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Polymer Clay Secrets and Techniques

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Table of Contents
Introduction..................................................................................................................... 5 What is Polymer Clay?.................................................................................................... 6 How Polymer Clay Can Be Used..................................................................................... 7 More Than Just Clay Blocks............................................................................................ 8 Liquid Polymer Clay ................................................................................................... 8 Eraser Clay.................................................................................................................. 8 Tools to Use With Polymer Clay ..................................................................................... 9 Advanced Tools ........................................................................................................ 10 Household Items As Tools......................................................................................... 11 Working The Clay......................................................................................................... 12 Work Surface ............................................................................................................ 12 Conditioning ............................................................................................................. 12 Hard and Old Clay..................................................................................................... 12 Polymer Clay Safety Precautions................................................................................... 13 Mixing Colors ............................................................................................................... 14 Blending New Colors ................................................................................................ 14 Marble Effect ............................................................................................................ 14 Shading ..................................................................................................................... 15 For a Long Shaded Ribbon ........................................................................................ 15 For a Shaded Polymer Sheet...................................................................................... 16 Mixing Different Brand Polymer Clays ..................................................................... 16 How to Keep Polymer Clay From Sticking.................................................................... 17 Avoiding Fingerprints ................................................................................................... 17 Baking Polymer Clay .................................................................................................... 18 Temperature is Key!.................................................................................................. 18 Is It Done?................................................................................................................. 18 Special Curing Instructions ........................................................................................... 19 Beads ........................................................................................................................ 19 3-D And Fragile Pieces ............................................................................................. 20 Flat Pieces................................................................................................................. 20 Large Items ............................................................................................................... 20 Finishing Touches ......................................................................................................... 21 Sanding ..................................................................................................................... 21 Buffing...................................................................................................................... 21 Carving ..................................................................................................................... 21 Painting..................................................................................................................... 22 Glazing...................................................................................................................... 22 Additional Polymer Clay Tips ....................................................................................... 23 Attaching Clay Pieces Together................................................................................. 23 Attaching Pieces of Wet Clay.................................................................................... 23 Attaching Pieces of Cured Clay................................................................................. 23 Transferring Photos to Polymer Clay......................................................................... 23 Dolls ............................................................................................................................. 24

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Making a Doll Head .................................................................................................. 24 Making a Partial Doll ................................................................................................ 25 Making a Whole Doll ................................................................................................ 25 Making Teeth ............................................................................................................ 26 Making Eyes ............................................................................................................. 26 Hair........................................................................................................................... 27 Finishing Touches ..................................................................................................... 28 Beads ............................................................................................................................ 29 Making Beads with Bead Rollers............................................................................... 29 Making Beads by Hand ............................................................................................. 30 Making the Holes ...................................................................................................... 30 Finishing the Beads ................................................................................................... 30 How to Make a Graduated Bead Necklace................................................................. 31 Hollow Beads............................................................................................................ 32 Cane Bead Basics.......................................................................................................... 33 Cane Bead Making Notes .......................................................................................... 33 The Size Will Change................................................................................................ 33 Cutting Even Beads................................................................................................... 33 Avoiding Deformation While Cutting........................................................................ 33 Intentionally Deforming Cane Beads......................................................................... 34 Fixing Flaws in Cane Beads ...................................................................................... 34 Spiral Cane Beads ......................................................................................................... 35 Flower Cane Beads ....................................................................................................... 36 Leaf Cane Beads ........................................................................................................... 38 Making Heart or Animal Print Cane Beads.................................................................... 40 Cookie Cutter Gift Tags ................................................................................................ 42 Easy Polymer Ornaments .............................................................................................. 43 Easy Polymer Magnets.................................................................................................. 44 Making Pendants........................................................................................................... 45 Making Mushrooms ...................................................................................................... 46 Awareness Ribbons ....................................................................................................... 48 Flowers in Bloom.......................................................................................................... 49 Polymer Clay Pen Covers.............................................................................................. 51 Making Roses ............................................................................................................... 53 Making Ribbon Candy .................................................................................................. 56 Making Polymer Clay Cakes ......................................................................................... 58 Making Snakes.............................................................................................................. 61 Making Teddy Bears Carrying Flowers ......................................................................... 64 Embellishments in Polymer Clay................................................................................... 67 Chrysanthemum Bath Salt Jar........................................................................................ 68 Family Flower Frame.................................................................................................... 70 Make A Family Flower Tree ......................................................................................... 71 What to do With Scrap Clay.......................................................................................... 74 Blend New Colors ..................................................................................................... 74 Paintable Projects ...................................................................................................... 74 Objects that are to be Covered ................................................................................... 74

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...................... 75 Your Own Site ...............com ............................................................................................... 75 EBay..........Making Money off of Polymer Projects................ 75 Etsy............................................................................................. 76 Custom Beads ................................................................................ 75 Flea Markets...................................................................................................................................................................................... 76 Craft Shows.........................................................................................................................................com........................................................................ 77 4 ....................................................................................................................... 77 Custom Work ......

but never learned the techniques necessary to take it to the next level. how to bake it and how to make all types of crafts. you decided to just put that clay away and give up on it. You may have liked the idea of making decorative beads or unique items but didn't know how. so instead. what it is. We have heard hundreds of questions about how to use polymer clay. chances are you kept on walking because you just weren't sure you were ready to get into something new. Clay Happy! 5 . or finally decide to give it a try. The other possibility is that you have dabbled with polymer clay a little bit.Introduction If you are a crafty person you may have found yourself time and time again walking past the polymer clay section in the craft store and wondering 'I wonder what I could do with that?' But. This book is the result of those questions. as we try to help you take your clay time to the next level. or just didn’t know where to start in getting into this type of art form.

It is a completely different thing. it is more brittle than other polymer clay options.What is Polymer Clay? One of the first questions many people ask is 'What is Polymer Clay?' They wonder if it's like pottery clay. 6 . For the most part they are all the same. Once hardened. Premo. KatoClay and Fimo. play-dough or some completely different animal. Unlike natural clays that are made of earth. also known as PVC. called Polymer Polyvinyl Chloride. polymer clay is made of plastic that has a soft consistency. you will have to cook it. but with that lower price comes some flaws. Dyes are added to the plastic base to make color. Sculpey is considered the beginner's clay. It is more affordable than the other brands. The cooking process 'burns off' the liquid chemical part of the clay. leaving a hard piece behind. In order to make the clay that you are working become solid. Where they differ is in strength. The other three brands are commonly used by artists as they hold up much more effectively after curing. When you are at the store you may notice there are a number of options when it comes to choosing Polymer Clay – Sculpey.

or that they could chew on with polymer clay. but also animals. it can be made out of polymer clay. there are some things that should NOT be made out of polymer clay. With this said. there may be residual fumes. artistic creations (sculptures) and even dolls. You should avoid decorating any items that your pet will eat. While most of them should have cooked off in the baking phase. which could be irritating or make you feel ill. utensils or any other items that could come in contact with food or drink. This is not only the case for people.How Polymer Clay Can Be Used If you can sculpt it. dishes. The chemicals that are created in the cooking of polymer clay are not safe to ingest. Generally the most popular items to sculpt out of polymer clay are jewelry items (especially beads). Among those are cups. drink from. 7 .

