Have you ever wondered what to do after you paint those ceramic projects? We see that you decided to forgo glazing, but sometimes your projects need a little extra shine. Here we will share 6 different ways to add a clear coat to your clay projects.
Considerations Before Clear Coating Your Painted Ceramics
- Do you want just clear and shiny?
- Would you rather have a matte appearance?
- Do you want a little something extra? Say glitter or extra shimmer?
- Do you need to spray a clear coat or can it be brushed on?
Will this make clay food safe?
No, let me repeat it again for the people in the back…NO! If you want clay projects to be food safe then you need to use fired clay with food-safe glazes. You also need to fire them following the instructions provided by the glazing company.
Just because you can make a clay art project look glazed or shiny, does not mean it is food safe.
Read More>>>Non-Glaze Ways To Add Color To Clay
What is our favorite clear coat?
We love the unique look of using this iridescent medium. You can see below what our flower pinch pot looked like before adding it.
Our clay project was painted using acrylic paint. Look at the amazing difference once the gloss medium was added. If this is too shimmery for you, you can always mix in a little plain gloss medium to cut it down.
What does Sparkle Mod Podge look like on clay?
Children absolutely go crazy when they see their finished clay piece with Sparkle Mod Podge on it. We know that glitter isn’t for everyone but kids sure do love it.
Here is a simple clay relief tile that was done with an oil pastel resist. The glitter Mod Podge was added after the project dried (which doesn’t take very long).
Spray Mod Podge on a Watercolored Clay
This ceramic fish project was fired and painted with watercolor paints. Two coats of Ultra Gloss Spray were added to the finished project.
What to make a clear coat bath for your kid ceramic projects?
If you don’t have a spray booth or just don’t want to spray a clear coat, a bath may do the trick for you. You can mix a one-to-one ratio of Modge Podge and water in a container.
Dip the painted clay projects and let them dry on a raised surface like a grate. If you dip the project quickly you will limit the bleed of even tempera paints.
Need more clay project inspiration?
Our favorite and adorable clay owl cup is a perfect build for any age artist.