…Amazing Mold Putty – A Review…

Lola thinks about..

Hello you!

To keep up with my original schedule, I am going to present you a review on the ” AMAZING MOLD PUTY”.

If you’re unfamiliar with this magical tool, this will make your day (hopefully).

All the others who have already had the chance to use this magnificent tool can hopefully agree with me that it is our duty to introduce everybody to it!

Let me explain:

Mold Putty is a two component silicone-mold-making…-putty..

Wow great explanation. 😀

Maybe it will be easier to show you:

These are the two components that you need to mix together.

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To make a mold you first need to have something you want to make a mold of ready, and next to you. Then you need to take equal sized amounts of the yellow and white putty.  Rolling them into little balls usually help. You also don’t need to be too fast with this, as the putty won’t dry so fast before you mix it.

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When you have decided on your amount of putty, don’t forget to keep the size of your object in mind,  it is time to mix the too.

Now starts the timer of 3 MINUTES!!!

Mix fast and well!

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For it into a ball, this is an easier technique.

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Then take your object and press it gently into the putty mix.

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Press it down carefully until the sides are in the mold.

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If your object has delicate pattern, press the mold a bit harder on those places.

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Also, never cover your object to deep in the mold, when you use the mold with clay the clay should get easily out of the mold, without ruining the shape again. The only way to use those kind of molds is to bake them with the clay in the oven. This is possible without releasing toxic gas.

After you you’ve finished, it’s time to wait 20 minutes. That’s at least what it says on the instructions. Personally I find it better to wait an hour or so before using it.

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When taking it out your mold should look like this :

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This is the end result. Now you can fill the mold with clay and make more ice-cream cabochons for example!

Amazing mold putty is a great tool to use! It is ridiculously easy to use and makes crafting so much easier!

Unfortunately it is only available in the US, not in Europe, so buying it here over at amazon or so will  result in the set being a bit more expensive. I know about other mold making sets that are available in Europe, and if I ever get the chance to use those I will do a review. For now I am super happy with this set!

In the next post I will show you how to make a mold of an object that you made yourself with clay. So stay tuned! (?)

xo,

Lola Who

…a Creative Crisis…

Lola thinks about..

..or is what I am doing useful in anyway?..

Today I wanted to address a problem, which I was struggling with some time ago. You can read about some of those concerns here

I wanted to bring it to the table again, because I saw one of my fellow miniature makers questioning herself in the description of an instagram picture.

And I don’t mean, she was asking herself a question, no no.. She was questioning in which way her work was useful.

And that is when it hit me. Others in my field of art are also thinking the same! (One is never really alone, but everyone always thinks that instead of asking others if their having the same doubts/thought/troubles..smh)

Because of that I thought I’d write a blogpost to maybe help out others who are having similar thoughts.

So is making miniatures useful?!

Not in the literal sense of the word. A miniature literally just sits in a corner and catches dust.

But if that is a criterium for being “not-useful”, than there are a lot of things and jobs for that matter which could be useless.

We are unfortunately fortunate, to have the privilege of living in the first world. A world filled with wealth, so filled in fact that people need things to show they are wealthier than their neighbor. So they buy jewelry..and later electronics.. or expensive porcelain and silver cutlery…

All things that are rather unimportant and not really useful..they’re mainly for entertainment.. ok, yes you need cutlery at some point of the day..but does it have to be silver?

New jobs appeared out of nowhere to fill privileged peoples wishes.

And having a dollhouse is one of those wishes.

A dollhouse filled with tiny miniature foods.

So..there is a need for it right? Because some people are asking for it.

But is it..”useful”?

No. That is at least my opinion. Yeah sure your work might make someone happy.That#s a ‘useful’-trait. But that isn’t really what you want the answer to this question to be, is it?

NO it’s not helpful in a way that you’re helping poor Children in need. Your work is not curing diseases or solving world hunger.

But you know what. So is a lot of work! And you’re privileged to live in a place where people want to buy miniature food (jewelry) and making those people happy has/is a purpose. So stop complaining!

For me personally it was never in sight to be anything else than a art person. In our world they’re is no need anymore for certain jobs, but on the other hand there is a need for different new jobs f.e. Digital Design.