Protecting Pieces – A layer of clear liquid polymer clay will give any of your completed pieces an extra layer of protection. Liqui d Poly mer Clay Liquid polymer clay is a bottle of liquid that. but can also be functional. Massaging the liquid clay in will allow you to once again use the polymer clay that you thought was too hard to work with. By following the directions on the bottle. but instead has a unique quality. Once you have baked your creation not only is it fun to look at. This is especially important on pieces that have delicate parts or will go through a lot of wear and tear like decorated pens and jewelry. you can use the clear liquid medium to move photos from a picture to the clay to create beautiful and unique keepsakes and mementos. Transferring Photos – Another use for liquid polymer clay is to transfer photos. you can add a few drops of liquid polymer clay to help make it more manageable. as it doubles as a pencil eraser. Here are a few of them: Combining Pieces – Liquid polymer clay is a perfect medium for putting pieces of polymer clay together. Conditioning Clay – If you have some clay that seems to have dried out a bit or is too hard to work. becomes clay. This is solid clay that looks just like your regular polymer clay. If you decide to add a piece to a creation. 8 . Cook it again and they will become a solid piece. This has a number of uses when you are creating.More Than Just Clay Blocks All polymer clay does not come in those cute little bricks that are used to make beads and sculptures. when fired. there are some other types of polymer clay products that can allow you to do to a lot more with your creative ideas. Eraser Clay A newer style of polymer clay that is becoming more and more popular is eraser clay. or just are working with delicate pieces that need to be fired before they are put together you can use polymer clay to combine the two.

Tools to Use With Polymer Clay When it comes to creating masterpieces. Here's a quick list of some of the tools you may want to have: A Mat – You always want to use a mat to work with your clay. and in your home. Many work area mats are for sale in craft stores or may come with a basic clay working tool kit. Look for rolling pins that are made specifically for polymer clay. You can also use parchment paper or another surface that will allow you to be able to remove the clay without it getting stuck. you will want to enlist the help of a rolling pin to make the clay flat and smooth. large and small. there are a number of tools on the market. 9 . Cutting Blade – A long cutting blade will help you to cut and separate the clay with smooth lines. from polymer clay. as they are less likely to have the clay stick to them. Rolling Pin – When you are beginning to work with polymer clay. If you like the idea of being able to switch back and forth between creations. This will be a tool you will use constantly so you may want to have a few extras around. This way you can work on a creation on the index card and move it aside when you want to work on something else. Molds – For three-dimensional creations out of polymer clay. such as Plexiglas. you may want to consider using index cards on top of your mat. Some of these are solid and others are made of a flexible material that will make your pressed-clay creation easier to remove. there are a number of molds on the market that will create anything from doll parts to racing cars or jewelry pendants. that you can use.

you will want a bead hole maker to get the job done. You should also keep these on hand to clean your fingers. Texture Sheets – Most craft stores sell texture sheets. roll it back and forth and get matching beads each time. This is where a bead roller can come in.Pasta Machine – If you are going to be doing a lot of polymer clay work. Sandpaper – Once you have baked your polymer clay. that have textures and designs on them. you may want to invest in a pasta machine. This device will allow you to put a small amount of clay inside. some of the tinting will come off on your fingers and you will need to wipe it off or you may get upset when that tint transfers to other colors of clay that you are working. Baby Wipes – From cleaning your tools to cleaning your working surface. you are going to want to have sandpaper to smooth the edges down and make it feel like a finished piece. Hole Maker – If you are making jewelry. ornaments or anything else that needs a hole in it. These are flat sheets. When you press the designs into the clay. There are a variety of sizes and shapes of these and many sculptors like to have a selection of them to work with. If you are working with bright colors. Clay Shapers – These look like a paintbrush but with rubber tips and are used to shape and carve the clay as you sculpt. Bead Roller – While many people roll beads in polymer clay by hand. usually of plastic. It is also a great way to blend clays and create lovely effects. Many of these tools are costly and are mostly used by more serious artists. The alcohol in the wipes makes clean up a breeze and will help you avoid the colors of your clay getting mixed together while you are working. you will always want to have a package of baby wipes nearby. precision work or just don't want to waste time with a rolling pin. Adva nce d Tools If you get serious about working with polymer clay there are also advanced tools you can purchase such as Clay Guns to create more precise shapes and details. A hand-crank machine is relatively affordable and will make beautiful sheets of polymer clay to use in your creations. it will transfer the texture and create a textured finish to your piece. 10 . others want beads that are uniform in size.

the more you look around your house. The sides of them are also very good for fitting into tight spaces and smoothing pieces of clay. Coffee stirrers are another great item to be used in polymer clay. There are plenty of things at your home that can be repurposed as tools for your polymer creations. sculpt. If you are making beads or items that need a hole in them. the more items you will find that you can use to cut. They create round holes that are perfect for stringing on a necklace.Househol d Ite ms As Tools Not all of your polymer clay tools have to be from the shelves of a store. Just realize that any cookie cutters you use for polymer clay should NOT be used for making real cookies or any other food again as some of the chemicals from the clay could be on the cutter and get into your food. 11 . texture and otherwise use to enjoy your polymer clay creating time. Cookie cutters are a great way to get a starter shape for your polymer clay creation. In most cases. consider those extra coffee stirrers as an option.

index cards or other flexible and smooth items under your project to make it easier to remove it from the surface for working and curing. Work it in and it should help to soften the clay up for you to use. You also will be using cutting tools on the clay. most any surface will do. But remember. you have to get it into the right condition and consistency to start working with it. think of this as kneading dough. The best advice is to get a craft mat to work on that will allow you to use your tools without damaging the surface underneath. Condi tioni ng Before you start making beautiful creations out of polymer clay. so you want to make sure that you have chosen a work surface that you don't mind if there are cuts in. If you want to make things even easier you may want to additionally put waxed paper. Hard a nd Ol d Clay If you have hard or old clay that you need to soften up and kneading it isn't enough. This means you need to take it out of its original packaging and work it around in your hands for a bit. you can try a couple of drops of a hand lotion. 12 . If you have ever baked bread in the past. Sometimes that will offer just enough liquid to make the clay workable for your next project. you should try adding a few drops of Liquid Polymer clay medium. All clay needs to be conditioned.Working The Clay There are a few things you need to think about when it comes to working with polymer clay – your work surface and conditioning the clay for use. You need to make the clay pliable and easy to mold into whatever shape you are going to create. you want to make sure you create a space that you can remove your clay from easily. Work Surfac e When it comes to your work surface. If you don’t have any liquid polymer clay medium.

This also goes for your pets. Also remember to wash your hands well after handing polymer clay and before handling food as some of those chemicals will be on your hands after working with the clay. shape or cure your polymer clay items should never be used for cooking or serving food items. you should never make serving or eating and drinking related items out of Polymer clay as the chemicals in the plastic clay can seep into the food and drink and then be ingested by those who are using the vessels. Any items that you use to mold.Polymer Clay Safety Precautions Before you move forward picking through polymer clay projects. there are a couple of last minute reminders we want to pass on to you. Additionally. Polymer clay is made of plastic and the usage of it releases chemicals that should never be ingested. 13 .

or if you have a pasta machine. 14 . You will notice the pressure melds the colors in a unique design. Blending Ne w Colors If you want a color that isn't quite one of the colors you have on hand. You can either do this by hand. run the pieces through the machine. Choose the colors that you want to blend and work the pieces together until they meld into one another. you may have wondered how to do this. folding and running the pieces through together through the machine until your new color has been achieved. It's easier than you think. Marble Effec t The marble effect of clay is easy to create. You can fold. great marble designs or colors that fade from one shade to another. you may want to blend a new color in your polymer clay. An important thing to remember is not to over blend the colors.Mixing Colors If you have seen polymer clay pieces with colors you can't find in the store. Take two or more colors of clay and push them together. You may want to work them together a bit and twist the colors around one another to make more attractive designs. This is just as easy as it was to blend paints in elementary school to make a new color. Otherwise. If you have a pasta machine. roll them out with your rolling pin. Too much and you will just create a new solid color. not a marble design. twist and bend the piece together and run it through again and again until you get the color combination you want.

