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 am in the process of creating a full polymer clay beginner's guide in a video course format. The videos walk you through everything you need to know to get started with polymer clay from start to finish. Look out for that to be added to the website soon.
In the mean time, if you would like early access to the videos, pop over and join my Facebook group. Many of the videos are already listed there.
The group is
also the best place to keep up with all the latest news, product
releases and tutorials, and you will have early access to other new material
before it is released on YouTube or the website. There are also exclusive
giveaways and a discount coupon for my shop, JessamaDesign on Etsy.
We have a fabulous group of members already. It's a great place to
share, be encouraged and ask all of your polymer clay questions.
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