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This forum has been a way to provide a public exchange of questions and answers for polymer clay sculptors. But, as I said in my final post, there comes a time when all things must end. That doesn't mean the forum used as an archive has nothing to offer. Indeed it is still loaded with questions and answers that remain relevant and which are searchable! For that reason, I'm keeping it available, though no new posts can be added. If after searching the forum your question isn't addressed, Join me on Facebook.com to ask it. As always, you'll find me there as Katherine Dewey. Hope to see you there. --  Katherine

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Cernit

Can one eliminate the small white crack marks revealed in a few places on the head after baking?

Re: Cernit

How I wish I could say, "Yeah, sure, just do this." There is no easy answer. Sometimes, rubbing the clay with clay conditioner, diluent, or petroleum jelly (Vaseline) will do the trick. Other times wet sanding, again followed by one of the oils mentioned above will work. Yet another is wet sanding followed by a light wash of water mixable oils blended in a color that exactly matches the clay (thinned with water) and followed by a rubbing the clay with clay conditioner, diluent, or petroleum jelly.
These are the tricks I have tried and all work to some extent. The single trick that works best is to try and prevent them from outset, to rely on tools more than your fingers to sculpt.
Katherine

Re: Cernit

I was advised to bake the head again, then immediately submerge it in ice water to cool. Has anyone done this?

Re: Cernit

Oh my! I completely forgot that very good method for reducing bubbles. As plagues are essntially laminar bubbles, that should work. The water must be ice cold and the clay hot from the oven.

All the best,
Katherine

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