There are hundreds of polymer clay tools and gadgets on the market
today. Some of them are essential, some are really nice to have, some
you could do without, and some, quite frankly, are a complete waste of
your hard-earned cash. So how do you know what's what?
In this article I'll give you my recommended list of Polymer Clay Tools for Beginners so that you can be sure you are only buying what you need. Be sure to take a look before you go on a shopping spree.
So which is the best polymer clay brand? Well, The short, and rather inconvenient answer, is that none of the brands ticks all the boxes.
They all have their own personalities that fit specific purposes, and it’s your
job as an artist to choose the best clay for your project. But for those just getting started in polymer clay, there are definitely some brands that I would recommend above others.
Conditioning your clay is an essential step in the polymer clay creation process. It warms up your clay and gets the plasticizers moving, making your clay easier to work with.
In this tutorial I will be showing you how to condition the three most popular polymer clay brands. Premo, Kato and Fimo Professional are completely
different from one another, and each requires a different conditioning
For instance, Kato will need a good wack with a mallet before it even
goes near your pasta machine, while Premo can be conditioned by
So you’ve baked your polymer clay beads and managed to avoid all the twists and turns
involved. The next
step is to sand and buff them. It can be very tempting to skip this step. We've all been guilty of taking a shortcut on this one at one point or another, I'm sure. But it really is very important to give your work a good sand and buff if you want a good result.
In this article I’ll give you a
run down on sanding and buffing polymer clay, including the most popular sanding materials and what they're best
used for, as well as how to get a good shine from your buffing.
Varnishing and sealing polymer clay has to be the most
discussed problem in the polymer clay community next to baking. Which
one should I use?
Which one does what? Where can I buy them? How do I
know if my surface effect is going to work with the sealer I’ve chosen?
It’s enough to make you want to tear your hair out, especially if you are a polymer clay beginner.
I'll be adding more articles to this polymer clay beginner's guide over time. Eventually I plan to create a full polymer clay beginner's guide in a video course format. The videos will walk you through everything you need to know to get started with polymer clay from start to finish. If you think that a course like this would be helpful, please let me know in the comments. If there are enough requests I will prioritize it.
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