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This Mini Sign: Polymer Clay Tutorial

Recently I’ve been quite obsessed with polymer clay. I’ve known about it for a long time, and I’ve made a thing or two with it before, but it wasn’t until I decided to start this whole blogging business that I discovered all the seemingly endless possibilities of polymer clay.

If you don’t know yet, polymer clay is an oven-hardened clay that stays soft and mold-able until you bake it. After you bake it, it’s quite durable and is suitable for a wide variety of projects, including, but definitely not limited to, jewellery, keychains, home decor, figurines, and on and on and on. It’s also waterproof and non-toxic, meaning you can work with it safely without worry, and put it in liquid projects such as snow globes (but don’t take my word for it, let Tommie at Polymer Clay Central tell you all about it). Sounds pretty amazing, huh?

One of the first projects that I made with polymer clay, the one I’m sharing with you today, was a commissioned project for a realtor. A friend of hers thought it would be a cute gift to give her these mini “SOLD” signs, and this is what came out of it.

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I can’t really give you a step-to-step on this project; you just gotta cut out the pieces, paint them, then stick them together. I could, however, try my best to give you some tips and tricks that I used when making this project.

  1. For the poles, I wrapped polymer clay around coffee stir-sticks to make sure that they don’t bend with the weight of the signs. After you’ve wrapped the clay around, trim off the edges cleanly, then lightly draw some lines with a sharp tool to mimic that “wood look”.
  2. I used super glue to glue everything together.
  3. I used a small sharp tool (like a toothpick) to paint on all the tiny little letters. It takes a lot longer than a paintbrush, but is so much more precise.
  4. Especially if your pieces are white or lightly coloured, be very careful not to burn the clay by baking it for too long (strictly follow the instructions on the packaging).

Other than those tips, it’s really just a matter of being really patient and delicate with your work, so it turns out just how you like it!

Feel free to ask me any question, and I will try my best to answer them!

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