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Polymer Clay: More tips, tricks, and tutes

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Hello, and welcome to my third DA Polymer Clay Article. For information on what polymer clay is please visit the first article here… (It is a great place for beginners)

-Tips + Tricks

:star: Reviews :star:

Liquid CLEAR Kato
I recently got my hands on a big bottle of liquid Kato brand clay and it is said to bake clear. I tried out a few things and I am glad to report it does bake clear.

At first glance: This product is much more liquid like than either Fimo or Sculpey's translucent liquid clays. If you aren't careful it will run all over the place. It has the consistency of 2% milk. It smells like rubber and easily pours out of the bottle.

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:bulletgreen: Although you must keep coats thin. The thicker the layer of liquid clay the less clear it will be.  
:bulletgreen: I have noticed that the "moon" marks occur when placed over black or painted on too thick. This occurs in some translucent solid clays as well.
:bulletgreen: It creates a rounded and smooth finish. Great for pendants.

Liquid Fimo vs Liquid Sculpey
I got my hands on some liquid Fimo and compared it to liquid Sculpey. Up until this point I have only been using liquid Sculpey, mostly because it is readily available in my area, and I thought both products were the same. I was HUGELY wrong.


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Liquid Fimo
Before baking: It is similar to liquid Sculpey although a little thinner (not very much thinner) and is white in appearance. It is more like the consistency of white glue.

After Baking: The Liquid Fimo is almost perfectly clear! When placing it on writing or an object you can clearly read through it and it slightly magnifies. It is not very hard at all but rubber like. I can bend it multiple times and crease it and no lines, breaking, or cracking occurs. You are unable to see through it like a lens, everything is blurred, but when directly on a paper it is perfectly clear.

Liquid Sculpey
Before baking: White in appearance, slightly thicker than liquid Fimo. This is much stiffer and is more like soft cake frosting.

After Baking: Very stiff in comparison to the liquid Fimo and not nearly as transparent. The baked puddle has a frosted glass look to it but I can still clearly see the tiny "S" I placed in the puddle before baking. Lots of little :moon" marks

Both are very different and I prefer to use them for different reasons. I like the Fimo for faux sauces and light coats of varnish. I like Sculpey for frosting and thicker items. Both are not 100% clear or see through but Fimo is much for transparent than Sculpey.

Sculpey Mold Maker
I just bought some Sculpey mold maker and tried it out today.
At first glance: The clay is very soft to the touch and almost a bit sticky. The box says that you should refrigerate the clay before making a mold due to it being so soft. I plopped it in front of my air conditioner for a bit and it worked just fine.

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Making the Mold: At first the mold making clay kept getting stuck to my original item. The instructions say to rub mineral oil or power on the item first to prevent sticking and boy are they correct. I grabbed a bit of oil and it came out much easier although part of the mold was still sticking in small crevices.

Baking the mold: After baking be sure to let it cool completely before removing it from it's baking surface. It is very soft right after baking I touched it and the slight brush of my nail cut it. After cooling it is very flexible but not as flexible as the plastic used in the pre-made molds you can buy. It made a great duplication of my original item but it isn't 100% perfect. That might be due to my playing around with it.  

- The box says that the mold maker clay can be used to soften other clays if they become to hard.

:star: Tips and Tricks :star:

:bulletred: How can we prevent eyepins/loops from falling out?
This is a very common problem that a lot of clay users have.
:bulletgreen: Headpins are a very simple solution. I use these a lot. Instead of an eyepin you insert this one from the bottom of your charm up. There is a little foot, or "head", to the pin that will grip the charm from the bottom. Here is an image of one :pointr:…
:bulletgreen: Also squirting some liquid clay onto the eyepin before inserting the pin and baking can make it sturdier.
:bulletgreen: Placing the eyepin further into the clay so the eye is halfway covered is also a good way of getting a better grip. The downside is that you will no longer be able to open the "eye" of the eyepin.

