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Back by popular demand, I have gathered more polymer clay tips for you to use to improve your pieces! If you didn't get to see the first installment, please check it out here: news.deviantart.com/article/67…

Let's begin!


:orange: Don't use those crappy Sculpey or Fimo glosses for your creations. Their expensive as hell, you only get a tiny bit in a jar, and their usually very gloopy and annoying to apply. Do yourself a favour - go to the hardware store and ask for "Varathane". This is found in the paint department with all the wood stainers and such. Make sure you buy the WATERBASED formula, in GLOSS not semi-gloss. This stuff sells for about $7.00 for a 946mL tin and you will not need to buy anymore gloss for a very long time. This stuff works wonders - it may be for wood, but this stuff has IPN technology which means Interpenetrating Polymer Network which means it's going to soak into your clay, adhere well, and make your clay creations damn spiffy looking.

:orange: To get that lovely glass-look, give your pieces the triple coat treat. Dip it once and let it hang to dry. As it dries, say after about 10 minutes, give the bottom of your piece a little wipe with a paint brush. That way, your pieces don't dry with a hardened gloss-drip on the bottom. Do this three times and you'll have some damn shiny goodies! Looks especially good on coloured pieces.

:orange: After your pieces are glazed, leave them to dry in a place that isn't going to collect dust. Cover the top of your drying rack with something that keeps the dust out.

:orange: Let the gloss on your pieces dry for a good 24 hours. At this point, your gloss will be at it's peak hardness and it will have a nice flawless coat on it. Peachy!

:orange: Depending on where you live, eyepins can be hard to find. Instead, get yourself some good strong wire, make long "U" shapes and stick them into your pieces before you bake. After your piece has baked and cooled, take out the wire loop and apply a bit of adhesive to the ends of the wire and stick them back into the clay. This guarantees it will never fall out. I use a tube of Household Adhesive - it works wonders. It's like cement.

:orange: Keep all of your clay in Ziploc baggies or an airtight container. I prefer the airtight container. This keeps the dust out and it keeps the clay "fresh" and soft. It's like a good cookie jar! A good idea is to keep a container for opened clay and another container for unopened clay, that way you don't start a new block of clay when there is already one opened. If there isn't any more Red in the opened-clay container, than you can go to the un-opened clay container to get a new package. If there is none in there, I guess you should re-stock!

:orange: Stock up on clay at sales from Michaels, get coupons, do whatever you can to save a few bucks. Saved dollars equals more money to spend on nifty tools. Or food. Or something. If you don't have a Michaels craft store, TheClayStore.com sells Sculpey III for only $1.50 per block. You can also get blocks of Fimo for $1.75 and Kato for only $2.00.

:orange: People tend to get discouraged when making polymer clay icing for some reason. The problem is often not enough mixing. You have to work those muscles! The best tool is the handle of a plain flat-back spoon. It works much better than stir sticks and a spoon doesn't break. Just mix some warm kneaded clay with TLS and mix like hell. If it's too thick, add more TLS. It can be baked with the rest of your unbaked clay at the same temperature, so don't get flustered when trying to figure out the baking times.

:orange: When baking my clay, I always bake at 275*F whether I am using Fimo or Sculpey or both at the same time or Fimo or Sculpey or both with TLS. It's all the same. Smaller pieces that are under an inch thick I will bake for about 20 minutes. Thicker items go for a bit longer. This temperature hasn't failed me yet.

:orange: The bristles of a toothbrush work wonders for making fine-textured baked goods like sugar cookies. Just dab it into the clay until you get the effect you want.

:orange: A great way to make some texture in your cookies and cupcakes is to take a small square of polymer clay, stab it and scrape it with a sharp object to make it all textured, and than bake it. Now you have a texture stamp! Just press and push and drag in the clay that you want to texture.

:orange: The best clay to make icecream scoops is Fimo Soft, hands down. Sculpey sucks for making realistic icecream - it just doesn't have the same texture. Fimo has a more crumby texture if you drag your finger down a piece of clay, whereas when you drag your finger down a piece of Sculpey it warms up and smooths down.

:orange: Don't mix acrylic paint with TLS for syrups and such. It cracks in the oven. Use oil paints, inks, pastel shavings (both oil and chalk) and eyeshadows. These all work very well.

:orange: A great way to add a little bit of colour to baked goods like waffles, cookies, and such is to grate a little bit of brown dry pastel or eyeshadow and brush it on select places for that golden brown baked look. Just don't overdo it or you'll lose the base colour.

:orange: If you are making thin pieces on your clay objects, a great way to make them  more sturdy is to build the pieces around wire or stick a piece of wire through it when you are finished sculpting it.

:orange: If you have to make a really big object but don't want it to be super heavy or use a lot of clay, ball up a piece of aluminum foil and build the clay around it. Just make sure the ball of foil is pressed nice and tight.


That is all for now! More next time! Hehe.

