Are you looking for ways to spice up your polymer clay projects with a splash of novelty or added creativity? If so, texture sponges make an excellent addition to your art studio. Apply texture to polymer clay with sponges that lend a classy, unique finish to any polymer clay project.
What Are Texture Sponges?
Texture sponges are also called “open-cell foam” materials. That’s because they’re traditionally used as either water or air filters. The good news is, many suppliers sell open-cell foam materials in bulk, so you can use texture sponges for a variety of polymer clay creations.
Why texture polymer clay with sponges? While sanding and buffing help create a smooth, glass-like finish on your polymer clay, crafters often look for other ways to make their projects stand out. Enter the textured sponge. Texturing polymer clay with sponges allows you to put a new spin on your creativity — all while having some fun!
Many clayers like to leave a plain area on the back of jewelry pieces or pendants. If you apply texture with polymer clay sponges, you can hide certain flaws such as air bubbles or visible fingerprints.
How to Use Texture Sponges on Polymer Clay
You can use texture sponges over raw clay, rolled by hand with a roller or simply dabbed onto your piece for a truly professional finish. Or, run a textured sponge through a pasta machine with clay to ensure even distribution.
Texture sponges are usually mess-free, highly efficient and long-lasting because they rarely stick to the clay. You don’t even have to wash the sponge between uses — that’s how practical it is! However, if you’re using extremely sticky clay or doing anything on white, the sponge may stick or need to be washed.
More specifically, you can use texture sponges to create professional finishes on your polymer clay creations by:
- Pressing the texture sponge onto the raw clay: All you need is a slight dab of the texture sponge. For a deeper texture, simply press the sponge harder into the surface of the clay. For a denser pattern, press the sponge on the clay multiple times, or until you get the desired effect.
- Using a sponge over canework or mokume gane: Texture sponges can produce a unique, soft finish and create areas that mimic stone or sand on these projects.
Pair Texture Sponges With Sculpey® Clay
The next time you use a texture sponge on polymer clay, pair it with Sculpey® clay. We offer a wide variety of polymer clay brands for beginner and expert clayers alike, including Sculpey® III, premo Sculpey® and Sculpey® Soufflé™. Plus, if you’d like to experiment above and beyond texture sponges, feel free to browse our Sculpey® tools, molds and mediums.