Do you want to know how to create gorgeous unique creations?
Want to start a new project that can fulfill your artistic need for life?
Find out what Polymer Clay is by reading this guide....
Unlike the natural type of clay we all know of, Polymer Clay is not a true clay but rather a man-made substance containing tiny particles of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) plastic. These microscopic particles of PVC are bound by plasticizers and pigments making it colourful, soft and pliable. Even though it does feel soft to the touch it must be warmed and manipulated in the hands to become ready for use, this is called conditioning.
Now it is ready what can you make with it?
Polymer clay is a wonderful art medium used to make ornamental and wearable items such as beads, pendants, and buttons as well as in all sorts of sculpture, dolls, miniatures, picture frames, light switch plates, masks and well, almost any artistic creativity you can think of!!! Actually the history of PC (polymer clay) runs only decades long - this relative newness means that there are ideas just waiting to be created by users of polymer clay. Often, these innovations are born by borrowing from the traditions of some other materials, such as ceramics (the obvious one) metalworking (mokume gane), and glass (millefiore).
How can you get beautiful, vivid colours?
If you so choose, acrylic paint may be used, but Polymer Clay is available in dozens of colors and these colours can be mixed and blended to form an infinite myriad of hues. Polymer clay can also be colored with other media such as ink, colored pencils, chalks, mica powder, metallic leaf and foil, glitter, and embossing powder just to mention a few. The same materials can also be mixed in as inclusions; this is often done with translucent clay to form faux gemstones.
How do you make Polymer Clay Hard?
To harden, PC needs only the low temperature af a home oven, once cured it is very durable and the colors will not fade or wash off. After it has cured, the clay surface can be left as it is -a matt sheen, it can painstakingly be sanded by many different grits of sandpaper and buffed to a perfect shine, or it can be finished with a varnish for a mirrored polish.
So where can you find this Clay?
You can buy Polymer Clay in Craft, Art and Hobby shops and even in some supermarkets. It is made by several different companies, each one with their own color line and consistency. Some of the well known brands are Fimo, Premo, Proto, Kato, Sculpey and Cernit.
As a beginner how can I get started?
Few ready-made tools are essential for use with polymer clay, mostly things can be found around the house to cut, modify or pierce the clay - especially to start off with all you really need to create polymer clay pieces is your hands and an oven. A pasta machine will make working with PC easier and quicker, although is not necessary, is often used to create evenly flat sheets, to mix colors, to condition the clay (especially when using larger amounts), and to create patterned sheets.
There are many techniques used in creating with PC. One popular technique is "caning" in which long sausage-looking roll is made with a design that runs the full length of the cylinderical shape. This can be sliced thickly or thinly and applied to flat or curved surfaces as a beautiful intricate or simplistic design element. This process imitates the technique used in making certain types of glass beads. The advantage here though is that you don't need a hot furnace to cure polymer clay. This means that this medium is so easy to use it is perfect for everyone at any age, 8 years to 99!
Keep your eyes peeled for my up-coming guides for ideas on how you can use Polymer Clay!
Guides Coming soon: 'Making Marbled Beads' and 'The Jellyroll Cane'.
Do you already work with polymer clay now? If you make jewellery, look HERE for findings and beads to use in your creations - such as Swarovski Beads in 4mm and 6mm, Glass bead packs, Bulk beads and Tiger tail to form the base of your jewellery. Top quality componants at wholesale prices!!! Soon to come - polymer clay, tools and accessories.
Questions? Simply message me, I will be happy to answer your queries.