7 Ways to Use Mineral Oil with Polymer Clay 1. Cleaning your hands. Mineral oil works so much better than alcohol for wiping highly-pigmented colors of clay off your hands. I just rub a little dab of mineral oil into my hands, then wipe it off with a paper towel (repeating if necessary). And it's not just polymer clay that it's good for either -- mineral oil is also very helpful for getting alcohol inks off your hands... which isn't an easy task otherwise! 2. Cleaning your supplies. It works great to clean your cutting blade. You can also use it in combination with dish soap or rubbing alcohol to clean your pasta machine. 3. Conditioning old clay. You can mix a few drops of mineral oil into polymer clay. Add only a small amount; it's easy to overestimate how much you need. 4. Thinning polymer clay & liquid polymer clay:  Mineral oil + Polymer clay = A nice mosaic grout Mineral oil + Liquid polymer clay = A good consistency for a glaze or for adding frosting to miniature food. Be sure to compare mineral oil to Sculpey diluents for liquid clay mixtures. The diluents mixture seems to be clearer and stronger, making it a better choice for certain projects. 5. Using as a release agent. Apply mineral oil first to glass, metals, or Styrofoam to act as a release agent. 6. Smoothing clay before baking. Brushing down clay with mineral oil before baking to help reduce fingerprints. 7. Lubricate clay cutters with a bit of mineral oil to make a nice clean cut.                  Mineral oil is a surprisingly versatile craft supply and at a great value. 7 Ways to Use Alcohol with Polymer Clay 1. Use rubbing alcohol to clean your work surface and clay tools -- including pasta machines, clay molds, and paint brushes (after using liquid clay). 2. Spread rubbing alcohol over the back of your paper for a better image transfer. 3. Smooth alcohol lightly over clay before baking to help get rid of fingerprints. 4. Use baby wipes soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean clay residue (especially that pesky red!) off hands. 5. Clean any greasy residue off baked clay before applying a glaze finish. 6. It's good to cultivate a habit of cleaning your molds with isopropyl alcohol after each use. This will make them last longer, and it will also make the next use easier-- no sticky residue to contend with. 7. Remove pasta machine streaks from clay. Sounds like rubbing alcohol has earned its spot on the craft room shelf.
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7 Ways to Use Mineral Oil with Polymer Clay 1. Cleaning your hands. Mineral oil works so much better than alcohol for wiping highly-pigmented colors of clay off your hands. I just rub a little dab of mineral oil into my hands, then wipe it off with a paper towel (repeating if necessary). And it's not just polymer clay that it's good for either -- mineral oil is also very helpful for getting alcohol inks off your hands... which isn't an easy task otherwise! 2. Cleaning your supplies. It works great to clean your cutting blade. You can also use it in combination with dish soap or rubbing alcohol to clean your pasta machine. 3. Conditioning old clay. You can mix a few drops of mineral oil into polymer clay. Add only a small amount; it's easy to overestimate how much you need. 4. Thinning polymer clay & liquid polymer clay:  Mineral oil + Polymer clay = A nice mosaic grout Mineral oil + Liquid polymer clay = A good consistency for a glaze or for adding frosting to miniature food. Be sure to compare mineral oil to Sculpey diluents for liquid clay mixtures. The diluents mixture seems to be clearer and stronger, making it a better choice for certain projects. 5. Using as a release agent. Apply mineral oil first to glass, metals, or Styrofoam to act as a release agent. 6. Smoothing clay before baking. Brushing down clay with mineral oil before baking to help reduce fingerprints. 7. Lubricate clay cutters with a bit of mineral oil to make a nice clean cut.                  Mineral oil is a surprisingly versatile craft supply and at a great value. 7 Ways to Use Alcohol with Polymer Clay 1. Use rubbing alcohol to clean your work surface and clay tools -- including pasta machines, clay molds, and paint brushes (after using liquid clay). 2. Spread rubbing alcohol over the back of your paper for a better image transfer. 3. Smooth alcohol lightly over clay before baking to help get rid of fingerprints. 4. Use baby wipes soaked in rubbing alcohol to clean clay residue (especially that pesky red!) off hands. 5. Clean any greasy residue off baked clay before applying a glaze finish. 6. It's good to cultivate a habit of cleaning your molds  with isopropyl alcohol after each use. This will make them last longer, and it will also make the next use easier-- no sticky residue to contend with. 7. Remove pasta machine streaks from clay. Sounds like rubbing alcohol has earned its spot on the craft room shelf.
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