Many people love sculpting polymer clay because it's a bit sticky and
tacky. These properties help you use polymer clay to make marvelous
creations. However, stickiness can be a challenge if your clay sticks to
When you’re working with Sculpey® polymer clay, you can get a precise cut no matter what type of cutter you use. Follow some of these tried-and-true tips that many other Sculpey® lovers have happily shared.
Try Using Plastic Wrap
Plastic wrap isn’t just for use with food — it can also help you get a perfectly rounded edge when you use it while cutting clay.
First, lay your sheet of clay flat on your work surface. Make sure you lay it down very carefully to avoid forming any air bubbles underneath the clay. Next, rip off an appropriately sized piece of plastic cling wrap. Meticulously lay it on top of your polymer clay, making sure that it does not wrinkle in the process. If it does start to wrinkle, pull it off the clay and start over as you want a completely smooth surface.
this point, you can push your cutter onto the plastic wrap and press
down until you have completely cut your clay shape. Chances are your
plastic wrap will not cut, especially if you are using plastic cutters.
Remove the cutter and slowly peel the plastic wrap off your clay shape. Then, use a clay blade or scraper tool to lift up the beautifully cut clay piece from your workstation. Your masterpiece is ready for the oven or your next sculpting step.
Dust Your Cutters With a Bit of Cornstarch
you find that your cutters tend to grip and hold your polymer clay no
matter what you do? Try lightly dusting the inside and outside with some
cornstarch or baking powder.
You don’t need much of it to create a barrier between the cutter and clay. Use a paintbrush to cover the cutter, or dip the cutter in the cornstarch or baking powder and tap off the excess before cutting.
Mist Your Cutters With Water
Sometimes, all it takes to prevent polymer clay from sticking to cutters is water mist. Place some water in an empty misting bottle, then give the inside of your cutters a quick spritz.
Avoid saturating your cutters — all you need is enough water to reduce the friction zones between the clay and cutter.
Experiment With Your Sculpey® Clay
Using cutters with polymer clay is a tried-and-true method to take your ideas from concept to creation. Never let a little sticking get in the way of making your Sculpey® polymer clay dreams come true!