Working with Clear Vinyl

I get asked a lot to elaborate on the raw (clear) vinyl I use on my customs.

Start off by going to a fabric or crafts store. Something along the lines of Rag Shop, Michael’s, MJDesigns, Hobby Lobby, etc… maybe even Wal-Mart. I have had the most luck finding the clear vinyl in these types of stores.

Anyway, in there fabric section there will be rolls of clear vinyl. It comes in a few thicknesses, but they’re all fairly thin, roughly the thickness of a piece of posterboard or cardstock. You will want to purchase about a yard of 2 different thicknesses. It should run no more than $5 or so, but a yard of each will last you ages.

Custom Details using Clear Vinyl

Apply small pieces of clear vinyl directly to a figure wherever you need surface details, or use larger pieces if you want to create simple capes. Use a sharp X-acto blade to slice out the shapes you need. For more complex shapes, create a template out of regular white copy paper first. Once you get the shape of the paper to fit the custom, trace the outline onto the vinyl and then cut out the design.

While you can’t easily sand the surface of the clear vinyl, the vinyl adheres great to most surfaces with just a few drops of superglue.

Prime the completed sculpt with Krylon’s Spray Primer, then a second coat with Krylon spray Flat white. After that, you should be able to paint the figure normally.

Hope this helps!

aka Iron-Cow


Stay up-to-date with the latest news, paintings, customs, and more! Rest assured, all three are spam-free and pure fun.

  Subscription Service         Instructions
email Iron CowE-Mail Newsletter
This e-mail digest is the primary form of updates on IRON-COW PRODUCTIONS and the online portfolio of MATT CAULEY. You will receive at most one email a day, whenever the site is updated.


  1. Simply enter your email address in the box above
    and click on the "subscribe" button.
  2. You will receive a confirmation email.
  3. Click on the confirmation link in the email and you're all set!
Iron Cow Productions FacebookFacebook
The IRON-COW PROD. Facebook Fan page is a bit more informal than the e-mail newsletter. In addition to the latest site news and updates, enjoy sneak-peeks at upcoming projects, announcements about Iron-Cow's art exhibitions, and more.
  1. Visit the Iron-Cow Prod. Fan Page on Facebook.
  2. Click the "Become a Fan" button.
Follow Iron Cow on TwitterTwitter
Admittedly, this is the least-used form of ICP updates, though since everyone else has a Twitter page, I may as well too, right? Become one of the herd!
  1. Visit the @mattcauley page on Twitter.
  2. Click the "Follow" button.