About silicone and the different types you can get.
I’ve decided to write a little post about silicone because that is what we get the most questions about! I hope this helps everyone out a little bit.
For decoden, you should always be using 100% silicone. Not acrylic, not latex. The reason we recommend 100% silicone is because it dries squishy, is flexible, is easy to work with and won’t crack. The reason we don’t recommend using acrylic and latex caulk is because after time, it will turn a yucky dark grey colour, it will crack and break, it won’t hold its shape and you will not be able to clean it (like you are with silicone.)
So why do so many people in decoden videos recommend Alex DAP (acrylic + latex)?
To be honest, I’m not too sure! I think maybe one person made a video and it caught on, haha! We’re not saying DAP should NEVER be used as it’s of course all down to personal preference, but if you want your deco case to last then 100% silicone is 100% the way to go.
What brand silicone do you use? What brand silicone should I buy?
This is the question I (Danielle) probably get the most, aside from where I get my cabochons, but this is always my answer: As long as the silicone says “100% silicone” on the tube, then you are good to go. It does NOT matter what brand you use. Just as long as it is 100% silicone and in date, then it will be suitable for decoden.
Where can I buy 100% silicone from?
You can buy silicone from your local hardware shop, or on the Internet.
How can I practice with silicone?
Before I start putting it on a case, I always practice on a piece of paper beforehand. That way you can check that the silicone is smooth, and that the piping tip isn’t blocked at all.
What sort of case should I use for decoden?
A clear, hard, plastic case is always the best to use. Rubberized cases can cause the silicone to peel off. If you must use a rubberized case, then it is recommended to sand it down before you put the silicone on it. Sanding it down will make small ridges in the case and will hopefully make it stick better.
Is there anything else I can use instead of silicone?
Some people like to use clay. You can buy special clay like “Fuwa Fuwa” and other Japanese branded items to create the “whipped cream” effect, but again this is not recommended by us. Again, of course, it’s all down to personal preference, but using clay can be very hard to pipe, and cracks very easily. Most of the time it isn’t waterproof.
I hope I’ve covered most of the questions about silicone, but if there is anything else then please do ask :) Danielle
Hey guys, Julie here!!
I am chiming into this convo on silicone vs Dap a little late! I know! I agree 100% with what non dairy confectionary shop owner said about Dap. I do NOT recommend using it.
To the person who originally inquired about the toughness of getting the silicone out of the tube, it is super possible that you got a bad tube, I thought that my first time using a caulking gun until (I think it was TheChocolateDandy?) someone told me what I was missing! So! When you load the large tube into your caulking gun & cut the tip off the tube you need to use a chop stick or a pen (so make sure the hole is big enough) and stab it through the silicone, typically there’s a bit of sealed silicone when you first open it so when you puncture through it the silicone should flow right out very easily!
I hope this is helpful! I was so frustrated until I made this adjustment & have had no issues since! I will add this to our FAQ tab as well!
xx Julie :)
Is there any brand of specific silicon that you girls prefer or would recommend? In your FAQ, you just mention any type of silicon that is 100%, but that's sort of vague.@peppermintlemon
Depends on where you live, different countries have different brands that aren’t available everywhere, the GE brand of 100% silicone is good for those living in the US, unsure about what brands folks use outside of US or if GE brand is available there.
We typically say 100% silicone because any brand that is 100% should suffice. The textures, smells, etc may vary which can be altered by adding paint or food coloring. Try purchasing a few small tubes (as opposed to the caulking gun tubes) of different brands to see which one you like best!
Hi. I've just recently started decoing. My first one was an iPhone case. I was just wondering if the silicone is supposed to dry shiny or dull? Mine dries dull. I use dap Alex plus silicone caulk. Also, is the "whipped cream" supposed to be squishy? Mine isn't! PLEASE REPLY TO THIS QUESTION BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ASKING EVERYWHERE AND NO ONE HELPS ME! PLEASE!!!❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤@Anonymous
Listen, we have answered COUNTLESS questions about Alex Dapp, the answers are right in front of you in the FAQ. Our longtime followers get SO annoyed with the same silicone questions over and over which is why we haven’t answered this in your previous asks.
