Rubbing Alcohol – A Must Have For All Polymer Clayers

Pebeo Fantasy Paints - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #605: Isopropyl Alcohol (99%) is one of the most useful supplies to have in your polymer clay studio.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Rubbing Alcohol (Isopropyl Alcohol 99%) is one of my most useful polymer clay studio supply.
  • I use rubbing alcohol for many uses like…
  • Cleaning dirty unbaked polymer clay and polymer clay canes…
  • Clean tools such as work surfaces, pasta machine, blades, cutters…
  • Removing permanent marker (Sharpie) inks…
  • Removing stickers from glass and metal…
  • Removing dried acrylic paints and finishes…
  • If you have a finish that was incompatible with polymer clay (sticky, flaking, peeling), you can soak your polymer clay charms or other pieces in rubbing alcohol to remove the bad finish. Use toothbrush to scrub recessed areas.
  • You can use rubbing alcohol to test paint to see if it is acrylic or oil based. Simply rub any cured swatch of paint that has been applied to any surface, with some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel. If color comes off, then it is a water based paint.
  • Thin alcohol inks with rubbing alcohol…
  • Clean up Alcohol inks…
  • Mix with water and spritz on alcohol ink covered surface for a cool effect…
  • Remove sticky residue from UV Resin and UV Gel Nail Polish…
  • Clean Glass for adding polymer clay to…
  • Clean oil and fingerprints from metal…
  • One of the cheapest and most used supplies in my polymer clay studio.
  • I purchase 4 bottles of 99% Isopropyl Alcohol in Canada for about $5 – $6.

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  1. Tina A, 28 December, 2014

    Have you done a tutorial on Faux Embroidery ? I am so taken by that look but mine turn out so messy !

    Thanks in advance

  2. Cindy Lietz, 28 December, 2014

    Hi Tina, no I haven’t done a tutorial on faux embroidery yet. It would make a good tutorial though… I’ll have to add it to the list!

  3. Joeanna S, 28 December, 2014

    Thank you so much Cindy. I’m new to polymer clay and love your videos on You Tube! I’ve mastered other art forms and would now like to add polymer clay to my bead embroidered jewelry. I also do Ukrainian eggs and thought the Paisley fit in well with this. If I do well, I will buy the deer sweater pattern tutorial because it to me is very Eastern European. I am in love will detail…the more the better….soooooooo…..we’ll see how I do with the clay. Right now my brain is on overload. I’ve just assembled the items I need from my craft stash and as soon as I get the nerve, I’ll attempt my first clay project.

    Look forward to learning more from you. Thanks again.


  4. Cindy Lietz, 28 December, 2014

    Thank you for your kind comment Joeanna! You have come to the right place for learning about polymer clay. If you would like to get started off on the right foot, you might want to consider buying the Beginner’s Course. There are 39 videos that will help you to avoid the inevitable mistakes pretty much everyone makes as a beginner… so that you can start making what you love and actually loving what you make.

    Here is the link to more info if you’re interested:
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  5. Nadia T, 03 May, 2016

    Could I use Windex instead of rubbing alcohol. That’s what I happened to have on hand so I cleaned my pasta machine with it.


  6. Cindy Lietz, 04 May, 2016

    Hi Nadia, Rubbing alcohol works the best for a lot of the things I listed, but if Windex works for you, then certainly use it. I can’t see there being a problem with that.

  7. Vivian Pena, 07 December, 2018

    I use original sculpey clay can i use the alcohol to smooth it out and to get rid of fingerprints before or after i bake it. thank you.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 10 December, 2018

    Hi Vivian, rubbing alcohol will not cut into the surface of baked polymer clay to remove fingerprints, but it can be used on raw clay.

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