And yes it is weird thinking that you can’t really save the life of your neighbor if something ever happened to them.. But a lot of people can’t do that. You’re not the only one!

A film that I really recommend, which also touches on this topic is : “Hector and the Search for Happiness” . The movie has a whole lot to say in general. Definitely a ‘must-watch’.But basically it’s about a psychologist who’s looking for what makes people happy. And at one point he asks whether or no his profession is actually of need.

Let’s put it like this:

If what you’re doing makes you and other people happy than that’s a good thing! Even if the happiness comes from being a privileged brat who is able to spend their life doing something they really really love. Like Crafting.

If this thought is still bothering you, look into project that you could help out or donate a certain % of each item you sell to a charity that you like.

That’s at least what I am doing at the moment. Looking for a project.

Let’s help out in our area. We can’t all be doctors without borders. Mostly because we are no doctors…

But there was another answer to the original question which was left by a different lovely ‘colleague’ who replied to her saying something around the lines that Art is never useless or unnecessary…

Which is definitely a way to look at the topic.

Personally, as someone who is studying Art (oops ikr) I do believe that there can be useless art which isn’t really saying anything. There is a reason why a lot of modern and contemporary art is provocative and really important for our society.

I like to look at art with the question..does it change anything? And a lot of the times it does..in my way of thinking for example. Or even looking at it in a certain way.

Is miniature food.. changing anything? Yeah. I guess it is changing work techniques. And interests of people. And all in all..clay as it is gives everyone a great creative outlet. But does miniature food change our society in any way? Mostly not I believe. But does it have to? Maybe..maybe not..That depends on your own views of Art and what you expect to get out of it.

But the whole ‘What is Art’-Discussion is a whole different book.

So let’s get back to the point.

If you’re feeling like your work is useless or unnecessary in anyway change that! In a way that gives you enough reason to continue what you’re doing.

For me that is indeed looking for an organisation to help out, and always remembering : There are people I bring joy to in this world. And if I am not working for those few people what would be the purpose.

Stay happy people! And don’t suppress thoughts. Find solutions to your problems and solve them.

xo,

Lola

My Work Routine or a Heavy Exposition

Lola thinks about..

Today I am going to tell you a bit about my usual routine while I am working on my miniatures.

At the moment I squish it in between university and work, but my time problems are not what I want to address today.

I watch TV shows. A lot of TV shows.

It’s embarrassing. Well at least it’s better than my youtube obsession that I used to had, but which ended (thankfully) about a year ago, or even before that, when most of the community fell into some content shit-hole. BUT that’s a whole other story (to be told, idk, maybe)

Back to my TV Show problem.

When working I usually have to have my eyes glued onto my miniature, so watching the program doesn’t really work.

So, over the time I have discovered certain shows that don’t really require constant looking as they tell you the whole story and what is currently happening in the dialogue.

To help you understand this phenomenon, I have a little video for you that I found online which explains it quite well. Please ignore the gross ending.

If I talk to people about this and they’re also a fan of the show they get offended quite a lot. Understandable, but I am actually complementing the show here. What would I do without those shows? Listen to audio books?! ( I do that, no worries, at the moment listening to LOTR first book).

Not every show can be a visuell master piece. The way the story is told depends on the viewers as well.

Let’s take one of my favorite shows f.e.. Please remember that’s my personal opinion based on observation.

I love Pretty Little Liars. It’s a great show. It’s mysterious, and I can watch it while working. If you know the show you’re probably wondering what I am referring to. There are indeed a lot of wood running and hiding in the woods, and yes you kinda have to watch this to see the next mysterious shadow person. But the producers prepare you for that. Most of the show is talking and a lot of exposition to inform the viewers about details they might have missed. I think it’s a good concept for a mystery show. Especially since the main audience is relatively young.

So I am definitely not trying to make fun of it. The show works for me this way.

A show I can’t watch while working is Doctor Who (also my favorite show, so I’d never do anything besides) but thats mainly because of the doctors accents, especially the current one. Scottish accent is still pretty hard for me to understand.

I guess a lot of exposition is a sign for ‘badness’ ( can I.. can I say that?, don’t wan’t to google right now, hope you understand me) for a lot of people who claim to have knowledge in the field. It shows the lack of talent or work the director was willing to put in the movie, and decided that dialogue was the way to go, to tie open story lines together f.e.. Maybe cause it’s cheaper, what do I know.

