|| POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Re: Polymer clay admirer
on: December 24, 2010 09:28:49 AM
1. Diane is not kidding- her website is huge! If you ever wonder about anything in the realm of clay, go there! You will be amazed at what you find! A few days ago, I decided I wanted to make snow globes involving PC (polymer clay); there was a HUGE section on it! Wow.
2. azreno also offered good advice. Personally, I just searched for tons of videos and tutorials online (I've only been working with PC for a few months now), and that's where I get all my information. But there is plenty of information at the library if that's your preferred venue.
3. I'm assuming you're asking what you should get as a starter kit?
Before you know if you really want to work with it heavily, I would personally recommend:
a) 10-15 colors of Sculpey
b) a basic set of 3-5 tools (found next to the clay at craft stores)
c) an acrylic roller
d) a nonstick surface (a floor tile or completely smooth silicone baking mat)
e) a long, straight blade
And then use those along with the tutorials.
And if you decide you really love it, you can get a ridiculous amount of fun things to work with. But the next set could involve things like:
a) pasta machine
b) different types of blades (wavy, flexible, etc.)
c) inclusions (glitter, mica [an extremely fine metallic powder])
d) expanded tool set
f) translucent liquid clay
g) all manner of glosses
h) cookie cutters
...and really, the list is virtually infinite! Now in the first section, I specified Sculpey. That's because it's the most economical brand of common PC. But if (when, really) you move onto list 'b,' you ought to do some research on the different brands and their various lines of clay (classic, soft, firm, etc.). They are really quite different from each other. I really regret not having done the research, because I bought tons of Sculpey right away and found that it wasn't my ideal brand. It all depends on what you're trying to do, though.
Have lots of fun!