Since its invention, many artists have loved polymer clay for its versatility and durability. This easy-to-use clay makes it easy for artists to turn their dreams into reality. Because polymer clay is soft and malleable, it’s a great art material for beginners as well as professionals.
Polymer clay is a very popular medium for making sculptures, toys, jewelry, beads, figurines, picture frames, ornaments and much more. You can make anything you can imagine with polymer clay. It is also great for covering and decorating other objects made of glass, wood, metal or some plastics. You can easily turn any object into a unique gift with polymer clay!
What is polymer clay made of? Polymer clay is a type of synthetic modeling clay and comes from a polyvinyl chloride (PVC) base. Additional ingredients such as bendable plasticizers, fillers and coloring agents give polymer clay unique qualities. All these components come together to give polymer clay its flexibility, texture, softness and vibrant color.
If you’re new to the world of polymer clay or curious about polymer clay properties, we’re excited to share our knowledge with you. We hope to inspire you to explore polymer clay, craft and have beautiful experiences on your path to becoming passionate artists. Continue reading our article to learn the properties of baked polymer clay. Amazing Properties of Polymer Clay;
Because polymer clay is non-toxic, it is safe for children and pets. Non-toxic means that when baking polymer clay in the oven, it will not produce toxic fumes as long as you pay attention to the appropriate temperature and baking times. Therefore, you do not need to worry.
However, although it is non-toxic, still do not try to eat anything made of polymer clay. Additionally, we do not recommend that children under the age of eight bake polymer clay alone.
Does polymer clay emit toxic fumes?
Worried about baking clay in the oven? You can put your fears aside – it is safe to use the same oven you use for cooking because polymer clay does not emit toxic fumes. However, keep the following tips in mind:
- Avoid baking clay in trays you use for cooking or baking.
- Do not bake polymer clay at high temperatures. Although polymer clay fumes are non-hazardous and non-toxic, the vapors released at high temperatures can cause irritation to the eyes, nose or throat.
- Always follow recommended cooking times.
- If the Clay burns in the oven, open the windows to ventilate the area and treat the situation the same as if you had burned food.
- Do not cook in the microwave oven.
- Do not eat polymer clay.
- Do not coat the parts of kitchen utensils or cooking utensils that come into contact with food with polymer clay.
All our polymer clay products have been tested to ensure safety. Our products do not contain allergens such as wheat, gluten, milk, sulfur or latex.
You can decorate a coffee cup by making small flowers. You can cover the handle of a spoon with butterflies. You can decorate the parts of objects that do not come into contact with food with peace of mind. When working with clay, it leaves residue on your hands, so you should not eat while working and wash your hands after using the clay.
Does Not Shrink or Expand
When you create something with polymer clay, it stays the same size throughout the entire process. Polymer clay does not shrink or expand.
It’s easy to design custom-sized pieces with polymer clay. It is an excellent material to use with glass, wood and metals. As long as you follow the packaging’s cooking instructions, what you create at first will be the same as what you end up with at the end of the process.
If the polymer clay is cooked as stated on the package, its colors will not fade. Your work will look absolutely stunning for years to come.
However, be aware that kiln-baked creations may fade over time if kept in direct sunlight. Therefore, we recommend that you do not leave your creations and clay in direct sunlight for long periods of time to keep their colors vibrant.
Does not dry
Polymer clay does not dry with air, so you can stop your work and continue whenever you want.
If you’re new to polymer clay, you’ll discover the joy of using a work that doesn’t dry out when you leave it unfinished. With polymer clay, you have no time constraints and can enjoy expressing yourself freely. If you need to stop working in the middle of a project, move on to another project, or take a break, it’s perfect to walk away and continue the same work at another time. This freedom opens many doors when it comes to creativity. You can make as many changes to the projects as you want until you are satisfied. Once your creation is complete, all you have to do is add the finishing touches and bake your project.
The fact that polymer clay does not dry makes it ideal for children as well. Children cannot do crafts for too long, they may get distracted and decide to do other things, but this is not a problem for polymer clay. It should be remembered that children should not cook alone and should perform the cooking process under the supervision of an adult.