I recently saw that in Pitch Perfect 2, a movie that is so dear to my heart because I love the first one, but that really made me sad. Might have been the translations though, so I have to see the movie again.

Yeah that’s my thought on this topic.

Here’s a list of shows that I watch while crafting:

  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Gossip Girl ( you might miss a sneaky paparazzi though)
  • 2 Broke Girls
  • Downtown Abbey ( but that’s because there is a lot of talking)
  • Psych (careful, you might miss a lot)
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Great British Bake-Off ( for inspiration mainly)
  • and some more, I currently can’t think about.

I hope this helped you out !

Here are some audio books I have listened to in the past:

  • Sherlock Holmes
  • LOTR
  • The books of this movie about these monster hunters with Lily Collin and her real life bf in it.
  • Miss Marble

I would love it if you could recommend any audio books to me ! ( especially the ones I could find on youtube.. or anywhere else..*cough*..for free..*cough*

xo,

Lola Who

…doing a review…

Lola thinks about..
The new packaging of fimo clay is truly amazing! I just love it so much!
Finally they made it so you can close it again!
Also its seems that the texture of the clay has changes a bit, Fimo Effect is a bit too soft for me at the moment.
But back to the packaging.
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You can see here, there are little instructions that tell you how to open and close it correctly.
I have opened it mostly without ripping the packaging , but it has happened.
But now there is more plastic packaging to cover the clay, even if you ripped it, so you don’t have to worry about that.
I try to open it like this :
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And then you can cut it into pieces!
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I still haven’t found out how to close it again correctly, but this is what I do :
I just close the ends together like it was before!
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You can totally leave it like that or you could do the following:
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Now its extra tightly closed.
It works, so its fine by me.
The clay obviously is still exposed to air, which isn’t all that bad, but if you want to prevent that just put it in an air-tight bag.
But personally I am totally happy with the new design of Fimo,the new plastic doesn’t break that fast, and  I don’t have to use extra foil to cover my goods.
Let me know about your opinion on the packaging and if you have found another way to close it !
Maybe there is a tutorial by staedler on it, I don’t know. Who needs instructions anyway,huh? amirightamiright?
Love,
Lola Who
saying packaging count: indefinite

..Cake..still?!

Lola thinks about..

Yesterday I spent the evening making shoebakery inspired sneakers as there is no way I can effort those dreamy shoes.

I will buy a pair in the future that’s for sure, but for the moment my false ones have to do the deal.

While doing that I also made a simple donut painting, which would look lovely in my future kitchen 😀 :

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And while doing all of that I watched ‘the great british bake off’. For 9 hours straight?!

Don’t shame me !

I had a free day yesterday! So I had it running in the background. Now I am in the mood to bake bread.

But here is a short tutorial for the shoes :

This is how the shoes look :

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I wanted to film the progress, but I didn’t have my tripod nor enough space on my SD card.

Basically, what I did was : I painted the white sneakers in a skin color first, I used acryl colors for that, and then later also with acryl I painted the ‘dripping sauce’ .

To make it look more 3D I used puffy paint which didn’t work all that great. but I sort of got the finish I was going for. Unfortunately I wasn’t that happy with color anymore afterwards.

And then I added the sprinkles. I used puffy paint again, but l have to say i am super shit at dots of any kind. I always put to many on. Now I don’t like the look of them so much anymore, as I think the sprinkles overload everything.

I tried making everything better by painting over some sprinkles which made it worse, and then I decided to make some sprinkles bigger, which also didn’t save them.

Kinda unhappy with the finished product, but what ever I tried.

I hope you enjoyed this little failed tutorial, and excuse my different style of ‘Lola thinks about..’. There just no polymer clay related things that I am thinking of at the moment.

But if you’d like to hear my opinion on polymer clay topics please let me know, I might actually have an opinion :P.

xo,

Lola Who

DISCLAIMER: This isn’t my idea like I said in the beginning. I made those shoes only for myself.

…Dreams and Accomplishment…

Lola thinks about..

…and how the world made some of us think there is no time to find happiness AND money.

(Also. Continuity.)

