Sculpey Polymer Clay – Getting Started

Sculpey Polymer Clay – Getting Started

(♪♪♪) When starting off
with polymer clay, it’s really important to
observe some basic guidelines, that way you’ll have fun
using your clay, and you’ll come out with
the best possible project. The work surface is the first
thing I’d like to talk about. Just like if you’re painting
or doing any other craft, you want to protect
fine furniture and flooring from your craft medium. Acceptable work surfaces would
be any non porous glass or metal,
baking sheets or tin foil, and if you’re going to borrow
some baking sheets or objects from your kitchen, keep those in your clay kit
from now on, and don’t return them
for use with food. Our clay is non-toxic,
but we still don’t want to mix and match food and clay. Conditioning is a very important
part of polymer clay use. Conditioning just means when you take it
out of the package you start working it
in your hands, you want to continue
to do so until it’s very soft and pliable, so this is the hand method
of conditioning. You can also use this method
to mix two colours together, so just take two
or more colours, work them in your hands
’til they’re soft, twist them and fold them
and twist again, until the clay is
as marbled or as mixed as you would like it to be. Another method for
conditioning clay would be through a clay
dedicated pasta machine. Now clay comes generally
in a two ounce brick, so you don’t want to run
this whole thing through the machine at once. What I’d like to see you do is
section the clay into thinner pieces
using a very sharp blade, and then push those one at
a time through the machine. Now I have my machine set
on the thickest setting, and that’s what you want
for conditioning or sheeting at first. I’m gonna put
each piece through, them combine these two,
make a larger sheet, then once I have a large
sheet I’ll fold it in half, always pressing the folded side
through first. That way any trapped air is
getting pushed out through the open side. Here again you can
use this same method for mixing two colours
through the machine. Just press two or more
colours together through, fold them, pressing the
folded side through first, and continue to do so until
the clay sheet is as marbled or as mixed
as you would like it to be. Now, you can control
the consistency of your clay. Some clay is
softer than others, some clay is firmer, but you can have a say
in how you like the clay to feel in your own hands. If you have clay
that is too soft, you can leech some of
the softening ingredient out by pressing
a sheet of clay through on the thickest setting, laying it on
a piece of copier paper, and then letting it
rest for a while. You can see here
the oil residue on the paper. That’s actually
the softening ingredient coming out of the clay,
making the clay stiffer. Likewise if your clay
is too firm you can soften it
using MoldMaker. Just a pinch of MoldMaker
and a handful of firm clay, either hand condition
that together or run it through
the pasta machine, and you can have the clay just as soft as
you would like. In this way you can have clay
always the consistency that you like for working
with your projects. Now baking is just as
important as conditioning. First you want to make sure
you check the package for the proper temperature, and the proper length
of time for curing. Preheat the oven, use an oven thermometer
to make sure that the oven temperature is
accurate on the inside. When your project is complete, put it in the centre
of the oven, ideally about
four inches away from any heating elements. Allow it to bake for
the full length of time, and then be sure and let it cool completely
before you handle it. Now clean up is really easy. I keep wet wipes on my
clay work table all the time. I clean my hands
between colour changes, I clean my work surface
and my tools with a wet wipe, and at the end of
the project I just clean up with
soap and water. Now I hope you’ve really
benefitted from this list of basic guidelines
for use with polymer clay, and I wish you the best success in making your
polymer clay creations. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast


  • Nedra says:

    thanks for sharing

  • kuropixie says:

    this helps a lot! thanks

  • ImBerryConfused says:

    @daniqua11 Yeah, you can but you don't bake it 🙂 If you use Play-Doh, let it air dry! Flipping it over after each day 'til it's completely hardened 🙂

  • kmankramer69 says:

    ummm i dont have a pasta mich thingiy and why not use clay sofner insted of buying the mold maker

  • HamHam101 says:

    can you mix acrylic paint into the polymer clay to make a certain color and then bake it?…I know that you can mix acrylic paint with air dry clay but im wondering if polymer clay can handle that…

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @aeropostaleXgurlZ Hi – actually to make a color just mix two colors of the same type of polymer clay. It is never recommended to mix paint into polymer clay or bake acrylic paint.

  • giraffe1219 says:

    she kinda wastes a lot of clay……..
    but will she make more videos???

  • chibixcandy says:

    I heard polymer clay is toxic or something (well it has chemicals) and that you have to have only one oven for it or else it will affect your food that you bake in the same oven.

