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CHA Quickie Review

I just got back from the Craft & Hobby Association show in Anaheim, and boy, am I tired! Lots of walking, lots of conversations, and more scrapbook paper than one would ever want. After a few days, everything is a blur. However, there were a few stand-outs. I’ll do full reviews of these products after I test them, but these are the things that caught my eye.

Magic-Glos

Lisa Pavelka is now marketing a new UV cured resin, Magic-Glos. This resin is used to create a hard, clear finish on our pieces, and when cured, the surface is more like an acrylic and even harder than EnviroTex or other two-part epoxy resins. HOWEVER, it requires you to cure it using a UV light source–a UV nail lamp, direct sunlight, or a UV florescent black light 40 watts or higher. Lisa conveniently sells lamps and replacement bulbs on her site as well. I’ll report more on the product after I test it, but I like the hard finish of the product.

Kato Polyclay introduced a line of Colored Liquid Polymer Clay.  I know that this was in the works for some time…Tony Aquino, the product guru at Van Aken, had brought samples to the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild for us to play with.  Using some aluminum window channels, we made the most awesome flexible bracelets with this stuff.  The colors are transparent and come in red, yellow, blue, orange, violet and green along with opaque black and opaque white.  You can make opaque colors by adding the transparent colors to white or pearlescent colors by adding mica powders.  I can’t wait to play more with the colored liquid clay!

La D’ore International had some beautiful new colors of gold leaf–cranberry (kind of a violet color) and a phenomenal deep orange. The owner debuted the products at CHA and will have the site updated soon (both products are not on the retail site yet). HOWEVER, when it does come up, he offered National Polymer Clay Guild Synergy attendees a 20% discount off their order. Just put SYNERGY20 in your order comments and mention the discount. He can’t re-process orders, so if you forget, you don’t get the discount. You’ll love these new colors…they are stupendous!

Patera Deep Pendant

Nunn Design has some great Patera deep pendants that are perfect as bails for our polymer clay. They come in gold, copper and silver finishes. Nunn Design sells wholesale, but one of my favorite companies, JudiKins, sells them online.

Avery has a new flexible/stretchable t-shirt transfer paper. On fabric, it has no “hand” whatsoever. I have a sample, and I’m going to try it on polymer clay as yet another image transfer medium. More to come! However, JudiKins Tranz-It Rinse Away Paper still remains my favorite. In fact, I demonstrated it at the Kato Polyclay booth during the show and made Donna Kato and Tony Aquino from Van Aken jump for joy! I called it the “worlds fastest and easiest image transfer.” And it was.

Golden Paint is coming out with one of the most innovative products I’ve seen in a long time. They have some new mediums–called Digital Grounds–that you paint onto surfaces that enable you to run them through your inkjet printer. It will come in White (matte), Clear (gloss) and for Non-Porous surfaces. With these products, you will be able to print onto most anything you can fit into your inkjet printer. At their booth, Golden had samples of everything from iridescent film to thin foil and even a sheet of dried acrylic paint! Wow. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of this stuff. Imagine putting a sheet of cured clay through your inkjet printer? I can’t wait!

I’m sure I’ll remember more as I recover, but these were the real stand-0uts to me!

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Product Discovery: JudiKins TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper

5 Stars Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

TranzIt Rinse Away Paper

There are TONS of ways to transfer images to polymer clay. Inkjet, waterslide decals, toner with alcohol, toner with gin, direct…and on and on.

I have discovered a NEW way to get extraordinary and fast transfer onto polymer clay–JudiKins TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper. Designed for use with TranzIt gel for image transfers, TranzIt Rinse-Away Paper is the perfect transfer medium for polymer clay. Retailing for $7.75 for 5 sheets, it’s not inexpensive. However, you will be thrilled with using this paper.

The paper is made from cellulose. When it comes into contact with water, it immediately breaks down. Thus, you can only use this paper with a laser printer or toner-based color or black-and-white copier. You cannot, I repeat cannot, use this paper with an inkjet printer–it will forever gum up your printer and render it useless. Now for the good news. You can have an image transfer in five minutes. Yes, you read correctly. Five minutes.

Here’s how:

  1. Print your images onto the paper using a laser printer or laser/toner copier (color or black-and-white). Most likely, a copy center will be reluctant to put this paper into their machines, but you could give it a try. I have a color laser printer, and it worked well. The paper buckled and curled a bit with the heat from the printer, but the images transferred easily and well.
  2. Cut out your image, leaving NO white space.
  3. Roll out a sheet of conditioned, light-colored polymer clay on your desired thickness setting. Place it either on your work surface, a baking surface like a tile, or on a deli sheet or waxed paper–depending upon how you’ll be using the transfer. I use light colors of clay (white, pearl, translucent, ecru or even silver or gold for a different look) since the transfer is translucent, and any backing clay color will show through the image.
  4. Place your printed image face-down on your conditioned clay. Cover it with a sheet of deli paper, plain paper, etc. Burnish the image through the paper using a bone folder or other burnishing tool. I do this so the tool doesn’t drag across the raw clay as I go past the edges of the conditioned clay. Burnish from the center of the image out towards the edges to ensure that you do not trap any air between the image and the clay. Remove the cover paper.
  5. Wait at least 5 minutes. DO NOT WAIT MORE THAN 20 or 30 MINUTES. I let a piece wait for too long (an hour or so), and the image smeared.  15 minutes was fine.  I haven’t ventured past 20 minutes since the smear incident. :-(
  6. Take your image to the sink and run water over it. You will see the paper dissolve and rinse away.
  7. Make sure all of the cellulose material has rinsed away. You may find remnants sticking to the dark areas of your image. Gently wash/wipe these away.
  8. Form your piece with your image and bake. You can also cover the image with a VERY thin layer of liquid polymer clay to protect it.

Now, wasn’t that easy? I thought so. I’ve been experimenting with this paper a bit, and if I find different issues with it, I’ll report back here. However, I do have to say that this is the EASIEST image transfer I’ve ever created on polymer clay.

I’ve linked to JudiKins’ retail store so you can get your own (no, I don’t get commission for this…I just don’t know who is stocking this stuff, and I thought it would be easiest for you got get it from the source).

Have fun!

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