7 Tools Every Polymer Clay Artist Should Own

Crafting with polymer clay is easier when you have the right set of tools. Whether you’re a new polymer clay artist or you’ve been crafting for years, you’ll want to make sure you have these essentials on hand.

1. Ceramic Tile and Mats

A ceramic tile or work mat is perfect for polymer clay artists because it offers a completely flat surface to work on. Cut and manipulate clay on the mat and use it to carry your creations to the oven for curing.

2. A Cutting Blade

Being able to cut into polymer clay is important, especially if you’re swirling different colors together to create patterns. Cutting blades made specifically for polymer clay artists make crafting easy.

3. A Needle Tool

A needle tool enables you to score, scratch and add texture to your creations. You can also use it to make holes in beads. Add this polymer clay tool to your collection for more intricate crafting projects like jewelry and holiday ornaments.

4. Sculpting Tools

Sculpting tools come in different shapes and sizes, and they make it easy to reshape polymer clay. Most polymer clay artists have more than one sculpting tool to prepare for different tasks. For example, a wire cutting tool is helpful when you need to section large pieces of clay. A ribbon tool is great for light cutting and trimming. You can buy sculpting tools individually or in a set.

5. Brushes

Use small paintbrushes to apply various powders and surface treatments to your clay creations.

6. Sandpaper

You can use wet and dry sandpaper sheets to erase imperfections like fingerprints on clay surfaces as you work.

7. An Acrylic Roller

Pick up an acrylic roller to create large, flat sheets of clay that you can cut and shape as needed. Acrylic rollers are ideal because they allow you to see the working surface below. This feature is especially handy if you’re rolling two or more colors of clay together.

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Feel free to get in touch with our team if you have any questions!

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