Choose your two colors and roll them out in the pasta maker individually. the instructions will differ depending on the results you want from your polymer clay. you can use what is known as the Skinner Method. Put the two pieces together and use your finger to mold the line of the center so they stay combined. From this point on. 15 . For a Long Shade d Ri bbo n Fold the pair of triangles in half. This method is simple. which is named after Judith Skinner who invented it.Sha di ng If you want to have the color of your design fade from one color to another over time. Now cut them into triangles from one end to the other.

Mixing Di ffere nt Brand Polymer Clay s If you happen to have different colors of clay that you think would make a great blend but they are from different companies. Fold lengthwise and roll through the machine again. it is ok to blend them together. You will repeat this process a number of times until the colors are blended from light to dark. For a Shaded Poly mer Shee t Fold the pair of triangles in half. Make sure they are thoroughly mixed so they will stay together and then you may have to do a little experimentation on cooking. Remember. 16 . you can always cook things a little longer to make sure they are done. as long as your oven stays at the right temperature. You will repeat this process a number of times until the colors are blended from light to dark. Run through the pasta machine widthwise Fold widthwise again and roll through the machine.Run through the pasta machine lengthwise.

One of the easiest ways to deal with this is to dust your hands. you can also try to use your cutting tool as a spatula. perhaps the clay has been overworked. Another possible experience would have the clay sticking to your fingers and tools and becoming hard to work. If you don't like the idea of wearing full gloves. If you have been working a flat piece of clay that you are now trying to pick up from your work area. If you are still having problems. 17 . Avoiding Fingerprints While some people like seeing a few fingerprints in polymer clay creations to show they were in fact hand made. to cut the piece up from the mat so you can move it. there are also latex fingertips available that will just cover the area you are using to work the clay. tools and work area with a little talcum powder to avoid sticking. you may want to wear latex gloves. it will be more prone to sticking. not everyone is of this same opinion. To avoid fingerprints in the clay as you work it. If it gets too warm from your body heat. you may have had a painful experience where you thought you had just completed a piece and then realized it was stuck to your working surface and removing it would mean making a mess of all the work you did. Let it sit for a few minutes to cool and try again.How to Keep Polymer Clay From Sticking If you have experimented with polymer clay in the past.

it is important to remember that the curing process of the clay is going to let off plastic chemicals and fumes. Curing in this case means baking it to burn off those liquid chemicals in the polymer plastic. Place your polymer clay pieces on an oven-safe surface and cook them for the allotted time. display or give away. You can always cook polymer clay a few minutes longer if you are not sure. you must cure it before it will be ready to wear.Baking Polymer Clay Once you have created something in clay. Others prefer to cure their clay by hand by using a heat gun to do the trick. Tempera ture i s Key ! When you are curing polymer clay. The cooking off of the plastic chemical will send an odor through the house and can be bothersome to your lungs as well as any pets you may have. Those who are serious polymer clay users may get a specific toaster oven or clay-baking oven to do the job. Each brand of polymer clay has different cooking times and temperatures. Most people choose their home oven to do the curing. That means you should try to keep them from floating all over your oven. The main key to curing the clay is to carefully read the instructions that came with the product and follow them. If you are using an oven that you also cook in. Another thing to keep in mind is that you will want to be able to air out the house when you are curing your polymer clay. When you are baking clay pieces you should consider putting them inside a roasting bag or purchasing a roasting pan with a lid that is just for your polymer creations. While in some respects this is true. is it done? Here is a rule of thumb. 18 . These can be hazardous if consumed. Is It Do ne? This is the question all polymer clay artists will always ask. many people think if they turn the temperature up a little higher things will cook more quickly. It is vital to keep the oven at the temperature that is recommended for cooking. you also may ruin your piece or burn it.

If it's not. to support them off of the hot cooking surface. Beads If you have created a number of beads.Make sure you have set the oven at the right temperature (and that your oven is reliable for cooking at the proper temperature). as long as you keep cooking it at the same temperature. do the math on what it should take to cook the piece (most need to be heated for 15 minutes per ¼ inch of clay). Polyfil If you have any Polyfil (quilt batting) around the house. The other option is using a wooden skewer that you already own and balancing it on the edges of your roasting pan. you don't want them to sit on a flat surface in the oven or the heat may cause them to flatten on that side. Folded Paper The final option is to take a piece of paper and fold it into a fan-like shape. Before you judge whether or not the piece is completely cured. you can take a small piece of that and set the beads on it to cushion them and keep them from marking. giving you lopsided beads at the end of the curing cycle. 19 . Then check. here's a look at what types of pieces may need a little special attention and how to care for them. you can always put it back in the oven. let it cool. Instead there are three options for curing beads: Skewers or Bead Rac ks There are commercial bead racks you can purchase with a series of metal rods and a stand that allow you to thread your beads to keep them elevated while they cook. Special Curing Instruct ions Some items need special care when curing them. Set the beads in the folds.

you should add a little more on to the curing time. In this case you will need to read and follow the instructions on the heat gun. Flat Piece s If you have created a flat pendant or other piece that you want to keep flat. 20 . Because of the tile on top. foil or Polyfil.3-D And Fragile Piece s If you have created flowers. you will have to instead find a way to cook them outside the oven. Place the piece on parchment paper. Some of the things you can use to prop them up are pieces of cork. you may want to take a few precautions to make sure the clay does not warp during curing. Large Ite ms If you are cooking larger items that will not fit in the oven. The most common solution is to use a heat gun and manually cure the piece. you need to keep them propped in position through the cooking process. or other fragile or thin pieces that you would like to keep their shape and not flatten while cooking. put another piece of parchment on top of it and then set a piece of ceramic tile on top to keep it flat during cooking. leaves.

Sandi ng When sanding polymer clay you should use a wet-sanding technique. tribal design or even letters or words to a piece. and as you begin to get rid of any irregularities you can move to more fine grits (600. Many people go through a series of finishing steps before they call a piece complete. 800 or even 1200) to get the smooth finish you want for your piece. This is best done when the piece is still warm. 21 . with a soft cloth or buffing pad or using a buffing attachment on a rotary tool. You will know when your buffing is done by the fact that it will cause the clay to take on a slight shine. using a carving tool and carefully carve into the piece following your drawn lines. This is often done to add a drawing. Begin with more coarse sandpaper (400 grit). water and almost anything else you have in mind for it. You can either do this by hand. it is ready for anything from painting to wearing and will be able to hold up to use. and once you like it. you have the option of carving them. You should start by drawing the design with a pencil. Buffi ng Many people choose to buff their polymer creations to make them shine.Finishing Touches Once you have completed curing a piece. Which of these you use will depend a lot on what you want your finished project to look like. That means you will literally put the piece of clay and your sandpaper in the water and sand it in the water. Carving After you pull your clay creations out of the oven.

