Polymer Clay

3 Jan

 

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Working with Polymer clay is reminiscent of your Play Doh days. You can make whatever you want, and then bake it in an oven and keep it forever. It comes in particularly handy when making jewelry, because it gives you the freedom to make your own pendants. Polymer clay creations can range from funny, cute items to sophisticated pieces.

Here’s the basics

You’ll want to buy a few different colors. I don’t really mix colors to get different results, but as you work more with the clay you may want to make your own shades. Painting over the clay once its baked is also an option, sometimes you might just want to get a basic color and then paint over for more detail.

Where can you find it?

Polymer clay can be found at most craft or Art stores. The most recognizable brands are SCULPEY and FIMO. I mostly use Fimo Soft clay. How much should it cost? When starting, you’ll probably when to get the regular sized packs. These are 2. oz, and range from 2.50 – 4.00 depending how competitively priced your merchant is. When Buying a package, press down a little. It will be hard, but you want it to be fresh, so make sure it’s malleable enough that you can at least squish it a little.

How does it work?

You’ll want to buy a few different colors. I don’t really mix colors to get different results, but as you work more with the clay you may want to make your own shades. Painting over the clay once its baked is also an option, sometimes you might just want to get a basic color and then paint over for more detail.

1 – You begin by opening your packet of clay and tearing a little bit off. Decide what you want to make. There are different methods to create different shapes, and you can even buy accessories that help shape the clay. I just squish a little with my hands until its consistency is the same as Play Doh. It will start out hard so this may take some time.

*Note

Every time you switch colors, wash your hands. The pigment is strong and will stick to your skin, but comes off with soap and water. Also, be sure to set up and work on a surface that you don’t mind getting dirty.

2 – Once its squished, make something out of it. I’ve used jewelry findings to create little eyes, antennae, or arms for robots. I also use findings to create a loop in the pendant, so I can attach it to jewelry later on. Try it at your own risk, these have all been okay in my oven, but if you’re uncertain its better to stick with just the clay and attach a finding later on.

3 – Once you’ve made something, it’s got to go in the oven to bake. Follow the instructions on your package. Important things to remember – the clay bakes at a low temperature. It doesn’t take long – (only half an hour) so you’ve got to watch it closely. Also, you can bake it on a regular glass baking tray, just remember that when you first take it out of the oven – your creations will be super malleable. Don’t touch them! They need to harden overnight.

4 – After it’s cooled off overnight, you can attach it to whatever you want! If you want to give it a shine, you can dip your creation in clear gloss. This is also found at craft stores. There are different kinds, some made by the clay manufacturer, others are all purpose craft sealers that can be used as glue as well.

5 – When you’re done with the clay, the best way to store it is in an airtight container so it lasts. I usually place each color in a different resealable bag, then put them all in a Tupperware container.

I love making robots and pendants. Click the pictures to learn more!

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