Polymer clay is a made of plastics known as PVC (polyvinyl chlorides), PVC is a product that can take many shapes and forms. It can be hard and rigid, or soft and malleable. Polymer clay is different from earth clay because the compound of the clay is pre-colored. You can purchase different colors of clays and mix the colors into any color you can imagine. Polymer clay is firm and hard when you first buy it. It requires a little kneading to make it pliable enough to shape – or also known as conditioning. Usually the length of time it takes to conditioning is based on the brand of your clay.
All polymer clay brands share this feature: The warmer it gets, the softer it gets. These clays are not air dry, so you can leave them half way through working and they will not dry out quickly. They will only be permanently hard after you bake them.
After removing polymer clay from it’s wrapper, it will be too hard to work with. The clay must be conditioned first to make it soft and pliable. This is a very important step that should not be missed. To condition, cut a section of the cube into smaller slice, and start warming the clay by placing them in your hand and making sphere or snake shape. The warmth of your hand will soften the clay. Click here to also read how to condition polymer clay fast
Usually polymer clay starts to harden once it reaches 30°C. So it is important to store it indoor in a cool but not cold place. Don’t expose polymer clay directly to sunlight. It’s advisable to wrap the clay in plastic wrapper, clear cling film, or put them in container.
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