became a little softer. There was a piece of necklace folded over the pendant, and the beads left an imprint on the pendant. I unfolded the necklace and will check it in a few days to see if this imprint disappears. I would not say that the surface is sticky, but I do not like having any un-wanted imprints on my pendants either. By the way, I have never seen anything like this with the EnviroTech or Polyglaze...

Tejae said...

Eugena thanks for the feedback. I've tried it on a few pieces...gotta say, i love how it brings out the colors and it's pretty easy to use. Since my pieces are more sculptural I think I'll be ok.

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