Wink of Stella and Wink of Luna Brush Ink

Wink of Stella + Wink of Luna Brushes - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #730: Let’s see if the inks from these Japanese scrapbooking brushes are compatible with polymer clay, or not.

Today in the PcT Test Lab, we are going to answer the question… “Will Wink of Stella & Wink of Luna, work with polymer clay?”

If you have never heard of these Wink products, they are a water based pigment ink in a brush pen that is designed to add sparkle to your paper projects. They are made by a Japanese company, Kuretake.

There are two lines of these brush ink pens… Wink of Stella, which is a line of glitter inks… and Wink of Luna which are Metallic Inks.

Being a water based pigment ink, I figured it probably would be compatible with polymer clay, so I wanted to bring it to the PcT Test Lab to find out.

I added the Wink of Luna ink to some sample pieces over 6 months ago, so that they had a good length of time to properly test for compatibility.

In the video when I showed how they work on paper, unfortunately the lighting does not show off the fabulous sparkle of the Wink of Stella pen, which is too bad, because it is very pretty!

For my polymer clay samples, I tested the Gold Wink of Luna pen on two types of polymer clay… (1) White Premo Sculpey and (2) Igloo Sculpey Souffle. For both the Premo and the Souffle samples I tested the ink on raw clay which was then baked… and I also tested on clay that was already baked.

As well, I apply sealers such as Renaissance Wax and Golden Polymer Gloss Varnish, to see if the ink would bleed or smear during application.

Watch the video to see how things turned out…

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Catalina, 19 April, 2016

    This sounds cool! Good to know it is better on raw clay. I might try putting it on baked clay and then re-bake it to see what happens. Haven’t done the Dogwood Flower in awhile. May have to revisit that tute soon!! (Cindy, sounds like you have a cold. If so, I hope you feel better soon!)

  2. Cindy Lietz, 27 April, 2016

    Do let us know how well it fairs when heat set on baked clay, Catalina. I would be interested in the results. Yes I have a cold of sorts… more like one of those walking pneumonia that sits in your lungs and throat for an eternity. I don’t feel bad any more though, so that’s good.

  3. Dixie Ann, 20 April, 2016

    I had heard about these pens before but really didn’t know what they were. I just assumed they were another alcohol pen but they are really different. I like the way the brush works from fine line to broad stroke. I might need to invest in these in the future. Thanks so much for showing them to us Cindy!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 27 April, 2016

    You’re welcome Dixie Ann! I think they would be cool to refill with something else once they were finished too… even if it was just water. The brush is so lovely to use.

  5. Marie Lilley, 27 April, 2016

    Hi Cindy,
    Thanks again for a great video, I don’t have the wink of stella pens instead I have the range of Spectrum Noir products and their equivalent to wink of stella is the sparkle pens in a range of colours. But not knowing how they would work with polymer clay I’ve set up a test based on the test you have done in this tutorial. I have used Premol Sculpey; Souffle and Fimo Professional and tested the following Spectrum Noir products with each Spectrum Alcohol Markers; Spectrum Sparkle pens; Spectrum Aqua pens and Spectrum Aqua Tints. Applied each to a little square of each clay then baked. Also baked some blank discs and applied the same products to the baked discs. I then thought I wonder how the sparkle pens and the Aqua Tints would react when blended in to Translucent and Souffle so tried that too. In your video you say you wait 6 months to see how they finally stand up to things so if you wish I will update you after a couple of month intervals. I can say immediately though that when applying the Sparkle pens and Aqua Tints to the baked clay it forms globules and smudged even after a couple of days just barely touching. the clay so on these at one corner I have applied a little Golden varnish diluted 4:1 (varnish:water) I am documenting at each stage.

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