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Sugar Scrub Tutorial for Clay by Talty Sugar Scrub Tutorial for Clay by Talty
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This is a really nice and cheap technique a friend of mine taught me. I can't tell you how much I love my sugar scrub!

- I use it before I start to remove cat hair, lint, etc. That way my clay stays clean!
- When I change colors to avoid transferring them.
- When I'm done sculpting so I don't contaminate everything I touch.
- Whenever my hands are dirty (paint, dough, gardening, etc).
- If my hands feel dry in a cold day.

It's wonderful, when you work with clay you have to clean your hands constantly, and after a couple of times they get dry and uncomfortable. This leaves them soft so you never have to worry about that "paper skin" feeling ever again. Highly recommended!

Edit: =moofestgirl has a tip for people with sensitive skin: "I made some of this today, and OH MY GOD! I have SUPER sensitive skin, like any contact with water drys out my hands in an instant, because of that I have resorted to baby wipes. But this is GREAT! I used some sensitive skin dish soap, it's got that Olay mixed in xp And I used baby oil."

Edit 2: ~limbairedhiel recommends: You could try subbing sea salt (or any other coarse salt) for sugar if your worried about ants. Works the same way and leaves skin silky smooth (also helps open pores to get rid of oil). :)

Theory: The plasticizer in the clay is a mixture of phthalates (not for long, most brands are phasing them out). Phthalates are slightly fat soluble, so the oil will help remove them. I did a test with several oils and I couldn't find a significant difference between oils, they all worked fine. The sugar will do the scrubbing, getting in hard places and getting rid all of those stubborn bits of clay under your nails or in the wrinkles of your fingers. Using only sugar and oil made my fingers feel a bit oily, so I add some liquid soap to the mixture to remove all the extra oil. Everything else is just extra, in case you want to add some benefits to your scrub.
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Ran-Ichihara Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
this is so cool! thank you very much, I really desperate with that dirty!
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2lazy2talk Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use baby towels :P
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Talty Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I tried it, but at least the ones I bought left too much lint on my hands :(
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2lazy2talk Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lucky me then :P
I guess it varies from skin to skin? 
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Probably! Or brands, not sure :P
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2lazy2talk Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use the cheapest ones :P

meh as long we get our hands clean xD
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Talty Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Me too :(

But I agree, that's all that matters xD
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IttyBittyCreatures Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just tried this out. It works perfectly! I think I will try out different oils next time. I only used olive oil and it did leave my hands a tiny bit dry.

Thank you!
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Talty Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad to know that it worked so well for you! Yup olive oil is not the most hydrating in this case, I find that almond oil is just perfect for me :) or maybe add just a bit more of olive oil.

