Polymer Clay

What is Polymer Clay?

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It’s fun, relaxing, creativity at it’s finest! Well, that’s my explanation, which doesn’t tell you much. Okay it tells you nothing, but once you try it for yourself you’ll agree it’s true. LOL

I asked Wikipedia:

Polymer clay is a type of hardonable modeling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It typically contains no clay minerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay. Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items, and is also used in commercial applications to make decorative parts. Art made from polymer clay can now be found in major museums.

Read more from Wikipedia.

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As you might see in this picture of some of my stash, there are various types and brands. I prefer and primarily use Primo! by Sculpey, but I also decided to try Kato brand recently (I don’t like it), and Sculpey’s new formula called Soufflé. There will be a blog post on the noticeable differences of the types I’ve used so far, but Premo! reigns as my favorite.

Premo! and Premo Accents! black

Premo! and Premo Accents! black

Premo offers two types. Premo! and Premo! Accents. Can you see the difference? Accents has glitter in it that gives projects a nice sparkle.

Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments

Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments

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There is also all sorts of fun stuff you can use on and with Polymer Clay. Cutters in fun shapes, glitters, pigment powders, chalk, mica powders, acrylic paint and the list goes on! Not to mention other mediums like beads, wire and any other you feel like trying. You have to use special bonding elements for some of these. Wire -metals- and glass will not adhere to clay without help and some things, like plastic beads, will melt during baking so you have to glue those on afterwards.

That’s some of what polymer clay is. There is much more I haven’t touched on that I’ll go into more detail on in blog posts.

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