Polymer Clay & Air Dry Clay

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Supplies Needed

Polymer Clay: Clay specifically designed to be cured in household oven or toaster oven
Air Dry Clay: Also called paper clay. Air dries so there is no need to heat or bake.
Clean Surface: Clay picks up every dust or particle on the work surface and your hands.
Dedicated Rolling Pin: To evenly flatten clay if necessary for your project.
Cookie Sheet or Baking Tray: To place clay items on to bake, cover with aluminum foil.
Rubberstamps, Clay Tools, Molds: To make patterns or images into the clay.
Craft Knife, NuBlade™, Tissue Blade (or other thin cutting tool).
Oven: Pre-heated to 250 degrees or temperature recommended by manufacturer.
Optional: Dedicated Pasta Machine or Food Processing Unit (to condition clay). Once clay is used in either machine, that machine should not be used to any consumable food preparation.

Step-by-Step

Polymer Clay

  1. Preheat oven to temperature recommended by manufacturer. Make sure you check the label because not all manufacturers recommend the same cooking temperature.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly. Condition the clay by kneading it in your hands until pliable.
  3. Roll clay out to about ¼” thickness. Stamp an image into the clay with a rubberstamp. Or press clay into any type of mold and remove. You can also make 3-D figures like a teddy bear or snowman. Trim with cutting tool if needed.
  4. Place on clean cooking sheet. Place in heated oven.
  5. Note cooking time on label. Manufacturers vary, but an average is 15 minutes per 1/4” thickness. Clay hardness as it is cured/cooked by the heat.

Air Dry Clay
          Same process as above, but no need to condition clay or bake
          the clay, just allow the clay to dry for 24 hours.

Tips

  • There are wonderful cutting, shaping, and design tools on the market for polymer clays, but don’t forget that toothpicks, paper clips, cookie cutters, and pencils are handy tools too.
  • Polymer clay and air dry clay adheres to most surfaces with a dab or two of glue.
  • Make an embellishment for the front of a scrapbook, diary or journal.
  • Another wonderful way to use your rubberstamps. You can make buttons to coordinate your designs and projects.
  • Store unused clay in an airtight container like a zip-lock plastic bag.
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