Polymer Clay Basics That Are Good To Know.

Polymer clay basics:
Working with polymer clay is exiting. You can create amazing stuff with it, and manipulate it into whatever you like. But, dealing with this wonderful clay is more than just shaping it into beads, pendants and whatever you desire.

On the following pages that you can reach through the links at the bottom of this page, you will learn how to handle the clay, what it is and how to use it.

You can read about how to store your clay properly, and what may happen to it if you don't store it right. You will learn how to condition it and why that is so important. Also about what sort of tools you will need, what sort of polymer clay brands there are, and the similarities and differences about them.

Polymer clay has to be cured in order to get firm and solid. Read about how to do that correct according to brand, safety, temperature and the oven you use.

After the clay is cured, you can give it different surface treatments to make it shiny, glossy, smooth and silky. You can read about the different ways to achieve the finish that you want on your polymer clay pieces.

The clay is absolutely amazing in that you can manipulate it in SO many ways. You can ink it, gild it, chalk it, powder it, stamp it, paint it. You can embellish it and do a lot of other tings to it both when raw and when cured. You can read about it all here.

The polymer clay basics are important. They found the ground for your success or failure. The more you know and learn about it, the more fascinating it gets. The ways you can use it are unlimited, and polymer clay artists find new ways constantly. Without the basic knowledge though, they would not have been able to do that. The frustration would outscore the success, because of burnt clay, beads that would disintegrate because of the wrong paint, varnish or inclusion used and more.

Knowing the polymer clay basics, will make it a whole lot easier for you, and as you get to know the clay, a whole new world will open up, where you can indulge yourself in creating stunning jewelry with polymer clay.
So, enjoy!

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Want to know about the different brands of polymer clay?

See how to condition your polymer clay here

Read about Polymer clay safety here.

Read about how to bake polymer clay here

Read about how to store your clay here

Read about which tools you can use to make polymer clay jewelry

Polymer Clay Tools - Part 2

Varnish or no varnish? Read about pros, cons, sanding and buffing here

The difference between Metal Leaf and Foil, and how to use them

Paint, ink and wax. Can they be used with polymer clay?

Mica Powder and other inclusions you can use with polymer clay. Read all about them here.

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Mixing colors With Polymer Clay

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