Painting If you want to paint details on your creations. Which one you choose will depend on whether you want your finished creation to shine or just have a layer of protection. Glazing Adding a layer of glaze can protect your creation as well as make it look more finished. or are using scrap clay and want to paint the entire piece. Other types of paint. will not dry properly on polymer clay. There are two kinds of glaze finish you can put on your polymer clay – matte and gloss. you should use acrylic paints for the job. 22 . like enamel. Make sure you give it ample time to dry before touching it or you could ruin all of your hard work with a fresh fingerprint. These can be found in the paint section of a craft store. Glaze will be applied with a paintbrush.

but if you take your time and follow the steps you can have beautiful and personal photo mementos in polymer clay. Transferr ing Pho tos to Poly mer Clay There's no doubt you have seen beautiful polymer clay mementos that have photographs on them. As note when you are preparing to cure pieces that you have fused together. The process may differ by which brand of clear liquid polymer clay you use. There are a few ways to do this. Put the creation back in the oven for the proper time on the instructions and when it's done you will have fused the two pieces together. Attac hi ng Piec es o f Cured Cla y Whether you are trying to put together two pieces of cured clay or you are trying to attach a piece of wet clay to a piece of cured clay you are going to need to use liquid clay medium. Brush some of the medium on and push the two pieces together. You will need to use clear liquid polymer clay medium and a photo (printed on photo quality ink jet paper). This takes patience or you will end up making a mess of at least one of the pieces. Attac hi ng Piec es o f W et Clay If you have pieces of wet clay that you are putting together you can carefully meld the two together. Otherwise they can slip or slide and end up falling out of place or falling apart. You may have wondered just how they get those photo images on the clay pieces. You can also brush on a little liquid clay medium where you are attaching the pieces to help fuse them together.Additional P olymer Clay Tips Attac hi ng Clay Piece s Toge ther There will come times in your polymer clay artistry when you want to connect two pieces of clay together to make a larger completed item. make sure you have properly supported them for the curing process to keep the pieces in place until the cooking is done. It's not as hard as you may think. 23 .

Most people select either to make the doll head out of polymer. which can take a long time to cook and is a major waste of clay. Still others want to create fairies. Push the clay into the mold. Some want to create a traditional baby doll. Maki ng a Doll H ead Sculpting If you are adept with sculpting. 1. Molds If you are not as skilled of a sculptor. Instead of using a solid ball of clay to sculpt. understand that after it has been cured. you are going to need to purchase a mold that depicts the doll head you want. Many of today's molds are flexible molds. which make them easy to use. 24 . The first thing you will need to do is decide how much of your doll is going to be made of polymer clay. a partial doll (the head. Others want to create unique characters with human features. Make sure that you push it enough to completely fill the mold and not leave any open spaces or the face will come out incomplete. you may want to hand sculpt the doll head. In this case. Here are the basics for each of these plans.Dolls One thing many people want to dabble in when working with polymer clay is making a doll or two. you can use a cork as the centerpiece of the head and layer clay over it until it is of an appropriate thickness to sculpt. No matter which kind of doll you want to end up with the basics are the same. you are going to need a little help making a doll head. If you are considering making the full doll of polymer. elves or other mythical creatures. polymer will no longer be flexible so it will essentially be a solid figurine. hands and feet) or the whole doll.

if you want attach these to something. hands and feet and then attach them to the rest of your creation. you are going to want to make the head. Smooth the edges until the face looks like you want it. If you are going to add features (long ears. Again remember. Cure the piece. Take your time and use your fingers and tools to create the contours of the body. 5. If you are going to attach this head to anything. a longer nose. Now start adding pieces to your creation. If you are using a mold to create some parts of the doll. you may want insert a wire or rod into the base of the head to have something coming out that you can attach to your creation. Fold the mold so it will release the piece of clay. Make sure you have chosen the size and stance you will want for your completed doll. 3. etc. you need to make sure you insert a wire to the base of the hands and feet before curing so you will have a connection point. 25 . When it comes to the hands and feet you can either sculpt them out of a piece of clay or use a mold to create those as well. this would be the time to do it).2. push those pieces onto the wire where they belong then use strips of clay to fill in the rest of the body covering. Maki ng a Par tial Doll If you are making a partial doll. 4. Maki ng a W hole Doll If you want to create a complete doll out of polymer clay. you should begin with a wire and foil creation that will form the shape of the doll you want to ultimately create. Follow the directions above for creation of the head.

The careful detailed markings of teeth require a lot of attention and detailed work. they may well make a mess of the rest of the face and have to start over. This is especially true if you want your clay doll creation to seem to come to life. the right size of the eyeball you want for your creation. While some people can sculpt this way without a problem. how to you make convincing eyes? You need to start with an eyeball. Maki ng Eyes In many cases. The best way to do this is to use a pencil. So. Start by taking a small flat piece of clay that is the right size for your teeth and curving it. 26 .Maki ng Tee th One of the problems that plague people making polymer clay dolls is making teeth for the faces. So. thick nail or other round shaped item and wrap a small amount of clay around it. Essentially what you are going to want to do is create a set of dentures and then build your doll face around them. Once you have cured the teeth you can put them in the wet clay of your doll head and then carve the area around them into the kind of mouth you have in mind. Roll a small piece of clay into a ball. Make sure to make these the appropriate size and curvature for your face. how do they do it? One way to be able to create the carved teeth that you want in your doll's mouth is to carve them separately. Others have a tougher time of it and find that when they try to carve these while inside the head of a still-wet clay doll. Place the teeth material on the curved surface and carve the teeth. the eyes have it.

as it is more prone to hold it's shape that way. Bake both pieces so they will be solid and you will have no problem creating the rest of the eye around them. you can create an eye around them. Next. one of the easiest is as follows. If you are going for a large eye effect you may want to push them in less. From here. Cutting perfect circles is not easy as the ball of clay tends to like to change its form as you cut. it's a matter of preference to create the type of look you want from the eye you are creating. create the eyelids.Now you need to cut this in half to make a pair of flat-backed eyeballs. Start by coloring the area where the hair is to be (either using a different color clay or painting it after it has been cured. Putting it in a plastic bag and into the freezer for 10-15 minutes will make this easier to do. You should start with a piece of clay that you make a hole in that is just the size of the eyeball. While there are a number of ways that are recommended to do this. From a fluttering eyelid to eyelashes or even a pupil in the eye. Once your eyeballs are ready. One trick that helps is to make sure your clay is cold before you cut. using a thin piece of clay. you can choose whatever additions you think will create the most attractive look for your doll. If you are painting remember to use acrylic paints) 27 . Push the eyeball into the clay as deep as you would like it. Put the balls in place (either on the doll or your worktable before they are transferred to the doll). Hair Hair is always a tough point for those who want to make dolls out of clay.

back of the head and slowly add the hair up over the scalp a small bit at a time. make sure it can stand up. By testing the doll before it goes to be cured you will be able to correct any weight problems. the clay is uneven in weight and may cause the doll to topple.Next. Fini shi ng To uches If you are making a full doll. using a good glue start adding small clumps of hair to the figure. Once you have finished the main body parts of the doll. you can have fun decorating with clothing and accessories until it becomes the original creation that you had envisioned. Often. Take your time with this. 28 . before you cure it. You should let the hair dry between clumps to avoid an extremely gooey mess. Start at the bottom.

