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Polymer Clay

Sculptors finally have a medium where they don't need a kiln or other large equipment to make interesting figures - polymer clay. The sites listed here provide the supplies, know-how, and inspiration for crafters to create their own clay creations.

As an added bonus, all the website owners have included their favorite polymer clay tips.
Polymer Clay Molds

Over 400 Molds to Choose From! Perfect for your Jewelry Making, Scrapbooking, Altered Art and Card Making Projects. Molds can be used with UTEE, Paper Clay, Wax, Fimo, Sculpey, Premo - all oven-Baking Clays as well as all Air-Drying clays.

Polymer Clay Casting Tip
Polymer Clay Molds are Not Flexible you will need to use some sort of mold release, when using clay to create your project. A simple release agent to use is Talc Powder or Corn Starch. Be sure to brush off the powder before baking your casted piece. Once you've brushed the cavity of your mold w/powder (be careful not to overdo the powder and cover up the design) you are ready to make a casted piece. If you are using an oven baking clay such as Sculpey or Fimo, kneed the clay until soft and pliable before pressing into the mold cavity. Using hardened clay and pressing too hard could cause mold to crack. Using a softened clay insures longevity of your mold. To get your casted piece out of the mold, there are a couple of techniques to use: One way is after you have filled your mold cavity with your desired clay, smooth flat, take a small amount of clay and roll into a ball, gently press to the flat side of your piece and gently pull out, being careful not to distort your casting, trim your piece where needed and bake your clay piece according to clay manufactures directions.
 
 
Jewelry and Polymer Clay Tutorial Heaven

Tutorials and information on all jewelry making techniques, including polymer clay, chain mail, bead weaving and wire work. Read about what you need of tools and equipment and get detailed information on beads, gemstones and other types beads used for jewelry making.

Polymer Clay Tip
Did you know that you could glaze polymer clay beads with liquid polymer clay. You don't even have to sand them first.
 
Polymer Clay Push Molds

The term Push Molds refers to molds that are used by pressing softened clay or other pourable materials into a mold. Dozens of highly detailed impressions can be made in minutes. This simple process allows even novice crafters to create pieces that look like they took hours to make. We have 1,000 molds to choose from today, including the lovely cameo shown here! Flexible molds are available too!

Crafting Tip
There are a variety of reasons why clay might stick to a push mold. Here's a few suggestions on how to ensure that your polymer clay can be easily removed from a mold without damaging the impression.
 
  • Clay Residue - Keep your polymer clay molds clean with waterless hand cleaner or rubbing alcohol and a soft brush. Allow the mold to dry thoroughly before using.
  • Not enough mold release and too much cornstarch - Excess powder can be removed with a clean, soft brush. Rinsing the mold under running water will dissolve the cornstarch. Do not use the mold until it is thoroughly dry.
  • Soft Clay - Mushy or sticky clay can be leached to remove excess plasticizer before molding.
  • Warm days - If your clay starts sticking to your molds on a hot, humid summer day, place your filled mold into the freezer for a few minutes to firm up the clay and make it easier to remove from the mold.
 
Allies Minis

Welcome to Allie's Minis! Here you will find miniature food and food jewelry all made from polymer clay! Everything in my shop is handmade by me here in my tiny shop in Chicago. All of the miniatures I create are 1:12 scale, perfect for your dollhouse, collection or roombox. All jewelry measurements are noted in each listing. My handmade jewelry and miniatures are all incredibly realistic because of the amount of time and effort I put into each handmade piece.

Crafting Tip
My husband just made me a light box which has changed my picture taking career! You need a cardboard box, a white poster board and some white tissue paper. After cutting squares out of the sides of 3/5 sides of the box place tissue paper over them and tape them down. the poster board goes in the back of the box to cause a white reflection which looks awesome in pictures!
 
Sigal's Art Polymer Clay Canes, Bead & Tutorials

Sigal has been working with polymer clay since 2002. Her hobby has now become her passion and her full-time occupation. She creates a wide variety of bright and beautiful Millefiore flower canes made from Fimo and Premo clay. Some she sells in raw cane form and others she makes lovely beads and accessories with. She also offers a series of PDF Tutorials on making backgroundless floral canes, how to make beads, how to make Oriental textures and too many more to list here.

Polymer Clay Tip
When working with polymer clay it's best to work on a clean, hard surface. I prefer working on a ceramic or glass tile. To keep my work surface clean so that lighter colors do not get muddy, I also keep a box of baby wipes to maintain a clean work area.
 
 
Rainbow Ice Outlet

Realistic looking fake food jewelry! From chicken sandwiches to cherry cheesecake and brownie a la mode...come check us out!

Working with Polymer Clay Tip
Baby wipes work wonders for clean up when working with polymer clay!
 

Desiree shares 25 different polymer clay techniques and tutorials. Learn how to use body tattoo decals, create faux gemstones, build several different canes, sculpt clay feet and a number of other exciting projects. Each polymer clay project is fully illustrated and identifies the level of difficulty in mastering the techniques presented. Be sure to visit the informative how to section on creating and using tools to work with polymer clay.

Polymer Clay Bead Making Tip
Save your overblended (read ugly) and other odd bits of clay to make bead cores. When you plan on completely covering a bead with cane slices and other decorations, don't waste your good clay when you can use leftovers and boo-boos instead.