Want to see some of my polymer clay work? Check out my website at MonsterKookies.com - here, you have access to my online shop and Etsy shop and you can take a look at my gallery to see my past work.
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:iconlady-callie:
Lady-Callie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I got Sculpey III for $1 per block. :p
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latuna6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
mooore sharing of your tips. ^_^ [link]
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Jenzay Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Thanks for the tips :)
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome :)
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TokiCrafts Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Thank you for these great tips ! ^w^
Is this "Varathane" something like wood varnish ? cuz I use a varnish that isn't for clay and it sucks =[ they don't sell the good stuff in where i live > <
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, Varathane IS for wood. But Varathane has IPN Technology, which means "Interpenetrating Polymer Network" which also makes it perfect for Polymer Clay because it really sinks into it and adheres well. It works amazing.
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TokiCrafts Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Ok thank you so much ! lol now I look back at it you did mention it's wood varnish :P hehe dunno why i asked again > <
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thats' okee! :aww:
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The-Raven-Hunter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Some great tips :) I'll have to keep the fimo soft vs. sculpy thing in mind for future use.

And I have to give you a huge hug for the really simple easy to read format of your article! That made it a joy to read rather than a difficult big block of text :hug:
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, thanks so much! I like to use point form sentence format. :P
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Leedlpuff Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
Yay! More tips :w00t!: These are great! Thank you!
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! Glad you enjoyed them :)
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Leedlpuff Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
I did!
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panda-chan3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
wait......eyeshadow? like the shadow powder you apply to your eyes?
oh god, i am so happy i am reading this stuff now, im about to go to hobby lobby :D
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, yes the stuff you put on your eyes. :P
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:iconpanda-chan3:
panda-chan3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
ok, btw, i have 2 more ?s

# is $45 enough to start making charms when all clay is on sale for $.99 and i have a 40% off cupon?

and

# is ground up charocoal good for textures or something (whatever the use for the eyeshadow is)
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes and yes. :) Hehe.
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panda-chan3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
ok and ok :)

i bought the clay omg omg omg its baking
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe :D
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:iconpanda-chan3:
panda-chan3 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009
omgomgomg the top of one of my mushrooms burnt, but my sister who bought if from me says she likes....
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohhhh no, it burnt?
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WackyRacky Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Hobbyist
Thanks for the tips!They are always so helpful:)
Especially the one about the texture stamp:D
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! :D
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harpoonerism Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
D: my friend clayed around an aluminum foil ball, but the clay eventually cracked after a few months. i'm not sure if it was entirely due to the foil, but it's just a note. :[]
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwww, that sucks! I've never had this problem! Maybe I should look into it. :)
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KaciHPfanatic Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student General Artist
nice tips, hehe i also stock up on my clay at michaels, i love it wen they have so many sales!
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, we have a Michaels on the outskirts of the city but I never get there... :(
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CatWoman4ever Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I've been looking to try working with clay and I found this and the last article to be so helpful. Thank you so much for putting this together! :hug:
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! I am so glad you found it helpful. :)
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Oh man.. I've seriously been debating on playing with polymer clay and you have TOALLY won me over with these articles.. I'm hella excited to start playin gme thinks!
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! I am so glad you will give it a try. :D
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ShiversTheNinja Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Once again, awesome tips! I especially like the tips about cookie texturing, ice cream and icing. I've been wondering for a while now how people make such awesome looking icing on their cookies and cakes and such... and the ice cream tip is especially good for me right now because I just got a package of Fimo for the first time and I've been wondering what to do with it as an experiment... I've always used Sculpey III.
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I tend to use more Sculpey III in my claying as well, but I always keep a few packs of Fimo for things like icecream. :)
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AzhuresJewels Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Thank you for that bit about the sculpey varnish...it is the worst thing ever! I wish I would have known when I first dabbled with clay >.<

excellent tips, as always!
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! And I am glad the varnish bit helped!
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SarahRose Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Great tips, especially about icing. I had a hard time with it for a YEAR before I learned just to keep mixing!

Great tips. Things that needed to be said!


(oh, in the first one, you used 'their' when it should be 'they're'! :))
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
God damnit I hate spelling errors. And I can't change them in a news article, either... baaaaaah!
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SarahRose Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Ahhh! I'm sorry! I didn't know you couldn't change it! :(
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's okee. I shall have to be stuck with a lame grammatical error for the rest of my life! Noooooo.
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Lissaburd Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
Most awesome tips. It's all a bit over my head as I'm not a clayer, but wow :omg: you so rawk :drool:
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe.... :iconbucketplz:
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Lissaburd Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
:rofl:
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional General Artist
Your tips make me want to take out my polymer clays and make stuff!
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeay! Than I did my job :D
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maytel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
I learned about the acrylic paint and tls the hard way ;(
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohhh no! :O
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:iconmaytel:
maytel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
yeah.... but it's okay. Someone still wanted to adopt it :D
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:iconmonsterkookies:
monsterkookies Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Well that is good :D
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Cheila Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
WOW these are awesome tips!!!! Thank you so much!!! >o<
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