I have always loved baking. Because I was good at it. Still am, but now I don’t want to be come a baker anymore. Not because of the working hours but the hard live.

Some of you may know, I am young, still in my first year of university, graduated from high school a year ago, and the question ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ still hasn’t been answered. It also hasn’t decided on one direction yet, still changing every hour.

“But how are you studying then ?!” Some of you may ask. Currently studying art (-education) which leaves me with some options afterwards. It’s not the finest of professions, art I mean, but it is what my parents always saw me doing in the future, and it is what makes me somewhat happy.

But CAKES! I love/d cakes so much, I dream/ed of my own café. But I was always under the impression that you can’t do that without proper education.

Recently I found out that a lot of bakers in the industry who are doing more than well, actually never trained to become one!

Do you now what that could mean? Don’t let your dreams be restricted due to university or schools, just do what you feel like doing ! Maybe you’ll be amazing at it ! Of course there are still bills to pay so do your work, but don’t think you can never do what you dreamed of just because you didn’t learn it.

Yes, school is an important factor for most things, but if your dreams can be achieved on another way, than consider it.

I have met a boy in a creative writing class who was absolutely amazing, but never thought of going further into literature, because he didn’t see a realistic future for himself and I think that’s ok !

I don’t (really) believe in a future for my baking skills, but that won’t stop me from baking and getting better at it. Maybe it will work who knows.

Stop dreaming (sort of). Not all things can be achieved in a professional way. You can not (probably) be a doctor/baker/philosopher/mountain-climber/writer of novels.

But you could be a doctor who bakes amazing cakes on weekends and thinks about philosophy while climbing mountains twice a year and also published their mountain thoughts on tumblr. (That is of course if you’re a dentist or you don’t work at a hospital. If you are a doctor for brains, I doubt you enjoy baking, but maybe writing a desertion about brainy-things. Who knows)

Don’t focus on too many things. Be a master at one, and be great at a few things. Life isn’t as short as you think, but it still isn’t long enough to be a master at everything.

Maybe you’ll become a Julia Child when you go into pension.

DISCLAIMER: All of the above applies to people who are happy with their jobs.

I can’t speak for anyone in tough work situations. Not everyone has an easy live.

But if you believe you could spare the littlest portion of your time and dedicate it to your dreams, than do so. It may open you a new window.

Also fuck social media. Steals your time and your happiness. Those sites are literally screaming : “you will never accomplish your dreams”

Obviously not if you’re under the delusion the world is like candy crush and the next level is relatively easy to reach.

Baby steps. Baby steps.

Also ( racist joke) think about a french person saying ‘I need Happiness’.

What does that mean for myself? Going to finish university with a B.o.A., than follow with my plans, all while I will continue with Lola Who. I won’t have a lot of time, but that’s ok because I know this makes me happier than just using my free time to watch netflix. And in between I might find the time to bake cupcakes. And if not thats ok, I still have my miniatures. ( Also Julia Child Plan)

I hope you could follow my thoughts on this, and don’t feel offend ’cause I didn’t put light on your situation.

I am just putting some thoughts together that fit my generations of first world ‘children’. And some behaviors I have noticed by students at my university.

If you’re interested in this topic or my thoughts, here’s another post I made.

xo,

Lola

..Rick Astley (Hunt) ..

Lola thinks about..

..hot damn!

Sometime during the last year I was feeling super funny and decided to hide a link to Rick Astleys ‘Never gonna give you up’, to rick roll some unlucky visitor. So far nobody has stumbled across the unfortunate Rick Astley who changed from being a superstar into a internet-joke.

Unluckily for me, the internet is fast, and the joke was already over by the time I decided to make this joke.

Now, I never thought about Rick again, until the other week. And only because I was thinking about not standing there like a total weirdo when someone finds it in the 2022 or so.

And then today I clicked on it again.

I rickrolled myself.

Good dammit.

One time I try to be funny, but since no one ever goes to that part of my blog(or anywhere else, shout-out to my new followers) where the link is hidden, it had to be me who steps into the trap.

But I was saved my slow internet hooray.

So since I was completely out of ideas today (I did shoot 2 tutorials though) on the writing part to be clear, I was thinking it might be a good idea to introduce the Rick Astley treasure hunt ! (the treasure being a trap hooray).

