There’s only two things you need to know when dealing with fingerprints in polymer clay when you are learning how to sculpt. These two simple solutions are the two things each of my students who venture to my studio for lessons learn first. If you can remember #1 and master #2, fingerprints in polymer clay will be a thing of the past for you.
There are a lot of easy and clever ways to get rid of fingerprints, but what if fingerprints never happened in the first place? My method for helping you avoid fingerprints in polymer clay is based on that principle. My aim is to teach you a way to minimize getting any fingerprints in polymer clay in the first place with two easy tips. Below is a brief 6 minute video where I will share those two tips with you, or you can read about them below.
Fingerprints In Polymer Clay Solutions
Tip #1: Use Lotion
I will not belabor this point as I have devoted an entire article and video to this one tip already. Please CLICK HERE to watch the video and read the article.
Tip #2: Master a Soft Touch
For artists who are new to the sculpting world, one of the things that is often foreign to them is the mastery of something that I refer to as “soft touch.” It is the ability to transform, manipulate, and move clay using only the slightest of touch. This “soft touch” is a literal soft touch, delicate press, or gentle finger swipe. Often when new sculptors (and sometimes intermediate ones) come into my studio for lessons this is their biggest challenge. This ability to be gentle and use delicacy when transforming their polymer clay is almost nonexistent. I call this the “smash effect.” We’re always in such a hurry that we forget to take our time. The result? We smash everything, often unintentionally. Gentleness & patience is almost a foreign concept. Just like learning to play the piano, learning to sculpt and have a “soft touch” takes time & practice.
Polymer clay (when properly conditioned) is extremely malleable. It doesn’t take a lot of pressure to transform clay into the desired shape or placement. By forcing the clay into position with a firm pressure we leave behind heavy fingerprints and the dust and dirt that comes with them. Mastering a “soft touch” will go a long way in making fingerprints in polymer clay a thing of the past.
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