Polymer Clay Tips

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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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