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the use of polymer clay

Frequently Asked Questions About Using Polymer Clay2023-06-12T12:28:09+02:00
What are polymer clay cutters?2023-06-06T09:34:48+02:00

Polymer clay cutters are tools used to cut precise shapes and designs into polymer clay, which can then be used to create jewelry, ornaments, and other craft projects.

What sizes are available in polymer clay cutters?2023-06-06T09:35:15+02:00

Polymer clay cutters are available in a variety of sizes, from small detail cutters to larger cutters for larger pieces.

What is the advantage of using polymer clay cutters instead of cutting by hand?2023-06-06T09:35:57+02:00

Using polymer clay cutters provides more precise and consistent results compared to cutting by hand. In addition, the cutters make the process easier and save time by producing consistent shapes quickly and efficiently.

How are polymer clay cutters used?2023-06-06T09:38:04+02:00

To use the polymer clay cutters, simply place the cutter on the sheet of clay and press down to cut out the desired shape. You can repeat this process to create multiple shapes.

Can polymer clay cutters be used with other materials besides polymer clay?2023-06-06T09:38:28+02:00

Yes, polymer clay cutters can also be used with other materials such as modeling dough, fondant or ceramic clay. This makes them versatile tools for different creative projects.

How can polymer clay cutters be cleaned after use?2023-06-06T09:39:26+02:00

Polymer clay cutters can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water, soft brushes, or dampened hand towels.

What precautions should I take when using polymer clay cutters?2023-06-06T09:41:04+02:00

Do not expose them to heat, direct sunlight or wash them in the dishwasher, since the polymer does not withstand high temperatures. It is also recommended to clean the cutters before and after use to maintain their quality and prolong their life.

Are there any additional tricks that make the cutting process easier with polymer clay cutters?2023-06-06T09:48:12+02:00

Our cutters have been made with premium materials and are reviewed and optimized for use. However some intricate designs require tricks to facilitate optimal printing and cutting:

  • Corn or rice flour: Sprinkle a small amount of corn or rice flour over the clay dough and along the edges of the cutter before using it. This reduces friction and prevents the cutter from sticking to the surface of the clay.
  • Even pressure roller: Use a roller of adequate thickness to ensure even pressure on the cutter. By applying even pressure, it prevents the cutter from binding and results in cleaner, more precise cuts.
  • 3-stage cut: Performs the cut in three stages. First, score the outline of the cutter on the dough without pressing too hard. Then, apply moderate pressure to stamp the cutter details. Finally, completely cut through the piece using firm pressure. This method helps prevent cutter sticking and allows details to show up properly.
What is the best way to roll out polymer clay dough?2023-06-06T09:50:04+02:00

You can use a roller and guides or with a pasta machine. Both options are valid and depend on your preferences and availability of tools. The roller with guides allows you to control the thickness of the dough more precisely, while the pasta machine offers an even stretch and saves time and effort.

What are the advantages of using a motorized pasta machine?2023-06-06T09:53:35+02:00

The use of a motorized pasta machine facilitates the stretching process, since the machine performs the work faster and more efficiently, your joints do not suffer. In addition, it provides a uniform thickness throughout the mass, which guarantees a homogeneous result in your projects. The motors of these machines are noisy, use noise cancellers or headphones to attenuate it. You can use the conventional pasta machine with a motor from 100 euros to specific machines for polymer clay when you make large quantities of pieces. These machines have a considerable cost.

What is the recommended thickness of polymer clay dough to use with the cutters for best results?2023-06-06T09:56:00+02:00

If you will only use contour cutters any thickness is possible. For the cutters that stamp at the same time, a thickness of 3 to 4 mm is recommended. This thickness makes it possible to obtain firm pieces with good details, without being too thin and fragile. You can also use two-piece combo cutters, where the stamping is done by a stamp that matches the cutter.

Why stretch the clay mass on a tile before cutting it and taking it to the oven?2023-06-06T09:59:11+02:00

By stretching the clay mass on a tile you offer a flat and stable surface to work on. Air bubbles on the back fade or disappear completely. The tile distributes heat evenly during cooking, preventing the piece from warping. Also, by covering the tile with foil, the top heat is redistributed evenly to all the pieces in the bake.

What are the recommended time and temperature values for firing polymer clay?2023-06-06T13:08:53+02:00

Recommended time and temperature values may vary depending on the type of polymer clay used. Typically, temperatures range from 230°F to 266°F (110°C to 130°C), and cooking times range from 15 to 45 minutes. It is important to follow the specific recommendations of the manufacturer of the clay you are using, as each brand may have different requirements. It is important to take into account the thickness of the piece and the precise temperature of our oven. Usually, the cooking time is usually 30 minutes. However, if we exceed the cooking time, the piece may darken or lose color. In case you have mixed brands or types of clay, it is advisable to use the longest cooking time among all the brands.

