The Basics of Polymer Clay
This prime clay that many artists love is both pliable and versatile and hardened enabled. Polymer clay could create basically anything you set your mind too including vessels, sculptures and jewelry. Typically will it not contain clay minerals, however liquid that they add to dry materials enables it to achieve the gel-like properties and just like traditional clay the formed piece is placed in an oven for hardening, thus the designation as clay.
An advantage of polymer clay is its extended shelf life that is easily measured in years. There are numerous polymer clay brand however with different attributes, with some lasting longer, containing more plasticizer and others harder than the other. The majority however also comes in liquid form that you add to clay making it easier to condition and malleable.
Working with polymer clay is easy with only your clay, acrylic roller, tissue blade, needle tool, work surface and an oven. To store polymer clay it needs limited exposure to light and in a dry cool place as it cannot return to its previous state if its start curing at around 90 degrees. The best method to use is reseal able bags or plastic containers. One of the softest, easiest to handle, strongest and most flexible clays is Sculpey Soufflé. This clay has a matte finish and all of its colors are subdued.
Kato Polyclay is developed by a clay artists and a top recommendation for beginner clay artists. The only downside is the slight color change in the finished product after curing. The raw clay work well due to its firmness and cane creating is the recommended option here. Since it is not as soft, it is great for slicing with minimized distortion and shape loss. Another top choice when various techniques are used is Premo as this clay remains flexible after you baked it, thus will small details not break after baking.