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Old 12-01-2017, 12:37 PM
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Question Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

I'm wanting to make some polymer clay "action figures" of characters in an ongoing novel (possibly a series). I'd like to have the aliens have bioluminescence and transparency on parts of their bodies. Bioluminescence can be done with glow in the dark paint, but transparency is going to be a bit of a challenge since I don't own my own plastics fabricating company!

I do have Golden Acrylics gels, which may do the trick, but I was wondering about the silicone caulk from the hardware store because it's cheap - especially as my first efforts may be throwaways.
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Re: Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

I used to make monsters for Dungeons and Dragons, but I used Sculpey
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Re: Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

Might as well try, I'd be interested to know if that works!
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Re: Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

Clear tubing in small diameters might also work, then you could pour the glow in the dark paint down the tube and attach them. Or even cut larger tubing lengthwise to give you a piece you could push in the clay.
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Re: Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

There is translucent polymer though it may not be as clear as you want.
They tested some different brands here:
https://thebluebottletree.com/which-...-polymer-clay/

I don't know what silicone would be like to work with. Another option would be resin if you know how to make molds.

Please do share your results of whatever you try.
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Re: Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

I will post when I get going on it. The qualities I need for a sculpting material for what I have in mind are:
  • it must cure really transparent - clear and/or with a little color added, but still a transparent color
  • it must be moldable and shapeable to work onto the polymer clay body base
  • it must be able to be shaped by hand rather than poured into a mold, hence the liquid polyclay, while intriguing in its own right, may not work for this unless applied in several layers
I am just going to play with some samples of silicone caulk and Golden gels and I'll report back.
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Re: Has anyone tried clear silicone caulk to sculpt transparent parts of alien creatures?

Good stuff! Can't wait to see what happens.
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