Perfect For Cleaning All Kinds of Polymer Clay Supplies and Crafting Tools:
One very useful item that should always be included with your polymer clay supplies is a bottle of isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Outlined below are 6 ways to use rubbing alcohol with your clay bead making projects. But first a few quick sourcing and handling tips…
- Rubbing alcohol can easily be found in grocery stores and pharmacies, often in the first aid section.
- Look for the higher concentrations – 75% and above for the best effectiveness.
- Keep away from high heat and open flames like ovens, heaters, candles and torches because isopropyl alcohol is a highly flammable liquid.
- Always keep a tight lid on the bottle because rubbing alcohol evaporates very quickly.
Six Uses For Rubbing Alcohol
With Polymer Clay…
1) Cleaning Pasta Machine Rollers and Tools: Use a paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol to easily wipe away polymer clay residue from pasta machines, cutting blades, glass cutting boards and any other tool that comes into contact with your clay.
2) Removing Unwanted Color Streaks From Clay: If a dirty pasta machine ends up getting unexpected streaks of other colors onto your fresh sheets of polymer clay, an alcohol soaked paper towel will easily wipe them away.
3) Removing Fingerprints: Use paper towel and rubbing alcohol to remove smudges and fingerprints from unbaked beads.
4) Removing Future Floor Polish And Other Finishes: Sometimes you mess up when applying a finishes to baked polymer clay pieces. Remove unwanted coatings by completely soaking beads in a dish of rubbing alcohol. Then wipe with a paper towel.
5) Making Homemade Alcohol Ink Recipes: Although it is not as strong as the commercially made alcohol inks, you can make your own version for use in many polymer clay bead projects.
6) Removing Excess Alcohol Ink Smears and Stains: If you get alcohol ink (either commercial or homemade) onto somewhere that it shouldn’t be (i.e. on a bead, on a work surface, on tools), you can remove the color staining with an alcohol soaked paper towel.