Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay eBook

Learn how to get a flawless finish with the Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay eBook from The Blue Bottle Tree.*Cue the trumpets, hear the announcer’s voice*

Intro-ducing the all new Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay eBook!!!! You can buy it here:

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Weighing in at over 120 pages and containing 173 photos, this beautifully formatted eBook includes new navigation features, a Table of Contents, a Resources section, and three tutorials to help you learn to sand and buff with unsurpassed beauty. 

That was the stuff you needed to know about the new book. And now, instead of the usual promo article of “Hey, I wrote a book and it’s for sale”, I thought I’d give you a bit of a different perspective. Here’s the background on what this book is and how it came to be.

A Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay Tutorial

I am frequently asked to write a sanding and buffing tutorial. Last summer I decided to do it. I thought it would be easy and take a couple of weeks. Easy, right? Yeah. That’s what I thought. That was seven months ago. It turns out there’s a lot to sanding and buffing. There’s sandpaper, sanding blocks, and polishing papers. There’s tumbling and tumbling grits. There’s buffing. (But what kind of buffing wheel?) There’s abrasives, polish, sealers and tapes. It just goes on and on, deeper and deeper – a bit like Alice going down the rabbit hole.

I bought grits, samples, products, and machines. I tried them out on Premo, Kato, Fimo Professional, and Sculpey III. My family got awfully tired of wet piles of sandpaper and trays of drying grit. And let’s not mention the noise of my little tumbler running day and night!

My initial idea of a simple little sanding and buffing tutorial took on a life of its own and morphed into a full-fledged book with 130 pages. I did write that sanding and buffing tutorial, by the way. Two of them, which are included on pages 85 and 93 of the book. There’s also a neat mica shift tutorial that will show you how I make designs with deep magical shimmering illusions. But there’s a lot more, too. Really, I tried to explore everything I could think of in connection with sanding and buffing polymer clay. In fact, here are the main topics covered:

  • Introduction to Sanding and Buffing
  • Preparing Your Work
  • Sanding
  • Tumbling
  • Buffing
  • Sealing and Varnishing
  • A Good Finish Without Sanding
  • Troubleshooting
  • Basic Sanding Tutorial
  • Luxurious Sanding Tutorial
  • Mica Shift Tutorial
  • Resources

The Aftermath

My studio is a wreck. Every surface is piled high. I have to clean all the mess and find a place to put all the samples, products, sanding machines, buffing wheels, and grit. Anyone want two large bags of animal bedding?  (That’s covered on page 56.) The worst part was all the dust I created by testing the buffing. Although I wore a mask, my entire studio needs a deep cleaning.

Huge mess on my workbench after writing the sanding and buffing polymer clay ebook.

There’s really no neat way to deal with sandpaper and other abrasive sheets. I learned from experience that leaving them in a wet, dirty pile just makes them stick together or curl up. I should rinse them, lay them out to dry, and then stack them neatly in binders. Right? (Ahem. Right.)

Here's only a small pile of the sandpapers I used when writing this ebook.

How many buffing wheels does a person need? Not this many for sure! But now I know which kind to tell you to buy. And if buying is better than making your own. Let’s just say I bought quite a few before I found the magic solution.

How many buffing wheels does a person need? A lot. Only a few worked well.

And samples. Because how do you test sanding and buffing polymer clay? You have to make samples to test. So I made a lot of beads, tablets, lentils, spirals, and tiles. There were pretty things and there were ugly, awful disasters. This is just a small part of what I made. There’s a whole bunch more I couldn’t find. I think they’re under sandpaper somewhere.

I made a lot of samples to test how sandpapers and tumbling machines worked for sanding and buffing polymer clay.

And then everything needed a photo. Lots and lots of and lots of photos. I took thousands of them. (And deleted a lot.) There are 173 photos in the eBook. And each one needed to be processed with software and cleaned up. I must have had to charge that battery a dozen times. I still can’t find all my SD cards, either. (And with four curious cats, I assure you, keeping fur out of all those photos was….interesting.)

I took a lot of pictures for this sanding and buffing polymer clay ebook.

But I finally got it done. Yay me! Now I’m going to go find my neglected family and try to remember what a day off is like. Cleaning the studio can be left for another day.

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Even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool sanding hater (and many of us are), I think you’ll find value in this book. You may even find that sanding can be effective, beautiful, and yes, even enjoyable. Ready to learn new sanding and buffing strategies? Then click here to learn even more and buy the Sanding and Buffing Polymer Clay eBook:

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