Polymer Clay Essentials – Information for All Clayers

5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)


There is a gap in information between package labels and the thousands of project tutorials that we read as we teach ourselves how to work with polymer clay. Where do we learn about the material itself? What is polymer clay made of? How long do you have to condition it (and why)? Why does clay get hard?
I wrote this eBook to address these questions and so much more. Let me be clear. This is not a book of techniques. I won’t tell you how to make things. This is a book of WHY. This book is the closest thing there is to a polymer clay textbook.
This book is aimed at ALL clayers – from advanced beginners to experts. Even seasoned experts will learn new things that will help you understand the medium of  polymer clay. I believe that information is power and understanding how this material works will free you up to make whatever your heart desires, with less worry.
Sculptors, jewelry artists, fairy makers, caners, pen makers, and anyone working with this material 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

If you’ve been a fan for a long time, you may recognize a few pages, but it’s all been updated and clarified for this eBook. Now everything you need is all in one place.


After purchase of the Polymer Clay Essentials eBook, you’ll get an email with a link to download the file. It will be a professionally formatted PDF document that’s easily viewed on your computer, laptop, phone, or other device. My eBooks are very comprehensive, well organized, professionally laid out, and interesting to read. They include a table of contents 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 eBook 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 eBook, 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!

8 reviews for Polymer Clay Essentials – Information for All Clayers

  1. 5 out of 5

    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. 5 out of 5

    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. 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. 5 out of 5

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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