Polymer Clay Tutorials

I am adding some simple polymer clay tutorials to this section. Creating beautiful and fun pieces is easy, once you understand how to work with polymer clay.

The trick to using this type of clay is to condition it well. When you remove clay from the package, most of it is hard and difficult to work with. Once in a while, it will be pliable and easy to work with.

You will need a smooth, flat surface to knead your clay. I went to Home Depot and bought a marble floor tile, which works beautifully.

Another tool I use each time I open a new package of polymer clay is my NeverKnead. This is an awesome tool that will save your hands a lot of pain and a lot of time. It is expensive, starting at $129.00, but well worth it. I found it while browsing online at neverknead.com. I do not benefit from telling you about this tool; I just want you to know it exists because it makes life with polymer clay so much easier!

A clay roller is a must for rolling clay flat. Mine is made of clear acrylic.

Clay tools, a pizza cutter, clay cutters, and clay cookie cutters are a must if you are serious about clay projects.

A pasta machine will roll your clay flat in no time, once you have conditioned it enough to get it small enough to roll through. I have one and use it just for polymer clay. Do not use any utensils for cooking that have come in contact with polymer clay. You will also need baking pans that are just for polymer clay. I have eight of them and keep them in my crafting studio.

Now that I have an Amazon Handmade Store, Handmade By Juanita, I have to keep it stocked. I have been making a lot of clay charms, such as candy canes, popsicles, cold coffee drinks, hot cups of coffee, chocolate bars, chocolate covered creme candies, graham crackers, marshmallows, eggs, donuts, bagels, and a lot of other items.

Polymer Clay Tutorials

Chocolate Covered Candy

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Earring display at a craft fair. The tablecloth I use at all craft fairs can be seen under the earrings.
Me at an outdoor craft fair in 2016.