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« on: November 10, 2006 08:00:56 AM »

I asked this question w/in a thread, too, but what kind of glue do you like for polymer clay? 

My daughters & I make a lot of little toys that frequently break

I'm also looking for a glue with some body (so it helps keep the skinny figure upright) to use to anchor a small figure in a very small glass jar for a snowglobe necklace.

Any secrets?

Or other glue faves? 
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2006 08:32:11 AM »

The only glue I've ever used with Polymer clay is E6000, because it was recommended in a book I bought that got me started making things out of clay.  I have read on here that some people have had success using super glue, so hopefully you'll get a more diverse range of responses in this thread.  Sadly, I'm the biggest chicken when it comes to experimenting with Polymer clay finishing techniques, so my experience with it is rather limited.   Tongue

Edited to add:  Also, if you want to make a very thin piece more durable you may want to try sticking a metal jewelry headpin through the middle of the clay piece and then baking it.  Once you've done that, you can use wire cutters to snip off the excess and then smooth a small bead of clay over the hole.  That will help not only with keeping it upright in the finished piece, but help keep it from breaking. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2006 11:21:40 AM »

I asked this question w/in a thread, too. . . looking for a glue with some body (so it helps keep the skinny figure upright) to use to anchor a small figure in a very small glass jar for a snowglobe necklace.

Hmmm, I thought you were asking about gluing a clay base with partly-embedded items to the base of a snowglobe (cap, etc.)... for those kinds of glues, look in the other thread.  Gluing a figure directly to glass rather than partly embedding it in clay would require a waterproof glue meant for glass and plastic (see link below), or possibly a resin.

but what kind of glue do you like for polymer clay?

Which glues will work with polymer clay depends a lot on the particular application you're wanting, and what kind of surface the clay will be glued to.
This page has loads of info on all the glues we generally use with polymer clay, and which may work best for each application:

My daughters & I make a lot of little toys that frequently break

Two things here... how to fix polymer items that have broken, and how to make them so they don't break in the first place.
So first, if you use a strong brand of clay (like Premo, FimoClassic, Kato, and possibly FimoSoft... iow, not Sculpey), the baked clay won't be brittle and easily breakable (those stronger clays will just bend if stressed rather than snapping off or chipping, especially in any thin or projecting areas).

Secondly, the join needs to be strong any time you're connecting two raw pieces, or adding one piece to another (like an arm to a body perhaps).  This can be done by making a large area of connection between the two, or by using an armature inside the two pieces connecting them together as one (as simple as a bit of toothpick or piece of wire), using certain "glues" like liquid polymer clay, or just leaving the pieces in contact overnight before baking, etc.

You might want to read more about making strong joins, using armatures in those ways and others, and making simple clay figures successfully on these pages:
(...click on Bonding Techniques... for raw clay to raw clay joins, and also for baked clay joins for reattaching broken parts)
(...click on Whimsical Figures under Websites, for lessons, etc.)
and maybe this one:
(...click on the body part that's breaking...)

Also, if you're interested, many more projects (including figures) for kids or beginners:


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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2006 01:05:39 PM »

Thanks to both of you for the useful replies--so rich with information.

I'm just a dabbler, and started with Sculpey, so now that's what I have & what we use.  I should probably transition over to a different clay, but that will take awhile...

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