Hi guys, it’s Cindy Lietz, your Polymer Clay Tutor and today in the PcT Test Lab, we are testing Sakura Souffle Pens on polymer clay. Now, a while ago, I picked up these Soufflé Pens at Michaels and I had… I wanted to test them on polymer clay before I bought a whole bunch of colors and they were in a two-pack and you know, on clearance and stuff. So it was quite some time ago, I made up this little sample, let me just see if I can read the date on it. It was three years ago or two years ago. Anyways, I wrote on to the polymer clay and I heat set it, and I wanted to see how it would do over time. This is the little sample here, and I’ll go into a little bit better detail in a second but it has stood the test of time. It is strong on there, still it hasn’t reacted or done anything funky, so we know that it is compatible with Premo clay at least. So this is a sample of Premo clay that I had done some techniques on and was basically just a scrap that I scribbled some little drawings on. Let me show you this pen, how it works, and what you need to do to make it heat-set. Now, this pen is just basically like a jelly roll pen, any of those jelly pens that you’ve seen out there. It works quite well on the… you have to draw onto baked clay. When it’s brand-new, it has this little weird little piece of plastic on the end there to protect it. You just kind of pop that off, I’m going to leave it because it keeps it from drying out over time and I’m not going to need it until I use this other pen up. They come in lots of cool colors, they’re called Soufflé, not to be confused with Soufflé Clay, they’re made by Sakura, they’re a Japanese brand of paint pens or pens that are really popular. There’s all kinds of different types of this Soufflé Pen, it’s basically a three dimensional gel pen. It works on light colors and dark colors, and before this is heat set, it’s quite pastel looking, but if you don’t heat set it, it will scratch off. So we’ll just take this sample here, and I will show you. Now, I’ve drawn onto baked clay. Like I said, you can’t draw onto wet clay or raw clay because it will… it doesn’t work on there, it just kind of gums up the pen. But you can see if I scrape it with my pen, I mean, my fingernail, it will come off if it’s not heat set, but if it’s heat set, it gets a little bit darker so it looks more like actually the color that the ink looks in here once you’ve heat-set it. It gets darker but it’s on there really well. You can heat-set a couple of different ways, what you can do is you can…First, you draw on a piece of clay, this is a baked scrap piece of clay, it happen to have some patterns on it that didn’t work so I can just draw over those. But it’s easy to draw on to the clay, you have to kind of get it running, but then it starts running out. It’s a little bit like drawing with water, it’s pretty runny but it kind of sits up on the surface. That’s easy to do, whatever cool patterns that you want to draw on there. As it dries, it goes this kind of pastel color, and then you can heat set it like I said, two different ways you can either pop it back into the oven and bake it again for about 10 minutes at whatever temperature you bake your polymer clay at. I bake Premo Sculpey at 275 Fahrenheit so I just pop it back into the oven and bake for 10 minutes or so or you can use a heat gun. This is an embossing heat gun, so it doesn’t get super super hot but it works plenty well enough, and you can just… Here, I’ll do this one that’s dry, you want to let it dry first and once it dries, it kind of goes this lighter pastel color. Then you can heat set it. Otherwise, you might get some bubbling from the moisture that’s in the ink. Now, you can tell when it’s starting to heat set when the color starts to change on it. You can see that little section there is already getting darker already, you want to be careful not to hold your heat gun too close to the clay. Otherwise, you might bubble up the clay a bit. You can have a little bit of heat if you’re using one of those large you know, furniture stripper heat guns. Then you’re going to want to be back further so you’re not letting it get too hot. It’s a little bit like embossing, you can kind of see it changing color and getting darker. Now, you have to let that cool but it’ll be just like this other piece here, it’ll stay kind of raised up, quite shiny, The Souffle pens that I’ve seen are… you can get them in a package with a whole bunch of different colors, the white looks awesome. It doesn’t really darken up too much but the other pastel colors will get kind of a little darker, and it’s compatible with the Premo clay. So I hope that was helpful information for you, if you like this video, do let us know. And if you’ve got a pen you would like me to test, a product that you’d like to learn more about, a technique that you don’t understand, and make sure to leave your suggestions in the comments section below, and perhaps we can make a video on it. Alright, so we’ll see you next time and bye for now.