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General Category => General Polymer Clay Questions => Topic started by: Vivi on April 20, 2015, 09:26:45 PM

Title: Polymer clay & plastic disasters; Why?!
Post by: Vivi on April 20, 2015, 09:26:45 PM
Any time even a little bit of clay is left touching something plastic (tool handles, stamps, etc.) for too long, it seems to eat away at it and leave this incredibly sticky goop behind. Below is a photo of a little feather stamp of mine which was merely touching a bit of clay on one side, and look at it! Does anyone know why this happens? :o

(http://i58.tinypic.com/20f6wau.jpg)
Title: Re: Polymer clay & plastic disasters; Why?!
Post by: Karolina.S on April 20, 2015, 09:36:45 PM
Yes. It is the plastizers of the clay melting your plastic. Not all plastic is compatibel with unbaked PC.
Title: Re: Polymer clay & plastic disasters; Why?!
Post by: Vivi on April 20, 2015, 10:17:40 PM
Ah. :( It's so annoying, sometimes I don't notice little bits of clay stuck to things, and it ends up ruined!
Title: Re: Polymer clay & plastic disasters; Why?!
Post by: MilleD on April 21, 2015, 07:22:41 PM
Unfortunately a really good clean is needed when using anything plastic with PC.

A lot of people use baby wipes.
Title: Re: Polymer clay & plastic disasters; Why?!
Post by: MelMcG on April 22, 2015, 01:51:06 PM
Vivi, most of us have probably experienced that.  I know I have.  I keep an old toothbrush in the box with all my rubber stamps and after I've used them on polymer I give them a light brush with warm soapy water even if I can't see any polymer stuck in them.  One of Frans little dental brushes would probably work too.  ;)

Mel  :)