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70 Polymer Clay Projects & Links

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There is an abundance of good information on polymer clay on the internet. You can eas­ily find pol­y­mer clay tut­or­ials, proj­ects and even  vid­eos. In ad­dit­ion, proj­ects for  all lev­els of skill are av­ail­able.

Here are some of my favorite polymer clay links.

Polymer Clay How To’s

Faux Effects 

Molds, Punches & Stamps

Polymer Clay Canes

Sculptures

Jewelry Projects

Special Techniques

Home Decor Projects

Polymer Clay Gifts

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65 Absolutely Gorgeous Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects

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millifiori-organza-pendantsource: Polymer Clay Central

Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects are the most common items made from oven drying clay.

Why?

For two main reasons. One, polymer clay can imitate virtually any stone or material, making it extremely versatile. And two, since jewelry is small, polymer clay jewelry projects require very small amounts of expensive clay.

Luckily for us, dozens of designers have gotten to work designing these great projects.

NECKLACES

BRACELETS

PINS

EARRINGS

MIXED MEDIA

METAL CLAY

RINGS

BEADS

EVERYTHING ELSE

POLYMER CLAY JEWELRY PROJECT VIDEO

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65 Polymer Clay Bead Tutorials

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65 Polymer Clay Bead TutorialsMake a couple of great polymer clay beads, combine them with easy jewelry making techniques, and you have new accessories to wear with a wide range of outfits.

Faux Gem Stone Beads

Lentils Beads

Cabochon Beads

Polymer Clay Novelty Beads

Decorated Polymer Clay Beads

Polymer Clay Beads From Canes

Faceted Bead Tutorials

Pillow Beads

Polymer Clay Bead Videos

Hollow Beads

Miscellaneous Bead Techniques

Craft Stew’s Favorite Beads

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Faux Polymer Clay Techniques

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Summary: 55 faux polymer clay techniques divided into categories. Includes tutorials for mokume gane, wood, common stones, semi -precious stones, millefiori and  shell. In addition, I included man made materials such as glass, enamel and pewter.

Using the correct faux polymer clay techniques, an artist can imitate virtually any material.  That means, for the cost of a bar or two of clay, you can create faux stained glass ornaments, opal rings and ivory boxes. Pretty cool, huh?

Mokume Gane

Wood, Leather, Rust And Ivory

Man Made Materials

Millefiori

Shell, Pearl, Coral & Abalone

Semi-Precious Stones

Jade And Turquoise

Mica Shift

Other Faux Stones

Videos

Books on Faux Polymer Clay Techniques

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65 Polymer Clay Cane Tutorials

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Polymer clay projects are generally composed of a base and a decorative outer surface. For many projects the decorative surface is crafted from an attractive cane.

Polymer clay  canes can be used to cover useful objects, to create jewelry and to build mosaics. In the opinion of many crafters, a good polymer clay cane, is an art form in itself.

Here are 65 of my favorite polymer clay canes, broken down into categories for ease of use.

Faux Gem Polymer Clay Canes

Woodgrain Canes

Polymer Clay Fruit Cane

Symbolic Polymer Clay Canes

Flower Polymer Clay Canes

Jellyroll Polymer Clay Canes

Geometric Polymer Clay Canes

Polymer Clay Face Canes

Animal Polymer Clay Canes

Striped Polymer Clay Canes

Polymer Clay Leaf Canes

Lacy Polymer Clay Canes

Novelty Polymer Clay Canes

Advanced Polymer Clay Canes

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75 Polymer Clay Tutorials

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Virtually any project on this Polymer Clay Tutorials list would make a great holiday or birthday gift.  Best bets? Polymer Clay Tutorials for covered pens, vases or boxes.

Egg Crafts

Candle Holders

Containers

Pens

Figurines

Bowls

Switch Plates

Cards

Gifts

Magnets

Notebooks

Frames

Home Decor

Clocks

Art

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Polymer Clay Tips

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Fimo colour wheel

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Working with polymer clay doesn’t need to cost a fortune. Make your purchases with care, choose inexpensive projects and protect the clay you already own to save money on this popular craft.

Purchasing

Spend less cash on the clay itself. This means that instead of running down to the local craft supply store to stock up whenever you feel like it, wait until the next sale. Or, better yet, see what polymer clay is selling for on Ebay or a craft website and compare prices.

Don’t buy every polymer clay accessory that comes out.  Do you really need a pasta machine for conditioning the clay or can you warm it in your hand? Do you have to buy the set of texture tools or can you find interestingly textured objects around your house? Be selective in what you purchase.

Polymer clay books, with their full color pictures, cost a fortune. Search the internet and your local library to  find plenty of how-to’s for free.

Always be on the lookout for found objects or household supplies that can be used with polymer clay. For example, aluminum foil can be shaped into a variety of molds.

Don’t use expensive clay when cheaper will do just as well. Compare prices on Fimo, Sculpey and  Kato. Buy the cheapest clay that will do the job.

If you use a lot of clay, buy it in big blocks. Amazon sells white Sculpey III in 2 oz blocks for $2.75 or in 8 oz blocks for $7.47.  Do the math!

Storage

You never know when you will need lime green or dusky rose. So, save every scrap of clay.

If you hate the color, still save it. You can use it as “waste” clay for the center of larger projects.

Clay left in a hot location (such as a car) may start to “cook” and no longer be usable. Be sure to store your clay in in a cool, dark location.

You don’t want different colors of clay clumping together. Wrap each chunk of clay separately.

Choosing Projects

Many projects require the use of a lot of expensive clay. Choose smaller projects instead. Try making polymer clay jewelry, magnets and covered pens; not vases and bowls.

Choose projects that have hollow centers or are shaped around molds. You will save a lot over the long run.

Some polymer clay projects have a list of supplies an inch long. Avoid projects that require a lot of “extras”. Look for projects that only use clay or supplies that you already own.

Projects that use a thin layers of  cane to cover “waste” clay or inexpensive objects are big money savers. I used to cover small pieces of PVC pipe with cane. Votive holders and metal candy boxes can also be covered.

These are the useful tips that I have discovered. If you have any other good tips, please send me a line. I would love to add them to the list.

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