About Polymer Clay
Polymer Clay is an art medium that is known for its versatility, pliability and simplicity to work with and will not dry out at room temperature. Once cured it can be painted, sanded, polished and drilled. It is man-made from a plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) base. Polymer Clay has a similar consistency to modeling clay. It remains workable until cured. Curing occurs at temperatures around 270°F for approximately 15 minutes depending on the thickness and brand.
Most polymer clays require conditioning prior to use. A home pasta-making machine is a popular tool for polymer clay. It is used to create sheets of uniform thickness, mix colors or create variegated sheets (skinner blends). It is an easy way to condition (soften) the clay. Conditioning includes kneading the clay by hand and passing it between the rollers of a pasta machine. Once conditioned, the clay will remain pliable while you are creating your project.
Liquid polymer clay can be used as a finish coat, adhesive, grout or transfer medium. It can also be used to revitalize and softens old polymer clay. Liquid clay is also cured in an oven.
Polymer Clay Brands and Types We Carry
Made by German company Staedtler is the original creator of polymer clay. Staedtler started out as a pencil manufactuer in the 1830’s. Today, Staedtler still makes pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers and other technical drawing instruments along with the Fimo product line of polymer clay.
Fimo Soft is an oven-hardening modeling clay specifically designed for adult beginners and amateur artists. The clay is soft and pliable, easy to condition and shape.
Fimo Professional Compared to other types of FIMO, FIMO professional oven-hardening modeling clay has a much firmer consistency. It enables you to create crisp details to your pieces.
FIMO Effect is a fantastic creative addition to FIMO soft and FIMO professional. This clay allows you to create special effects. It is available in 36 colors and eight effects (glow, glitter, transparent, stone, metallic, pastel, gemstone, pearl).
Sculpey III Is great for beginners, due to its soft, easy to use texture. Clay will stay soft until baked in the oven.
Premo! Sculpey is soft enough to blend easily but firm enough to feature fine details. It’s perfect for caning, mokume gane which mimics a wood grain patterns and mica shift which give a 3 dimensional look on a flat piece of clay. When baked it has a matte finish but can this clay can be polished to a high shine.
Sculpey Souffle is a lightweight clay perfect for earrings and large pendants. This clay has a nice suede finish when baked.
With the help of Donna Kato, Van Aken International was able to create the ideal polymer clay; the first polymer clay by an artist, for an artist. Kato Polyclay has a minimal color shift when cured. The color of the raw clay is the same as the color you get after curing.
Kato Liquid Polyclay has excellent leveling properties and flows smoothly allowing it to be cured in sheets or poured into metal or glass molds. After curing, it may be cut with scissors into desired shapes.