Testing Ranger Glossy Accents on Polymer Clay

Ranger Glossy AccentsVideo #497: Yes it’s compatible with Premo Sculpey. A very comparable product to Aleen’s Jewelry Gel.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Ranger Glossy Accents – Clear Dimensional Medium.
  • Found in Scrapbooking Section at Michael’s.
  • Baked Premo Polymer Clay with Gold Leaf.
  • Two coats of Ranger Glossy Accents.
  • Test sample more than 2 months old with no adverse reactions.
  • Coating is very glossy.
  • Flexible. Does not crack, flake or peel when bent.
  • Very similar to Aleene’s Jewelry Pendant Gel.
  • Coating is fairly soft and not as hard as a resin coating.
  • Will mark when fingernail is pressed into it but doesn’t scratch easily.
  • Deep surface marks do tend to recover and flatten back out, over time.
  • Good alternative to resin, for people with high sensitivities to strong smells, and for children.
  • Approximate Pricing: In Canada, Aleene’s Jewelry Gel 4oz. $11 vs. Ranger Glossy Accents 2 oz. $8; In the USA, Aleene’s Jewelry Gel 4oz. $8 vs. Ranger Glossy Accents 2 oz. $5.
  • Fairly thick and smooth but not too runny.
  • Self Leveling.
  • Dries crystal clear.
  • Dry time depends on thickness.
  • Pop bubbles with pin.
  • Odorless. Non-Toxic.
  • Would make a good clear liquid for miniature projects like the broth in a tiny bowl of soup with miniature polymer clay vegetables, or a miniature cup of coffee.
  • Cover drying pieces with a lid to prevent dust sticking in wet glaze.

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  1. Chrissie B, 14 March, 2014

    Hi Cindy
    Can I suggest that you test the Glossy Accents on a necklace, and wear it against your skin because when I tried it sometime ago my necklace went very sticky after wearing it.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Hi Chrissie, I should do some tests along that lines. My guess is that it probably reacted either with the oils on your skin, a moisturizer or a perfume, rather than the clay itself. But further testing would help to answer that question. I’ll put it on the list!

  3. Marina C, 14 March, 2014

    I was wondering about using bees wax to polish baked clay or any other kind of wax. I know that Future is used and Renaissance wax. But I really wanted to know about things like bees wax, paraffin wax, crayons, and any other kind of non-traditional waxes.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Hi Marina, those are some interesting suggestions! I will make sure to try some of them out. I have used furniture wax (type Minwax into the search box and you should be able to find the article), but I haven’t tried the others you listed. Will add them to the list of future PcT Test Lab ideas!

  5. Jocelyn C, 20 March, 2014

    Mentioned this before, shoe polish does work well, especially if you need an antique effect.

  6. Dixie Ann, 14 March, 2014

    Hi Cindy, I was just on my way out the door to go to Michaels when I saw your videos on Ranger Glossy Accents. I was not familiar with this product and just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you getting and testing these different products and letting us know about them. I will probably pick up a bottle of it but my question to you is, “Is the Ranger Glossy Accents and Aileens Jewelry Gel a good or better substitute for the Ultra Dome, or are they in a class by themselves.” Also do you know what the shelf life of these two products are? When I purchased a large bottle of Ultra-Dome, it gave me a one year shelf life. I kept it in a filing cabinet in a dark (no light) cool environment and it actually lasted over 2 yrs. so I am ready to order more if these other two products are a less suitable substitute.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Hi Dixie Ann, to be honest I think that the Ultra dome UV Resin is the best clear finish I have ever used. Nothing beats it as far as durability, shine and doming capabilities. I do think that these other products have their place though. They are easy to use and easy to get. They are a good option for use with kids, when you just need a tiny bit or you are not ready to invest in a good UV Lamp and shipping resin. Since you have already used the Ultra dome with success, I would go ahead and order more. It is an excellent product, great value for the money, and a step up from these two products… imo.

  8. Dixie Ann, 18 March, 2014

    Thanks Cindy, I looked at both those other products and decided not to purchase them since I don’t have to worry about kids or fumes. I love the UD. :)

  9. Aims, 27 March, 2014

    Hi Dixie Ann – I have a question for you – just wondering where you purchased your Ultra Dome UV Resin? I’m assuming you live in Canada as you said you were on your way to Michaels…..?

  10. Dixie Ann, 27 March, 2014

    Hi Aims, you can purchase the Ultra Dome at Ultradome.com You can find the answers to most questions by using the search function at the top of the blog page. I just typed in Ultra Dome and got several answers as where to purchase it. The Search data base has just about any answer to any question you can throw at it. Glad I could help. ;)

  11. Cindy Lietz, 28 March, 2014

    Hi Aims, looks like Dixie Ann answered you before I could. Just thought I’d let you know as well that Michaels is actually an American craft store chain that has only come to Canada in the last 10 years or so. By your comment, it sounds like you thought it was a Canadian company.

  12. Aims, 28 March, 2014

    So my question now is for all Canadians interested buying Ultradome from the US – is there a problem getting it across the border and what size would you recommend getting as there does seem to be an ‘expiration period’?

    Thanks for clarifying the Michaels thing Cindy…..:-\

  13. Cindy Lietz, 28 March, 2014

    Hi Aims, I haven’t had any problems shipping the Ultra dome across the border. I have the 2oz bottles which last a long time. One bottle I had forgotten about for 2 years and it was a little thicker but still fine… I do store them in a cool dark place which helps make them last longer.