Beads When it comes to jewelry and polymer clay. Here's how they work: Start by placing a small ball of clay in the bead roller (after you experiment a few times. diamond shaped beads and others. ovals. There are a few different types of bead rollers out there including ones that create round beads. Roll the roller back and forth 3-5 times. Remove the top and pop out the perfectly shaped bead. Bead rollers are commercial plastic tools that will allow you to make bead after bead that look exactly the same. Maki ng Bea ds wi th Bead Roll ers If you want to have uniform beads every time. you will get the right amount). There are generally two ways to make polymer beads out of clay – by hand or with bead rollers. you are going to want to use bead rollers to create them. 29 . beads are a very popular number.

The key to making good bead holes is to take your time and be patient. there are an endless number of options for how to create polymer clay beads. One trick is to put the beads in a plastic bag and in your freezer for 10-15 minutes to harden them up. If you try to quickly push a tool through the clay. create small geometric designs with your cutting tool or come up with your bead shapes any way you would like. you are going to deform your bead. Fini shi ng the Bea ds Once you have cured the beads there is one final step you may want to take before wearing them. then follow the instructions that follow to complete the beads. After you have made a hole. the hole will get smaller as the whole bead will shrink in size when it cures. The first is to use a bead holer that will make a hole through or use any other tool that will create a hole that is the right size for your needs. take a look at any effect that has had on the bead's shape and use your fingers to even them out again if necessary. you can do it.Maki ng Bea ds by Ha nd Not everyone wants to create the same looking beads that can be made out of the bead rollers. Maki ng the Hole s The thing that differentiates a ball of clay from a bead is making holes in the clay. You could roll the beads by hand. 30 . For these people. This can be applied with a paintbrush. Pretty much if you can think of it. then push the holer through. Use a matte or glossy finish to seal the pieces and give them a glazed and completed look. There are a number of options to this end. Remember.

so you will want to cut two in each size. Remember. For the next pair of beads. Using your hands. add a little more clay to them. Start with the smallest pieces of clay that you want for your smaller beads. These are not too hard to make. cure them and then they are ready to string. roll the beads into smooth balls that will become your beads. Continue this trend until you have a series of pairs of beads that gradually get larger and larger in size. Make holes in the balls. You can begin by rolling the clay you are using into one large log. Lay that log alongside a ruler. you are making a necklace. You can now use the ruler to cut the clay into the pieces that you will roll into the beads. 31 .How to Make a Gra dua te d Be ad Neckla ce One of the trends in jewelry is to make graduated beads that start small at the back of the necklace and slowly get larger and larger until you get to the center.

but don't want to have thick and heavy beads hanging around your neck and pulling you down. you need these holes to match up down the road so that you can string the bead. start the process of sanding the pieces down until they can be put together and make the round shape you are hoping for. If you use liquid polymer clay you will have to fire them again. You may want to do this at the center of the middle on each side.Hollow Bea ds If you like the idea of making large polymer clay beads. It's going to take a little extra work. Cure the pieces. At this time you can use glue or liquid polymer clay to attach the two pieces together. Remember to put your bead holes in them. You will need to make two of these pieces. Remember. 32 . If you want to make a large round bead you may be able to use any of a number of candy molds or other items that you can form half a circle around. Once they are cured. First you need to decide on the design you are going to use for your hollow beads. but you can do it. And come up with a mold for that shape. you may wonder how you can create the beads you want without all the weight.

There are two ways to make sure they are all equal. Avoidi ng De for mation While Cutti ng There is a lot of work that goes into making cane beads. This is the name for all those beads with twists. You can either put a ruler beside the log you are cutting and cut at even intervals or take one of the beads you have already cut and use it as a measuring tool. There are a number of steps to these beads. This means you need to be patient from time to time. so you don’t want them to fail. Once you have created the log that 33 . Cane Bead Ma king No tes There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you are making cane beads. swirls. Don’t be worried. This will not be the size of your beads as you will be shrinking it down during the rolling phase. Often the stacked clay will be 2-4 inches wide. Cutti ng Even Beads Another concern many have when making cane beads is making a number of beads that are the same size.Cane Bead Basics One of the draws to polymer clay is being able to make cane beads. The Size Will Cha nge The initial piece you are creating will be large. Try a couple of the sample beads that we offer and then come up with your own designs. flower designs and more in them.

Lightly slide your cutting tool across the area that has smeared. Putting the roll in the freezer for 10-15 minutes in a plastic bag will harden it up a bit and make it much easier to cut. you should be now looking at a clean crisp cut of cane. you should let it cool. You just need to shave a very thin layer off of the top. 34 .you are ready to cut. so make sure not to cut too deep. Stretching the shape of the beads can help you create something new. in the picture to the right. These are easy enough to repair with just a little patience and your cutting tool. there are times when you will want to deform your cuts of cane. Inte ntionally De for mi ng Cane Beads Believe it or not. heart shape cane beads were stretched and pulled and now look like animal prints. For example. If you have done it correctly. You have been working that clay for a while and it may be a little warm and too flexible. Fixing Fla ws i n Ca ne B eads Sometimes when you are cutting your cane beads you will get a smear.

Allow the stretching to continue until you get the log down to the size that you want for your beads. 35 . Cool. Gradually you will see the log start to stretch.Spiral Cane Beads Spiral Cane beads are simple to make and fun to look at. while pulling on one edge with your other hand. Now it's time to roll this down into a smaller log. Cut. Place one hand on top and roll the log back and forth applying pressure. You will need: Polymer Clay in 2 or more colors Roll out each color of polymer clay into long strips. Roll the pieces together into a spiral shape. Add holes and cure. Stack the layers of polymer clay on top of one another.

Make rods of some of the outside bead color and you will want to chop these pieces to make them like triangles The best way to do this is to create a log and push it flat on your work surface then cut it in half to create two pieces. but you can also get the same effect with a rolling pin.Flower Cane Beads What you will need: Polymer Clay Outline Color Polymer Clay Petal Color Polymer Clay Center Color Polymer Clay Outer Color Begin by deciding what kind of design you want to end up with. Additionally. Wrap each of the petal logs with the flat outline clay to make completely wrapped tubes of clay. a petal color and the outside bead color. Next you will need to make flattened sheets of your outer color as well as the color that will be wrapped around the petals and center. you should have some black clay on hand (or another color that can be used as your outline color). Cut the petal color clay into 6 equal sizes and roll them into logs. Next. roll the color for the center of the flower into a log that is similar in size to the petals. This is easiest done with a pasta machine as it will make consistently smooth and flat pieces. 36 . Traditionally flower cane beads have a center color.

Add holes and cure. while pulling on one edge with your other hand. Place one hand on top and roll the log back and forth applying pressure. Now it's time to roll this down into a smaller log. Cut. Also apply pressure to hold these in place.Begin assembling your large log. Start with the center log and stack the petal pieces around it. Gradually you will see the log start to stretch. Cool. Finally wrap the whole creation with flat piece of the outer color. Add a little pressure to hold them together and create a flower design. Allow the stretching to continue until you get the log down to the size that you want for your beads. Next you need to take the split outer logs and stack them around the design. 37 . This is now your large flower log.

