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Polymer Clay tools

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 2:43 PM

Basic Polymer clay tools

Ok ok I admit it a little more than basic XD but its surely no polymer clay tools 101. ;) (Wink)
(see my Beading 101's)

The good thing on polymer clay tools is... you can invent them .

Seriously take for example a loop tool a tool needed for carving details into clay. Take a paper clip or a hair pin add a handle from fimo scraps cure it and you have made your own. Yep, you can not only get creative with Polymer clay, but as well by making tools, turning things into tools and inventing your own tools just as you need them.

There are basic tools one must have, like the polymer clay blades, an exacto knife, a rolling pin and a (non sticky) working surface. Those are the basic tools everyone must have and should buy to get started.

But everything else? its a matter of your mind getting creative. Like using an old toothbrush for textures (see maytel's wonderful tutorials on polymer clay cakes and cookies)

Go, go through your house and have a look what is laying in your drawers dusted in, but can be turned into a useful texturing tool for your polymer clay obsession :D (Big Grin) That beautiful textured little pebble on your next walk.. think if it wouldn't make  a decent texture on your next brooch! Or that miniature (metal) cookie cutters from the toy shop for kids, they could work perfectly for clay too. That old linoleum carving tools from way back in school.. Ask your dentist if he can hand you the next batch of tools he intends on throwing out/replacing. Awesome carving tools...

Really when creating polymer clay tools your are only limited by your imagination. There are as well a gazillion DIY tool tutorials out there just google them if you are on a low budget or have an overspill of creative juices :D (Big Grin)

I tried to list some to buy tools, some you may find around your house. Just the ones I have (or want to have), but, by no means all of them. There are so so many tools, and they seem to get more by the day, so it seems to be nearly impossible to list them all. I for example left out tinfoil and wire, which you would obviously need for creating greater figurines, but as I have no experience what gauges of wire etc, I left that out on purpose.

Here is the list of the tools I put together

Have fun with polymer clay and creating whatever you like :D (Big Grin)

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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Interesting. It's much like a painter would use other then just a brush. I like David's idea of a dental pic. There are so many objects/tools we can use as artists. It's just a matter of thinking outside the box. Great article, my friend!
Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks dear :D yep indeed, but doubly so with clay, be it normal clay polymer clay or air drying clay limitations are only in your mind
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well said!
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to use old dental pics too
Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
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