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When you're new to a hobby, it's hard to know where to start. Start here. These articles will give you a solid understanding of how to use this material of polymer clay and give you the background on varnishing (or not), baking, what tools to buy, what clay to use, and so much more. Pour a cuppa something yummy and settle down for a good reading session. This is sorta like polymer clay school for grown-ups. But more fun. Enjoy!

Do You Have to Seal Polymer Clay?
Do you really need to seal your polymer clay creations? Learn when to seal your work and find out what sealers work, and which ones don't.
10 Simple Polymer Clay Tips (that you surely knew – but maybe not?)
You've most likely heard most of these simple polymer clay tips and tricks before. But then again, maybe not. It's[...]
What’s the Best Polymer Clay Brand?
There are so many to choose from, how can I tell which is the best polymer clay brand? Find out which brand is the best for caning, sculpting, jewelry, charms, and more.
Polymer Clay Tips for Beginners
Polymer clay is an extremely versatile medium which is perfect for beginners and professional artists alike. It can be a[...]
Copyright Guidelines for Polymer Clay Artists
Copyright is always a confusing, emotional, and controversial issue. Many people are unaware when they violate copyright law (or they[...]
Avoid These 10 Sculpey Mistakes (and other clays, too!)
Nobody likes to have their work break, burn, melt, get sticky, or fall apart. Avoid these common mistakes and have more fun working with your polymer clay.
Is Polymer Clay Safe?
Is polymer clay safe to use with food? Is it safe to use at home? Read to learn what is truth and what is rumor, and learn how to be safe with polymer clay...
Which Pens to Use on Polymer Clay – A Comparison
Whether you're marking your signature, adding design elements, or drawing designs, people always want to know which black markers or[...]
Understanding Polymer Clay Glaze, Sealer, and Varnish
Confused about all the ways that you can put a glossy coating on your project? Learn about polymer clay glaze, sealer, and varnish options in this article. Read more...
Can I soften hard polymer clay?
A reader on my Facebook Page wrote to ask a very good question this morning. Can old, hard, crumbly polymer[...]
Does Polymer Clay Melt Plastic?
There are lots of ominous warnings. But does polymer clay melt plastic? If so, which ones? Which plastics are safe to use with polymer? Learn more here!
Spray Sealer for Polymer Clay
Looking for a spray sealer for polymer clay? Most of them will turn your clay sticky, so check here to see which ones are okay to use.
Using Eye Shadow with Polymer Clay
Have you ever wondered if you could use eye shadow with polymer clay? Much like mica powder and/or chalk pastels, makeup can be used on unbaked polymer clay. Read more...
Cornstarch or Baking Soda with Polymer Clay
Have you read of people using cornstarch or baking soda with polymer clay and you wondered what that was all about? Why would you use it? And which one should you use? Is cornstarch better? Or is baking soda?
8 Ways to Create a Metallic Look on Polymer Clay
Have you ever wondered how to make the best metallic look on polymer clay? I compare 8 methods so you can see which will work best for your project.
Make Your Own Needle Tools
Have you ever wanted to create fine detail in a polymer clay piece but didn't have the right tools? Toothpicks[...]
How to Buy Polymer Clay
How to buy polymer clay? Well, you go to the store, pick it out, pay for it, and then come[...]
Can You Bake Crystals in Clay?
Can you bake crystals in clay? Whether you're working with Swarovski rhinestones or natural quartz crystals, you can embed them in your polymer clay designs
How to Make Silicone Molds from Charms
It's no secret that you can use silicone mold putty to create your own molds. But there are a few[...]
Make a Polymer Clay Starter Kit
What should go into your polymer clay starter kit? What is truly needed to get started? Read my list of must-have beginner tools and supplies.
Skinner Blend Tips
Graduated color blend sheets are invaluable when working with polymer clay. Get better results and solve common problems by using these skinner blend tips.
Using Ceramic Tiles with Polymer Clay
In any workshop with any art or craft there are always those objects which we rely on so heavily that[...]
Baking Polymer Clay
  Do you have questions about baking polymer clay? Not sure what oven to use, for how long, and what[...]
Using Resin with Polymer Clay
Learn about using resin with polymer clay. Learn the difference between UV resin and epoxy resin and end the confusion over using these great materials.
Texturing to Hide Flaws in Polymer Clay
It's so easy for fingerprints and bumps to ruin your work. Learn how to use texturing to hide flaws in polymer clay. Learn about tools and see examples. Read more....
Things Clayers Resist Buying, Learning, and Doing
Have you ever had something that "everyone" told you to try and you kept putting it off? Maybe because you[...]
Cheap Polymer Clay Tools
Polymer clay tools don't have to be expensive. Check out these really great cheap polymer clay tools that I bought recently. Lots of bang for your buck!
What’s the Best Pasta Machine for Polymer Clay?
So you're new to polymer clay and are ready to buy your first pasta machine. Or you're an experienced clayer[...]
Free Dental Tools
Did you know that dental tools are useful for sculpting polymer clay and other hobbies? They're quite versatile. And here's how to get them for free!
Polymer Clay Myths (and the Truth Behind Them)
How many of these polymer clay myths have you heard? Find out the truth behind these very common misunderstandings about working with polymer clay.
Polymer Clay Tip: Copy Paper
This tip seems like it's so simple that it's almost not even worth mentioning. But when I think back to[...]
Can you Bake Polymer Clay in the Microwave?
Labels warn that you can't bake polymer clay in the microwave. But why? What happens when you do? Learn more...
What is Polymer Clay?
What is polymer clay? It's a vinyl modeling putty that stays soft indefinitely and then is cured in a home oven. It can be painted, sanded, carved, and polished after curing. Read more...
Gloss Levels in Polymer Clay Varnish
Confused by gloss, matte, and satin finishes? Learn about gloss levels in polymer clay varnish and why it matters which one you choose.
Baking Polymer Clay at Lower Temps, Fact or Fiction?
Will baking polymer clay at lower temperature settings allow you to prevent burning your project? Find out why this isn't a good idea and learn better ways to bake your clay without darkening.
Use Baby Wipes with Polymer Clay
A while back a friend asked me why I had baby wipes (aka diaper wipes) on my grocery list since[...]
Help! My polymer clay melted!
You're fairly new to polymer clay and loving it! You've carefully sculpted and created some beautiful creatures and set them[...]
Learn About Polymer Clay in the Essentials eBook
There are plenty project and technique tutorials, but where can you learn about polymer clay as a medium? Learn the technical side and answer your questions
Mica Shift in Polymer Clay – The best brand?
Mica shift is a polymer clay technique where you create a ghost image in metallic or pearl clay. Perfectly smooth,[...]
Polymer Clay Terms – Glossary and Definitions
General Polymer Clay Terms Remember when there was a glossary in the back of your textbook? Here's your polymer clay[...]
Mica Powder vs. Pigment Powder – What is the difference?
Mica powder and pigment powder are not the same thing. They behave differently and when you're working with polymer clay or other crafts, it matters.
Get Started with Polymer Clay
Are you ready to get started with polymer clay but don't yet know how? Learn what kind of clay to use, what tools you'll need, and where to go for help. Read more...
What is a Polymer Clay Cane?
A polymer clay cane is a log of polymer clay that's made with a design that runs the entire length of the log. Slices from the cane will reveal a design and all slices from the cane will have identical designs.

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