:bulletred: What are some uses for liquid clay?
There are a very wide array of uses and this is just some of them.
:bulletgreen: Used as a glue for clay-to-clay adhesion. Although you must bake the liquid to cure it. It will not cure on it's own like typical glue.
:bulletgreen: Window Clings- Liquid Fimo is the perfect choice for these. You can take an image (cut from paper) and coat it front and back in liquid fimo. Bake according to instructions and the rubbery surface will allow you to stick your item to a window.
:bulletgreen: Faux sauces and frostings are also made with liquid clays seen in the Cupcake Tutorial below.
:bulletgreen: A bakeable varnish, very thin coats of liquid fimo or Clear Kato can be used in place of a paint on varnish. Again, you would have to re-bake the object because the liquid clays do not cure on their own.
:bulletgreen: All three can be used to transfer images onto clay and they come with instructions to do so. The instructions vary by brand so you'll have to be careful.
:iconblankspaceplz:Cauldrons and Staff by ValerianaSolaris :iconblankspaceplz:Heart Box by MakeMyInkRun

:star:  Tutorials  :star:

:bulletgreen: Mokume Gane Tutorial -… (Find out what Mokume-Gane is here…)
:bulletgreen: Rose Tutorial -…
:bulletgreen: Ribbon Tutorial -…
:bulletgreen: Veggie Tutorial -…
:bulletgreen: Happy Berry Tutorial -…
:bulletgreen: Kiwi Tutorial - nothing-but-a-dream.deviantart…
:bulletgreen: Cupcake Tutorial -…
:bulletgreen: Burger Tutorial - laststringoflovely.deviantart.…
:bulletgreen: Pencil Topper Tutorial -…
:bulletgreen: Goomba Tutorial (Mario) -…

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All these lovely works are made using various forms of polymer clay.

Polymer Clay Beads 35 by snowskin Minty Polymer Clay Pendant by kittenspawn jungle necklace by Meeellla Beach Scenes in Polymer Clay by eerok1955 strawberry cake charms by jenyah Polymer Clay Sea Dragon by WistmansWood Polymer Clay Butterfly Wing by Zirngibl  Polymer Dragon shot 1 by thisNoneThis Polymer mask by artwoman3571 Polymer Clay Sushi by JohnRaptor Sculpey Glowie Ganesha by Poojikuro piet_peemovie Scuper Sculpey by scribbleralex BATMAN Sculpey by elnemesis It's Peanut Butter Jelly Time by love-me-love-you Sculpey - Grimm Close-up by capnkupo Dragonna bust by rah-bop Polymer Clay Large Glass Vase by Saint-Angel Polymer clay sunflower ring by merylu Polymer Bosch by dapdap Polymer Dragon - Green by HippieKender Rainbow Polymer Earrings by lavadragon sculpture PIXIE by pixiwillow Clay Eeyore by Erisana Potion Bottle by mysticalis

I hope you have enjoyed this article. If you are looking for more information please visit my 2 previous Articles: :star: POLYMER CLAY ARTICLE 1    :star:   ARTICLE 2

Until next time - :heart: chat-noir
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Nestery Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the article!
I was looking for some information about Polymer Clays, actually Im starting doing molds with Sculpey Moldmaker.
When you bake the mold can it be melted? How many time do you bake it?
Thanks in advance!!
mayukichan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was wondering, Is it okay to use poster paint on the clay and then use sculpey glaze to make it smooth? :love::love:
Bano0ota-co0ol Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
capnkupo Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an incredible article. I had thought at one time of trying to make a sculpey based series, but just never found the motivation. I'm happy that I can show my watchers these articles which do that and much much more!

Thank you for the work on this, it's a great resource.

Oh and thank you for the feature. I'm glad you did that so I know about this now!

TokiCrafts Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008
thanx for the awesome article !!
i have a Q plz >.< : you said you use headpins, but they don't have a circle at the end like the eyepins, so how can you be able to connect it to a metal circle to make necklaces, bracelets..etc ??

thnx again ^^
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
After you stick them through your charm and bake them you can use pliers to make your own loop at the top. :nod:

If there is extra just snip it off.
TokiCrafts Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
oh okay !
thnx alot for your help ^^
IntimateMoments Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
thanks for featuring my work!
elnemesis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
WoW!! Thank you for featuring my work in your interesting and useful article!!!!
snowskin Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Goodness !!
I am so honoured and flattered that you featured my beads!!! I am very happy!!

Thank you so much darling!!!

