If you are looking for polymer clay craft ideas, a good place to start is the internet. So much information can be found online through the search engines or through craft websites. Here are a few places you can look for polymer clay craft ideas:
Start with the search engines, type in information such as “polymer clay craft ideas”. You will be provided with several listings pertaining to polymer clay crafts. Another great source is Ask.com; they provide several articles about craft ideas and have step-by-step instructions for you to follow.
Your local craft store may even have a website that you can view and download instructions for certain polymer clay crafts. Also, look at the brand of polymer clay you are using. Most companies have websites and will provide you with some craft ideas for free. Others may require a subscription or a small fee for downloading the craft project.
Here things to keep in mind when searching for polymer clay craft ideas:
- Evaluate your budget. How much do you want to spend?
- Do you have scrap polymer clay that you want to use?
- Are you planning on giving the craft as a gift?
Starting with your budget, polymer clay is inexpensive, averaging about $2.00 for 2 ounces. Keep in mind, if you are creating a larger project or creating several small projects, it can add up quickly. Also, you will need to purchase other items such as: rolling pin, cutting board, wax paper, Exacto knife, paint, glue, decorations, and coating.
Scrap polymer clay can be blended together to create new projects. Evaluate how much clay you have lying around and search for polymer clay craft ideas that use old clay. One particular craft is a clay wreath. The base wreath can have several colors blended together to create the wreath itself, then it is up to you to make it look good with paint or other clay.
Polymer clay craft projects make great gifts to give to neighbors, friends, schoolteachers, and family members. Decide how much you want to spend on your gift and how extravagant you want to be. Some simple ideas are: bracelets, necklaces, vases, clay animals, and picture frames.
If you are looking for polymer clay craft ideas, take a look at Donna Kato. She has a book called The Art of Polymer Clay: Creative surface Effects. Kato is considered to be one of the leading experts in polymer clay crafts; she even created her own clay called Kato Polyclay. Kato explains how to create several different polymer clay crafts and includes pictures and how-to photographs in the book.
Here is an easy polymer clay craft found online at sculpey.com:
Sculpey is one of the leading manufacturers of polymer clay; they provide several craft projects on their website.
Here is their idea for making a “Kool Key”:
Materials you need:
- Premo! Sculpey in 3-4 colors of your choice: contrasting colors work well for the simple canes that will be constructed.
- A roller or pasta machine
- A blade or tissue slicer
- Masking tape or marker
- 1 yard of cord (leather, hemp, vinyl, etc.)
*Keep in mind that you do not have to use their polymer clay.
Instructions for making the key:
Insert the key into the lock and mark it with masking tape or a mark the point where the clay decoration must end so the key will work properly.
Use any color clay and insert the key into a rectangular piece of clay, squeeze the clay around the key so it will not slip out. Roll some clay into sheets about 1/8” thick and stack them atop each other. Use your blade to straighten the edges and taper cut one end. Roll it jellyroll style and slice it. The bullseye canes consist of wrapping a colored center with one or more sheets of a contrasting color. “Butt” the seam of the cane and take thin slices of the canes and press them onto the surface of the key. Smooth it with a rolling pin or your fingers. Use a needle or skewer to make a hole in the key so you can hang it on a keychain.
Fire the key for 30 minutes at 275 degrees. After the key has cooled you can attach it to a key chain or thread cord through the hole and hang it around your neck!