Work the leaf color clay for a while and then roll into an oval shape. Make those cuts.Leaf Cane Beads If you are going to make flower beads. Push it flat on your counter Now take a look at it from the side and see where you would have logical 'veins' in a leaf if this were half of a leaf. Here are a few tips on how to do just that. you likely want to make leaf beads as well so you can have the full matched set. You will need: Leaf Color Clay Leaf Outline Color Clay Begin by using your pasta maker or rolling pin to flatten your leaf outline color into one long strip. 38 . Fill each of the 'veins' with strips of the outline color of clay.

to create two matching leaf halves.Now cut the log in half. Wrap the whole log in the outer color. lengthwise. Add a layer of the outline color to the flat side of one of the halves and use pressure to push the pieces together. Cut the beads. 39 . Cool the cane. Add holes and cure. Use the rolling method to reduce the clay to a smaller size to prepare for cutting into beads. Make them look like leaves by using your fingers to form the tip on the leaf.

Wrap with your inner shell color and ad d pressure to remove any air bubbles. Then add accents. You will need: Polymer Clay for the Heart Polymer Clay for the Inner Color Polymer Clay for an Inner Shell Polymer Clay for Accents Polymer Clay for the Outside Shell Begin by using your heart colored polymer clay to create a heart shaped tube. Here's a hint. 40 . Then use your fingers to make the bottom go to a point and fill in the sides.Making Heart or Animal Print Cane Beads This is a fun cane design that can either be a heart or double as a unique animal print. made of thin rods of that color. Make three logs and put them together in a triangle formation. Surround the heart with rods made of your inner color.

Wrap the entire piece in the outer shell color and roll it down to the desired size. Cool then cut.

From this point, you will treat each piece differently depending on which design you would like. If you want a heart shape, carefully flex the material to make an even heart. If you want animal prints, you can use your fingers to stretch the piece and elongate one side to create what looks more like an animal print shape.

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Cookie Cutter Gift Tags
Have you always wanted to be one of those people who could add a special personal touch when wrapping up presents? This is the way to do it. You will need Polymer Clay in 1 or More Colors Old Cookie Cutters Go through those old cookie cutters in the kitchen and decide which ones suit the theme and that you are no longer going to use for making cookies.

Roll out a sheet of clay and use the cookie cutter to cut out the design.

Don't forget to make a hole for attaching a ribbon to the tag.

Cure and then paint or use markers to write a message on the tags.

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Easy Polymer Ornaments
Whether you have old holiday themed cookie cutters or candy molds that you no longer use, you can now turn these molds into the base for a whole new set of holiday ornaments. You will need Polymer Clay in 1 or More Colors Old Cookie Cutters or Candy Molds

If you are using cookie cutters, roll out a sheet of clay and use the cookie cutter to cut out the design. If you are using candy molds, press the clay into the mold until it fills it completely.

Make a hole for attaching a ribbon, rope or hook. If you want to decorate with more clay, do this at this time.

Cure and then decorate with paint, markers, glitter or whatever else you like.

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Once you have cured the polymer clay design it's time to attach the magnet to the backside with glue. roll out a sheet of clay and use the cookie cutter to cut out the design. press the clay into the mold until it fills it completely. Give the glue time to completely dry then turn it over and decorate your magnet until you are pleased with the final look. Put it up for all to enjoy! 44 .Easy Polymer Magnets Who doesn't need a couple of magnets on the refrigerator to hold shopping lists. If you are using candy molds. Candy Molds. just remember that you don’t want your creation to be too large or heavy or the magnet may not be able to hold it up. Make a hole for attaching a ribbon. If you are sculpting a design by hand have fun being creative. to do lists and good grades. Your own personal polymer clay magnets are easy to make! You will need: Polymer Clay in 1 or More Colors Old Cookie Cutters. or Your Own Sculpting Abilities Heavy Duty Glue Magnet If you are using cookie cutters. rope or hook.

Decorate. There is. Push the metal piece into the ball of clay you are going to use to create your pendant. 45 . but don’t want a big hole in it.Making Pendants If you have an idea for a great pendant. Make the pendant shape. Now twist the bottom half of the metal. you may be wondering if there is a better way to create a clay pendant that you can hang. Cure and your pendant is ready to wear. you need to take a piece of wire that is 1 ½ times the length of the pendant are you are going to make and fold it in half. You will need: Polymer Clay Jewelry Wire First.

46 . begin to form the underside of the mushroom cap. Continue pressing outwards widening the cap. With your finger. You will need: Polymer clay in at least 2-3 colors Begin with a ball of clay that will make the mushroom cap.Making Mushrooms This is a fun project that won't take too long but will end with the creation of a whimsical mushroom. a rod that will make the base and 5 small balls that will make the spots on the mushroom cap.

Push down from the middle to create the flattened and rounded base. 47 .Press the spots to the cap one at a time. Form the base out of the rod of base material. Use your finger carefully to attach the top of the base to the underside of the mushroom cap.

Cut off the edges on each side of the ribbon at a sharp angle to create the final ribbon look. 48 . fold the piece over itself to create the beginning of a ribbon shape. Next. there is a trend towards ribbons to remain aware of those situations. It should be slightly tapered off at the end. Using polymer clay you can create your own ribbons of awareness so you can keep others in the know while you always remember that special cause.Awareness Ribbons We are in a time when there is a heightened sense of awareness. If you want to create a pin. From awareness about cancer to AIDS and foreign wars. You will need: Polymer Clay Pin Backing (optional) Begin by rolling out a piece of clay that is long enough for the whole ribbon. cure the piece and then glue a pin back to the backside of it.

Attach the first petal to one of the centerpiece discs. 49 . flatten and stretch the ovals to create the petals for the flower. Using your fingers. Continue going around until all of the petals have been attached. 10-12 is usually a good number. What you need: Polymer Clay in the Petal Color Polymer Clay in the Center Color Begin by making a set of ovals out of the petal colored clay. Also make two round discs of clay for the center of the flower.Flowers in Bloom Who doesn't love bright and colorful flowers? Now you too can have a beautiful bouquet looking at you every day made out of polymer clay.

Before curing.Place the second center color disc on top of the petals you just attached. Once your flowers are made you can use them in a number of different ways from putting them on stems and creating a display to attaching a magnet to the back and decorating your refrigerator. 50 . If you want to have a flower on a stem. push a skewer into the backside of the flower. Other options are to add cute features to these flowers with other pieces of left over clay.

But why not make your own? Here's How What you need: A Pen to Cover (a simple pen with replaceable tip like a Bic is advised) A Variety of Polymer Clay to Cover the Pen This is a time consuming project. Next take your cane pieces and assemble them around the pen. 51 . Remove the ink cartridge from the pen. One of the most colorful ways to do this is to make a number of clay canes and decorate the pen with slices of the canes. you may always be looking to buy new pens. but a very fun one. Wrap the pen in a layer of the clay and smooth the surface. Roll out a layer of your coating polymer clay that will wrap around the pen. The simple description of the project is that you are going to cover your pen with a complete layer of polymer clay and then decorate.Polymer Clay Pen Covers If you are the type of person who always loves to have a unique pen to write with. Begin by deciding the design you want to create on the pen.