By the way, clear tute! :D
nothingbla Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Great article! I'm glad that there's tips in it!
snoday Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
This is a very informative article. It gave me some ideas. But I can't find kato-anything at any of the stores in town. Did you order it online? Do you where I could find some?
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I ordered mine on-line. Stores like Hobby Lobby carry Kato brand but traditional craft stores don't carry it. I got my bottle from [link]
snoday Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
Cool, thanks! I'll check my local Hobby Lobby, and if they don't have it, I'll order it online. (Our town doesn't have much, but we do have 4 craft stores and a craft section of every grocery store.)
jnsun Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for featuring my goomba tutorial in your article! I appreciate it :heart: :hug: There are some great tips and tricks here...great job :clap:
haydenchristensenfan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Student Filmographer
Great article!!!
I loved the tutorials!!!!!!!!!!!!!
merylu Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
How beautiful works!
Thank you for featuring my sunflower ring! :hug: :heart:
artwoman3571 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
wow thanks so much for posting my purple monarch mask in your article. i'm so flattered.
mariedark Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
i absolutely love this article <333
and i am definitly getting some of the liquid fimo, i love how much clearer it is! and i never though of using headpins instead, it's a great idea and i might be doing that too for my next pieces, i hate when the loop thing falls out.

BY the way,
you used my cupcake tutorial as reference here!! I'm so happy, i logged on to find like 15 new favorites on my tutorial, even though im definitly not that known around here... so thank you very much!! <3 i'm glad it's of help, you're such a great person :heart:
i love how you're so good at clay AND you help people as much as you can with it!

i'm pretty sure i've been watching your account since i first started and you were starting out too, but it used to be with my old account, before i quit DA for a couple months. you're grown to be amayzing on here <3 you're like, my favorite artist :heart:
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
No problem :hug:

Your cupcake tutorial is great and have wonderful techniques in it. :aww:
mariedark Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
thankyouu <333:heart:
xian-atedstuff Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008   Artisan Crafter
cool, really interesting article. makes me wish i could pick up working with clay again., but working with both clay and beads is too much for my pocket. :(
Tonya-TJPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Yay! Clay tips! Thank you. :)
crystalwingsfromako Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Congratulations, nice job, you are so awsome !!!
Glori305 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Great article.

I like miracle mold better than sculpty mold maker [link]

It's advantages are, you don't have to bake it to set it, and it can withstand oven temps that cure clay, so you can bake your item in the mold, take it out of the oven and let it cool, then pop it out of the mold with no risk of distortion.
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the tip. I'll have to give that a try because, as ~kaasha said, the sculpey mold I made is more brittle after a few days.
Glori305 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
My oldest miracle mold is about a year and a half, still has some flex, not as much as the store bought molds, but since you can pop it into the oven and then take out a cured piece, I don't miss that.
The-Raven-Hunter Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Very informative! Thanks! I never knew that about the different liquid polymer clays. I may just go with liquid fimo next time I buy more.
kaasha Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
A word of warning about Sculpey mould maker clay. My moulds I have made from it worked fine just after I had made them but after a few months they seemed to have dried out so now I can't really use them as moulds anymore because they are not very flexible. When I try to flex them they crack.

Also I don't know if this is useful because I'm not sure if I'm using the same thing, but the way I keep an eye pin in is to get the long kind thats like a ling wire stick with a loop bent on the end, and I bent the long part around like a zig zag or paperclip shape before I embed it into the clay, then it can't pull out. I don't know jewelery terminology though so I'm not sure if they are eyepins or not but I think they are the same thing.
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
:nod: I think you're right. Now, after a few days, the sculpey mold I made does seem dryer and I feel as if it might break if bent in half.
Glori305 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Those are eyepins, and I do the same thing.
SarahRose Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
I've thought about that too, but then how do you get it in without making a mess/big hole?
Starcharms Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
I usually just use wire, bend it and twist it into a "lasso shape, press it into the tops of my charms until all you can see above the clay is an upside down "U" shape, then use a tiny tiny bit of clay to cover the little hole and the bottom of the "lasso", smooth it all over and it holds pretty well!
kaasha Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
I cut a slit in my charm then put the wire in and push it back together. If it needs details, I usually do it before the details.
SarahRose Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
kaasha Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
you're welcome
Glori305 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2008
Make a small starter hole with a needle tool, gently wiggle in the bent wire, it will misshape things a little, but they press back into place easily enough
kittenspawn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
awesome article! great tips :)
SuicidalRat Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
This is really great and inspiring :) I can't wait to try out some of the tips and tutorials
ValerianaSolaris Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great article, full of useful information!
CoolKidCoco Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Very cool! It's nice to see not only your opinions on the different materials, but your experimental handy-work too. Thanks for the awesome list of tutorials toward the end as well. :D
valenceleclerc Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
great article! :)
Mind-rape-101 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
very helpful
pinknikki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing!! :D
pepper-spaz Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
wow, this is great
Cat-The-Rawr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008
Wow, wonderful article <3 Thank you so much for making this! And WOW at all the features =o
Talei Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great article hun. Glad to see you posted it :#1:
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