I read somewhere that water can be used to get rid of finger prints. I tried it and it really works. When I am working I keep a jar of water right there at the table. If I see a finger print or knick or anything I don't like I wet my finger and go over the spot until it is gone. Leaves the surface very smooth.
Cornstarch is another good buddy that does a lot the same. I just wouldn't want to mix the two!! LOL Cornstarch will also take some shine out if you are wanting a more matte finish on that particular project. I like using both.
I have the same problem with backgroundless canes that i reduce using the Play Doh method. When you use water the get out the remaining PD, the outside of the cane becomes sticky and very difficult to handle. I use Fimo Soft - do any of the other brands of clay not have this problem? - Beth
Thanks - I will be careful - I don't use a whole lot and just enough to wet my finger. I use Premo at the moment and it does not seem to have any issues so far. I will give the corn starch a try. I do use it as a releasing agent and it works wonderful for that.
I've used cornstarch as a releasing agent for years, but only recently realized that it was great for smoothing the surface of clay before baking. Especially for those times when you cut out a sheet with a cookie cutter and the edges are "squared" off. Smoothing your finger over them with cornstarch allows you to round off the edge a bit and that really helps cut down on sanding.
Some people say that cornstarch leaches out the plasticizer making the clay more brittle, but I've not had the slightest trouble with that. You don't use that much cornstarch and if you bake right away there's not time for leaching anyway.
I use parchment paper to remove fingerprints. I have been doing this for a couple of years & it works very well. Just remember that some colors, especially red, bleed. I do not remember where I learned about this (probably at PCC), but, it has considerably decreased the amount of sanding. Hope this helps...