Polymer Clay Beginners Guide

Polymer clay beginners guide
Polymer clay beginners guide

You'll find everything you need to know to get started with polymer clay in this polymer clay beginners guide, from which tools to buy, or not, through to how to bake and finish your clay.

You will save lots of time, headaches, and hopefully money if you take the time to go through these articles and polymer clay tutorials before you start.


Polymer clay tools for beginners

Which polymer clay tools do you really need?

Polymer clay tools for beginners

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.


Which Polymer Clay Brand is Best?

Polymer Clay beginners guide to the best polymer Clay brand

Which Polymer Clay Brand is Best?

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.

In this article I present my comparison of the three main polymer clay brands. I'll tell you what I like about each one and the things that may make you think twice.


Tips for Buying the Freshest Polyclay

Tips for Buying the freshest polyclay

Tips for Buying the Freshest Polyclay

This article will explain all about the importance of making sure that the polymer clay you buy is soft and fresh.

Unfortunately, it's easy to end up with unusable, old blocks of clay if you buy from the wrong places, or if you don't know what you're looking for. 


Conditioning Polymer Clay Tutorial

how to condition polymer clay

Conditioning Polymer Clay Tutorial

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 process. 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 hand.

I'll be showing you tips for pre-conditioning each brand and how to condition polymer clay quickly and easily.


Foundational Polymer Clay Techniques

Foundational Polymer Clay Techniques to get you started

Foundational Polymer Clay Techniques

Foundational polymer clay techniques include such things as Skinner Blends, Mica Shifts and Mokume Gane among others.

These basic polymer clay techniques form essential starting points for your polymer clay journey and will be incorporated into many other, more complex techniques and tutorials as you progress.


How to Bake Polymer Clay

how to bake polymer clay

How to Bake Polymer Clay

Baking polymer clay can be a bit tricky, and most people struggle with it in the beginning. It's one of the first basic things you will need to know how to do when you get started with polymer clay.

In this article I’ll be covering this issue from start to finish, showing you how to get the best results out of your baking.


Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay

finishing polymer clay the right way - sanding and buffing

Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay

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.


Overview of Sealing Polymer Clay

Overview of polymer clay sealers

Overview of Sealing Polymer Clay

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.

In this article, I'll be going through each of the different types of polymer clay sealers and what they are best used for. This is one of the things I struggled with the most when I was just getting started with polymer clay, so I hope you find this information helpful.


How to drill holes in polymer clay

Drilling polymer clay beads

How to drill holes in polymer clay

Drilling polymer clay can be intimidating for many polymer clay beginners, but in this tutorial I hope to show you just how easy and worthwhile drilling polymer clay can be.

Drilling baked clay yields a far more professional result than piercing the clay when it is raw, and is worthwhile learning how to do.


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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