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IttyBittyCreatures Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I will try that =]
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nearisepic Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. works great
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
That's fantastic! :love:
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angelthefurbat1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Could I use salt instead of sugar?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Sure, I think that salt is more scratchy than sugar but you can definitely use it.
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angelthefurbat1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I tweaked a bit :( I used the same amounts of oil and body wash/soap but it was too thin and liquid-y.. I'm also running out of salt/sugar. Can I fix this?
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
It sounds like you used a bit too much oil/soap, I would add more salt/sugar but if you're running out of them and can't get more soon... maybe try leaving the lid open and see if it dries a bit? Sometimes the soap dries out.
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angelthefurbat1 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks :) this helped a whole lot!
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it did :love:
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FullmetalDemigod Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your tutorials are amazing! Great for a polymer clay beginner like me :love: I definitely want to try this!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for letting me know that! And please let me see what you do if you try it :D
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FullmetalDemigod Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahh ok, so sorry this took so long to be replied to ^^; I was finishing up school then I had to move...
So. I tried it out- I'm afraid it didn't work that well, (probably because I used the bare minimum: olive oil, hand soap, sugar and a little bit of honey) I didn't really like the smell of the olive oil- it's a little too strong for my taste. I'm probably going to retry it soon with some better ingredients- maybe some nice fragrant oil like coconut oil or some better soap. thanks a lot for the tutorial! It's a great idea and it helped me out a lot. ^^
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nuttaela Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
This works GREAT!!for the past few years polymer clay has made my hand dry and itchy because i never wash my hands with soap and i often forget to put on my lotion :/ Thanks for posting this up!!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
No problem, I hope it saves your hands :D
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LadySashaviv Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
thank you for posting/making this :heart:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013   Artisan Crafter
No problem ^^
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pcanjjaxdcd Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it odd that that the first thought that came into my mind was not even clay related? It was "Hey I have that same nail stamp!"
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Talty Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
HAHAHA! it's a bit odd, but awesome :D it's one of my favorite stamps :highfive:
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Pear001 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This is the best thing ever. sadly it did not manage to get the charcoal powder off of me. but my hands are smooth. and they don't smell like onions! i cut one of Monday and had to wash my hands eight times just to lessen the intensity of the smell. yet they still smelt like onions this morning (Thursday). I cut another onion today and tried the scrub about 20 min later and no onion smell! i have been searching for a year for something to get rid of onion smells! this one fact makes sugar scrubs the best thing on earth.
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Talty Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oh I'm sorry to read that it didn't get rid of charcoal powder, it's a pretty stubborn thing :hmm: I was really hoping it would! Well I'm glad that it did help with the onions, what a difference :la:
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Pear001 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Im going to try a brown sugar mix next time in the hopes that smaller crystals will work better on the stubborn powder.
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thinkpink99 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TNX
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem :)
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Demoncherry Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah I thought you did this sort of tut! Quick Q though.. Does this work with TLS because I keep getting my hands in it and nothing will wash it off :|
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the late reply, and yes it works great to remove TLS, sticky clay and even the clay that gets in your fingers after using clay softener :)
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Demoncherry Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem ^^
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Marsipilami Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! i just rubbed black polymer clay at my hands, used sugar scrub, and then rubbed white polymer clay at my hands. And the white is still clean! I'm so happy it worked. I bought baby oil just because of this :3
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Talty Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Wow I'm so glad that it worked for you too! :D I really love it, it helps ^^
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Sugarfloss9 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I have recently purchased a book on polymer clay which has a similar recipe called 'Clay be gone sugar scrub' but it is harder to understand and there is no pictures so this tutorial has really helped me!
I'm just wondering, why would ants raid your home? Sorry, I don't have many ants around where I live! :D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Really, what book was it? :D I'm glad my version was easier to understand! :la:

Well some places have problems with ants infestations :( it's so bad that some people have to keep the food in air-thigh containers or the ants will find it and invade the pantry. Ants are pretty much everywhere, but it's more serious in some places, specially if you live in a ground floor :la: there was one particular spring that everytime I used this and didn't rinse the sink, we would wake up with the sink full of ants.
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Sugarfloss9 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh. I didn't realize ants like sugar scrub so much!!!
The book is called 'Polymer Clay Cookbook' by Jessica and Susan Partain. I live in the U.K. so prices may vary, but I got it for around 7.00
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for letting me know I found it on Amazon, I may consider it buying it :D thank you!
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Sugarfloss9 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Your very welcome! It is very good, but it is more for beginners, not professionals like you! However, you may find it useful. :D
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Well I still consider myself a beginner, I haven't been doing this for long and there's still so much I want to learn :D although the projects in the cover did seem a bit basic to me.
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Sugarfloss9 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow! If that's you as a beginner...you'll be the best clayer in the world when you reach professionalism. I agree, the projects also seemed a bit basic for me as well. I have been looking for something that would maybe suit your ability more, and I found one that maybe you might find better? The link is to the U.k. amazon, but you could probably find it somewhere else :[link]
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You know what's the funnies thing of them all? :D I just ordered that book! HOW DID YOU KNOW! I received it yesterday and I've been reading it, it's SO AWESOME. I was planning to write a review about it, it's so nice of you that you even looked for a book for me :hug: thank you!
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limbairedhiel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I made something similar for my dad for Christmas, only I used sea salt. You could try subbing sea salt (or any other coarse salt) for sugar if your worried about ants. Works the same way and leaves skin silky smooth (also helps open pores to get rid of oil). :)
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the tip! :D I added it to the comment section so it can help more people ^^ personally I prefer to use sugar, I feel that salt is more scratchy and since sometimes I use this 10 times per day the scratchiness adds up. It's still a pretty good idea and a nice touch to your dad ^^
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Insomnia-Case Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student General Artist
This......is........ aaammmaaaaazzziiiinnnnnggg!!!!!! :iconhappyripvanwinkleplz: I did change the recipe up some, but it still works awesomely!!!!
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Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Awesome I encourage changing the recipe to your own :la: I'm glad it worked out! :D
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