No but jokes aside, the person who finds Rick first will get a handmade Rick-Astley-Chibi from me!  And if that’s not exciting I don’t know what is. (Oh yeah parteeeeyy)

I have made a Noodles ( Robert De Niro) Chibi before, so it will look somewhat like this. I am not a professional Chibi-maker!

All you have to do it comment on the place where you found it and be sure to follow me (on here and Facebook(so we can contact each other)).

It also might be easier if you followed me, as I’ve left a hint on one of my social media sites hehe !

xo, Lola Who

p.s. Link to its a trap ( picture is not mine ! but the blog is cool)

..being unconcentrated..

Lola thinks about..

..and burning a day of work.

I’ve just come back from the Oberhausen ‘Kurz Film Tage’ and even though I am tired as shit and uninspired as heck, I finished a work from last week.

And then I fucking burned it.

OMG.

A lot more mistakes (wrong wires) were made than just setting the temperature to 230 °C !!! But that definitely played into the whole burning process.

Since I’ve NEVER burned anything before I am rather shoked. Mainly because I also tried to make a doll for the first time (one that doesn’t move).

I am feeling sorry for her, because I made this mistake, so I will try to paint her with acrylics to make her look better. I won’t give her up. She has been soo much work !

But yeah.

I will post updates of how much of her I will be able to save, but for today I just wanted to remind you of setting the right temperature! And when in doubt use an oven thermometer. And use correct wires. Those damn wires seem to ruin everything for me.

JC.

Okay this was just a little rant-update.

I don’t really think this was helpful, so…

here’s a link to a short-film by Erkka Nissinen that I saw at the film festival which made me go WTF. People were leaving the theater after this film. Warning though. Highly disturbing if you’re not used to finding crazy shit on the webz.

Another film that I actually recommend would be TEENLAND  . One of my highlights this weekend. And more tame! Watch it if you ever get the chance to !

Least favorite thing must’ve been the 2nd winner of the music video award.  Basically just a flimmering screen in black and white. Also I managed to fall a sleep during it. My problem with this is the comparison to other nominees who were definitely (more) amazing!

Okay that’s all I have to say for this weeks Lola thinks..

See ya soon.

Also please like and comment ! I’d love to interact !

∼Lola Who

p.s. we. are. the. flowers.

..Creativity and Fame (and the right reason?!)

Lola thinks about..

Today I want to talk about a topic that has been close to my heart for some while now, and even though I’ve been looking at it from different perspectives I am still confused. 

I have been active and inactive on Instagram and my follower count shows that.

So since I have decided to give all of this a second try, I looked more into the accounts of people of my community who have thousands of followers. 

Now let me say. The ones that have the biggest follower count are the most active and also the most hard working. Some of them put all of their heart and time into making their business grow. And some of them managed doing that in a really short amount of time. 

I can just assume how much money and where they spent that money to get enough recognition, but that is not really important for me. 

I am mostly wondering about people who have 2-4K Followers. 

For me that is a giant number. For you it might not be, but those people make good business with their account. 

Most of them are still in high school, and can use the money they make for their future, so what they’re gaining isn’t really a monthly income, more like big pocket money. 

But as some of them are still in high school, they’re still developing their skills, which can sometimes be underwhelming. So why do they have this follower count, when there are many people out there working harder and having more skills? People who decided to make polymer clay their job. And who don’t have the recognition they deserve.

NOTE: For me it’s still a hobby.

Personally I just want to make a enough money to live independently from my parents, which have to give me money even though I will have a job by next month and even though I am living in a student apartment, which are cheaper than normal apartments. 

So making a few extra bugs each month would really help me out, so for that I started looking into online shops again. 

If you’re thinking this is a shallow reason to start doing this again I must assume you’re still to young to live on your own. 

I have been going to fairs/shows to sell my jewelry for two years now, and had the most fun doing this, even though I rarely got the rent (for standing there) back. 

Displaying my Creations on the internet was more of a burden though. So I didn’t do that often. 

But now that I’ve given myself a purpose with this internet thing, and an actual schedule making me treat this hobby more like a job I am enjoying this ‘job’ quite a lot. 

