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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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:iconpowerhiei:
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  Student 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  Student 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  Student 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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Geisha-Neko Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   General Artist
Thank you so much. I really appreciate it. <3
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LeCupcakeBandit Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
thank you.
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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LeCupcakeBandit Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
this helped me soo much.
I'd never tought of useing Oil paint befor!!
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes, oil paint is excellent with TLS!
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LeCupcakeBandit Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
sooooo good to know
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Wolfriderxangel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! this is really cool! I am glad to see some one sharing their secrets! lol. I am new to using clay, but I have 9 lbs of sculpey that I have to do something with! lol. I never knew how fun play was until very recently! I am definitely going to have to go find this type of clay to play around with! thank you!
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Iwasonceafairytale Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
as always your work (and work ethic) seems to help me grow as an artist... but my question is where do you get the deco gel? I'm having a lot of problems tracking it down in the states.
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Loorey Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
ohh, this is really helpful! i've been wondering how to make icing for ages, thanks!
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Selene89 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're perfect i didnt know about liquid clay! i just used brown nail polish for chocolate XD
*bow*
thank you soooooo much!!!!
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daemonvulpes Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Student General Artist
Wow o.o I am amazed at the versatility... I am SO going to have to play with these ideas - so much more fun than just making figures; make them gooey!
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donnamaker Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
You don´t knoe how much you´ve helped me, thanks so much ♥♥♥
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Choestoe Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing some of your techniques with us! I've been wanting to try my hand with "food miniatures" for some time and your article has definitely given me a boost in the right direction. Really appreciate it! :)
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Moreuse Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't even know you could get liquid clay before, thats an interesting artical.
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sleeping-banana Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
any way to use a substitute for liquid clay?
they don't sell it in the UAE,or Glaze :|
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner May 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, you can mix dry pastel shavings with glaze and apply as sauce AFTER you bake. :)
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sleeping-banana Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
i don't have glaze D:
i use nail polish :p
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, if it works! Use it! :) Hoorah!
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latuna6 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
WOW this is a huge help (yeah I know..I"m just NOW reading this hahaha). I think frosting type items (really anything using TLS) is a hard thing for people to understand, I haven't even tried it yet!
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seed-of-january Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great article, very thorough:D
just one little question: how do you put the icing onto the cupcake without getting your fingers all pasty?
I'll take a toothpick or soft brush.
And my frosting always blend during the baking process, there aren't any structures left, is my ratio all wrong?
oh I use fimo TLS
Thanks in advance:D
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm... I usually use a stir stick for mine. Losing the structure and the swirls is most often a sign that your icing isn't thick enough to hold itself up. Try adding more clay!
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seed-of-january Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks so much
I've tried different ratios and it turned out much better
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hoorah!
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tishdafish Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
=D Thanks for this, I will have to try some new TLS methods when I next get a free moment.

I really want to get Fimo Deco Gel xP I'll have to make the most of the TLS for the time being xD
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ChocoAng3l Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009
I read about oil paint + liquid clay.. but never tried it o_o
doesn't oil paint need alot to dry so how does that work !?
Do they dry in the oven ? xD

I love this tutorial .. nicely written <3
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SupernovaDesigns Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
In my experience it takes very little oil paint to color the liquid clay. I start with a teeny tiny dab and add a little more at a time until I get the color saturation that I want. As long as you don't add much, it doesn't affect the curing process.
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ChocoAng3l Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
Oh ! Thank you very much for answering my question :)
I was always afraid trying it .. in case I ruin my piece xD
I might try it sometime soon :)
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Leedlpuff Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Thanks for this!
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DarkFireRaven Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! This gives me lots of fun ideas do do with the TLS. :D
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ShiversTheNinja Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm facepalming because I didn't think of the small baggie for piping and mixing things before. DUH! That'll help SO much!

Thanks for the great article! :D
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WackyRacky Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Hobbyist
Please carry on making these awesome articles!
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Tattooed-Gumball Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ive always wanted to do whipped cream stuff. looks so fun and to pipe it like icing. i :)
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Lissaburd Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
:drool:
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KaciHPfanatic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Student General Artist
nice article :D *faves*
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cherryboop Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
WOW! this is so awesome!! thanks so much for doing this!
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rottenhearts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
awesome :D thank you for sharing! xxx
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colourful-blossom Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
very nice~!!!
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onegreyelephant Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
has anyone seen TLS for sale in Australia? O_o
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kaasha Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
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