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How to use a silkscreen with polymer clay.

Posted by Elena Segers on

  • Roll out your polymer clay to the required thickness.
  • Place the silk screen on top of the clay. Press it gently, to make it stick to the clay.
  • Squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint (consistency of gel / toothpaste) on the silk screen.
  • Use an old credit card to spread the paint on the surface of the silk screen evenly. Press firmly, as if you are trying to squeeze the paint through the screen and onto the clay. Do not use metal tools or anything sharp that can damage the surface of the silk screen.
  • If you are using powder, use a soft brush to swish the powder over the screen and push it through onto the clay. Some mica powder or shimmer paints may not work, if the particles are not small enough to fit through the mesh. Test it out first!
  • Lift a corner to check on your progress. If there isn’t enough paint or powder on the clay, keep working on it.
  • When ready, gently peel the silk screen by lifting it from one corner.
  • Immediately place the silk screen into the water, either into the water container or directly in the sink. Run cool water through the design until the paint is gone.
  • Do not rub hard to avoid any damage to the screen. The goal is to remove all paint before it dries out, otherwise, it will clog the little holes and your screen will stop working. It is normal for paint to stain the screen, just make sure it does not clog the design.
  • You may try to use a soft toothbrush to help you gently scrub the paint away.
  • Dry with a paper towel.
  • Lay the silk screen flat to dry and then store it flat. (It is normal for it to be a little curled up).
  • Let the pain dry on the clay.
  • Continue working with your clay as usual.
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