How to Make a Model Using Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay is a type of clay used to make models, figurines and a whole lot more. It's simple to use and is an oven bake type of clay. It's great to work with and a model can be made and completed in a matter of hours depended on baking time.


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    Choose your brand. Polymer clay brands include Fimo, Sculpey, Primo and often there is a store brand available depending on where you go. You will want to choose your brand according to baking times that suit you and a price that isn't going to cost you an arm and a leg. If you're just starting out with Polymer clay, buy a selection of brands. Work with them for a couple of weeks and then you can pick your favourite. Everyone has their own preference,so just choose what suits You!
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    Thing about what you're making. Luckily with oven-bake clay you have a lot of time to think about what you're making and how you want to do it because it won't dry out for at least 7 months left alone. Even so, it's a good idea to draw a plan or have a general idea in your mind. Keep it simple and to your level. If you're a beginner you don't want to be making fully detailed sculptures. See the tips section for more information on level
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    Lets say we were making a robot out of Polymer clay. Get a couple of shapes together. Most things can be made from a ball so first start by rolling out a couple of balls varying in size. Play about with them by squashing, pinching, rolling and squishing the clay. When you have the shape you want, make another. Say if I had just made a rectangle then I would now make another smaller rectangle for my Robots arms,it all depends on what your model is.
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    Make sure you squash all the pieces together nicely. You don't want them to fall off once they are backed. You can use bake 'n' bond if you need help doing this. If you're using white clay you can either paint it now or after baking. It makes no difference. If you want this charm to be on a pendant or keyring attach an eye pin through it. These are found it most craft stores or online and are very cheap. Just cut it down to size with wire cutters and poke it through the top of your model but not all the way through! This will be baked in later.
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    You're basically done with making your model and now all that needs to happen is the baking stage! Look on the back of your packet of clay for baking times and temperatures. These will vary depending on brands. You can always use a glaze afterward to make these shiny.
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  • Your Levels:
    • Beginner Level (0-7 months work with clay) Make small,simple models!
    • Novice Level (7 -16 months work with clay)Make small,more complex models adding more detail every time.
    • Masters Level (16+ months work with clay)Make Large models with lots of finer details. Instead of adding more things to the project add details such as with a cupcake don't add more decoration add crumb and texture detailing.


  • Use a tray or surface. Once it's walked into that cream carpet in the living room that clay will not be coming out.
  • When you bake clay it will come out hot. Leave at least half-an hour after baking to cool.

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