Release Agents for Clays

Presented by Lisa Pavelka, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Instructor,
Instructions by Jennifer, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Lisa Pavelka, award-winning mixed media artist, explains some tips on release agents for use with polymer clay so your jewelry clay doesn’t stick to stamps, molds, textures and more surfaces.
Using Automotive Protectant Spray

To prevent clay from sticking to surfaces, spray automotive protectant directly onto plain polymer clay then spread the liquid around the surface, creating an even coating.

Note: Spraying directly onto a stamp or mold often does not create an even coating.
Place the sprayed clay over the desired stamp or mold then place a sheet of parchment paper over the clay to prevent sticking when using a roller or other tool.

Using a roller, firmly press down and roll once over the parchment paper then gently remove the clay from the stamp or mold.

Turn the clay over to inspect the design then remove the clay from the parchment paper.

The excess protectant will evaporate in the heat of the oven leaving no residue.

Using Mica Powder

Apply and spread mica powder over the clay's surface using a finger or brush.
Place an embossing cutter directly on top of the mica powder then press down as if using a cookie cutter. Press down on the plunger, applying pressure to as much surface as possible to ensure an even, crisp embossed design.

Pull the cutter from the clay then release the embossed piece from the cutter. Add another layer of mica powder if desired then bake according to manufacturer's instructions.

Using Foil

Roll some clay into a long snake, flatten then roll through a pasta machine. Apply a craft foil to one side, creating a foiled rectangle.

Roll a separate piece of clay into long snake for later use.
Lay the foiled rectangle into the cavity of the stamp with the foil facing down into the cavity then set the long snake of clay directly onto the opposite side of the foiled rectangle.

Tip: Allow each end of the clay to stick out of the cavity to allow for easy removal later.

Working from the middle to each end, apply pressure to the clay.
Gently bow a clay blade then slice the clay from the middle to each end, using the cavity as both leverage and as a straightedge.
Gently lift the clay from the cavity by pulling each end up, working toward the center.

Gently smooth the edges down with your fingers.

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