  • Andy the Cat says:

    Is polymer clay water resistant after it has been baked?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @54CFC Yes

  • Andy the Cat says:

    How do you sculpt a three dimensional diamond?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @MsChocolate202 For answers to questions on materials and projects, please contact the Blick product information team by emailing info @ dickblick . com – or calling toll free 1-800-933-2542

  • badmartialarts says:

    @chibixcandy It is toxic, but you can clean the oven easy enough, just crank it to it's maximum temperature for 30 minutes or so, the chemicals will burn away.

  • leslieclapper says:

    These people put out fantastic tutorials!! Thank you for all your help!

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @leslieclapper Thanks for watching!

  • emiliepinklover says:

    can you tell me why my clay cracks?
    too dry?

  • emiliepinklover says:

    my clay cracks..
    can you tell me why?
    and what must i do?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @emiliepinklover For assistance with your project it is best to contact our Product Information specialists by either emailing them at: info @ dick blick . com or calling toll free 1-800-933-2542. They will need to know more details in order to provide you with the proper help for your project.

  • jackey says:

    what cna i do my clay is cracking just a bit =.=

  • PrincessSakuno says:

    apply vaseline or baby oil if your clay is cracking

  • Sadiecreation says:

    Did you used a glass work area?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @8u8u8u8u19902 All the products in this video are from Blick Art Materials

  • Perlita Habanera says:

    I love your videos, I subscribed.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @ducttape4eva You can contact the Blick Product Information team by calling toll free: 1-800-933-2542 or you can email: info @ dickblick . com.

  • Oniwabanshugirl says:

    Are u using a silicone baking mat as your work surface?? I have seen someone else doing that, but I worry about what would happen when you use a sharp blade on it.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    We are using a cutting mat as the work surface.

  • Polymer Clay Artist says:

    Very GOOD note saying to let it completely cool before handling!! I made the mistake of messing with it while it was still hot. What happens it its EXTREMELY soft when it comes out of the oven. I also found that you should condition the clay EVEN when it seems already soft (some clay does) You will always have better results when conditioning. Also, if the clay has to sit for longer then a day, it should be reconditioned having lost its conditioning from sitting. Thanks for sharing this video! ☺

  • Cecilia Tideborg says:

    Maybe you didn't condition your clay well enough 😉

  • purplelava2 says:

    no if you did not condition that is probaly why

  • Gabrielle D. says:

    I love watching your polymer clay videos but you never talk about charms or dollhouse miniatures 🙁

  • TurkeyButtStudios says:

    sometimes its that you bake it too long, but other than that im not sure

  • corgicute says:

    I have stains in my carpet from my clay… XD

  • Back&4thVlogs says:

    if I mixed a pinch of plasticine and a lot poly to make a color would you b able the bake it?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    No – do not mix polymer clay with any other type of clay. It is important to use the same product if you are mixing colors as even different products within the same brand may have different properties and may not mix well.

  • Gabbi A. says:

    Me too! Lol, oops!

  • eurossocial says:

    Great video! Very helpful informations!
    Thank you for making this video 🙂

  • Rhianna Rhodes says:


  • Birdie Ellen Beris says:

    how can you store the clay that you open but do not use?

  • FluffyBabyBumbleBees says:

    Use like a Tupperware or a basket: poly clay does not dry out, you have to bake it

  • Laura Beattie says:

    my clay gets dirty really easily i washed my hands and then opened a brand new block of yellow clay but as soon as i pick it up i notice it gets covered in dirt and i have no idea how this is happening.

  • stoneymaine47 says:

    Excellent video. Could I use a toaster oven dedicated to clay work only?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    Yes – a toaster oven is a great option for baking polymer clay.

  • chamogul says:

    Can you use this to make hair jewelry? If so, will it discolor or rub off at some time considering the products that may be in ones hair like oils or hair spray. Thanks a lot

  • agapchan says:

    Is it conditioned it everyday?

  • Cupcakecutie2153 says:

    I bake my polymer clay in atoaster oven ,but my toaster oven only has one place to put the rack and it is 1 inch away from the heating thing will it cuase any damage to my clay charms?

