Polymer Clay & Air Dry ClayJune 4, 2008 4:34 pm Crafts, Techniques and Mediums
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.
- Preheat oven to temperature recommended by manufacturer. Make sure you check the label because not all manufacturers recommend the same cooking temperature.
- Wash your hands thoroughly. Condition the clay by kneading it in your hands until pliable.
- 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.
- Place on clean cooking sheet. Place in heated oven.
- 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.
- 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.