How can I color raw sculpey with acrylic paints?

I've read all over that you can mix in some acrylic paint to your clay to color it BEFORE you sculpt it. How can I do this? To I just add a few drops and mix it with my hands?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You can mix acrylic paints into polymer clays like the Sculpeys, but since acrylic paints are water-based and polymer clays are oil-based, the moisture from the paints can get trapped in the clay and create problems during baking (when they swell and turn to steam). If you use only *small* amounts of acrylic paint, and let the clay sit around (preferably overnight) before baking, you can evaporate out some of the moisture.

    But it's a lot better to use artists' oil paints (in tubes, even in small kits of colors) or alcohol inks like Pinata or Adirondack to color polymer clay when using as liquid since they won't cause the same problems.

    (Other things can be used to color the body of the clay as well like shavings from oil pastels, or powders like pigments or metallic powders, etc, but aren't used as often just to color opaque polymer clays--some more often used in translucent polymer clay.)

    As for mixing paints or inks into polymer clay, just put a few drops in a well in the clay or onto a sheet, then close up around it, and condition as usual to keep the mess down.

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm

    If you have a pasta machine for conditioning, mixing colors, making flat sheets, etc., just put a few drops near the center of one end sheet before you fold it over and put it through the machine again.

    Repeat as many times as necessary to get the depth of color you want.

    And of course, if the "Sculpey" clay you're using is Sculpey III, it comes in colors and all polymer clay colors can be mixed together to create thousands of new colors without adding any other colorants. (Or the oil paints or alcohol inks can be mixed together before adding to the clay, or paint-ink-colored clays can be mixed together too.)

    You can read all about coloring polymer clay in all those ways on these pages of my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site:

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/paints.htm (click on "Oils")

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/letters_inks.htm (under Inks, click on "Alcohol Inks")

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm

    And btw, acrylic paints are plastics just like polymer clay and can take low heats pretty well usually though it's probably not best to bake them if they're *on top* of the clay too long or at any higher heat than you can get away with just in case they want to darken (or bubble if you've put them on thickly), etc.

    HTH,

    Diane B.

    P.S. If you dont' already know the 3 Polyform polymer clays called Sculpey, SuperSculpey (flesh), and Sculpey III are the weakest brands of polymer clay after baking in any areas that they're thin or projecting, so can easily break if stressed. Other brands (like Premo, Kato Polyclay, FimoClassic, Cernit and even FimoSoft to a lesser degree) will all be flexible in thin areas after baking and therefore *much* less breakable. Those Sculpeys are also some of the softest polymer clays when raw too, so they won't shape quite as well or be able to achieve as much detail, as the other brands and lines.

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm

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    5 years ago

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    How can I color raw sculpey with acrylic paints?

    I've read all over that you can mix in some acrylic paint to your clay to color it BEFORE you sculpt it. How can I do this? To I just add a few drops and mix it with my hands?

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  • 3 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    You can paint the piece after it is baked. What I like to do is mix colored polymer clay in with the white. Knead the clay until it is one color. Then you don't have to paint it. Just add a glaze after it cools off.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I wouldn't suggest using acrylic until after you bake it because it is made of plastic and heating plastic can let off toxic fumes.

    Source(s): painting major at maryland institute college of art
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