How do I give my clay a metallic look? Chrome-colored Paint on Clay: Polymer clay doesn't react well with most finishes that are petroleum based. The finish will remain tacky due to a chemical reaction between the plasticizers in the clay and the solvent in the varnish or paint. There are a number of products you can use to "metallicize" clay, including metallic powders, leaf, and rubbing compounds. Sheets of gold, silver, or colored leaf can be layered between thin sheets of translucent clay, used to wrap a cane, or placed on a sheet of clay which is run through the pasta machine to fragment the leaf. You can use composition (aluminium-based) leaf, which is much less expensive than leaf made of precious metals. Metallic rubbing compounds are wax-based. You can use your fingertip to highlight raised areas of an embossed clay piece (use just a little, with a very light touch), or coat an entire piece in metallic colors for a different look. You need to glaze the piece afterword, or the metallic layer may rub off. For more details on these samples email us here...
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