Creating polymer clay art is one of the most satisfying ways to relax and forget about the cares of this world. When I was little, I would go across the street to my grandmother's house to play as much as possible. She always had modeling clay for us to play with. At home, we had Play-Doh. I was never very good, but I loved playing with clay.
My first experience with polymer clay came from a how-to article in the now defunct Crafts magazine around Christmas time, about 14 years ago. The article showed how to make an angel Christmas tree ornament out of polymer clay. I tried it and loved it. I was hooked!
The most difficult part of creating polymer clay art is conditioning the clay. Some of the clay colors are pretty stiff and are very difficult to soften, even with clay softener or baby oil. Sometimes, it may be the age of the clay, but I have noticed that the same colors seem to always be hard or soft.
I have a pasta roller for conditioning the clay, but it is still a lot of trouble to get the clay to a manageable state, even after kneading and rolling for a lengthy time. As I age, it is more and more difficult to do with my hands. My hands hurt a lot more than they used to so I had stopped creating with clay.
Recently, I discovered a wonderful product that helps me condition the clay so much faster than a pasta roller. I was watching a YouTube video about clay food and the artist mentioned that she softened her clay with a product called NEVERknead.
This is a time saving product that smooshes the clay down with the force of 1,000 pounds according to the website. It costs between $129 and $159, depending on the color you choose, plus shipping. I ordered mine right away and I love it. This is a very heavy tool and is about the size of a microscope, and is worth every dollar, in my opinion.
Below are some photos of polymer clay popsicles that I made to sell at a festival in July of 2016. I made a huge batch and put white clay in the center of each one. I sold a lot of them there, as well as other cold items.
What polymer clay project would you like to share with us? Please include easy instructions and photos if at all possible. Thank you!
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