Working With Polymer Clay

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Polymer clay allows you to be creative and have hours of fun.  People of all ages enjoy working with polymer clay.  This is not a real clay.  It’s made from pvc plastic, which makes it very pliable.  It stays this way until it’s baked, so you can make and remake your item until you get the finished product you like. 

When you shop for polymer clay you will see a few different brands such as Sculpey, Premo and Fimo.  I personally like Sculpey because it is softer to work with, but you’ll have to try all types of polymer clay to make your choice. 

The projects are endless for polymer clay.  There are many books available online, in stores and at your local library for polymer clay projects, or you may feel like being creative and working on your own.  Play around with the clay, try mixing two or three colours together and see what you come up with. 

The heat of your hands and the weather can affect the clay.  If you find it getting too soft just put it in the fridge for about 10 minutes on a piece of waxed paper.  For storing your clay, make sure it’s in an air tight container because clay will dry out and become hard over time. 

When you are ready to bake your clay make sure you follow the directions on the package for time and temperature.  Have a well ventilated room and never over bake the clay because the fumes can be dangerous.  Bake your projects on a cookie sheet and keep it just for the clay.  Never put food near the clay. 

Polymer clay projects can be varished once they are baked.  It helps to make the clay more durable.  I like to do this with my beads and jewellry. 

The most important thing to remember is to have fun.  If you don’t like the way your project looks, just take it apart and start over.  Polymer clay can be very addictive. 

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