Rubbing Alcohol

Posted on August 14, 2012 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin

Colorfast? Not really.

Get Rid of Clay Pigment Stains for Good by KatersAcresHave you ever sat down to to clay and accidentally mixed your colors?  I don’t mean mixing your colors on purpose either.  Last week I had just finished an entire batch of Parker characters.  My hands were stained yellow from the pigments in the clay.  So I did my usual, washed my hands and used baby wipes.  Well….that didn’t do the job apparently.  So here’s my polymer clay tip for the week.

Sometimes after you’ve worked with clay and your hands are nice and warm (and so is the clay), the clay has a tendency to lose its’ pigments, all over your hands.  And no matter how many times you wash them and use your baby wipes, there is still color left behind.  Well I thought last week that my hands were clean, after all, I didn’t see any color left on my hands.  So I proceeded to condition my white clay … of course my clay could not have been black, it had to be white.  As I did, I noticed it turn a very light shade of yellow.  ACK! How did this happen, my hands were clean.  Clean I tell you – CLEAN! Apparently not however.  I couldn’t figure out what I had done wrong…and then I remembered.

Rubbing Alcohol to Remove Pigment from Your Hands  by KatersAcres®

In 95 degree heat with a 75 degree studio, you are bound to have mishaps and failures.  Why? Honestly because it’s just too warm for the clay.  Even Fimo Classic takes half the time to condition in this heat.  It also did not help that it was 80% humidity that day.  Regardless I ended up with tinted clay and a ball of weird colored whitish-yellowish mud mess.  As I sat depressed (I had no more white clay, how this happened, I have NO idea) wondering what I was going to do, I remembered what step I had forgotten.

Always after playing with clay that leaves excessive pigment on my hands I wash them, use baby wipes, and then put rubbing alcohol on the baby wipe and run it thoroughly over your hands.  Why? Because the rubbing alcohol (though severely drying to your hands) will remove the pigment stain very quickly.  It’s cheap, easy, and convenient.  If you are also struggling with stains left by the pigment, try rubbing alcohol and see if that doesn’t solve your problem.
Thanks for joining me today,

Happy Claying,

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Journey
July 4, 2013
23:43

I usually do that and then I scrub my hands and fingers with a stiff brush as though I’m going into surgery, I find sometimes little grey bits of skin slough make their way into my clay otherwise, ugh! and then I usually peel off a little bit of clay and condition it just as a spot check. I hate working with white clay, but in the end it’s worth it.

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Trina (Trina's Clay Creations)
August 14, 2012
10:08

Great tip Katie! Alcohol has been a huge staple in my studio, works great!

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Katie
August 14, 2012
12:11

It does work great. I hate that it is so terribly drying to my hands though.

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