Monday, September 5, 2011

Let's Play with Clay Part II [Polymer Clay Adventure Series: Tools]

Hello friends!
This is Part II of Cabby Crafter's Polymer Clay Adventure Series.  You may read about Part I HERE.

Do you love tools?  I do, I do I do!
Every craft and hobby has it's own set of tools - whether you're into papercrafts such as scrapbooking and card making, sculpting, painting, jewelry making or polymer clay.

Being a newbie in polymer clay was exciting because I got to buy tools.  Actually, you just need a roller, an x-acto knife or blade and a good worksurface such as a tile.
However, if you want to be more efficient about it, it's nice to have a little more.
The clay rolling machine for instance makes conditioning clay faster, producing uniform thickness.
Clay cutters makes cutting shapes a breeze!

Since polymer clay projects can have so many details, it helps to have piercing and shaping tools.  Basically, you can use anything that you can find around you to create texture or shapes.  Go wild with your imagination.  Here are some of the tools that I often use.
To add depth and texture to polymer clay projects, use rubber stamps, texture plates, metal stamps, dye inks, mica powder, extra fine glitter, glze, chalk and acrylic paints.
There are many tips from other bloggers and the more senior polymer clay artists out there.

Everyday is a learning experience for me and I have yet a lot to learn.
Perhaps, by the time I do a sequel to this post, I'd have a room full of tools, haha!

Happy Claying!


Marlene Brady said...

Great post. Very informative!

The Cabby Crafter said...

Thank you Marlene. I am humbled and in a daze by your presence here. :)