Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay

(60 customer reviews)

USD $25.00

Don't sand harder, sand better! Everyone loves a perfectly smooth, glassy finish, but it seems to be elusive. Does your polymer clay look scratched and rough after sanding? Can't get a good shine, no matter how much you buff? Are you tired of sanded fingertips, sore shoulders, and cramped fingers? This 120 page eBook will change everything.
This is not a just a tutorial. It's a comprehensive eBook that examines and explores strategies you will use to make a beautiful finish. Two sanding tutorials are included. The Basic Sanding Tutorial teaches you how to get a perfect finish with materials readily available from your local hardware store. The Luxurious Sanding Tutorial takes this process further by introducing you to exceptional sanding and buffing materials that save labor and give even more fantastic results. There's even a bonus Mica Shift Tutorial that teaches you my favorite method of creating lovely pearlescent illusion images deep within polymer clay.

The Sanding and Buffing in Polymer Clay eBook is 120 pages long and contains 173 photos. You’ll learn how to prepare your project before baking, how make sanding easier, how to modify buffing wheels for best results, and how to seal and varnish your work. There's a Troubleshooting section, too, dealing with common sanding problems and addressing common sanding myths. A full resource section is included with sources provided for products and materials introduced in the eBook.

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 © 2016-2017 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!

60 reviews for Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay

  1. Henry Aschner

    I’ve tried many different products and techniques for sanding and buffing a finished piece, e.g., sandpaper, wet/dry, sanding sponges, sanding screen, micromesh, etc., but still wasn’t happy with the results I was getting. Sometimes it was close to what I was looking for, sometimes it seemed to get worse the more I worked on it. I’ve experimented with this for quite some time and it was starting to drive me batty. Then I came across Ginger Davis Allman’s knowledge series ~ Buffing and Sanding Polymer Clay. This is a very informative ebook! I certainly wanted to know how to achieve the results I was looking for, but I also wanted to understand why my other techniques weren’t working as well. I read Ginger’s book several times and now have a good understanding of how I was sabotaging myself, being my own worst enemy. I also learned of some other products available to simplify the process. So, I created a game-plan that I thought would work best for me, purchased some of these new products mentioned to complement what I was already doing/using and followed the guide and techniques illustrated in the ebook. Wow! I finally achieved what I was looking for. And it will be less time and less steps to achieve it. If you aren’t quite achieving the results you are looking for and want a better understanding on the process, not just the how but the why, then this ebook is a must in your library. Thanks Ginger!

  2. Lesley Magaril DeLia

    Thank you Ginger. This book is SO YOU. Clear, concise, and full of common sense! I have adopted many of your recommendations already and I already see a huge improvement in my work. Most important, it really hit home on how important proper finishing can be to making the finished product more professional..I am a fan…so whats next?

  3. Nonie Connor

    A great book. Ginger’s tutorials are always excellent and this one is no exception. Should be in every clayer’s arsenal.
    Thank you Ginger!

  4. Judy Youssef

    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!

  5. Michelle M. Kline

    I’m so glad I purchased this ebook. I have been making a sanding mistake for years, and didn’t realize it! The things I learned about sanding and buffing in Ginger’s easy-to-follow ebook are not only going to help me get the well-polished look I’d like to achieve with some of my polymer clay pieces, but will also save me time in the future.

  6. Gwen J. Brewer

    I can’t believe that Ginger’s Sanding and Buffing ebook is such a pleasure to read. I have read it a few times and I will continue to read it again and again. It made me aware of my production enemies. I also thought that the glasslike finish was way out of reach for me. It is now a goal that I am achieving on a continuum. I see gradual improvements in my work. The book has tips for both before and after baking the product. I never knew that there were several techniques to use for corrections after baking. What really has me happy is being aware of many techniques to use before baking which will make the finishing process so much easier.
    Ginger has also included links for the recommended tools and techniques. I bought the ABRANET sanding kit from Poly Clay Play. When this ones wears out, I will be glad to replenish. I love this sanding kit. I will try to add a video to Facebook. Thanks Ginger!

  7. bobolinkko

    I’m brand new to clay, but have been a craftperson and artist for over 40 years. I bought 2 of Ginger’s tutorials when she ran her birthday sale. I bought this one and the Essentials. I am beyond impressed. The kind of information and tips that it could take many classes to acquire. Clear, comprehensive and generous these are a bargain, I feel far more prepared to work with my new favorite jewelry medium. I am choosing my next one or two right now.

  8. ALGoldin

    I waited quite a while before buying ANY tutorials, as I wanted to “figure it out myself” if at all possible. But now that I have purchased this one (and read it cover to cover) I am SO IMPRESSED as always with the clarity and quality of Ginger’s writing and teaching. I more than got my money’s worth here and I can’t wait to start buffing!

  9. Marlies

    This tutorial is a must for all polymer clay enthusiasts! Ginger explains all the basics and so much more. The tutorial is easy to read and absolutely not boring! Only one was to know: buy it, you will not regret it!

