How To Remove Fingerprints From Polymer Clay Using Acetone

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Hi guys, its Cindy Lietz, your Polymer Clay
Tutor, and today’s Studio Tip is how to remove fingerprints from Polymer Clay. Now I’ve been talking about avoiding fingerprints,
and so actually when I wanted to do this video, I had to actually make some samples with some
fingerprints on them, because I don’t have fingerprints on my beads anymore. But, so here I have a couple of baked samples,
now you may or may not be able to pick up on the fingerprints on there, so I’ll just
rub a little chalk on one of them just to show you that they are indeed there, and in
fact, there’s a little funny line here that’s from a cut on my finger, so the fingerprints
are there. Now to remove them after they have been baked
what you can do is use a product like Acetone. Now this is a product you can usually find…they
use it in car repair and that kind of thing, sometimes in some of the paint stores, you’ll
be able to find it. It’s inside some nail polishes, but you’ll
find that in nail polish, it isn’t quite strong enough, so you’ll wanna use the pure acetone. And I’m just going to use a Q-tip and dip
it in there, this stuff is terrible smelling and it evaporates really fast, so you wanna
kind of avoid it…having it open for very long. Now all you need to do is just rub it on to
your clay and it will erase the fingerprints. Now I’ve been doing this, you know, for quite
a long time, we’ve got it on the blog…some information on it, but then I remembered about
it when a couple of people from the last tutorial mentioned it again, so I thought I’d better
show you how it works. So I’m just rubbing around here, and basically
what this chemical does is it melts the surface of the clay. Now at first, you’re gonna end up with all
these kind of smeary marks, but I’m just erasing away, and you can see its working ‘cause
it’s coming off onto the Q-tip here, and if I’m careful with… and spend a little time
at it I’ll get every single last one of those little things removed. Now, well I’d work a little bit harder on
it, but I’ll show you with the chalk again, that it’s pretty much all of its gone, so
I’ll just rub it on there, I can see a few spots here where I’ve missed it and I would
keep going with that. Now it also works really well for removing
shiny spots on the back of your piece, now if you bake your Polymer Clay on a…something
that’s shiny like a glass tile or a metal pan or something, you’ll get shiny marks on
the bottom of your pieces, so this will remove that as well, I’ll get some more, it evaporates
like I said, really fast, and you’ll be able to remove those shiny marks right away, it
goes to a matte finish almost in no time. Now, you’ll need to be super careful with
this, don’t leave it anywhere near a flame or anything like that, it’s highly flammable. I actually would prefer to just avoid fingerprints
in the first place but this works great for some of those places where you can’t sand
or you have issues like that. So I hope that was helpful for you, and if
it was, make sure to click that Like button that would be great. And my question for you is, have you ever
used acetone before and do you think you will use it to remove any flaws on your Polymer
Clay? Leave those answers in the comment section
below, that would be great. And if you have…if you want to, you could
subscribe because we have lots of new videos and tips coming up all the time and you won’t
wanna miss them. So we’ll see you next time, bye for now.

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