Using Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pens on Polymer Clay

Sharpie Oil Based Pens on Polymer ClayVideo #474: After a year and a half, this product does pass compatibility testing.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Testing Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen on Baked Polymer Clay (Premo Brand).
  • Test sample start date was May 21, 2012 (1.5 years ago).
  • No compatibility issues.
  • No stickiness over time.
  • Paint is durable and can not be scratched off with fingernail.
  • Paint did not chip or flake when sample was bent.
  • Surprised that the oil based pen was compatible with the baked polymer clay since it is generally thought that oil based paints will react with cured polymer clay. Need to do more testing with oil based products and polymer clay to test that theory.
  • Pens need to be shaken to get free flowing.
  • Paint can be heat set with a embossing gun or air dried.
  • Not mentioned in video, but the Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen can be easily removed when wet or dry, with Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol).

Question of the Day:

Have you tried any paint pens with polymer clay? And did they work or didn’t they? I’d love to hear your answers in the comment section below.

My goal is to help you to learn quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
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  1. I have not used oil pens but I have used oil base paint and it worked well. The only issue was it did burn a little though. So if you could help me with this that would be great.

  2. I have seen these in Michaels and had wished at the time it would be nice if they were compatible with PC. Thanks so much for testing these Cindy, now I have more things to add to my arsenal and try. LOL

  3. I was watching your piece re: oil based pens on polymer clay and wanted to point out that YEARS ago people I know (in the polymer community) were adding oil paint to polymer clay and Doreen Kassel paints all her pieces with oil paint with no adverse effects.

  4. Just wanted to mention that the size tip you demonstrated is the FINE.
    (To me it seems the size I would think of as a medium tip, and you can not open them to look before purchasing)
    I like using their EXTRA FINE tipped pens. It is what I use to draw on my glass ornaments. They work really well most of the time- do not leave them uncapped because the ink will dry quickly and sometimes I need to use a thin needle to open the tip up again.
    Thank you for your tests Cindy,

    • Hi Joanne,

      I show a really cool way of making round beads from a square cane in the second video in the Vol-20 Back Issue.

      The second video in this Vol-20 Back Issue is titled “Heart Shaped Beads” which is just one thing you will learn (…just in time for Valentines Day ;-).

      As it turned out though, the most popular part of the lesson was where I demonstrated a super simple way to solve the exact problem you have described.

      I know this video will help you a lot. Here is the link if you want to add the Vol-20 back issue to your library collection…
      Making round shaped beads using a square cane

      Related Video: Reducing Square Polymer Clay Canes

  5. Does anyone just use regular sharpies on PC? I assumed it was fine but now I’m not sure. The best uses I can think for this would be, for example, drawing on faces and such. Easier to control than even the finest of paint brushes. Thoughts? Has anyone used them?

    • Hi Cherie I have used regular sharpies on baked clay but always used a resin. I don’t know about using a sealer. Did you check the search engine on using sharpies? I do know that if you don’t seal it, it will wear off after time. Maybe you could spray it with PYMII, I would test it first to make sure.

    • Hi Cherie, Shari is compatible with polymer clay, but it can bleed a little over time if used directly on the clay. I think I used a fine liner sharpie over a layer of PYMII with no bleeding but that was so long ago that I can’t be sure of that. Do need to do a test lab on the subject.

      • Thank you Dixie Ann and Cindy.

        I think that if there’s a chance of it bleeding (or if it will for sure) then I would be best off staying away from it. I would be interested to know if you do a test lab with the PYMII. I actually just ordered a bottle of it from Shades of Clay myself. I came across the official website of the product and clicked on the polymer clay section and lo and behold there was an endorsement by Cindy! That was enough to sell me and I was very glad to see a spray sealer that wouldn’t react with clay. After I get it I may very well do a test myself and post results. :)

  6. Hi,

    I was wondering what kind of glaze I can use over the Sharpie Oil Based Pen, if I wanted a shiny finish.

    Thanks, Mary

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