  10. Deborah Smith

    Debbie S – This is a fantastic tutorial on sanding and buffing. I am just starting with polymer clay and I tend to read as much as I can before I even start and Ginger has had the clearest and most detailed tutorial of any I have run across. I plan on eventually getting all her tutorials but in the meantime going ahead and start playing more with my clay and taking chances!

  11. Kim

    This is the best tutorial about sanding and buffing I have come across. It tells you all you need to know.

  12. Kathy Roach

    It’s difficult to not just parrot the previous reviews which are all spot on. I encourage everyone to get this ebook on sanding and buffing and any of Ginger’s ebooks. Her presentation is casually science based without being dry. I appreciate her desire to tell us “why” not just “how”. The information in this ebook will immediately improve your understanding of finishing techniques and raise the level of your work. This is a book you will refer back to many many times. Enjoy!

  13. Stephanie Alacon

    An in-depth guide to sanding and buffing your polymer clay pieces. As we all know, finish can be make or break on a sale. Ginger is so incredibly helpful and kind, I couldn’t help but recommend her material to all!

  14. Linda Rossiter

    Highly recommended …. by far the clearest set of information I’ve found since i started using polymer clay. No one-week wonder
    – it’s an in-depth book that you’ll read, read again, then refer to for ever more 🙂

  15. Emma Parsons

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

  16. Leslie

    This book has been, hands down, one of the best investments that I’ve on my polymer clay journey! Ginger covers all the bases in this thorough step by step guide. Clearly written, vibrant photos, and the information contained within it will answer any questions you may have on how to send and buff your polymer clay pieces. You can’t go wrong with this purchase! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

  17. Patricia Black-Gould

    Love this tutorial. As much as I hate sanding, this book helps a lot!

  18. Phyllis

    This tutorial is a must-have. If you want a beautiful finish on your polymer clay, Ginger’s experience and in-depth advice will help you to avoid much frustration. I’ve been sanding and buffing for a while and learned several things that will save me time.

  19. Sue Baldwin

    I had no idea this would be as complete as it is, just worth every penny and I haven’t even finished reading it! Its an encyclopedia of buffing and sanding. Just so many things I never thought about doing & techniques that make so much sense and make it easier. Ginger has done her homework and the teacher gave her an A+++!!

  20. Deborah Rice

    Such clear, concise, comprehensive information! It’s always excellent Ginger! You answered so many questions that I didn’t even know I had. lol I ordered your favorite buffing wheel and definitely love it. The section on mica shift variations will add so much to my work, and it will shine. 🙂 Thanks and thanks again Ginger. You’re the best!

  21. Claudia Comstock

    Absolutely excellent tutorial on sanding & buffing, Ginger! You take the mystery & frustration out of this otherwise dreaded step to the finishing of polymer clay, with facts & fiction, as well as helpful hints here & there, all of which are invaluable, tried & true, methods, tidbits, & little secrets to achieving that perfect finish to a polymer clay piece. I highly recommend this tutorial!

  22. Larraine

    Very comprehensive, covered far more then I expected. very easy to follow and I find myself referring back to this wonderful, valuable information. Thank you Ginger

  23. DonnaMarie

    For the last three years, I’ve been perfecting my claying techniques. I’m now satisfied with the outcome and feel confident in my work, except for one thing. I was never pleased with the overall finished look of my polymer clay pieces.

    I watched the videos, read the articles, tried wet/dry sanding & buffing. With all the work it took in these steps. The little outcome it provided me, I decided I would use PMY II or Varathane as a finish to all my work. But I was only fooling myself. I’m such a perfectionist and since I plan on a future business selling my work, I had to take it a step further and understand more about the finishing processes.

    I knew there would only be one place to find all the information, I was right. I ordered Ginger’s Sanding & Buffing e-book, and the moment I looked at the table of contents, I was amazed at the detailed content. My mouth dropped open! I had never seen a tutorial even come close to the high quality you have provided. I read every word. Understanding now I know the-how-what-why each technique works and whats best for me to use.

    I had some of the tools and items needed, so I began with the basic technique. I’m amazed that I got this result on my first attempt. I had items for the luxurious technique and this just took everything a step further. In fact, I can’t stop rubbing the beads against my face, they are so silky smooth. 

    My sanding and buffing problems have now been solved. With a little practice, I will be a step further. Many thanks to you and all the work you do, the research, fact-finding and especially helping the polymer clayers with everything you do. Thank you, Ginger, for expanding my knowledge and helping me in my polymer clay journey.

  24. Megan

    Excellent in depth tutorial. You may think you know how to sand, but this ebook gives hints on techniques and materials that you may not have thought of. I also appreciate the testing that has been done to provide quality information.

  25. kyriaki

    Thank you Ginger for sharing your knowledge with us !!!! Every time I decided to deal with polymer clay, I was disappointed. But now everything is clear. Well done Ginger, you are the best teacher!.

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