  14. Debi K, 22 March, 2021

    Hi, I was just going to order the Glossy Accents by Ranger here in the U. S. but I cannot find the same one you have. I see others. One says acid free and the other doesn’t. Another one says glue. Which one would you order for use with polymer clay?

  15. Cindy Lietz, 22 March, 2021

    Hi Debi, I would have to see the packaging to be positive, but I did a quick check on Amazon, and any other bottles I saw on their would be fine. As long as it says Glossy Accents and Ranger on the bottle, it should be the same thing. I haven’t heard of any big formulation changes. But if you do end up picking up some, it never hurts to do a little test sample to see how it works wit the brand of clay you are using. Good luck!

  16. Carrie H, 14 March, 2014

    I’ve been using Glossy Accents since last December, but l’ve used it in concave areas – “windows” in pendants. It still seems absolutely fine and of course in that situation doesn’t come into contact with my skin, or anything abrasive. (You can see examples of where I’ve used it on my flickr album.)

    One thing that l really like about using it in that way is that it coats the sides of the concave, bowl shape – l expected it to pool in the bottom so l was really pleased – it means l don’t have to fill the whole cavity, although l have done that sometimes if it’s a smaller depression.

    It would be useful to know if, like Chrissy found, it goes sticky against the skin – maybe the warmth affects it. I was very impressed with the way it went on to the flat piece in the video – l thought it might run off the edge!

  17. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Hi Carrie, gorgeous samples! I love your work! That is interesting to know about it not pooling in the bottom of your concave pieces. Good thing to add a mental note on in my polymer clay bag of tricks. Not every finish would be able to do that. As far as testing on skin, I will add that to the list, but by all means if you do test it yourself, do share your results. It can take some time for me to get to all these test lab ideas.

  18. BinkyM, 15 March, 2014

    Hi, Cindy:

    You didn’t address something in the vid which is really important to me: when you apply it, does it smear alcohol inks? I really, really like working with alcohol inks, but I seldom do it because I can’t find a satisfactory way to preserve to inks with some sorta coating. Everything makes it smear! (Before anyone volunteers PYM, I just can’t. I’m a disabled vet, and the shipping on that stuff nearly equals the cost of the product. I die a little inside every time I go to that site and contemplate getting a can. It’s physically painful just to toy with the idea.) Does applying Ranger Glossy Accents smear alcohol inks round? Even if it doesn’t, will the inks leech into the product after some time and turn the product colors? Thanks for letting me know! (I CAN’T be the only one out here tearing her hair out over alcohol inks, can I?)


  19. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Hi Binky, that sample I demonstrated on was done with alcohol inks, so as long as it has been baked, I can’t see there being a problem using it. Why don’t you get some and try it. At $5 it should break the bank for you.

  20. Dottie G, 15 March, 2014

    Have watched many of your videos on polymer clay. Just wanted you to know that I appreciate the variety of topics you have. I appreciate that you don’t waste time on your intros. The info included with the videos is very useful. Great close-ups. Thanks much for your well done videos!

  21. BinkyM, 18 March, 2014

    I just wanted to second what Dottie said about not wasting time on intros (or, for that matter, wasting time on ANYTHING!). All meat and no filler is GREAT!

  22. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Thank you Binky for saying that! You are very sweet! I hate it when people just ramble on without saying much of anything important, so I do my best not to do it to you. Thanks again for commenting!

  23. Rebecca Chisenhall, 19 March, 2014

    Lol, Cindy…alas, with your “meat-filled” videos, you’ll never be a good politician! Ever listen to one of them for 5 minutes? All filler and no meat!!! Thanks for another great product review

  24. Cindy Lietz, 21 March, 2014

    Thank you Rebecca sweetie!

  25. Cindy Lietz, 18 March, 2014

    Thank you Dottie so much for taking the time to say that! Both Doug and I really appreciate your kind words and are happy that you are getting value from the videos. Thanks for commenting!

  26. elaine faulks, 20 March, 2014

    Hi Cindy,
    My question to you about both Rangers Glossy Accents and Aleens Jewelery Pendant Gel is:- To speed up the drying time can the pieces (once covered in either) be put under the UV lamp to dry faster, rather than leaving them overnight? I hate waiting…….cheers xx

  27. Cindy Lietz, 21 March, 2014

    Hi Elaine, Unfortunately I really doubt that the UV lamp is going to speed things up, since these glazes are cured by evaporation rather than light but a blow dryer might do the trick. My guess that these products are more like an acrylic paint or glue which usually don’t mind being rushed along by a little hot air, but it’s only a guess! :)

  28. elaine faulks, 22 March, 2014

    Thanks Cindy,
    Will put one of them on my wish list if I can get it here in UK. It seems however careful I am my little dog likes to add one of her hairs to my creations even if I cover them up overnight one seems to sneak in under the cover. Think she just likes to get in on the act…cheers xx.

  29. Jeanine J, 01 May, 2017

    Hi, Cindy have you used liquid pearls by ranger ink on clay? Thanks Jeanine

  30. Cindy Lietz, 02 May, 2017

    Hi Jeanine, no I haven’t tried them yet but I will add them to the list for the future. Thanks for the suggestion!

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