Polymer Clay Techniques
Looking for some polymer clay tips to start your next creation? We can help. Just browse our various polymer clay tutorials and resources above to get started.
For that classic aged look, you’ll want to learn about antiquing for polymer clay. All you’ll need to begin this tutorial is your creation, like a frame, and your antiquing medium, as well as some soft and rough brushes, rags and water.
Buffing and Sanding
Before diving into this polymer clay resource, remember that not all items, like ones with layers, marbled clay or mokume gane, are ideal for buffing and sanding. If you’re all set to start this polymer clay video tutorial, grab some wet/dry sandpaper, plus a container of water and your creation.
Before you dive into complex canes, take a peek at our polymer clay tips for making simple canes, which feature two or more shades of polymer clay for a 2D pattern. Our polymer clay tutorial for this technique features four different kinds of simple canes, from checkerboard to pinwheel, for extra inspiration.
Covering a Surface
Want to spruce up a picture frame, Kleenex® box, vase or another item in your home? Then you’ll want to check out our polymer clay resources for covering a surface, which offers tips for rolling out sheets of polymer clay, as well as trimming and wrapping it around your piece.
Creating a Transfer on Clay
One of our most popular polymer clay techniques is for creating a transfer on clay, which opens new possibilities for your polymer clay creations. In this go-to resource, we provide you with a step-by-step guide for transferring a digital image, like a picture of your pup, child or friend, onto your polymer clay for a vivid and touching gift.
Just when you thought you’d tried it all, you hear about mica shift. Whether you’re ready to explore this technique, which creates a 3D effect, today or tomorrow, our polymer clay resources for mica shift are always at your disposal — for this tutorial, you will need a clay conditioning machine, which you can use for other projects too.
Whether you’re looking to spice up your jewelry designs or expand your polymer clay skills, mokume gane is a rewarding challenge that leads to original, eye-catching results. In this polymer clay tutorial, we dive into the ways you can create a one-of-a-kind pattern for polymer clay with rubber stamps, needle tools, texture sheets, leaves and more.
Add the perfect detail to your newest creation, whether it’s a compact mirror, frame cover or bracelet, with pearling. With this technique, in combination with our Sculpey® Etch ‘n Pearl tool, you can make and add pearl-shaped polymer clay to your projects for an intricate and detailed look.
A favorite technique that we, as well as the Sculpey community, love is skinner blend. Some of our most stunning projects, like our premo! Christmas Ornament, use it to create an elegant look that’s fantastic for jewelry, figurines and more. Before exploring this polymer clay resource, have your clay conditioning machine ready.
Bring your creations to life with stippling, which lets you make small depressions on your polymer clay for added depth. As you’ll find when browsing through this polymer clay information, you can use your tools to create a stippling effect on many different polymer clay projects, from jewelry to figurines.
A polymer clay resource that’s wonderful for all experience levels is texturing clay. In this polymer clay tutorial, we walk you through the process of creating a consistent, beautiful texture on your polymer clay, with the help of texture wheels and texture sheets.
Writing on Clay
For those personalized projects, our polymer clay tips for writing on clay are a must to review. With our helpful video guide, you’ll be on your way to making an accessory for your home or gifts for family and friends that are thoughtful and eye-catching.
Start Your Next Polymer Clay Tutorial
At Sculpey, we supply the tools — and the tutorials — and you supply the creativity. Explore our numerous polymer clay tutorials to start your next adventure, and share your creations with us by using #sculpeyprojects across social media.