My ideas which had been buried under self-consciousness the past year have come back, as I am thinking what can I do to pop out between all the other talented people. 

Coming up with new ideas every week gives me extreme creativity flows which haven’t turned into rivers, but who knows that might happen. 

Sometimes doing things just for the fun of it doesn’t get you were you want to be. 

But sometimes doing it to stand on your own feet, or to stand out from the crowd, or to be famous can give you enough purpose to actually find the (long lost) fun (again). 

I am happy with my decision and willing to keep going until I am where I want to be. I want to inspire and I want to live happy with my work. 

And I am onto the second point already.

And even though I still don’t understand what makes people more famous than others that might be even better, I will work on myself and do what I can to reach my goals instead of envying others. 

Creativity and the life of Artists is full of rivalry and sadly not romantic at all. Doing things for ‘good’ reasons might not satisfy you and that is totally o-k-a-y! Give yourself a reason that gets you going and start. And if that is to ‘become crazy internet-famous’ as the lovely Ben Cook says, than do so. But please don’t forget to be kind to people on your journey because you can’t make it on your own. Sometimes everybody needs help. 

If this text-post helped you in any way ( i hope) please let me know and share my work with friends ! It would really really really lik-e help me!

And if you have had doubts about your reasons to begin with something, fucking start doing what you want to get where you want to be ! 

Lots of love !

∼Lola Who

The Varnish Debacle

Lola thinks about..

Today I am going to talk about a topic that has been on my mind for a long time. Before it was just a thing I didn’t think about it. Until it became a sudden problematic. 

But let’s start at the beginning. 

When I started working with polymer clay I used the varnish in the picture above. I was happy with it. For a time. Then I started trying out different kinds of nail varnish, and at first that seemed to work perfectly fine. 

What was my problem with the original Varnish you might ask. 

If you’ve been doing clay work you might have in countered this problem, but if you’re still new, let me explain. 

Fimo varnish isn’t super shiny. That’s not a huge problem right? But there is another one. A bigger one. 

It seems to disappear after some time. A long time I have to admit, but my old clay creations look horrible. The varnish just chips off. Some of them even seem to be sticky?! 

So giving your creations as a present could be a problem.

But my original reason for looking for more options was the shininess.

Nail varnish seemed like a good option ( clear one of course) but over a longer time the varnish dried out faster, and therefore was more expensive in the long run.

I stopped using clear nail varnish, but I still used matte-varnish to mattify some of my pieces. Unfortunately those pieces lost their matteness at some point as well.

Later, when I started buying bigger batches of clay at once, I found out about a site where you can buy clay for cheaper. It is my favorite site so far!

On there I found out about sculpy. I had heard about it before, but was never able to find it in local stores. I bought some packs of sculpy clay, and also the varnish. 

No let me say. I was so happy with this varnish. It was super glossy and it looked to good !

But then my charms started getting sticky. So So sticky. 

I am still upset about the charms I gave as present that were coated in this horrible Varnish. Seriously don’t use this varnish.. 

After this horrible experience I did some research which I should have done earlier to be honest. And I found some videos on this topic. 

Most of the bigger Clay-Artist on the web recommend a wood-work-varnish named Varathane. 

Now the thing is this varnish has the best reviews. THE BEST. I was so happy to have finally found the holy grail . And then I went to amazon and found out that the varnish cost 50 bucks in my country since it has to be shipped here (shipping cost +50).

My dreams were shattered. I started looking for Clay-artists in my own country, to find their tips but there seems to be a cloak of secrets covering the whole community. Because I will not believe that all of them trust in Fimo Varnish. That’s just a lie. So a secret agreement is the only possibility.

So in my extreme sad- and unhappiness I did more research and found out that Varnish that can be used for clay needs to be acryl and water-based. 

That why you can’t use Mod Podge for example. Even though Mod Podge  is the holy grail of crafting it sadly isn’t for clay.

But I refuse to give up. Currently I am back to Fimo Varnish, but I will go out and start to use Varnish for wood that has the criteria that I mentioned above. Because there has to be a dupe for Varathane.  

I will keep you updated. 

But for now. Keep away from sculpy varnish. 

Best wishes

∼Lola Who

P.S. there are other more professional options to varathane, but I am unable to get those as well. 

peace out.