Polymer Clay Tools Courses
Bead Making & Jewelry Tools, Knives & Shaping, Extruders & Machines, Push Molds & Texture Makers, Clay Cutters, Sculpey Tools, Kemper Tools, Makin’s Tools
Polymer Clay Materials Courses
Metallic, Pearl, Translucent, Metallic Powders, Interference Powder, Diamond Powder, Duo Powder
Polymer Clay Drinkware Courses
Most food-safe drinkware is made from ceramic, glass, stone, or even wood. Although polymer clay is a beloved, soft and pliable medium, it is recommended for creating drinkware like mugs or tumblers.
Polymer Clay Jewelry Courses
From beadwork to metalwork, there are so many different ways to get creative and make your own jewelry. Polymer is a material that has become more popular over the years and is fairly easy to work with for a beginner crafter. Once you get the hang of it, there are endless shapes, colors, and themes to bring to life through your DIY jewelry collection.
Polymer Clay Flowers Courses
This easy polymer clay flower design is perfect for making polymer clay jewelry but I can easily imagine using it also on many other creations, you just need to use a bit of fantasy. These floral shapes might be also great for decorating a picture frame or bowl, bottle, or literally anything. That is why we bring you this super useful tutorial on how to shape this basic flower. So let’s get your supplies and start modeling.
Polymer Clay Toys Courses
polymer clay toys allow children to visualize and transform that vision into something solid. The toys are non-sticky and give a good hand-feel to the kids.
WHAT IS POLYMER CLAY?
Polymer Clay (sometimes accidentally spelled polymer clay) is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability, and simplicity to working with. It is an oven bake modeling material composed of polymers, resins, coloring agents, and fillers. Not a natural clay, it is man-made from a plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) base.
Polymer clay is used by artists and hobbyists ranging from children to professional artists and movie makers. It stays continually soft and can be baked in a home oven, retaining its color and size. It is available in many colors, including metallics, glow-in-the-dark, and “stone.” It can be used to simulate many materials: stone, semi-precious stones, porcelain, wood, and glass.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH POLYMER CLAY?
Polymer clay can be used in an assortment of crafts, including jewelry, home decoration, pottery, scrapbooking, and sculpture. Techniques for working with clay are borrowed from glass-making, metal-working, ceramics, sculpture, and textile.
Clay can be used to cover anything that won’t burn during firings, such as wood, frames, pens, and mirrors. To create your own colors, polymer clay can be formulated like paint or colored with powders, chalk, ink, glitter, colored pencils, powdered makeup, and paint. After baking, polymer clay can be sanded, buffed, glazed, or painted. You are limited only by your imagination; even then, there are plenty of other projects and ideas to choose from!
CAN I MIX CLAYS?
Absolutely! Mixing clays heightens your project’s potential. Clays can be mixed to customize, color, weight, or stability. You can use Premo as a strong backing or UltraLight for less weight within your other clays. Glow-In-The-Dark clay can be mixed with light colors of Sculpey III for a ghostly glow.
WHAT CAUTIONS SHOULD I TAKE WHEN WORKING WITH CLAY?
Casual clay hobbyists can safely bake the clay in their home ovens, taking care to properly ventilate. If you are baking frequently, some artists like to use a toaster oven. Clay should not be used with anything that will prepare or touch food. Cookie sheets can be lined with foil or cardstock/index cards during baking.
If you use kitchen items or toys as clay tools, be sure that these do not return to food preparation use. Washing your hands frequently and before eating is a good precaution to take. Small children should be supervised-while polymer clay is certified as non-toxic, it should not be ingested. If you have concerns about the release of fumes during baking, you can bake clay in a sealed bag, like the Reynolds baking bags, or after baking, wash the inside of the oven with baking soda and water. Always supervise children with baking.
HOW SHOULD POLYMER CLAY BE STORED?
Polymer Clay should be stored in its original packaging and away from heat and sunlight. Do not leave the clay in your vehicle on a hot day or it may bake. Once the packaging has been opened, it is best to store it wrapped in wax paper in an airtight container. Do not store it in Tupperware or other food storage containers that you plan to use for food in the future. A recommended place for storing clay between use is in the refrigerator or freezer, dry and away from light.
WHAT IS “CONDITIONING”?
Conditioning is simply the process of warming and kneading the clay in preparation for use. This increases the clay’s pliability and reduces the risk of breakage. The Sculpey clays can be conditioned easily and in a very short period of time by kneading and stretching. Some of the stronger, stiffer clays can be conditioned with the help of a pasta machine. Cut the clay into chunks and feed it through the machine several times.
HOW DO I BAKE POLYMER CLAY?
The clays vary in baking time, so you should always follow the package directions. Preheat your oven and bake clay on foil, index cards, or a ceramic tile. After baking, allow the clay to cool and fully cure before handling it. If a shine is desired, when the clay has cooled, sand it with wet-dry sandpaper under running water, then buff it with a clean soft cloth. Glaze or water-based acrylic paints may be applied after baking.
CAN I PAINT POLYMER CLAY?
Any of the clays can be painted, and water-based acrylics applied in several, thin layers are recommended. Any paint can be used if you seal it with several layers of Sculpey glaze.
WHAT DOES A PASTA MACHINE HAVE TO DO WITH CLAY?
Pasta machines are used for conditioning, rolling, and blending clay. They can ease conditioning for stiff clay or tired hands will aid in rolling out layers of uniform thickness, and are essential for making the beautiful Skinner blends.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BEGIN?
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My name is Paria Pezeshknejad. I live in Houston, Texas. I enjoy making small floral and botanical arrangements for earrings. I really wanted to make my claying easier by getting cutters that I could use to make uniformly shaped individual flower petals and leaves. I wasn’t really finding what I needed on the market, so I did a bit of research and bought a resin printer. The printer was more expensive than all of my clay supplies combined, and the learning curve was way steeper, but I managed to make myself some very sharp and strong cutters. Now the claying possibilities are endless!
Soon, I had others requesting custom cutters to make their clay projects easier and more consistent. I really enjoy the 3D sculpting creation process and making cutters for others, so here we are. These days I clay a little and design tools a lot.