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POLYMER CLAY Tutorial Part 1 by GrandmaThunderpants POLYMER CLAY Tutorial Part 1 by GrandmaThunderpants
This is part one of a big informative series I'm doing on polymer clay and clay goodies!

THINGS I WILL COVER:

Part One- Clay Basics [ you're looking at it ]
Part Two - Basic Equipment [link]

(still to come)
Part Three - Translucent Clay, Translucent Liquid Sculpey
Part Four - Chalk Pastels and Polymer Clay
Part Five - Acrylic Paint and Polymer Clay
Part Six - Texture
Part Seven - Simple Ways to Photograph and General Tips/Tricks

That's the plan anyway! Please, if there's anything you'd like to know just ask me and I'll do my best to include it or find a way to squeeze it in! Please not this is not for specific items or how I've made a certain item 100%, this is for general polymer clay questions. :D

Please excuse my typos ahead of time. D: I'm sure you know what I meant, so no spelling/grammar nazis please.
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:iconsonicsrings:
SonicsRings Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
hello, when baking the item that's made, can u use a normal oven, or do u need a specific one to bake?
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Willow-Wing Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
I plan on attempting to start sculpting and this was really helpful! Thanks!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the tips
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:iconliarette:
Liarette Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Hey, thanks for this! Perfect for someone who wants to know the basics :- )
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :D
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snowflower-princess Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i has a question. will both sculpey mix with fimo? like will they blend well together? for example: mix pink. red fimo and white sculpey clay? like will they mix?
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
They'll mix. They're all polymer clay, just different brands. Think of it like different brands of bread-- they're all bread just with different brand names. :)
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snowflower-princess Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh haha okayes. thanks XD
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I have a question.. is ok or not mix brands? I did the last time because.. my god fimo is so hard!
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:icongrandmathunderpants:
GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I mix brands all the time! There's nothing wrong with that. :3
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
hehe thanks! btw great job! ^^
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
And I knew I recognized your name... I had liked you on Facebook recently. :la: I love your plushies!
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Chibi-pets Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013   Artisan Crafter
hehe really? I liked you page too ^^ well with my personal account Gaby Miranda ( yeah there are allot in the world lol) Oh glad you like them ^^ I also love your creations.
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spiritbreeze Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tutorial, I've only just started looking at sculpting and found all the different clays mind-boggling, this really helps. :highfive:
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here: [link]
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for all the features! <333
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, your stuff is worth it
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paokikipao Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thank you so much for the information! :D I just started using polymer clay and I must say that this information is super helpful! thanks :]
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colorless-winter Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i just got into cland i made this chibi charm is about 4 inches tall and 1/4 in thick i was wondering because its so long do i have to bake it longer even though its only 1/4 in thick? if you need it its made of mostly sculpey and a small amount of premo. thanks in advance! :D
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EstrellaOlmos123 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very well and informative tutorial thanks a bunch! :))
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial!
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Leapardpool Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Out of those clays which would be a good soft one thats not super soft like on a scale from 1-10 a 3. :3
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Premo is a good soft without being goo. FIMO is a firmer clay, but FIMO has a soft version (it says FIMO Soft on it) that can also be good. Sculpey III is very soft, but some can be harder. You should feel all the packages of clay before you buy them so you can avoid the ones that give to pressure very easily, and avoid the ones that are harder. If you're buying online it's a gamble so I would go with Premo if you're not able to feel the packages yourself.
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Leapardpool Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. ^w^
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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Ahh, just bought some clay to do jewelry settings, nice tips!
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Happy to help! :D
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fairylovercre8tive1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Hi sarah-chan ~ I'm looking forward to watching your tutorials :) For Mother's Day I received a 'How to' book about the clay & two little molds. I'd like to learn how to make these miniatures myself :) Thank-you!
peace ~ seena
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks! I hope I can help!
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YukiSasukeHitsugaya Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What colors and brands do you recommend for skin color?
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sjham61 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for all of your tutorial! :love:
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HelenaRothStock Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
Hi there, your stock has been featured here: [link] Hope you don't mind :happybounce:
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kgm1821 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
Man, you write a great tutorial! Thanks very much!

KGM
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Reixma Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*Talty recommended this tutorial as it's good to explain polymer clay. She wasn't wrong! This is brilliant! I'm just starting to get to grips with Fimo (what we have in England) and I just wanted to get some ideas on what was what.

So grateful I was recommended this! ^_^
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! :la: I'm happy I could help!
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PinkDragon159 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
i use craft smart also
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RiaIsAwesome26 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Hi~~
I have a question, would using sculpey glaze be any different from clear nail polish?
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never used clear nail polish but I have heard from other people that nail polish damages plastic and since polymer clay is similar, I wouldn't suggest it. O: But I've never personally tried it.
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RiaIsAwesome26 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Thanks for the advice. It really helped! :)
~Ria
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charyawn221 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:handshake:
Thank you for this post. I have been working with clay for sometime now and it is nice to know what clay works best with others. Greatly appreciated. I will absolutely be back to view more of your posts and creations.

Charline
Louisiana
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a bunch! I hope to work on this tutorial series again... I haven't had much time for tutorials lately. :(
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simplymilo Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I'm so happy for coming across your tutorial :D It eases my mind a bit on this project I'm doing :D
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, yay! I'm glad it could help you. :3
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PinkyTexan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent tutorial!
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :D I will hopefully have more time to add to it after the holidays!
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PinkyTexan Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome!
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Nindeanwa Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi have you heard or experienced anything about FireFly Polymer clay? it's everywhere and cheaper than all the other stuff but I'm only comfortable with Sculpy III (and apparently Premo now that I know they are basically the same thing :dummy:)
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GrandmaThunderpants Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've never heard of FireFly clay. O: If you get some and test it out, let me know how it is!
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Nindeanwa Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
allright, it's everywhere where I live D: and probably a couple cents cheaper? idk they have lots of molds and tools but it looks like it's more directed towards much younger kids, but hey clay is clay right? as long as it doesn't crack and isn't terrible to work with I'll probably get it more than just once xD I have to get some more clay soon so I'll let you know what happens :D
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WitchZilla Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011   General Artist
I'm using air-dry clay to make beads for a necklace. I've painted it with acrylic paints already. Would you recommend Sculpey glaze for it?
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