Saturday, June 21, 2008

Playing with Pinata Ink tinted flakes

Hi Everyone,

As promised, here are my mistakes when playing with the Pinata inks and liquid clay. These were the same flakes that I created a few entries before, except for the dark blue ones which I created by adding more Pinata Blue.

I used Bev and Wendy's bezel makers for the frames (which I'll write about in a bit), added some Kato sauce and the flakes, then baked. They were a bit murky so I took the heat gun to them.

First lesson is that translucent doesn't handle the heat gun very well. The frames are burned other than the white one above. I'm still having issues with the pinata inks migrating into the Kato sauce. And I get A LOT of air bubbles. Since I was just playing with these I wasn't worried too much with it - I baked the first layer, then heat gunned it, then added another thin layer while the clay was still warm, didn't bake, but heat gunned. This is not the most successful way to do things - the Kato sauce almost congeals if you put it on a surface that's way too hot, and is difficult to work with.

I took a slightly different approach to the white bezel on the upper left. I think it was Dotty McMillan who wrote that she's not heat gunning, simpling jacking up the oven temperature to get the clay to cure clear. I'm happy to say that this technique does work, though I still get a lot of air bubbles and the ink migrating into the liquid clay.

These particular flakes melt if you put them into the heat gun for too long without a protective layer of clay. It might make an interesting effect - I'll play around a bit for that

I'll try the ranger inks to see if they're any better, I really don't know how to control the bleeding. Right now I have my metallic Rangers but I don't have any colours. I do have a 50% off coupon for Michaels that will work perfectly for that though.




Vivi said...

oh, Sandy ... I LOVE your "mistakes" ... I think you can still play with pinata inks !

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

I always love the way you describe your polymer clay escapades. Thanks for sharing your successes and failures!