Polymer clay retains its form for several years when stored away from direct sunlight, at a maximum temperature of 32 degrees Celsius and preferably in a cool and dry place. To further extend its lifespan, you can store the clay in the refrigerator or freezer.
It is durable
Exactly how strong is polymer clay? You’ll be amazed at how hard and durable this soft, malleable clay becomes after firing. If cooked correctly, it will not weaken or disintegrate over time, making it an excellent material for hand or footprints to keep as keepsakes.
If works made of polymer clay are not cooked sufficiently, cracks may occur, so we emphasize again and again that proper firing is important. However, it is also easy to repair if cracks occur. Fill the cracks with plumber’s putty, sand and paint. If a piece breaks, all you have to do is paste it again. We recommend Elastic Super Glue or hot glue.
Did you know that polymer clay is waterproof? Just like any plastic, you can wash your polymer clay creations with water. To clean, gently hand wash with soap and water. Avoid washing in the dishwasher as excess heat can damage your creations.
Easy to Store
You don’t need anything expensive to store polymer clay properly, nor does it require special storage techniques. Storing polymer clay is really simple. To ensure that your clay stays as fresh as possible, you only need to follow a few rules. Do the following and you will enjoy your clay for a long time:
- Store clay in containers or bags made of polypropylene (PP) plastic. You can tell whether a container is made of polypropylene or not by the number 5 written on the bottom of the container.
- Store the clay in a dry and cool place at temperatures not exceeding 25 degrees. Storing the clay in the refrigerator or freezer further increases its lifespan.
- Do not leave clay in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
- Avoid leaving it in the car, especially in summer.
- Ziplock refrigerator bags are ideal for storing clay.
Do not overcook or undercook
Although polymer clay is very durable, overbaking should be avoided and you should also make sure you follow the baking instructions carefully. Just like you don’t want to burn your favorite dish or leave it slightly raw, overcooking or underbaking clay will affect the quality of the finished product. Overcooking may cause the colors to darken.
We want each of your clay creations to look great, so we highly recommend using an oven thermometer to make sure your oven’s temperature is set correctly. Temperature indicators of home ovens are not always accurate. This might not be a big deal when you’re reheating yesterday’s leftover casserole, but it makes a big difference when it comes to polymer clay.
Before you start cooking, preheat the oven and check the temperature with a thermometer. Most polymer clay pieces can be baked at 120 – 135 degrees Celsius for 15 to 30 minutes, although times and temperatures may vary with each product. Always check the cooking instructions on the package.
Easy to Clean
Unlike paint, paper mache and other messy creative materials, polymer clay is easy and quick to clean. When shaping by hand, your fingers and hand may slightly transfer the color of the clay to your hand. However, clay is easily removed with soap and water or wet wipes. We recommend that you keep wet baby wipes ready to clean your tools and prevent colors from mixing.
You can also use hand sanitizer to remove polymer clay from your hands. Apply hand sanitizer, wipe with a paper towel, and then wash your hands with soap and water.
Cleaning a polymer clay workspace only takes a minute. If your workspace is a wooden table, always cover it with baking paper or aluminum foil, or make sure you are working on ceramics, tiles, glass, metal, marble or matte. When you’re done, toss the foil or baking paper in the trash or save your dedicated work surface for future projects. Place your clay in one of the storage containers mentioned above and enjoy the stress-relieving effect of crafting with clay.
You Get Satisfactory Results from Small Parts
It doesn’t take a lot of clay to explore your imagination and make something you’ll love. Small clay blocks do a lot of work despite their size. Even with small amounts of polymer clay, you can make figurines, charms, beads, ornaments, charms, keychains, embellishments, mixed media pieces, and much more.
The small packs are perfect for beginners because they can try lots of different colors in their creations. You can also use white polymer clay and paint it any color you want after baking. We recommend using water-based acrylic paints to paint your polymer clay crafts.