Polymer Clay Essentials – Information for All Clayers

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 23 customer ratings
(25 customer reviews)


Have you ever had polymer clay questions and found that getting answers was like grabbing for straws in the dark? There is so much misinformation out there! I've long considered it my job to clear away the myths and help people learn how to use the incredible medium that is polymer clay. No more mysteries here! There are lots of tutorials that tell you how to make things. This is not a book of techniques. This is a book of WHY. This book is the closest thing there is to a polymer clay textbook or reference manual.
This book is aimed at ALL clayers – from advanced beginners to experts. Everyone will learn new things in this eBook! Sculptors, jewelry artists, fairy makers, caners, pen makers, and anyone working with polymer clay will find this book to be indispensable. At nearly 100 pages, it's packed with information. Even my non-claying editorial team found this to be a fascinating read. Stop wondering about the “rules” of how polymer clay works as a material. Find out in this Polymer Clay Essentials eBook.


The chapters in this book are:

  • Chemistry of Polymer Clay
  • Choosing a Clay Brand
  • Liquid Polymer Clay
  • Storing Polymer Clay
  • Tools and Supplies
  • Conditioning
  • Baking
  • Troubleshooting
  • Durability
  • Cleaning Up

What to Expect

After purchase, you’ll get an email with a link to download your tutorial(s). The tutorial is a professionally formatted PDF document that’s easily viewed on your computer, laptop, phone, or other device. My tutorials include a table of contents, lots of tips and tricks, and include a resources section for where you can find supplies. Your purchase includes full customer support by email by which I’m available to help you enjoy your tutorial to the fullest.

Please note, this is a non-refundable item.

Text and images in this tutorial are Copyright © 2017 by Ginger Davis Allman, of The Blue Bottle Tree, all rights reserved. That means you can’t share this tutorial, teach or give it to friends, post the file or contents online, or sell it, etc. However, your creations are always yours to sell, share, and enjoy as you desire. I always appreciate credit and a shout-out whenever possible. Thank you!

25 reviews for Polymer Clay Essentials – Information for All Clayers

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bierman

    Love this new e book by Ginger I have read many of her informative articles but this book is amazing! Who knew all this cool stuff about “vinyl”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donna H

    I have been ‘claying’ for about three years. It is hard to buy tutorials that aren’t about a technique but knowing Ginger Davis Allman has done so much for the polymer clay world I thought it would be a good idea. I also love gaining knowledge. This book is well written, organized nicely and very informative. I plan on reading this over several times. I was surprised to find this book answered many questions that have been sitting on the edges of my brain. If you are new to clay I recommend this book and if you have a bit of experience it will be just as fascinating.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    “Polymer Clay Essentials” is filled with essentials you can rely on to avoid making mistakes. Most books give you the basics, but this is much more detailed and accurate. Written in Ginger’s clear, specific language, it even tells what can happen to polymer over time based on her many years of experience. I took many notes about things I’d wondered about, but hadn’t read about elsewhere. I like the ebook format because I can search for specific words. I’ll refer to it again and again.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cyndi Cogbill

    I just finished reading “Polymer Clay Essentials”. I have been working in polymer clay for years, but I found new information and had myths dissolved. The clear and succinct writing style makes it easy to read and understand. The way it is organized will also make it easy to refer to some helpful tip. I plan to use this ebook as a reference for better claying in the future. I highly recommend this eBook to anyone working in polymer clay.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is my first book purchase from Ginger. I’m very pleased with it! It’s a great overview of the basics of working with this medium. The internet is great for looking up the answers to specific questions you might have, but this book I s great because it answers questions about polymer clay I didn’t even know to ask. It’s a terrific resource and the PDF is formatted well and is easy for me to read on my phone.

    My only minor issue is that a lot of this info can be found elsewhere on Ginger’s site, but I refuse to penalize her on the rating for being so generous with sharing her knowledge for free. And there is info in the book you probably won’t find elsewhere on her site. And besides, the info in it is compiled and organized well and is great when an internet connection isn’t available.

    Ginger is also fantastic about answering questions on her blog, if you can’t find the info you need.

    I’m sure I will refer to this book often as I get started working with polymer clay. And I am now even more interested in Ginger’s other titles!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    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–like a duck gliding on a pond, but you know those webby feet are working like crazy under water. –Judy Paulette

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    Thanks Ginger, you have done it again! An excellent tutorial covering just about any question one might have on polymer clay. If you think you’ve heard it all be prepared to learn more and correct those misconceptions. I also bought the Sanding and Buffing tutorial. These two tuts have boostered my confidence immensely. Thanks again for sharing your years of research and knowledge.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    While I thought most things about polymer were obvious my work problems told me I needed help! This book gives so much information. I’ll be using it over and over. Very well laid out. I strongly recommend it.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Kandray

    This is an excellent little e-book. I’ve been working with Polymer Clay For 20+ years and still learned so much from this book.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carol Roberts

    Polymer Clay Essentials is an e-book everyone should own! In Ginger’s unique style, all the information is provided in an easy to follow format. The technical information is explained in such a simple way. Believe me, if I can understand it, then you can too. Questions you have as to why the clay is doing or not doing…(fill in the blank), will be answered. I have been claying for a few years and now I know the reason why some things worked and some things didn’t. Having the technical knowledge in my toolbox will give me more freedom to create with more chance of getting the result I am after. Thank you Ginger, for all the time and effort you spend gathering your knowledge and for sharing it with all of us!