How to make polymer clay not break?2023-06-06T13:00:20+02:00
  • Knead the clay well before you start working with it. This will help smooth it out and remove any air pockets that could cause it to break. If the air pockets do not dissipate, puncture them with a pointed tool and roll them back through the rollers. This will remove any trapped air.
  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer's cooking instructions. Proper baking is crucial to the strength and durability of polymer clay. Make sure not to under or over expose it to the oven. A polymer clay can be baked for up to 45 minutes without burning, increasing the flexibility of the piece, as long as the temperature is within the range suggested by the retailer.
  • Make sure you are working with a good quality clay. When choosing a polymer clay, opt for well-known and trusted brands that offer good elasticity and strength.
Are polymer clays all the same?2023-06-06T13:05:50+02:00

No, the traditional brands on the market work perfectly, but each of them has options related to the finish: matte, translucent, porcelain-like, satin, with additions to give them texture or shine, solid or liquid. Liquid polymer clays can be applied to other pieces with a brush or fired in silicone baking molds with specific jewelry shapes and obtain different pieces. It is used as an adhesive or to soften normal clay, to soften it and make it more modelable, also to give translucent layers or finishes that simulate enameling.

What products can be made from polymer clay?2023-06-06T13:20:02+02:00

polymer clay jewelry

polymer clay beads

polymer clay necklaces

polymer clay bangles

polymer clay rings

polymer clay figures

polymer clay earrings

Christmas pendants of polymer clay

polymer clay keychains

polymer clay hair clips

Personalized polymer clay decorations and gifts

polymer clay miniatures

How to glue polymer clay?2023-06-06T13:28:57+02:00

Various scenarios can occur: gluing unfired pieces, gluing fired pieces, gluing pieces together or with other elements of different materials.
There are translucent liquid clays on the market that work as a glue for both raw and fired pieces. To have adherence they must be cooked. There is no problem refiring an already cured piece when adding adhered details such as decorations and any beads or beads that will withstand firing under polymer clay conditions.
You can then use other glues to join pieces together like high tack super glues that work right out of the box. This is traditional for positioning earring posts, prior to sealing with resin. A quick glue allows you to affirm the piece that you then cover with resin for a more professional finish.

Can polymer clay get wet?2023-06-06T13:37:55+02:00

A still raw piece can deteriorate. A fired piece will not dissolve or alter unless the piece is submerged for long periods of time in high-temperature water. In any case, you can moisten a surface to apply transfers since it is a momentary exposure that you will dry in a prudent time. Transfers are made with special transfer papers.
If what you need is to soften a dry and hard clay, you must use specific solvents for polymer clay, in drops that you will add according to the amount of clay to soften, and interspersed with the use of the rollers so that these solvents integrate well into the clay. mass. This process will recondition the material.
On the other hand, if what you want is to preserve your piece from water or friction because you have painted it or applied volatile powders, you can use self-leveling varnishes that seal your material, or epoxy or UV resins, the latter being the most easily manipulated. as components or cured.

Can my clay that is too soft be hardened?2023-06-06T13:42:14+02:00

When you open a new package of clay, or it's summer and temperatures fluctuate, polymer clay can become too white to work with (cuts poorly, fingerprints, warps when moved to the cooktop). In that case you can stretch it out in the usual way and park it between two sheets of common white paper. The paper will absorb the surplus of solvents and will take the necessary body to work. Another resource is to refrigerate it for a while before working or once extended, before cutting.

How can I smooth or polish Polymer Clay?2023-06-06T13:52:26+02:00

To smooth or remove small marks that may be left on polymer clay from tools or fingers, we have found that the best method is to use a microfiber cloth dipped in a fast evaporating solvent such as acetone. Wear a mask to protect yourself. You can use it before baking and afterwards too. Acetone can dull micropigment dyes like mica and all metallics.

Also, it is possible to sand the pieces once the clay is fully hardened. It is recommended to use soft grain sandpaper and always work with water to obtain better results. This method is especially useful for cleaning up the back of your earrings or charms.

How to store polymer clay correctly?2023-06-06T16:54:02+02:00

Use zipper-type bags that allow you to give it a first protection from dust and dryness. Use external labels to identify colors. Do not expose it to sunlight or excessive heat.

What is the thickness of polymer clay earrings?2023-07-11T10:57:20+02:00

The appropriate thickness of polymer clay earrings can vary depending on the design and style you want to achieve. However, as a general reference, a thickness of at least 1-2 millimeters is recommended to ensure the strength and durability of the earrings. If the earrings are too thin, they may become brittle and break easily. On the other hand, if they are too thick, they may be heavy and uncomfortable to wear.

It is also important to consider the size and shape of the earrings. If you use contour cutters, you can play with the thicknesses. In the case of stamping cutters, you should consider a minimum of 3mm for detailed impressions, although you can play with more or less shallow designs. If you definitely need to create stamped beads with greater thicknesses, use an alternative system of stamping and cutting separately.

Remember that these recommendations are general and may vary according to your personal preferences and the style you want to achieve. Experiment with different thicknesses and find the right balance that works for you and your designs.

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