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Top tips for polymer clay

Top tips for polymer clay

Learn a few tricks using this versatile medium

1. Prep your clay

Before you start creating beautiful makes, you'll need to prepare your clay for use. There's nothing more frustrating than hardened clay, so your best bet to increase its pliability is to knead it. This will reduce the risk of any breakage.

2. Crumbly clay?

If you've taken your three-month old clay out of your crafting box only to find that it has crumbled, you're not alone. Although it can be more difficult to work with, the clay is not damaged, so try placing it in a Ziploc bag and submerging it in hot water until it softens.

3. The cleaning process

Touched your clay with dirty fingers and not quite sure how to solve this mishap? Have no fear, as rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover will get rid of any dirt marks. Just ensure that this is done before baking.

4. Temperature check

In order to have a strong, durable outcome, you must ensure that your clay is baked properly as per your packaging instructions. Under-baking can lead to breaking, while over-baking can cause colour changes.

5. Use acrylic paint

After you've baked your polymer clay, the fun doesn't stop there. You'll need to add a touch of intricacy and what better way to do this than by using acrylic paint? You'll be able to use an array of colours to make your creation stand out.