10 Tips for Polymer Clay

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For The Vault’s very first 10 Tips infographic, we’re delving into one of Aleisha’s crafting passions, polymer clay. Polymer clay is fun to work with and has endless possibilities. Leave a comment if you have any other tips or tricks for working with polymer clay. You can also visit our Polymer Clay Inspiration board over on Pinterest and our other Polymer Clay crafts for some great project ideas. We’ve also included a PDF version of this infographic at the bottom for those who prefer that format.

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10 Tips for Polymer Clay

#1: Do not use the same knives, cutting boards, rolling pin, or baking pans you use for cooking for your clay. The debate online is that polymer clay releases toxic chemicals that can be reabsorbed into your food. Some people believe this, others don’t, but why take the chance?

#2: You can use a porcelain floor tile as a baking pan.

#3: Cornstarch! Use it like you would flour when baking. ( A little goes a long way.)

#4: Buy an oven thermometer. I bought mine from Lowe’s for $5.

#5: You can use a traditional oven or a toaster oven to bake your clay.

#6: Do not use permanent markers, spray paint, or nail polish to paint or seal your clay projects.

#7: If baked at the right temperature, you cannot over bake your clay. The longer it bakes, the more it cures.

#8: Do not burn clay (oven too hot). When it burns it releases chemicals.

#9: When you remove your clay from the oven, it will be somewhat soft. If it is still soft after five minutes, just put it back in the oven and bake longer.

#10: Fimo brand clay is stiffer than Sculpey III and Craftsmart. From what I have read, Craftsmart is the “cheap stuff,” but I haven’t had any issues working with any of the three.

Be Inspired!

Our polymer clay projects listed all in one place for you!

Want to learn how to make your own Princess Leia Polymer Clay Key Chain then try one of our first tutorials! Simple techniques to learn how to use polymer clay.

Princess Leia Polymer Clay Key Chain

Want more princess and a few more tips? Check out the Polymer Clay Little Mermaid Tips post. Learn a few techniques you can use on your own creations.

Polymer Clay Little Mermaid Tips

If princesses aren’t your thing, that’s okay we still have projects for you! For something a little more challenging you might want to flex your craft muscles on this Polymer Clay Shih Tzu made with wool roving!

Polymer Clay Shih Tzu

Want more Star Wars fun? Yoda Polymer Clay Key Chain has different tools than some of the other projects, but it doesn’t take a lot of skill. This tutorial is a great starter project, in fact this was the first thing I ever made with polymer clay.

Yoda Polymer Clay Key Chain

Need a gift for your little one to give you a loved one in your family? This simple Heart Thumbprint Key Chain only requires a few tools.

Heart Thumbprint Key Chain

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