Before you cure it. you will want to set it in the base and make sure that the base is strong enough to hold it up. add any other embellishments you desire (such as a large piece of your cane on the top). you will want to make sure the completed pen will fit in the space. If you have gaps. then cure. Once the pen is wrapped. Use your cutting tool to remove it. you need to take a ball of clay and use your finger. you may want to create a base for your pen as well. 52 . If not add more clay to the base so it can handle the job. clay may spread over the opening. If you really want to go all out. Now decorate this piece just as you did the pen. Make sure to keep the end where the ink cartridge must go open. As you work. you can cut small pieces off of a slice and fill in those spaces. Push the pen in one more time (wiggling it around to make a little extra room for shrinkage) and cure to create a matching set. or a tool that is a little larger than the pen and press a hole in it. Since you have already cured your pen.Continue wrapping the shaft of the pen with your cane pieces. In order to do this.

just a tight circle. they will be with you for good. You will need Polymer Clay in the Color of the Rose Polymer Clay for the Stem and Leaves Coffee Stirrer Begin by rolling out the clay that is to make the rose and break it into 14 pieces the size of your thumbprint. Wrap the first petal around the coffee stirrer to create the center circle for the rose. Here's how to make your own roses. 53 .Making Roses While roses that you buy at the florist will wilt and die after a few weeks. not to mention you can be proud of your handiwork. Use your thumb to press down the first piece to make it petal like. if you learn to make your own. Note it does not have to be completely closed.

54 . Roll out a flat piece of the stem color and wrap around the stirrer base. Continue adding petals one at a time until you get to the desired size of rose. If you are going to use the rose as décor you can cut it off of the stirrer and cure it. giving a little space between the petals. Press the pieces together at the base of the flower.Press the next peal piece with your thumb as you did the first and curve it around the center. If you want to make the stem for the rose. continue on.

Use your fingers to meld these from the stem of the flower up and around the edge of the rose. These will be your leaves. Cure and enjoy. 55 .Next. fashion a set of 3 or 4 rounded triangles.

white. and white.Making Ribbon Candy One thing many people like to make with polymer clay is food-like items. You will need 8 of white. red. red. white. Layer the pieces as follows white. green. Cut the pieces down into rectangles of the same size. 2 of green and 2 of red. white. white. Next. here's an easy one that you can use to both fill a fake candy bowl and use as a Christmas ornament or gift-wrap decoration. Use pressure to make sure the pieces are well pressed together and will stay that way. Well. 56 . white. green. white. You Will Need: White Polymer Clay Red Polymer Clay Green Polymer Clay Begin by rolling each of the colors of clay into medium thickness sheets.

If you want to make these into an ornament or gift tag.Now turn the block on its side and cut a slice off of the block (Approx ½ inch thick) Flatten one end so it will fit in the pasta machine and run through the machine. Now it's time make it look like ribbon. This is just taking the time to fold the pieces back and forth in a ribbon shape. you should find a tool such as a skewer to stick through the center of the ribbon to make the hole that you will later be able to thread a string through. upping the tightness in the settings until you have a ribbon of the length you want. 57 . Cure and enjoy.

Making Polymer Clay Cakes Whether it's because you have a party to celebrate or you want to create a cake for your teddy bears or miniature dollhouse. 58 . You will need: Cake Color Polymer Clay Icing Color Polymer Clay Sprinkle Color Polymer Clay Red Polymer Clay White Polymer Clay Yellow Polymer Clay Begin by creating a cake shape out of the cake polymer clay. Use your fingers to spread out the icing clay into a flat sheet . a little polymer clay will help you make plenty of mini cakes so you can celebrate as much as you want.

Use your finger to smooth the top to make it look like icing that has been poured over a cake. Twist and pull the pieces until they form a thin candle-like shape. Break off small pieces of the sprinkle colored clay and attach them to the top of the cake in a sprinkle design. Make two small logs out of the white and red clay and twist them together.Lay the icing on the top of the cake and carefully press it down around the sides. 59 .

Add the candle and celebrate! 60 .Use a small piece of yellow clay to form the flame on the top of the candle. Poke a hole in the center of the cake.

While most people don’t think that snakes are cute.Making Snakes One of the fun things to make out of polymer clay is a cute animal. 61 . Create an oval of clay for the head of the snake. Flatten the underside of the head and use your fingers to make a rounded triangle for the nose. Here's that chance. role a tube of clay. they can be if you give them a chance. Attach the head to the large end of the snake's body. You will need: Polymer Clay for the Snake's Body Polymer Clay for the Snake's Eyes Black Polymer Clay Red Polymer Clay Begin by creating the shape of the snake. pulling one end as you roll until the tube graduates to a point. To do this.

spiral the snakes body into a coil. 62 . Attach them to the eyes. Add two round balls of body-colored clay to the top of the head to form the eyes. Roll two small balls of the eye colored of clay and use your fingers to flatten the circles. Push the thick part of the upper body down slightly until it can hold the head up on its own. Coil the tail.Holding the head and upper body.

Insert the tongue into the mouth hole. Attach the Pupils to the center of the eyes.Roll two small balls of the black of clay and use your fingers to flatten the circles. Roll a small rod of red clay and use a tool to slice is down the center to create a forked tongue. Use one of your tools to poke a hole for the tongue. make sure to separate the forks so they will stay apart. Use your tool to poke nostrils into the snake and cure. 63 .

Next.Making Teddy Bears Carrying Flowers Who doesn't love teddy bears? Now you can create a teddy bear for yourself. create two elongated balls as the legs of the teddy bear. or to give to the one you love! You will need: Clay for the Body of the Bear Clay for the Paws and Pads Red Clay Black Clay White Clay Green Clay Clay for the Bow Clay for the Flowers Begin by forming a large elongated ball for a body. Place a ball of clay on top as a head and push two smaller balls on top of the head as the ears. 64 . Add on two balls as the arms.

Roll two small balls of black clay. Flatten each piece between your fingers and then overlap them in the bow formation. Roll out the color of the bow into a tube and then pull apart leaving tapering ends. Roll two small balls of white clay.Now accent legs. The easiest way to do this is to roll balls of the pad color of clay and press it flat between your fingers. and then press it into place. arms and ears with the clay for the pads. press them flat between your fingers and press them on to the eyes as the pupils. 65 . press them flat between your fingers and press them to the head as the whites of the eyes. Roll a small red ball as the nose and attach to the face.

66 . roll a sheet of green clay and wrap around the base of the flowers. Next. Now curl it to form a tube. Now you have to make the flowers for the bears to hold.Add them to the bear and accent with a white centerpiece. add other petals around the center building out as large as you would like the flower to be. Pinch a small piece off flower material into an oval shape and press it flat with your fingers. Once you have it to the right size. squeeze the bottom of the flower to flesh out the top and seal it together. This will be the center of the rose. Once you have made all the flowers you want to have in the bouquet. Attach them to your bear and he's ready to go.

the basis of the project is complete and all you have to do is have fun decorating. bottle or picture frame). It always has a risk of melting. if you want to wrap items that are made out of plastic. even if you take precautions. If you do want to wrap a plastic bottle or container. It's better if you can choose a glass. When selecting an item to embellish. This will help to keep pressure on the inside of the container so it is less likely to melt and come apart while in the oven. This means. wooden or even cardboard container to embellish. fill it with water when you put it in the oven to cure it. as this is what you must do to cure polymer clay. One of the great things about embellishment is that you can just concentrate on the pretty aspects of the job. 67 . It needs to be something that can hold up to being baked in the oven. You can also use polymer clay as a way to embellish other things you have around the house. First understand that it is best that you not use plastic for this task. you have to take some precautions. Since you already have a frame that you are building off (be it a jar. you want to keep one thing in mind.Embellishments in Polymer Clay Not all things made in polymer clay have to be solid pieces of clay.

