Polymer clay is a versatile medium used for anything from jewelry and home decor items to fun crafts and figurines. Whether you’re a professional artist or polymer clay newbie, having a few tricks up your sleeve will make the creative process easier and more enjoyable. 

Top Nine Tips for Working With Polymer Clay

Once you understand some essential tips for working with clay, the sky’s the limit for what you can create. Check out these nine commonly overlooked tips:
1. Invest in a thermometer:Temperatures are not consistent across all ovens. Make sure to check the temperature of yours with a thermometer and follow the baking instructions outlined on your package of clay.

2. If your polymer clay is hard or stiff, don’t assume it’s unusable: Polymer clay can sometimes turn crumbly as it ages. Luckily, there are several ways you can soften it. Our clay conditioning machine improves your clay’s elasticity while forming flat sheets ready for your use. A few drops of Sculpey® Liquid Clay Softener revitalizes dry or crumbly clay, making it the perfect consistency.

3. Clean your hands and any surface areas before working with clay:Light-colored clay is especially susceptible to picking up dirt, causing discoloration. Dry your hands with a lint-free cloth after washing. 

4. Never use nail polish, solvents, spray paint or sharpie on polymer clay: Solvents and most varnishes can dissolve your polymer clay, making it gooey and sticky. Sharpies will diffuse into the polymer over time because they are a solvent-based dye-based marker.

5. Do some trial runs:Practice letters and small designs on a piece of scrap clay before going for the real thing. Sometimes, you need a test run to gauge just how much pressure is enough. Nothing will harden until baked, so any mistake you make can be easily fixed. 

6. Use heavy weights to hold down parchment paper: This way, when you set the polymer clay down to start working, the clay won’t keep pulling the paper up with it.

7. Invest in some cornstarch: A simple trick to clean fingerprints off your designs is to use a bit of cornstarch. You can also bury your beads in cornstarch to prevent the clay from scorching or browning when baking. 

8. Avoid touching polymer clay with your hands: Your fingerprints will show up on your designs. Instead of using a traditional rolling pin or glass jar, try our acrylic roller. It’s an ideal tool for seamlessly smoothing clay and is easy to clean.

9. Get rid of air bubbles quickly:If you happen to get an air bubble in your polymer clay while working, simply pop it. It’s better to roll out the clay again rather than risk having a bubble in your final creation.

Order High-Quality Polymer Clay Today

Whether you’re a beginner crafter or seasoned artist, sometimes the most straightforward tips are the ones that are most overlooked. We want to help you create with confidence and ease, so feel free to contact us or visit our website for more information. Order Sculpey® polymer clay today to begin your journey of creative discovery.