Whether you have just started working with clay or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll need some tools. Tools can smooth out your edges for a clean look, add lines of texture for a fun visual element, give your project a beautiful finish and more! Tools make the work easy and your final result professional.

With the wide variety of polymer clay sculpting tools available, though, it may be difficult to decide which ones are useful and necessary for your work. In this guide, we’ve narrowed it down to the top tools for polymer clay that are must-haves for every crafter.

1. Non-Stick Work Surface

To get started on your clay project, you need a surface to work on. The surface should not interfere with your project or techniques and protect your counter or table surface. Using a clay mat helps you contain your project in one place. The mat won’t move around as you are working and can be wiped off for easy cleanup.

2. Acrylic Roller

For some projects, you need to make your clay flat and smooth. Using an acrylic roller will help. This tool is designed for working with clay. It will leave your clay surface looking perfect with no roller marks, and the clay won’t stick to the roller.

3. Sharp Knife Tool

Having a knife is necessary to cut shapes out of clay sheets or add detail to your design. The knife tool is also handy for lifting chunks of clay out of your design in places that are too small for your fingers.

4. Modeling Tools

During your project, you may want to smooth and detail the surface. A set of modeling tools will give your craft the texture you want in even the smallest nooks.

5. Wet/Dry Sandpaper

If you want a professional-grade creation, sanding is a necessary step for your project. It will rub away any imperfections and leave a smooth surface behind. One of the best tools to do this is wet/dry sandpaper sheets. It will get rid of things like fingerprints on your project without damaging the clay. Be sure to get a wide range of grits for the best results. 

6. Tool Organizer

When you’ve finished your project, your tools should have their own storage place. A tool organizer makes it easy to have a place for all of your tools. When it’s time to start another piece, you’ll know where everything is!

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For over 50 years, Sculpey® polymer clay has been used by new and returning clayers. With 20 brands of clay, including Sculpey® III and Premo, we have what you need to make your next piece of jewelry, home decor, keychain, canvas and more.

Explore our polymer clay sculpting tools page for all the tools you need to make your projects beautiful. Be sure to order bricks of your favorite Sculpey® clay, too!