Chrysanthemum Bath Salt Jar If you love to have spa moments in your bathroom. But with a little creativity you can turn those bath salt jars into something beautiful. 68 . When you purchase these. they generally come in generic containers. Next. This includes long rods of green clay to create the vines. you likely have bath salts or bath beads. Add auxiliary vines to create the framework for your flower vine. set the main vine for your display on the jar and press down firmly. Small yellow balls for the center of the flowers and tapered rods of the flower colors to create the petals. You will need: A Jar Green Polymer Clay Yellow Polymer Clay Polymer Clay Flower Colors Begin by preparing the pieces you will need for your flowers.

69 . Continue around the center until the flower is complete. Repeat for other flowers.Choose the center for one of the flowers. press one of the flower centers in place and then begin setting petals around it.

Family Flower Frame When it comes to embellishment. In this case. The process is simple. there isn’t much you can't do with polymer clay. Line up the pieces around the face of the family member you want to make the center of the flower. You can even add leaves for effect. 70 . Roll a rod of green polymer clay to create the stem. Create a series of ovals in the color of the flower petal. we take what may have been a boring picture and make it a lot more fun by creating a flower around the family member we love. You can do this by making an oval and flattening it between your fingers or using a cookie cutter.

Make A Family Flower Tree If you appreciate your family history. You can also create a polymer tree that has flowering branches if you want to have a more traditional family tree look. you can use this technique to show off the past. You will need: Photos for the Tree Polymer Clay for the Flowers Green Polymer Clay Brown Polymer Clay Start by laying out of the pictures as you would like to have them on the finished project. 71 . You will be able to show all the branches of the family in a fun and creative way. This is a great present for Mother's Day or Father's Day. Now using the method to make a Family Flower Photo on Page 63 surround the first person with a flower.

Add a stem for the base of the flower. 72 . As a finishing touch you can use brown polymer clay to create a pot to hold the family flower. Use your hands to make two small rounded triangle pieces of clay that become the leaves.Roll your Green polymer clay into a thin rod and make vines to lead to the next picture and create a flower frame around the photo. Repeat until all photos have flowers around them.

Set these aside. Embellish the dog head with black polymer clay. Why not have a little fun with the frame as well.Embellished Fido Picture Frame If one of your cherished family members is the type with four feet. What you need: Picture Frame Polymer Clay for Dog and Bone Black Polymer Clay Begin by cutting out the basic shape of the bones. cut as many or few as you would like to put on the frame. You can make as many or as few of each piece as you would like. 73 . Cut out the shape for the dog head. you may like to be able to show them off in some of your picture frames. You can either attach the pieces to the glass of the picture frame and cure them in place or you can cure them separately and then glue them into place on the frame. Again.

74 . If you are making something that needs a base that you will later cover with cane slices or other polymer designs. Sometimes there is not enough to be worth putting away. but you also don’t want to throw it away. Objec ts tha t are to be Covere d There are plenty of polymer clay projects you can make that rely on an under layer of clay you will never see. you can ball up the scrap material you collect over time and then use it as that hidden base. If you are using a mold to make a magnet or ornament that you will later be painting. There are a few options for what to do with those scraps. Blend New Color s If you have a lot of little pieces of polymer clay that are in the same color spectrum you may be able to blend them together to create a new color that is now comprised of enough clay to make it worth storing. it doesn’t matter what color the clay underneath is. Paintable Pro jec ts Another option is to use those scraps to make items that you will be painting.What to do With Scrap Clay One of the most common questions asked about polymer clay is what to do with all those little scrap bits and pieces that you end up with after your projects are done.

Once upon a time this would mean you would need a great programmer and someone who was exceptionally computer savvy to help you create the website and shopping features. Another benefit of eBay is that it does not require your own website or any knowledge of how to run one. These days you can easily create a website with a website creation program that will let you drag your pictures in and drop them into place. but you can enlist the help of Paypal or Google Checkout which both help you create the shopping items you need to be able to let customers purchase your items and pay you. you don’t have to have your own merchant account. EBay is such a venue. As long as you are careful in your writing of your description for the item you are selling and make sure to include enough detail to be found in searches. EBay. This means you would create your own website and list your items on it for sale. you may want to start your own business. EBay is a place where people shop for anything and everything these days. There are actually many venues – here's a look at a few of the best.Making Money off of Polymer Projects If you are like many people.com If you are not sure if you will have inventory to keep a full website going. Your O wn Si te If you do a lot of polymer clay projects and you would like to really make a business out of it.co m 75 . Etsy. you love the idea of being able to make money off of your pastime. you may want to instead go with a venue where you can sell just what you have. you may be wondering just how you can make money off of polymer clay. but not anymore. you can make a fair amount of money through this avenue. When it comes to selling. So.

your crafts and what drives you to be who you are and make the items you are selling. The more they know about you. Flea Mar ke ts Do you have a flea market in your area? This may be an unexplored avenue for you to sell the items you have created with polymer clay. In most cases. It's time to get to know when there are craft shows in your area.There is another site on the market that is somewhat like eBay. From jewelry to characters and any other items you can make. chairs and all display items. A bonus on Etsy is that it has an area where you can really embellish your profile and let people know more about you. This is a great place to showcase your artistry and try to make a profit at the same time. the more they will become attached not only to your work. they do bring a good mix of people into their buildings and can let you get an idea of how your items are perceived by the public. Cra ft Shows Every community has craft shows. you can showcase them on this website and sell your wares to those who appreciate the work that goes into hand crafted items. you may even want to talk to prospective shoppers and see what they think about your items and if there is something they would like to see that you don't have. This is a great way to make fans out of your buyers. you will be responsible for bringing your own tables. While flea markets are not necessarily just a crafter's venue. Generally this includes a 10' x 10' space for you to sell in. It is important to keep in mind that most craft shows have a fee to enter. This can vary from $20 to $200 or more depending on the craft show and the popularity of the event. but is only for hand made goods. Most flea markets charge reasonable rates of $20-$50 dollars for a weekend of sales and you can sell there as scarcely or as often as you would like. If you have ever been to a craft show. Etsy is a great outlet for your polymer clay creations. you know there are artists that create some of everything and there are also plenty of buyers who want to take home unique items that have been made with love. If you are social. If it is an outdoor craft show you will also want to have a canopy or pop-up tent to help you stay out of the sun while you sell. This could be a perfect outlet for your polymer creations. but also to you as an artist and will come back time and time again to make more purchases. 76 .

flowers or any other items out of polymer clay. there is likely someone who collects those types of items. Custo m Wor k Its not only beads that are in high demand as custom work. beading forums and at beading shows and get-togethers and let people see some of your work and know that you are willing to make special items for them as well. especially cane beads. there are a lot of people who will want to buy them from you. Many people love to make jewelry and want very unique beads but don't want to do the work to make them. There are also a number of people who like getting other artistic pieces made especially for them or someone special.Custo m Bea ds If you are really good at making beads. Get online and out in the crafting community and look for people who love the kinds of items you make and introduce yourself! 77 . Whether you make animals. Get your name out there on your own website.