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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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  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!

  15. Veronica Farne, 02 March, 2020

    Hi Cindy, I was looking for a sticky base to use for the nail art stickers on polymer clay. I tried various ones, haven’t found one that works yet. I cannot get the stickers to rub off onto the polymer clay so far. However, during my trials, I used PYMII on a lentil bead as another possible nail art sticker medium – which didn’t work either. The shine it gave the bead was is amazing! Do you know if PYMII is ultimately compatible with polymer clay, to be used as a glaze, or will I get a nasty surprise a little down the track where it will turn sticky maybe? Cheers Veronica

  16. Dixie Ann Scott, 02 March, 2020

    Veronica, unfortunately PYMII is not manufactured anywhere anymore and there is no more stock. If you are trying to adhere nail art stickers to polymer clay after it is baked, try using some nail art glue, it works great for me. If you want to transfer it to unbaked clay, I found that after you rub it down really good, use a heat gun on it for a few seconds and the nail art comes off perfectly. Hope that helps, Cindy?

  17. Veronica Farne, 03 March, 2020

    Hi Dixie,
    Many thanks for that info. How annoying? PYM II looks great on polymer. I will have to use my precious can sparingly. And thanks for the tips on the use of transfers. Cheers

  18. Cindy Lietz, 03 March, 2020

    Hi Veronica, Dixie Ann is correct… sadly PYMII is no longer on the market, and it was one of the only sprays that is compatible with polymer clay.

    There are only two other sprays that I know of that are safe to use on polymer clay… one is called Baufix, which is a brand found in the UK, and Helmar Crystal Kote Matte Varnish, which is normally in our Amazon Shop (**Affiliate Link), but seems to be unavailable right now as well.

    Sprays are tricky, because the propellants commonly used in them can react with polymer clays. PYMII and the others mentioned were the exceptions.

    In regards to the nail art transfers, you will have to refer to Dixie Ann on that, since I haven’t played around with those yet. Thank you Dixie Ann for sharing what you know.

    Good luck! And do covet the PYMII… there is nothing quite like it!

  19. Veronica Farne, 03 March, 2020

    Thanks Cindy for the additional info on the sprays. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover the PYMII! Bummer. Will try the Helmar and see what happens. Once again many thanks to you and Dixie. Cheers

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