How Do You Get Started Working With Polymer Clay?
Polymer clay is a versatile material that can be used to create beads, jewelry, wall art, vessels and sculpture. The clay can be molded into shapes similar to other types of clay or combined and rolled into elaborate designs, called canes. You only need a few basic supplies and your imagination to get started working with polymer clay. Purchase supplies. The basic supplies needed to get started working with polymer clay include clay, a roller, tissue blade and baking dish. The most popular brands of clay are Fimo, Sculpey and Premo. Also arrange an appropriate work surface such as a glass table or smooth plastic cutting board. Optional supplies include cookie cutters, clay gun, gold leaf, glaze and powders. Condition the clay. Polymer clay is firm and must be softened, or conditioned, before use. Condition by hand: form a ball, squish it flat and then roll it into a long tube (called a snake). Fold the snake and twist the ends together, then roll the clay into a ball again. Repeat the