Polymer clay is a material that you can use it to make basically anything that you can imagine. It is suitable for beginners as well as professional artists. You can put so much more details into polymer clay in compare to light air dry clay. Here are some helpful tips for those who just getting started with polymer clay.
Polymer clay is durable, and it is water resistance after baking it. It is strong enough and don’t really need to be sealed for protection.
Glazes are often use to provide the extra “shiny” or glossy effect. see glaze selection here.
Hard, Crumble Polymer Clay
Polymer clay gets crumble as you store it longer. Although it can be difficult to work with a harder clay but the clay itself is not damaged. It can be softened with a little ‘conditioning’, always condition the clay before you start working with it.
Light air dry clay become solid when in contact with air, and if you have extra unused clay laying around without properly storing them, those clay will dried up and become unusable.
Storing light air dry clay is fairly easy. All you really need to make sure is to keep them in a air tight bag and that’s it!
Once air dry clay packaging has been opened, only take out the portion that you needed and quickly seal them with a resealable air tight bag. Because, the longer it is expose to the air, the faster it will dry out.
Using heat shrink plastic wrap rolls to packing your product gives an elegant and neat look. It is really easy to use. All you need to do is wrap the plastic around the product and heat it up with a heat gun , then it will shrink and fit the product itself.
1. White color clay gets dirty easily so it’s a good practice to keep a wet cloth near to clean the fingers
2. Hot air gun works as an alternative to oven. While using hot air gun, it should be hold away for more than 5 cm, moving around the creations. Careful not to burn your creations!
3. Liquid clay works great as glue to attached eye pin securely in the charm
With Oyumaru, mold making is as easy as 1,23 and the outcome is pretty good as well. Oyumaru is very easy to use, all you need to do is, put the Oyumaru stick into hot water (about 80C/176F) for 3 minutes to soften it, then press anything onto the soften oyumaru for it to capture the shape.
♥ Silicone Mold : Tips To Use With Clay ♥
Since different clays have different features, there are clays which are stickier than the others and so affect the pop out effect, in the case, we would recommend:
– For polymer clay, bake your clay right in the mold without concerns of clay distortion from de-molding OR you can put the clay into the fridge for around 5-10 minutes.
– For air dry clay, leave the clay in the mould for for 1-2 days before removing it.
Wondering where to buy cream clay or fake whipped cream clay in Malaysia? In Malaysia Clay Art we have it all!
This fake whipped cream clay is a faux icing / frosting for fake food and sweets craft. This has been highly recommended by our buyers for its realistic texture. Great to use for decoden cell phone deco, ipad cases, photo frame, nail decorations, jewellery, miniature cupcake / cake icing, dollhouse ice cream parfait making as well as food display for restaurant and pastry shop.
Often, we get asked about how to boil polymer clay. Of course, baking polymer clay in oven is the most recommended method as it’s the simplest and time-saving way, and the finishing is most satisfying. However, if you do not own an oven, there are still other options to cure polymer clay.
Why Choose Our Clay In Malaysia Clay Art, we don’t just sell products! We test and use our products too! We only provide our customers the modelling clay that we love to use. We feel that it makes sense to only use those materials that are the best.
Baking Malaysia Clay Art Polymer Clay Baking time and temperature are critical. The clay should bake evenly throughout and become a hard plastic. Too low a temperature, it’ll crumbles; too high a temperature, and the outside fuses and burns before the inside has cooked through.
Place the modelled object on aluminium foil and let it harden in the oven for a maximum of 20 minutes at a temperature of 130°C. Malaysia Polymer Clay will only be completely hardened when cooled down to room temperature. The correct way to bake polymer clay is to heat up the oven until 130°C first, only then put in the modelled object. This way it will ensure that the clay is cured perfectly. The length of time you bake a piece will be determined by how thick the clay is. Clay object bigger than 5cm may takes a little more time to bake.
1. Oven Baking (Reconmended)
1-5cm : Baking temperature : 130°C, baking time : 10-15 Minutes
5-15cm : Baking temperature : 130°C, baking time : 15-20 Minutes
Tips – first time oven baking : Condition and put in a 3-5cm snake shape polymer clay, and bake for 10 minutes in 130°C, check the snake shape polymer clay, it shoud be be able to bend slightly without breaking if the temperature is right.