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Liquid Clay comes in many forms, but many of us just refer to all brands as TLS, which actually stands for "Translucent Liquid Sculpey". In actuality, Sculpey certainly isn't the only one who makes Liquid Clay. Fimo makes a Liquid Clay called "Fimo Decorating Gel", and Kato makes a Liquid Clay called "Clear Liquid Polyclay".

From my experience, you can use a WIDE variety of things with your Liquid Clay. If you want it to be Translucent though, I suggest using Fimo Decorating Gel. It is EXTREMELY translucent and makes the BEST sauces and syrups and anything else that needs to be coloured but still still transparent. TLS will leave you with an opaque mixture, so it's good for things that don't need to be see-through like chocolate sauce, slime, blood, icing, etc.

For colouring, things like Oil Paints, shaved Oil Pastels, Chalk Pastel/Charcoal, Kneaded Polymer Clay, Eyeshadow, Metallic Powders, Alcohol-Based Ink, Dry Pigment Powder, etc...

DON'T use Acrylic Paint. It does BAD things when baked, and turns out like crap!

I can't tell you how many times I have been questioned on how to use liquid clay, though. How do you make icing? How do you make chocolate sauce? All sorts of things can be made from it, so here is a little list that I have compiled!

Blood Hah, figures I start out with something morbid, huh? A good thick red blood is a combination of TLS and red oil paint. Just squeeze a dab into the TLS, mix it up, and than drizzle or squeeze this liquid onto the object of your choice. Here is an example of BLOOD: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Slime Like blood, slime is just compiled of TLS and a mixture of a bright or royal blue and bright yellow oil paint. Just mix and use! Here is an example of SLIME: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Frosting/Icing When I make icing, it is generally a mix of TLS and Kneaded Polymer Clay. If you add Polymer Clay to TLS, it gives the mixture a very spreadable texture, and is much more thicker than using something like Oil Paint. Just take a ball of the colour of polymer clay you want your icing to be, and knead/warm it in your hands. When it is nice and warm, tear it into pieces and throw it onto a ceramic tile or into a container.

With the back of a spoon or a solid mixing object, add TLS and mix and mash it until it becomes smooth. A lot of people get discouraged because it is chunky at first, but trust me... just KEEP mixing. If it is too thick, add more TLS... if it is too thin, add more clay. After it is nice and smooth, spread it onto your cakes, cupcakes, and cookies with a stirring stick or something that spreads well! Here is an example of FROSTING/ICING: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Syrup & Sauces A great way to make syrup is with TLS or Fimo Decorating Gel and shaved chalk pastels. If you want a VERY clear syrup, I suggest using Fimo Decorating Gel. Take a brown chalk pastel, and swipe it across a nail file or piece of very fine sand and put it into a little baggie. Add a little bit of Liquid Clay and squish it around with your fingers until it is mixed. This will make Maple Syrup! If you want something like a strawberry syrup, just use red chalk pastel! If you don't have any Fimo Decorating Gel, mixing the chalk pastel with some gloss also works well. Now you just pour it on top of Pancakes, Waffles, Cheesecake and such!

Here is an example done with Fimo Decorating Gel: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…
Here is an example done with TLS, see how much more opaque the syrup is? monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Peanut Butter Whether you like it crunchy or smooth, all you need is TLS and some kneaded brown (peanut butter coloured) clay! Just knea the clay, add the TLS and mix mix MIX! The more you mix, the more smooth your peanut butter will be. If you don't mix it all the way, you have chunky peanut butter!

Whipped Cream Like Frosting/Icing, Whipped Cream is also made with a mixture of TLS and Kneaded Polymer Clay. Just add slightly more TLS. If you want that "piped" look, just scoop some into a baggie, cut the corner, and squeeze it out! You can also use Cake Decorating bags and tips, as well! Just make sure to keep ones just for using with your clay - don't use them for cake decorating once you use them with clay! Sometimes I like to add a tiny bit of Vanilla Scent to my whipped cream just for fun! Here is an example of Whipped Cream: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Here is an example of how whipped cream or frosting can be PIPED to make it look really pretty: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Chocolate Sauce: Is made the same was as blood and slime (Gross, huh?) except with Brown oil paint!

Drizzle: Great for finishing off baked goodies like cinnamon rolls and donuts! Just mix some TLS with some white oil paint (for Vanilla Drizzle) or any colour you want, stick it in a small baggie and make a TINY cut in the corner! Drizzle across your piece, and bake! Here is an example of Drizzle: monsterkookies.deviantart.com/…

Have anymore additions to make? Mention it in the comments section so that everyone else can learn, as well! :D
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powerhiei Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm very new to sculpting with clay, this help me understand a lot, Thank you!!
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem!
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you for this helpful article! I was starting to learn how to use polymer clay... still having difficulties with the finished products snapping. Gah, Sculpey X_X
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sculpey III can be a little brittle - do you have any access to any other clays? Premo and Cernit are the best clays when it comes to strength. Sculpey III is probably the worst. :P
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Indeed, in a fanatical craze I asked for sculpey because I wanted to make jewellery. I now have like 6 cubes of random colours. -sigh-

I don't have Premo or Cernit around :/ unfortunately in my city they don't stock much clay... but thank you for the head's up!
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I saw from your DA that you live in Canada, too. They don't carry any of my favourite clays in nearby cities, either. The closest might be London, but that is 1 hour and 20 minutes away, atleast. Do you have a Michaels where you live? They should carry Premo. I get my clay online for cheap, from Maryland in the States. If you want to check out more brands, check out their store: [link]
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Sorelliena Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011   Digital Artist
I have a Michael's nearby! What a convenience, same country 8D I live just outside of Toronto but it's a hassle to drive down there :/

Thanks a lot for the help! I'll see if I can't get my hands on some 8D In the meantime... sorry for bothering you omg but do you know if there are some good projects I can make with sculpey itself? I have seven small cakes of colour and nothing to do XD
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. I know what you mean about the hassle. I lived downtown Toronto for 2 years. It was convenient but very clustered!

You may want to check this link for some lil' projects to play with. :)
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Geisha-Neko Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010   General Artist
I know that you're probably busy but if you have the time I was wondering if you could answer a question of mine. I was wondering where you get your Fimo Deco Gel? I haven't been able to find a store that carries it. Do you buy online? Thanks. <3
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Not a problem! We can't get it here, either... I usually buy it online at Polymer Clay Express (www.polymerclayexpress.com) Hope that helps!
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