MY LIST OF ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT TO USE WITH POLYMER CLAY- PART 1
This week I was told about someone who was interested in doing a polymer clay workshop but thought that if she enjoyed it, it would mean she would have to pay out loads of money on a kiln to make it a hobby .
This is not the case , although I can understand her thinking that.
When you see the word clay , it probably takes everyone back to school days, and of making pots out of grey or terracotta sticky worms of clay, which the teacher packed into a big kiln. This was then left on for hours until the pots were “fired”
Polymer clay does not need a kiln – it is not fired, it is “cured” in a conventional electrical oven at about130 degrees C.
Any way I thought I would briefly explain what equipment you need to start creating with Polymer clay, and show that you don’t need to a spend a fortunate to create something beautiful and original using this material.
There are many brands, but they all do a similar job and are similar in price. Here in Portugal I have only found FIMO SOFT clay. To start out I would recommend buying a RED, BLUE, YELLOW , BLACK and WHITE . From these colours you can make many variations, and get an idea of what colour preferences you might have. It is also a good way to learn about colour mixing .
An electrical oven is needed to cure or bake the clay. DO NOT USE A MICROWAVE OVEN
A small toaster oven is ideal . I think you can pick up a small one for around 20- 25 euros ( and a second-hand one for less)
I would recommend having one just for polymer clay. If you decide to use your regular oven DON’T CURE CLAY AT THE SAME TIME AS COOKING FOOD ! and seal the clay inside two foil trays when curing
3 CRAFT KNIFE
There are some blades that are made specifically for Polymer clay ,but they are very expensive. To begin with I would buy a small width craft knife that has the extending snap off blades . The blade is great for most cutting tasks , and when extended it can be slid under rolled clay to separate it from the work surface.
A non porous smooth work surface is essential. I tend to use a large ceramic tile or a piece of plate-glass , but you could also use a formica board or a table mat ( as long as it is smooth and non porous).
5. A ROLLER There are rolling pins made for polymer clay work, but again they seem quite expensive ,and I have not seen them for sale here in Portugal . I use a heavy piece of steel pipe that I smoothed off at the ends. You can use any other smooth non porous round object. I know some people use jam jars.
(I also use a pasta machine for lots of my rolling but this is not essential !)
So those 6 I would say are the absolute essential pieces of equipment you need . .
As you can see the equipment needed to start with is pretty inexpensive.
In my next post I will look at what other tools and other bits and pieces I think are very useful.
Posted on September 26, 2014, in Jewellery, Polymer clay, Uncategorized and tagged basic tools for polymer clay, curing FIMO clay in an oven, equipment for working with polimer clay, FIMO tools. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.