Learn how to sand and buff polymer clay, including all about sandpapers, buffers, machines, tumbling, and even if sanding is really needed. Huge 120 page ebook covers all!

Sanding and Buffing eBook

Learn to use mica, pigment, metal, and dye powders with polymer clay in this comprehensive Guide to Powders. Understand how these materials work so you can grow your art and create with confidence!

Guide to Using Powders

Learn to make rustic styled beads from polymer clay with this fun tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Rustic Beads and Components Tutorial

Learn to make faux Roman Glass, sea glass, Czech glass, and carnival glass from polymer clay with this tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux Glass Effects Tutorial



Testimonials

So grateful for this resource!

As a very novice clay worker, I am finding Ginger's "essentials" book so helpful! Her tips and advice are invaluable, and I find myself running back to her book for just in time learning and questions that I have as I embark on my polymer journey. I am so grateful for this resource!

Christy Reveles

Others don't even come close

Ginger has the most wonderful, comprehensive tutorials ever. I have bought some from others and they don't even come close to what Ginger offers. She is professional, concise, and gives you ALL the info you need on the subject at hand & even more. At the price she asks for her e-books, it's a steal. (I'm Canadian & pay for an exchange & it's still the best on the market. I swear by her e-books.)

Marie Laurin

"I thought pigments, mica, and powders all worked the same"

As other reviewers have said, this e book will save you a lot of heartache. I'm very new to claying so I thought pigments, mica & powders all worked the same way. I was so grateful to learn the different ways they work and adhere to the clay, as I would have made some big mistakes after working so hard. I really liked the recommendations of quality products on the market as it can be very confusing. This has given me a lot more confidence and I will keep is as a reference to help me as I learn more. Thanks Ginger, your writing is so relatable & comforting giving the average person confidence to get in a have a go.

Jennifer Roya

Simple and Logical

Polymer Clay Essentials should be in your studio if you are serious at all about this medium! Ginger has a great way of explaining complex things. She makes it all sound simple and logical.

Judith

Check out The Blue Bottle Tree first!

What a great tutorial this is with many really clear photos! My fingers thank Ginger for allowing me to skip most of the zillion grades of sandpaper that I previously used and also for the many useful tips to be found here. Unlike many other tutorials - both free and purchased - Ginger doesn’t bulk it out by repeating stuff. Every part is useful. If you’re just starting out on your polymer clay journey or whether like me you’ve been claying for years, this is a gem you’ll want to keep referring back to. Also as someone who has a “what would happen if...” kind of mind, I’ve learned to check out The Bluebottle Tree first before I spend precious hours with nothing to show for it except some sorry-looking bits of clay that get consigned to The Drawer of Shame!

Judy Youssef

Meet Ginger Davis Allman

I’m the person behind The Blue Bottle Tree. I write the articles on this website and do the research, testing, and reviews myself. I’m also a polymer clay teacher and artist sharing at workshops and events around the world.