There are lots of gloss and matte varnishes out there on the market for all of your polymer clay and cold porcelain needs and I always get asked the question which ones are the best? Well here I will tell you the characteristics of a good gloss or matte varnish. There are several types as stated before. There is the Sculpey brand, Americana, and Deco to name a few. All of them work quite well if you use it properly. However I have used the sculpey brand years ago and found that it peels off over time. So i wouldn’t recommend.
Here are characteristics of a good Varnish – gloss or matte
- The varnish is somewhat thin in consistency– This means that you can apply several coats without worrying about dripping and air bubbles.
- The varnish is water based– On the product label it will tell you if it’s water based or not. Water based means water proof. How can a water based product be water proof you ask? Well i don’t know 🙂 but it is. The ones that are not listed as water based still works fine but keep in mind that because it is not water proof you must avoid getting your piece wet after it’s been dried or it will start to melt.
- Fast drying– This is a great advantage because the faster it dries the more coats you can add. You won’t have to wait hrs to apply the second or third coat of varnish.
- It’s washable and easy to clean up– Have you ever gotten varnish or gloss stuck on your art brushes? Well I have and it’s hell to get it off. I have had to throw out a couple of my best brushes because of the varnish not being “washable”: Washable varnish can be easily dissolved or removed with soap and water.
- High shine or smooth matte finish– I love a high gloss varnish because you can make anything look like glass. I also like a brand to have a good matte varnish so that when dried it has a smooth subtle look low shine look to it.
There is a high gloss varnish called tripple thick! it is super thick so you must use thin coats and add your second or third coat when the top coat has fully dried. It has such a powerful high shine that you most likely won’t even need a second or third coat. It does not say if it’s water proof but if a little water gets on it, it’s fine and does not melt off immediately. If you submerge it into water and leave it there then you may be in some trouble and it will most likely dissolve. I sure hope these tips was helpful for your craft needs 🙂
Stacie Laurell Crafts