Does anyone work with polymer clay?

United States
February 2, 2007 12:11am CST
I do some playing with clay, but I'm awed by the amazing techniques that are out there. Does anyone else work with polymer clay like Sculpey or Fimo? What do you like to make? Where do you get your ideas? I like to make magnets out of bottlecaps - the small area is challenging but fun to work with, and the finished products are really cute! I made a set of ladybug magnets for my kitchen, and in the past I've done fruit and vegetable magnet sets.
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• United States
10 Feb 07
Hi there! I LOVE working with polymer clay. I have done and enjoy (most of these at least) sculpted Christmas ornaments of different types, covered glass ball ornaments, magnets, pens, and other assorted objects that I have covered. I love learning new techniques. I have a list of things I want to try/learn (right now I am trying to finish up a bunch of things that I have baked but not sanded/shined).
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• United States
10 Feb 07
OH forgot to say that is a cane I made as my avatar. You asked where I get my ideas... well some I just think up and others I learn other peoples techniques.
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• United States
11 Feb 07
Wow, that's a gorgeous cane - I've never done any cane work at all, I don't even know how to start! I love items that are covered in canes, like the glass ball ornaments that you mentioned. Do you sell your products?
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Yes I started selling this past September.
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• United States
7 Feb 07
I've always wanted to try this medium but never quite knew where to begin. I'm interested in seeing who replies to your thread and what advice they may have. Those magnets you made must be adorable!
• United States
9 Feb 07
You should definitely try playing with polymer clay, it's a lot of fun! Just buy a few colors and start playing around, you'll be impressed with what you can make. I find the best thing is to try to break objects down into simple shapes - instead of trying to sculpt a cat, look for the shapes that make up a cat - a ball for the head, a cylinder for the body, etc.
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@blondbat (504)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I work in polymer clay. I got started with Premo clay, and will pick up some Sculpey if I can't find the color I want in Premo. I have made a few canes but need alot more practice with the techniques. Made a couple of good ones, but not nearly as many as I want to. I make beads for my jewelry primarily, but will be experimenting with covering and embellishing other items with clay as well. I have an online store through etsy.com (www.bibelots.etsy.com) that I am selling some of my jewelry in. Although there are only 2 items with PC, I am hoping to have more in the store soon.
@ragmama (536)
• United States
5 Mar 07
I attempted to make something with polymer clay once (and only once) after looking at some amazing miniature baby dolls people were selling on eBay. I was making reborn dolls at the time, and thought that would be a fun way to branch out. Turns out, I'm just not talented at sculpting - and it kept ticking me off that little specks of stuff kept getting in my clay. :) I did end up making one tiny baby, about 3" long - I was pregnant at the time, convinced that I was having a boy, yet I made this little baby a girl. It sat in the nursery for a long time, until I found out that I was actually having a little girl...so I put the doll away with my daughter's newborn things, for her to have later on. I wish it had gone better, there are so many fun things I'm sure you can do with polymer!
• United States
11 Feb 07
I do work with polymer clay. Mostly, I sculpt small figures/dolls. I've done different things, from fairies and mermaids, to "real" people and animals. I have attempted a few canes and jewelry, but they just aren't my cup of tea. The figures that I sculpt are miniatures. They've been anywhere from 8 inches to 2 inches.