Unique colours can be created by mixing different colours polymer clay together. Mix alcohol inks, pigments, glitter, silicone sand, stones, crushed dried herbs and spices, dried flower petals and embossing powders into the clay. Do not mix too much of the inclusions that the integrity of the clay is lost.
Work in a cool room during hot months.
Place the polymer clay in the fridge when it becomes overworked or too soft. Allow your clay to “rest” during cane building. The firmer your cane is before slicing, the better the end result. It is also advisable to let beads rest before piercing (to avoid distortion).
Clayologie TM Artist Clay is a unique polymer clay which is an extremely versatile craft medium being compatible with all water-based paints, finishes, and mixed media products. Avoid solvent based products and spray-on finishes (aerosol) as those usually contain solvents in the nozzle even if it is classed as water-based.
Avoid placing polymer clay directly on an absorbent surface such as wood or paper as the oil will leach out onto the surface. Not only will this soil and possibly permanently damage your surface, but leave your clay drained from the necessary plasticizers.
Storing polymer clay correctly is also very important. Any direct heat will partially cure the clay and leave it unusable. When storing the clay in plastic containers please make sure to wrap the clay in cling wrap or place in zip lock bags. The plasticizers in the polymer clay often reacts with hard plastic which cause it to fuse together, resulting in unusable clay. All canes should be wrapped with cling wrap before storage.
Wet wipes, hand sanitizer and rubbing alcohol are great for cleaning equipment.