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Polymer Clay E-book

Polymer Clay E-book

Well, it’s taken forever and grown from the ‘few pages’ I thought it’d be to over 80, but I have finally finished my Polymer Clay tutorial, or e-book to be precise πŸ™‚

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are 81 pages and over 200 photos illustrating clear and simple instructions. The book focuses on my very simple method for producing smooth, even clay and how it can be adaped to suit different techniques for creating gorgeous and unique polymer clay pieces such as brooches, pendants, buttons or tiles for mosaic. And you don’t need any specialist equipment or expensive gadgets. Or a pasta maker.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe introduction features the tools and products that I find really useful for Polymer Clay work. Most of the things I use are from around the house, and in my everyday craft supplies. There’s also suggestions for cheap and free alternatives.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are seven other parts to the e-book with sections showing some easy ways to shape polymer clay without the use of cutters, commonly available products for applying colour to the surface of clay, and using beads and metal as embellishments. Throughout the book, there are complete instructions for 10 different techniques including how to achieve a fake porcelain look; inlaying; applying acrylic paint for an aged look; and using beads to enhance designs. You might remember my previous attempt at that where I dropped the camera on the clay and dented it! In addition, there is also a gallery of polymer clay examples made with combinations of the techniques described for further inspiration.

PAGESThe methods and techniques in the book are suitable for complete beginners, and anyone with no previous experience of polymer clay can create items just like those featured on the front cover in a few minutes with just Polymer Clay and a few commonly available items.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThanks a lot to Kaz, Ruth and Ann for looking at and checking through the first and second drafts for me and making sure it’s understandable πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot to Lyn too, for checking through the drafts as well and checking over my rewrites and extra photos at the last minute, and a big thank you to my girlfriend for putting up with me (again!) over the last couple of months, helping me rewrite difficult parts and coming up with the perfect title yet again πŸ™‚

If anyone is interested, it’s available in PDF format from my blog, I’ve added a new page at the top called Polymer Clay. I’ve been trying to upload it to etsy too, but for some reason it’s stuck on the ‘Preview Listing’ page πŸ™

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I managed to list on etsy now, there was a problem with using characters such as apostrophes and dashes in the tags.

Marilyn was asking where I got my rubber stamps, luckily, I saved the envelopes (from 2007!). The main place I got large sheets of unmounted rubber stamps is The Stamping Ground. I bought quite a lot from there, their prices are very good. I also bought a couple of sheets from The Stampsmith. I bought some texture sheets β€” deep etched rubber in abstract designs, from Creative arts by Obertin. I think I bought a Klimt based stamp from them on ebay too.

Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay

Does anyone use Polymer Clay in their felting or fibre arts? I know I’ve mentioned using Fimo buttons a few times, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I make my own. I first tried Fimo about 20 years ago, I managed to make a few marbley incense stick holders and snake type things πŸ™‚ I just couldn’t get the stuff soft enough to use, my hands would ache, they’d be caked in Fimo and I’d give in! About 6 years ago, I started to get interested again and was happy to find that not only did the Fimo seem softer, but they also did a ‘soft’ version. I mostly made mosaic tiles back then, but after spending weeks making batches of different sizes to make a couple of mosaic mirrors, I hadn’t imagined just how hard it would be or how long it would take to laboriously lay out all the tiles and cut slices to fill gaps in, and that was before I then I had to glue them into place. And then my cooker broke. I didn’t realise it was so hard to find one with a very low heat setting these days. And by the time I did, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm for Fimo any more.

Then I discovered felting and never really went back to making Polymer clay…until one day I needed the perfect button for a textured felt bag I made. I realised my old stash of Fimo buttons and embellishments was practically non existent. I’d used a few pieces on felt pieces before and liked how it looked so I decided to get all my Fimo tools out again to make a few buttons and other embellishments. I kind of got a bit carried away…

pile of buttonsIt was nice to be working with polymer clay again, and good to find that it was all still workable after being left in a drawer for a few years.

brownsI mostly made buttons in a variety of sizes in a few different colour schemes.

comp 4But I also made a few fancy ones, and larger/different ones for more unique projects that might crop up (such as covering a magnetic clasp!)

differentAnd I also made a few brooches, pendants and fridge magnets since I had all the stuff out anyway πŸ™‚

broochesI’d love to see your photos if you use polymer clay, it doesn’t necessarily have to be fibre related πŸ™‚

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