  • xXwes997Xx says:

    excelent video, i had no idea you could control the consistency

  • Annie Ratsma says:

    i used makeup wipes to clean my hands

  • Blacksummer Colouring says:

    I've made hair clips with no problems. Try varnishing them after they're baked for more durability. (Buy a specialist varnish)

  • Bevenus Crafts and Vintage Treasures says:

    This is a great video, please stop by my channel to see how I used a Rubber Stamp and Polymer Clay to make Butterfly Earrings with a matching Pendant which I am giving away to a lucky subscriber 🙂

  • ella costain says:

    where do you get the pasta machine

  • Chris Matthews says:

    I have some very authentic looking arrowhead and spearhead reproductions that were obviously made with polymer clay. If I wanted to make duplicates of these, how would I go about it? Would I need to make a mold?

  • Leet Hacker69 says:

    im new to this so do you bake before you glaze or just glaze it

  • nah man says:

    DICK Blick makes great art materials

  • Phyllis Walker says:

    Great video but could use a better monitoring from the Blick people. Several good questions are going unanswered. Where are to responses.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    Thank you for watching our videos and for your comment. We do try to answer as many questions as we can on this channel and are working toward improving response time. We also direct our viewers to the Product Information experts at Blick Art Materials by contacting them directly with project or product questions. They can be reached by email at: info @ dickblick . com or by calling toll free 1-800-933-2546. We also encourage our artist viewers to share their knowledge and experiences.

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    The pasta machine is completely optional. If you want to roll out the clay without a machine, you can use a hand roller.

  • Ashley Ramirez says:

    I put my clay in the micro for one minute can I do that

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    To keep clay from sticking to the rollers, use a couple of sheets of wax paper. You may need to adjust your settings slightly so that the clay isn't rolled to thin. If the clay piece is too large, it will stretch out beyond the rollers when flattened. If it looks as if your piece is going to do this, reverse the roll and pinch off the excess.

  • Manjushree K says:

    Can we use the everyday oven for baking..??
    Does it release any toxic that will get into the food we cook later in the same oven?..

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @Manjushree K
    For baking, you may use your home oven.  There are no toxic fumes released.  If you plan, however, to make it a regular thing I suggest purchasing a toaster oven dedicated to sculpey clay.

  • jojocanzoneri says:

    My handle keeps falling off and the clay is not coming out right it is going from the middle where u put it the it goes around on on of the cylinders or one of the rollers and not coming out … there anyway I can fix this

  • Fluffaloo the dragon says:

    wow that video  helped me a lot thank you so much

  • TheShrumShop says:

    Good info. Thanks.

  • april dueck says:

    We had a problem with storing the clay in a plastic container, it melted it. This would have been useful information to know in a tutorial like this, as well I would like to know how to tell if you clay is done if the shape is irregular, like an octopus,,making the cooking time harder to determine.

  • Rachel W says:

    That blade you have where can I get one?

  • AlexIsModded says:

    Does polymer/oven bake clay need to be scored just like stoneware clay? Or can it stick together without scoring?

  • Jennica Gradlie says:

    Is Sculpey III clay phthalate free?

  • NekoHoshi1010 says:

    Is there any type of clay that doesn't need to be put in the oven? Or is there another alternative for an oven?

  • Blick Art Materials says:

    @NekoHoshi1010 Polymer clay has to be fired or reach a temperature over 250 degrees Fahrenheit to fully cure.  You can achieve this with either a home oven or a toaster oven.  Polymer clay is not the only clay on the market, it is just the one highlighted in this video.  There are also ceramic clays, air dry clays, foam clays, and modeling clays.  You can visit our website for more information on other types of clay.  If you would like additional assistance, please feel welcome to contact our Product Information team at 1-800-933-2542

  • Rachtop says:

    Hi there, I know this is an old video, but I was wondering how much a clay pasta machine is and where to buy them? this could be a great birthday present for me! ^^ awesome video btw. 

  • Rachel Clark says:

    Thankyou for making this video.

  • citronelle spriz says:

    I would like to ask you if we can mix sculpy III with premo or premo accent? or use it as a basic bid and cover with slices of canes made with premo, premo accent or Fimo? I would appreciate if you answer to my question, thank you.

  • urjnlegend says:

    is this sulfur free for silicone casting?

  • Buttered Lumps says:

    I find that it's easiest to condition clay by squashing it slowly like when you mush berries with the blunt end of the acrylic roller, it does what your fingers do but better, and then rolling it through the pasta machine for thin even sheets.

  • Electric Flash says:

    This video is 4:20 minutes long

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