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Tools you will need
You will need an old hard drive, or disk that is not being used for anything. It should be in pretty good condition.
You will also need Acetone Soap. You can get this at any grocery store anywhere.
Finally, you will need some sort of container to put your acetone into. A large plastic tupperware package works great.
The acetone soap solution will come off more easily if it is in a separate bowl/containor. This way there is less surface area for the acetone to cling to.
Also, the larger the container the better. The stronger the acid is, so the bigger the bottle you use.
Generally, 1 part liquid sculpethat’s easy to scrape with is enough to stick most things together.
However, it tends to be pricey compared to other options, making it difficult to afford buying several different sizes.
Can I use liquid sculpey as glue?
Yes, you can use your acrylic paint system or mold release agent to adhere it to whatever surface you want. Once cured, you have one beautiful piece that will last for years!
There are many ways to apply this adhesive. You can pour it in several different patterns and then let it set, which makes it more secure.
You can even add bits of other mediums such as clay or glass bubbles to make it look unique. The possibilities are endless!
What happens if it spills?
Ah, the old “can I use this thing” question. It seems weird that you would have to ask, but many things in life are weird. Liquid sculpture is one of them.
In a typical scenario, you’re out at an event (party or trade show) where there are tables with products and materials laid out for demonstrations. There may be questions asked during interviews so people can figure out whether they should buy what you’re selling.
You also might see kids – lots of kids – trying to do liquid sculpting for the first time. People usually need help getting started, because even simple moves can seem complicated.
That’s why we’re here! We want to make liquid sculpture easier by making it more beginner friendly. So, how does your standard liquid recipe compare to our version? In our testing, we found that ours was up to two times faster than the traditional route.
Our fast method doesn’t require any special supplies other than what you already have – cake mix, water, ink, cotton swab, nail polish remover, and a shaker bottle. All ingredients needed to prepare our custom liquid recipe using your preferred color scheme.
We find that this saves a lot of time, especially since all participants learn the basics of liquid sculputure in just half an hour. Surprised to Find Out How Much Faster This Is Than The Standard Recipe
Mix it up
There are several ways to mix liquid sculpt, including with your hands, an electric mixer, or by rolling.
The type of mixing you use depends mainly on whether you have enough time before you pour the plastic bowl to get started.
Start by breaking down the object into smaller parts to be mixed more quickly. Then, if you’re making a large form, just keep mixing until the shape is the desired size and consistency.
You can also cover the object in plastic wrap and use a paintbrush to spray it with water to help make a better set.
At this stage the pieces may still be dirty, so consider using paper towels instead for a quicker clean-up.
Also consider pouring while wearing gloves to avoid getting any gel clay onto Your fingers. After every step, let the mixture rest overnight to cure all the components.
Use it in a pinch
Everyone has different ideas of what will “pinch” them, but there are two things that always seem to work
Give yourself some leeway
When you put liquid sliver into your finger, it goes straight through. You can handle it with gloves if you need to, or use something else to touch it (a latex glove works really well).
Once you have touched it, dryness kicks in and you start not wanting to touch it anymore. At this point you could get rid of the feeling forever by going outside to play for a few hours.
The best way to develop confidence is by doing something repetitively.
Try touching one corner of your mouth then moving up to your ears and back down again. Once you no longer feel scared about putting your fingers near your lips, go ahead and kiss someone. Then do it repeatedly until you feel comfortable enough to stick out your tongue.
This may sound weird, but it’s very helpful.
How do I store it?
After you pull all of your desired pieces off the machine, you need to put them in one of two ways for storage.
The first way is by stacking piece upon piece into small stacks, and keeping these in a safe place until you are ready to use them.
The second way is by casting them in a solid shape and then storing they are in either a stone or clay vessel.
While there are many available options with these materials, if you were to use another strong material such as plastic, you could also incorporate that option too.
Liquid rubber has been known to mess with your casts, so unless you know how to avoid this effect, we recommend using one of the above methods.
Label your bottle
After you’ve molded your first piece of sculpture, how do you keep track of which areas are still wet and which ones need to dry longer? It can get confusing trying to figure out when it is safe to go ahead with another mold.
A label helps track whether each area has dried enough to be safely handled without damage. A small label embedded in the plastic makes this possible.
You can write on standard liquid container labels, but these tend to stick to shiny metals instead of acrylics. Embedded labels work well with most plastics.
Once they’re hardened, labels become much harder than the surrounding material. The pressure being held by them is also significantly higher, making them more durable.
Embedded labeling works best if there’s an indentation at the place where you put the tag. This allows for better adhesion than a flat surface. You can find labeled bottles in automotive repair shops, online sellers of organic products, and even jewelry stores.
What is liquid sculpey?
Liquid sculpey is one of many edible plastic models. They work just like normal plastics, but are easy to mold into any shape you desire. You can find them at your local craft store.
They come in a variety of colors and consist of several layers for flexibility. When you put them in water, they become jellylike. Because they’re made from natural products, there may be some variation in quality.
For best results, use polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) modeling gel. It comes in a tube from the hobby supply company, which easily melts when heated. There are also wipes that remove grease and oil, so you don’t have to worry about applying too much.
To apply the model glue, first take any type of craft handle or needle and squeeze out the required amount. Take care not to over-or under-apply it! Then, using your fingers, rub off some of the glue onto the handle. The rest will stick once it dries.