But I have hardly ever used polymer clay, and the times I have tried it I've found it to be one of the least intuitive crafts I've tried.
Weird... haven't heard that before! What types of items or methods are you finding "counterintuitive"??
Can anyone suggest some good websites
My website GlassAttic** is a 1700 page "encyclopedia
" of polymer clay
information... it covers just about every topic and method within the polymer clay field, as well as all the "basics" of baking, conditioning, using finishes or sanding and buffing, compatible glues, etc.
It also has links
to just about every thing else polymer clay related on the web, on the relevant category pages.
The Table of Contents
page is a good place to start at the site to see the breath of things covered there:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm
(to browse, scroll all the way down... when you find a page you want to visit, click on its name from inside the alphabetical navigation bar on the left side of that page --or on any page)
**GlassAttic has nothing to do with glass
really... I just named it that because I wanted anyone who wanted to to be able to "see into my attic" which is chock full of stored info on polymer clay.
or books to read?
This page lists lots of the polymer books
, etc.), and has reviews or summaries of some of the things many of them contain as well.
There's also a section on the page called Books Especially for Beginners
Also on that page, you'll find magazines
, and TV shows
that deal with polymer clay.
Small, colorful, heavily glossy things made into earrings and pendants. That kind of thing . . ..
Then you might especially want to check out at least these pages at my site:Miniatures
(necklaces,bracelets,earrings pins, barrettes, misc + thinner cords)Pendants
& Cording (pendants, hanging, hinges...heavier cords) Beads
(many --gen.info making...covering cores...individual types & shapes...bead rollers)
..... Bead holes
(tech's for holes before & after baking)Color
(mixing color palettes, many color recipes, marbling clays)Molds
(using and making)Sculpting-gen
(general tips + many websites)Kids & Beginners
And for making things really shiny
, there are two main techniques for getting doing that with polymer clay... putting a glossy finish (usually acrylic) on the clay, or sanding then buffing with an electric buffer:Finishing
And you might also want to check out the section on this page for simulating things with polymer clay, called "Dichroic Glass": Faux--many
(And there's also some stuff about resins if you aren't already using those on this page:Other Materials
Christmas is coming
(If you're also interested in actual Christmas-related items
, check on this page too:Christmas
-- for ornaments & other decorations, ideas + Solstice, Hanukkah)
P.S. You might want to come and join us on the polymer clay boards