Using Aleene’s Jewelry Pendant Gel on Polymer Clay

Aleene's Jewelry Pendant Gel on Polymer ClayVideo #485: A very shiny coating for polymer pendants… gives the look of resin… only much softer.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Aleene’s Jewelry Pendant Gel Product.
  • Found in the glue section at Michael’s.
  • Baked Premo Polymer Clay with Gold Leaf.
  • Two coats of Aleene’s Pendant Gel.
  • Test sample more than 1 month old with no adverse reactions.
  • Coating is very glossy.
  • Flexible. Does not crack, flake or peel when bent.
  • Coating is fairly soft and not as hard as a resin coating.
  • Will mark easily when fingernail is pressed into it.
  • Deep surface marks do tend to recover and flatten back out though.
  • 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.
  • Self Leveling.
  • Gel is smooth but not runny.
  • Dries crystal clear.
  • 24 hour cure time between coats.
  • Pop bubbles with pin.
  • Odorless. Non-Toxic.
  • Good substitute for resin for people with high sensitivities or for children.

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  1. Dixie Ann, 11 February, 2014

    Cindy, thank you so much for the experiment on Aleenes product gel. I have never heard of this one and I can see many alternate uses for it. So glad you are always on the look out for new items to try and send feedback to us. I will definitely grab a bottle of that the next time I’m at Michaels!

  2. Donna M, 11 February, 2014

    Hi Cindy,

    I browsed your YouTube channel and blog but couldn’t find an answer to my question. I also watched your baking polymer clay video, it helped, but I still have a question.

    I just started working with polymer clay. I have a craft oven that I bake my clay in. And I follow the directions on the packaging. My problem is that my clay turns out “bendable”. I’m trying to make pendants, the clay is approximately 1/4 inch thick when formed, I preheat my oven, bake for the said time & temp, but even after cooled, my clay is a bit soft and bendable. Not sure how bendable because I “chicken out” from bending it all the way or breaking it. I really don’t know what’s wrong, or what I’m doing wrong. Can you please explain to me what I should try to correct this problem?

    Thanks a bunch!


  3. Cindy Lietz, 15 February, 2014

    Hi Donna, I just shot a video that will go out in the next couple of weeks that addresses this very thing. So stay tuned for that. But the short answer is, that it is normal for a properly baked piece of polymer clay to be bendy after baking, especially if it is thin. So no, you are not doing anything wrong!

  4. june frederick, 06 July, 2015

    i dip mine in cold water out of the oven and it hardens up nicely

  5. Hermine R, 13 February, 2014

    Well that is something I will try.
    Would you say it gives the same effect as Ranger’s glossy accents?

  6. Svetlana O, 14 February, 2014

    Dear Cindy.
    Would it be possible for you to show how to apply those gold leaf in thin strips onto polymer clay surface?
    Thank you,

  7. Ernie Hendrix, 14 February, 2014

    How does this product handle heat? Have you tried baking it?

  8. Janine Gerade, 14 February, 2014

    Thanks for posting this! I work at Michaels and will probably pick some up soon.

    I also use little-windows resin for my resin products, but am wondering if I dome that resin on top of my polymer pendants what will happen. I like their resin because its sold in small amounts, they have fabulous molds to use, its crystal clear and self leveling and they have a bunch of accessories. I have had many questions over the years about resin, and when I ask the company I usually get a quick response from the owner, which is nice.

  9. Dotty Cooper, 14 February, 2014

    Hi, Cindy,

    Just watched your video on using Aleen’s Jewelry Pendant Gel and felt inspired to relate, to you, the product I use for a very good shine on poly and also wood where I used it originally. I tried it about a year ago on several poly figures that I made and some small cabs that I have yet to mount or encircle with wire. It’s inexpensive, goes a very long way, and even after a year or so there’s absolutely no stickiness! Drum roll, please, (unless you’ve already addressed the product) it’s made by Minwax and its Water Based Polycrylic Protective Finish. Goes a long, long way and can be found at any hardware or paint store. Love your videos now that I’ve figured out how to access them!!! Cheers, Dotty, Bellevue, Wa.

  10. Shauna B, 14 February, 2014

    How does this compare to Lisa Pavelka’s product? What about to DG3, or Diamond Glaze, or Glossy Accents, or Jaquard Pearl Ex Varnish (for PC among other things? I have all of these products but I do like using resin – especially ICE. Thanks for showing new products so we can find what works best for us and in different situations!

  11. Cindy Lietz, 15 February, 2014

    Thanks everyone for your product testing suggestions!! I will be adding them to the list for future videos. I appreciate your comments and support. Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Shelley Penney, 14 January, 2020

    Hi Cindy This gel is no longer available. Is there a replacement that you would recommend? I am looking for a clear, high gloss coating that will still be flexible when it dries

  13. Cindy Lietz, 16 January, 2020

    Hi Shelley, a good flexible high gloss finish that is compatible with polymer clay is Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid (Gloss) (my Amazon affiliate link). Now it isn’t as thick as the Aleene’s but it is really glossy, easy to use, bonds well with the clay and is extremely flexible. It’s better than this gel anyway.

  14. Shelley Penney, 21 January, 2020

    Thank you Cindy I will give it a try!

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