UPDATE – Distress Crackle Paint on Polymer Clay

Distress Crackle Paint Update - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #710: See how this product went from a round one “Fail” … to a very cool “Yes” … in today’s Polymer Clay Tutor Test Lab.

Today in the PcT Test Lab we are doing an update on using Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint on Polymer Clay.

Some time ago, I did a test lab video on using the Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger in the colors, Clear Rocky Candy and Black Soot.

When I did that test, I used the paint on baked samples of Premo Polymer Clay and found that the paint did not adhere to the clay and easily flaked off. But I have learned since then, if you use the Distress Crackle Paint on raw polymer clay, and then bake it, it bonds very well to the polymer, making it a permanent finish, which IS in fact compatible with the clay.

I show some examples of the Street Heart Tutorial which uses the Distress Crackle product on raw clay. I also show that if you try to scratch the paint on the baked sample, you can not get it off, making it a very durable finish.

To use the paint, you shake or stir it, and apply with the brush included. Thin layers create fine crackles and thick layers make deep crackles. Make sure the paint is dry before baking to avoid getting bubbles in your paint. Crackle paint crackles best when left to air dry. But once the paint begins to crackle, you can speed up the process with a blow dryer. But be careful not to accidentally cure your clay with the heat.

Do you have any suggestions for videos on tips, techniques or products you would like to learn more about? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Teresa DeFilippis, 04 December, 2015

    Hi Cindy,
    Quick question…do we have a date for when the projects are coming back?

    Thanks, Teresa

  2. Doug Lietz, 05 December, 2015

    Sorry… no firm date yet. Still working (very hard) on this. It is proving to be quite the undertaking.

  3. Sandra D, 05 December, 2015

    Thanks for all the tutorials you are sending to your subscribes . Hope have a great NEW YEAR”.

  4. Robin S, 05 December, 2015

    Hi Cindy,

    I’m very new to polymer clay and want to take this opportunity to thank you so very much for all of your tutorials – many I have watched three or more times. The information you provide is so valuable – especially to us newbies.

    I do have a couple of questions if you don’t mind. First, I have a piece planned on art canvas – the flat type – My question is – do you know if the polymer clay can be applied to the canvas and the whole piece baked in the oven? This is to be a continuation piece where the clay overlaps with hand formed pieces on the top, sort of like Briana Lucero’s pieces shown on you tube.

    My second question concerns the same type piece but done on a wooden frame – I’m wanting to do an ocean themed piece to go in our beach house. My ultimate goal is to have the entire frame covered in clay and it would be much easier to fit the pieces directly on the frame prior to baking.

    If you have any insight that you could provide on this I would be forever grateful.
    Continue on with your great work.

    Thank you,

  5. Cindy Lietz, 08 December, 2015

    Hi Robin, thank you for your lovely comments! I am glad that the information you are learning is helping you. As far as the questions you asked, both of the surfaces you spoke of, the canvas and the wood, can have polymer clay added to them. The techniques for them have been covered thoroughly in these two paid tutorials that you may want to check out:

    Polymer Clay Landscape Paintings | Tutorial Vol-083

    Laser Cut Wood Ornaments | Polymer Clay Tutes Vol-066

  6. Robin S, 09 December, 2015

    Thank you so much Cindy.

    4-ever Grateful!

  7. Steve C, 02 March, 2017


    Wondering if you have made any designer plaid canes- ie. Burberry or Scottish Tartans that have finer stripes mixed with larger stripes etc… Love the Lumberjack plaid cane, but would love to see how to make a more complicated plaid, much like the Burberry beige, etc…

  8. Cindy Lietz, 03 March, 2017

    Hi Steve, I do not have a more complicated plaid cane yet, but it is something that I have thought about doing. Will have to add it to the list. Thanks for the suggestion!

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