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Here's a selection of articles with polymer clay information that will help you have a better understanding of working with this wonderful medium. You'll find information about baking polymer clay, using sealers and varnishes, mistakes to avoid, and tools to use. These articles contain some of the most recommended and shared polymer clay information on the web!

Avoid These Stupid Mistakes in Your Studio!
Let's have a bit of fun. How many of these stupid mistakes have you done? I am SO guilty as charged!
Using Alcohol Inks with Polymer Clay
Are you curious about using alcohol inks with polymer clay? Learn what they are, how they're used, and how to use them with Fimo, Premo, Kato, and Sculpey.
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
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...
Choosing Silkscreen Designs for Polymer Clay
Consider these factors when choosing silkscreen designs for polymer clay projects. Look at scale, coverage, thread count, and style when buying your screens. Read more...
Pasta Machine Problems and Their Solutions
Pasta machines are used by polymer clayers everywhere. But they're not perfect. Learn about these pasta machine problems and find out how to solve them.
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.
DIY Glow-in-the-Dark Polymer Clay
Use modern pigments to make DIY glow-in-the-dark polymer clay. Create intensely glowing projects that will shine light all night long. Read more...
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.
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...
Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay eBook
This comprehensive eBook on sanding and buffing polymer clay explores this huge subject and guides you to learn how to get a flawless finish. Read more...
Floor Wax on Polymer Clay?
You might have read that you can use floor wax on polymer clay. But which kind of floor wax? And what would you use it for? Read more...
Reducing Square Canes
Do you have difficulty reducing square canes without distortion? Learn about using square rods as a guide for neatly reducing square polymer clay canes.
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.
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!
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...
Using Silkscreens on Polymer Clay
Want to learn more about using silkscreens on polymer clay? The All About Silkscreens eBook and Opulent Tapestry tutorial is now available for purchase. read more...
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....
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
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.
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?
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.
How to Condition Pardo Translucent Art Clay
Pardo translucent art clay is a wonderful clay that's remarkably more clear than other brands of translucent polymer clay. It's[...]
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[...]
What’s the Best Glue for Polymer Clay?
Sooner or later when working with polymer clay you'll need to glue things together. You might have already baked something[...]
Sculpey, Sculpty, Fimo, Polymer Clay – Which is it?
When I tell people that I work with polymer clay, they often look at me with sort of a blank expression. They’ve never heard of it. So I start to explain and pretty soon their face lights up and they say, “Oh! You’re talking about fimo!”
How Long to Bake Polymer Clay?
So you've made your polymer clay figures, beads, or charms and you've read the instructions for baking. You set your[...]
Holo Effect Polymer Clay Tutorial
Buy the Tutorial There's a bit of the magpie in each of us, I think. We love shiny, colorful, shimmery[...]
Polymer Clay Tip: Kleenex!
Here's an example of a polymer clay tip that so simple it's almost not worth mentioning. But on the other hand, sometimes[...]
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[...]
UV Reactive Polymer Clay Designs
A couple of days ago I wrote about optical brighteners, or fluorescent dyes, in polymer clay. Some colors and brands of[...]
Optical Brighteners in Polymer Clay
In all the reading I've done about polymer clay, I don't think I've ever seen any mention of optical brighteners[...]
Using Silicone Molds with Polymer Clay
Earlier this week I wrote about how to make silicone molds from charms. Now it's time for the next step. How[...]
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[...]
What is Sea Glass?
Sea glass is a popular material in jewelry making and you see it, and its cousin beach glass, available for[...]
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[...]
Testing Metallic Paints on Polymer Clay
One of the things we love to do when working with polymer clay is to add a little bit of[...]
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...
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.
Varathane – The Best Polymer Clay Sealer
We all have our favorite shampoo and conditioner. We have pretty strong opinions about the best brand of mayonnaise (or[...]
Polymer Clay and Silicone Mold Putty
I love polymer clay and I love silicone mold putty. In fact I recently explored the difference between two main[...]
How to Make Polymer Clay Buttons
Fancy or plain, simple or complicated, many of us like to make polymer clay buttons. Able to be made in[...]
Testing : Can You Wash Polymer Clay Buttons?
Polymer clay is so versatile and you can make so many things with it, that it's a natural choice for[...]
Reverse Image Search
Have you ever seen a great idea or a wonderful pin on Pinterest that went nowhere? Or to the wrong[...]
Baking Polymer Clay
  Do you have questions about baking your polymer clay? Not sure what oven to use, for how long, and[...]
Pigments vs Dyes – What is the Difference?
The arts and crafts world can sometimes be rather confusing because terms get tossed around with the assumption that the reader[...]
Lint and Dust on Polymer Clay
One of the most frustrating aspects of working with polymer clay is dealing with lint, dust, hair, and various particles[...]
Polymer Clay Bead Holes
How do you make holes in polymer clay beads? If you would have asked me that two weeks ago, I[...]
Handy Project Boxes – For Free!
Everyone loves something for nothing. And everyone loves recycling. So here's an idea that has been around my studio for[...]
Silicone Rubber Mold Material, an introduction
Silicone molds are becoming more popular in the craft world and you can very easily make your own. But trying[...]
Using Rubbing Alcohol with Crafts
One of my favorite and most used tricks is to use rubbing alcohol in the craft studio. It's cheap, available,[...]
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[...]
How to Bake Polymer Clay: Part 3 – Tips and Tricks
Polymer clay, also called polyclay or fimo, is a modeling material that you can cure or bake at home in[...]
How to Bake Polymer Clay: Part 2 – Temperature
Today I'm discussing baking temperature and why it's so important for getting good results with your polymer clay projects. When[...]
How to Bake Polymer Clay: Part 1 – Choosing a polymer clay oven
It seems like it should be simple, and it is, but there is a bit more to it than just[...]
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[...]
Translucent Polymer Clay FAQ
Translucent polymer clay captures the interest of polymer clay artists all over the world. Although the instructions for using it[...]
Craft Room Storage Boxes
It's that time of year again, at least here in the US. The school supplies are stocked up in the[...]
Why are my pictures so dark? -Photography Tip
Taking photographs of your jewelry and beads can be very frustrating. Great small product photography is very important for getting[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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[...]
Coloring Translucent Polymer Clay with Alcohol Inks
I get a lot of questions about coloring translucent polymer clay. For a color junkie like me, one of my[...]
Which is the clearest Translucent Polymer Clay?
Much has been said recently about Translucent Pardo Professional Art Clay. It's a polymer clay that has been rumored to[...]
What is the difference between Mod Podge and Acrylic Medium?
Recently I needed to seal a print that I had made. I'd previously used Liquitex Gloss Acrylic Medium and Varnish[...]
Convert brooch to necklace, great for saving vintage jewelry
Recently a friend brought me a small collection of vintage brooches that she had gathered over the years. Most had[...]
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