Polymer Clay Snow Globe Water And Glycerin Test

DIY Snow Globe Test - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #755: The purpose of this test was to see how premo polymer clay holds up when submerged in snowglobe glycerin water.

I have always wanted to make my own polymer clay snow-globe, but before going to all the work of creating one, I had to be sure that my Premo Sculpey clay would not soften or become degraded in any way, when submerged in the water and glycerin solution that is used in DIY Snow Globes.

For this PcT Test Lab experiment, I sealed up some un-glazed polymer clay pieces in a jar of glycerine water for about 4 months.

In today’s video I will share my findings. I also discuss which glitters are best to use in your DIY Polymer Clay Snow-Globes.

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  1. Sandra Preder, 04 November, 2016

    I’m interested in seeing how to make simple clay items to put into a snowglobe like that little owl as my things like that end up looking yucky as my grandchildren would say. I really liked this video.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2016

    Hi Sandra, that little owl is from one of my paid tutorials called… Owl Charm Necklace

    He is quite simple to make and I think your grandkids would not think he was yucky! :)

  3. Joanna O, 04 November, 2016

    Hi Cindy!

    Do you have any tutorials on using flocking powder with polymer clay? Either applying with glue after baking or using liquid clay to adhere to a piece prior to baking?


  4. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2016

    I used flocking powder in one of my samples in the Snowman Bead Tutorial, but other than that, I don’t have a specific tutorial on just that subject.

  5. Catalina, 06 November, 2016

    How cool! I guess this will be added to my To-Do-List! Here is a question for you. Can you put polymer clay items in a fish tank? If so, do they have to be sealed? And what sealer would be best? I have heard conflicting results and still not sure if it is safe for the fish. Thanks, Cindy, for another cool project!

  6. Anna Sabina, 06 November, 2016

    I would think PC decorations would be fine in a fish tank. They will not poison the fish but will grow algea in them just like ny other fish tank decoration. Not sure what would happen in a salt water tank.They would have to be heavy so they don’t float to the top.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2016

    Yeah, I think you may be right about that Anna, though since I haven’t tested it myself to see how it would effect fish, I doubt whether they would be any more harm than any other plastic item displayed in a fish tank. I would not use a sealer though, because that would have a chance of peeling off, long term in water.

    Recently I saw a miniature scuba diver made by polymer clay artist Garie Sim that would float and sink in the water. Maybe you (Catalina) should Google him and see if you can find where he posted about that? He may know whether polymer clay is safe in a fish tank with fish in it or not.

  8. Alicia E, 20 September, 2017

    I have the clay the glycerin jars etc. I am kind of stumped on the glue as some glue doesn’t work with Sculpey clay. So what is you favorite waterproof glue that works with clay water and metal lids?

  9. Cindy Lietz, 21 September, 2017

    Hi Alicia, I used some hot glue and glued my polymer snowman and tree to the top of a cork and then to the lid. It ended up separating between the cork and the lid (I think it was because I only used a little hot glue and it also looked like the cork absorbed some of the water at the glue joint ). But where I used quite a bit of glue on top and around the edges of the cork (I mounded it up like snow, wrapped it up around the base of the snowman and stuck some glitter on it before it cooled), those pieces are all stick bobbing around in the snowglobe and it has been around a year now.

    So, I think as long as you have a good clean, dry bond and a nice deep mound of the hot glue, that it would work quite well from the looks of it.

    Or the other thing that would definitely work would be a two part epoxy clay. That would get rock hard and bond them together with no problems!

  10. Mary A, 18 December, 2017


    My dilemma is “blushing the cheeks” of my polymer clay figurines that will be in the snow globes? Any ideas how to make sure the blush or shading doesn’t come off?

  11. Cindy Lietz, 19 December, 2017

    I haven’t tested that Mary, but I would think if you really rubbed in a dry powder like PearlEx or chalk pastel, onto the cheeks when the clay was raw, the bulk of the color would stay there even if sitting in water. You could also try something like a little tinted sculpey clear liquid smeared on the cheeks… that might work too.

  12. Emily E, 05 June, 2023

    Thanks so much for this video! I am wanting to make snow globes as a craft at a (5 year old’s) birthday party, and I was thinking about using some sort of clay on the lid to squish figurines into (and to make a mound of snow) instead of messing with hot glue or epoxy. Do you think unbaked polymer clay would hold up in a water/glycerin solution? (These aren’t destined to turn into lifetime heirlooms, just something for the kids to enjoy making and taking home from a snow-themed party)
    Thanks for any insight you might have!

  13. Cindy Lietz, 08 June, 2023

    Hi Emily, sorry for the slow reply. Regarding using raw clay to push figures into, I don’t believe that will work. The water will affect the clay negatively (especially if you use Fimo or Cernit) plus it won’t stick to the jar lid or the figures with any vigorous shaking… which kids will definitely do with a snow globe. If you didn’t want to bake clay, use epoxies or hot glue, you could try using some of that clear squishy tape I think is called Nano tape. I believe it is really strong and waterproof. Have fun at your party!

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