We don’t use Dapp. If it dries dull & hard then apparently that’s how it is, you would be a better judge at a product we’ve never used. 100% silicone dries shiny and squishy. Good Luck and read the FAQ.
How do you keep the 3d puff paint from peeling? I made a really cute case with it dripping on the edges, but completely started to peel :(@Anonymous
perhaps try sealing it with clear coat of nail polish? I’m not sure as I don’t use puffy paint for my drippy sides :(
Hi there! I'm about to get into deco den, I've already ordered cabochons and phone cases(I also have some boxes and stuff to practice on!), and all I need is silicone. I know to get 100% silicone, but should I get a caulking gun or just like little tubes of it????@Anonymous
I started with smaller tubes to see how I liked them, once I found the silicone I liked best I invested in the caulking gun & larger tubes.
note: you can’t use the large tubes w/o a caulking gun
U guys thanks for this blog, the FAQ and advice,bless y'all. I just started my first decoden using Australian brand selley's wet area 100% silicone sealant. maybe i can find a better silicone,but it dries faster than expected even though it says to let dry for 48 hours in the tube,and the best part is it doesn't smell. if you smell it closely it smells like an eraser(don't do it tho) so not bad for a beginner. but i really should practice on my piping skills tho,silicone is tricky!@Anonymous
You’re very welcome! Thanks for the info on the Australian silicone for followers from down under!
Best of luck with your piping practice!
hello! i have a question. this is my first time using silicone from hardware stores for decoden and my problem is how can i open the silicone and how can i seal and store the silicone after i use it ? at the back of the silicone it says to cut the tip off but im worried that im unable to store it properly and the silicone will get hard. and do i need to use a caulking gun to get the silicone out ? sorry this question is silly but i have no idea lol@Anonymous
You cut the tip off and yes need a caulking gun if you’re using the extra large tubes. There are smaller ones if you prefer which typically have twist on and off tops to them. The caulking gun sized tubes will just seal themselves w the silicone and you just pick it off the next time you use it. It won’t harden the whole tube just the bit in the tip. Good luck!
Hello there, I've read your FAQ's and I've done a lot of research but I can't seem to find the answer I'm looking for, please help :) I'm interested in doing my own 'whipped cream' effect decode, as it keeps my younger sisters occupied - and myself, but unfortunately I've tried a few 100% silicone brands and when I put it on my phone case (plastic) it just peeled off the second it dried, as it seems to do with everything, is there something I'm doing wrong? Would be great if you could help :)@Anonymous
Do your cases have any kind of rubberized coating on them? That is very strange, I don’t know what you’re doing wrong if you are using plain hard plastic cases with no coating on them. that doesn’t make much sense to us either as we’ve never had a problem with it… I’d say maybe try sanding your cases/surfaces before you use the whip to see if it adheres to a more porous surface. good luck!
Can you give advice on piping/icing techniques to get the best whipped cream effect?and which gives the best effect,plastic or metal piping tips?@Anonymous
check the FAQ tag, we have a couple of videos posted in there on piping and both plastic & metal tips will work, plastic tips are easier to clean though! <3
some whip cream is hard and some are soft and squishy.which one is better and how do i tell whether it is squishy or hard from the packaging?@Anonymous
The hard whip is probably acrylic, which we do not recommend. The whip we use is 100% silicone, which comes out squishy. We prefer this. It is also waterproof, so cleaning it is easy and the whip does not chip.
Do you guys use silicone for your cases or whippie?@Anonymous
Whippie is the name for the style of deco and silicone is the material you use for the whippie, there are other materials you can use for whippie like clay based products, the three of us use 100% silicones, you can find more info about silicone in our FAQ tag :)
I asked about the hot glue and I just wanted to glue some medium pieces made of polymer clay not like pearls and stuff, so is it ok?@Anonymous
You’d have to try it out, not gonna recommend hot glue to hold anything w weight to a hard plastic case because of its fickle nature. It works well for drizzling effects, sure, but it will not replace the quality of an industrial adhesive for holding down polymer or other cabochon materials.