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Polymer Clay Crafts

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Polymer clay, or Fimo, is a very creative crafting medium for children and adults alike.This is a guide about polymer clay crafts.


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October 14, 2010

I use a lot of different colors of polymer clay in my jewelry-making, which inevitably means that I end up after a bit of time with otherwise, inadequate scraps in every color. Don't throw out those pieces! Ball them together and make this charming octopus fellow.

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March 1, 2010

"May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of St Patrick behold you."


If you're looking for some novel craft ideas to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day, why not try making your own polymer clay buttons. You only need a small amount of clay and scraps left over from other projects make really interesting marble effects when rolled together. What's more PVC clay is a fun material to work with and when baked in an oven will last for always. Use your finished buttons to decorate greetings cards, scrapbook pages, or even sew them onto a bag to wear on an Irish holiday parade. Have fun!

Approximate Time: 20 minutes plus baking time



  1. Cut a piece of Fimo in a chosen colour(s). Soften the clay by working it with your hands - push on it, pull it, roll it into a ball and flatten it out again.
  2. Roll the softened clay out on a modelling board with a rolling pin or brayer until it is approximately 1/8 inch or 3mm thick. Note; to obtain a perfectly flat surface, cover the clay with a layer of parchment paper and card, prior to rolling.
  3. Cut out the shape of your button with a cookie cutter and peel the excess clay away so that only your button cut-out remains. Transfer your button onto a baking tray, by sliding a craft knife gently underneath it and placing the button in position on the tin.
  4. Make two or four holes in your button with a toothpick or needle tool. Poke the toothpick through to the surface of the baking tray; then move it in tiny circles to slightly widen the hole and ensure that it goes all the way through the clay.

    Tip: Use different cookie cutters to produce a variety of buttons shapes: squares, hearts, circles, triangles, or even shamrocks.
  5. Bake your finished buttons in a home oven according to the clay manufacturer's instructions for example, Fimo at 11 degrees C (230 degrees F) for 30 minutes. Use an oven thermometer to ensure the correct temperature.
  6. Allow the buttons to cool. Carefully, remove the buttons from the baking tray using a craft knife.
  7. Apply a coat of water based gloss varnish to make your buttons extra resistant to wear and laundering. The varnish is touch dry after 30 minutes, and permanent 24 hours after application. For a really permanent finish, bake a varnished button at 100 degrees C (212 degrees F).

By Anne from United Kingdom

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November 27, 20040 found this helpful

You can use your self-cleaning oven as a kiln. Not as hot as a real kiln, so it probably would not work for serious potters, but great for firing clay beads and other small clay items. Run creations through 2 cleaning cycles, then paint with acrylic paints. Fun!


By Mary

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February 11, 20090 found this helpful

If you work with polymer clay and use molds, you know you usually have to cut around the molded clay to get a clean edge. If you put the project in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before you cut, the clay will be much less likely to stretch or tear.

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May 1, 2009

What is a good glue for crafting with clay?

By shelby from MN


May 3, 20090 found this helpful

Believe it or not this website is devoted to glue: http://www.craf


You put in what you are glueing to whatever else and it tells you the glue to use! Robyn

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May 19, 20090 found this helpful

What sort of clay? Pottery clay? If that is what you are talking about, there is a "glue" you get at the pottery supply store or ceramics store called Patch-attach (or something very similar). It can be used to "glue" raw pottery or ceramics (greenware) or bisque pieces. It is quite satisfactory. No actual glue will work on pieces that go into the kiln, as all will burn off in the high temps.

If you are not refiring pieces, and you are talking about pieces that have been fired once (bisque) than any glue that is made for china will work. Most epoxy glues are fine, or hot glue will work. It depends on the sort of piece you have. I would use epoxy for more delicate pieces or cup handles. Hot glue is fine for kids pieces.

If the piece is raw clay, and you are not going to fire it in a kiln, there is nothing really satisfactory that will work. Raw clay will go back into wet clay if it is in contact with water, and has only ever been air dried. However, that being said, I have craft pieces I made 35 years ago, air dried, and painted with acrylic paint. Little bowls and ornaments and such. If something like this broke, I might try hot glue, as it isn't water soluable. Epoxy might work as well.

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May 15, 2011

It has been over a year now that I have been struggling without a full-time job. I have learned that it is not necessary to buy the greatest gift at the trendiest shops to please somebody for their birthday, Christmas, or any occasion.

I bought a set of colored polymer clays at the craft shop for under $10, and figured out how to sculpt a tiny statue of my fiance, holding his guitar. It has turned out to be the best present I have ever given him. It is the talk of most of our at-home parties.

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These are the decorations that I did not get completely finished, but they are still pretty! I will finish the coloring with markers or nail polish, then one last glaze with clear nail polish, then they will be ready for giving as Easter gifts this year!

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July 22, 20162 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a polymer clay octopus. Polymer clay is a pardonable clay like material based on PVC, typically used to make art and sculpture pieces.

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This is a guide about making polymer clay trinket bowls. These bowls are not only beautiful, but are easy and fun to make.

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