  11. Blanca

    Querría saber sino entiendo el inglés, solo el español, me serviría, adoro el mundo de la Arcilla Polimerica…gracias!

    • Ginger Davis Allman

      Hola Blanca, lo siento, este eBook solo está disponible en inglés.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claudia Schouten-Veldhuijzen

    I am a beginner at Polymer Clay and English is not my native language. The tutorials of Ginger are very comprehensible. They cover a lot of aspects. They give me the feeling and peace that I do not have to search on the internet (and that I do not have to be overwhelmed by the information on the internet).

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jude Messner

    This is an excellent Ebook. It has a wealth of information, and provides a “go to” for any level of Clayer. Ginger presents the information in a clear and concise manner and the information flows well.
    I highly recommend this book for any Clayer who enjoys learning!

  14. Dbp315

    An absolute essential for clayers. Read through it once and then refer to it again and again. I’ve cured my baking woes by following Ginger’s advice.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Emma Parsons

    Excellent tutorial. Very instructive and informative. Great ideas and techniques; well written and presented. Many thanks!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie Heron

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Comprehensive, excellent reference, details explaining what works and what doesn’t, encouragement to pursue your individual vision, superb references and extremely helpful library of posts she refers to in parts of the text combine to make this the best reference eBook available. Ginger’s personal attention to detail, follow-up, customer service and dedication to polymer clay crafting are superlative.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Melissa Hickson

    Phenomenal read! Packed w great info for all clayers. Thank u for compiling all this material into one place!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christy Reveles

    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!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Char Morgan

    Finished the book and loved it. The book was filled with all the things that every level of polymer clay users needs to know. Love the way you went into detail about so many subjects – things that I wanted to know but didn’t take the time to research. Ginger’s knowledge of the products, how they react to other mediums, etc., was awesome. You have to read this book! Ginger’s done all the work for us! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and clarify what can be done to help the polymer clay communities continue to produce gorgeous results in our craft. So glad I ran across your website in the past and look forward to all you share with us.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Katuma McLaughlin

    Wow Ginger! Just finished reading your tutorial ‘Polymer Clay Essentials’ I am so impressed with the information, photo’s, tips and overall quality of the tutorial, I can honestly say, that I have never seen such detailed information. All the questions I had, your tutorial answered.
    I will certainly recommend this tutorial to others.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marlies Möckli

    This tutorial is a must for all polymer clay enthusiasts! As in all her tutorials, Ginger explains all the basics and so much more. Her information is based on experience and knowledge and not on hearsay. The tutorial is easy to read and absolutely not boring! Only one way to know: buy it, you will not regret it!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kim white

    I purchased this essentials booklet online about 3 weeks ago and it has come in so handy to a newbie clayer. I highly recommend it because it s written in plain english, lots of photos and great info we all should know. Will be purchasingmore electronic books in the future.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    If you are new to polymer and need lots of answers to the how and how better questions of working in this polymer clay, this may be the single most valuable book you can buy. No individual projects, but I have never been a recipe follower. I prefer to learn how to work with a new medium and then make up projects . This is the perfect resource for people like me, when I begin learning a new medium. Beautiful photos. Comprehensive information.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    I became aware of, and interested in polymer clay a few years ago. As with most things that pique my interest, I do extensive searching online to learn as much as I can about the subject. I quickly found that Ginger is THE go-to person if you want to find accurate, well researched and tested information about using polymer clay. Her Polymer Clay Essentials e-book contains a wealth of information that I’m sure I will turn to again and again along my PolyClay journey. It is professionally presented with colorful photographs. It is easy to read, understand and navigate through. I highly recommend this e-book to anyone with an interest in polymer clay.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Monica Schutze

    This is a really great tutorial, if you are just starting out it is a must read! I am from a science background and when I start something new I am a voracious researcher, Ginger delivered the information I needed to get started with polymer clay. You will learn about how to condition your clay, how to bake it, what tools you will need, tips tricks and a whole bunch of other information. Ginger’s writing style ensures that reading the roughly 100 pages of this tutorial remains relevant and enjoyable throughout. One thing I have learnt is that Ginger Davis Allman is one of the go to individuals of the very large international polymer community and she is extremely generous with her knowledge. Thank you Ginger for a really good tutorial!

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