Polishing Polymer Clay

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What? This Instructable will give you a beginners guide to polishing and adding a finish to your baked polymer clay pieces.

Why? Polishing and adding a wax finish removes finger prints and other flaws (like marks from your knives or tools), gives the surface a cleaner look, gives a beautiful sheen and helps to preserve the integrity of a piece of polymer clay.

How?  Read on....
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Step 1: Materials

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What you need

*Wet and Dry.  From the sandpapers section in the hardware.  A range of grits going up to the finest available (the higher the finer). I've 400, 800 and 1200.  
*Renaissance Wax.  You can pick this up on ebay.  Mine came from the UK and was about $20 (including shipping for the 65 mls but this is heaps (for me). 

*A cloth to clean off your polymer clay pieces with.  I use old torn up sheets.
*Newspaper for the table.
*A dish of water with a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid (a drop).  It helps to keep things slick.
*A cloth to apply your wax.  I use a bit if flannelette.

That is cool! I didn't know you could do that :)
organgrinder (author)  Penolopy Bulnick6 months ago
Yeah. It is always good to know something extra can be done to make good things even better :)
KaydeeKrunk6 months ago
You can also buff your clay for a similar effect, it works especially well to bring out translucent quality in your clay. Also, I love your brain cane, that is so great.
organgrinder (author)  KaydeeKrunk6 months ago
Thanks re brain cane. It took me a while to get it right, and still learn. Keen to do an anat heart when I have more time to sit down and figure it out.
audreyobscura6 months ago
Awesome instructable! Thanks for the share!

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