More About Polymer Clay Medium

What is Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay is a wonderful medium for creating jewelry, dolls, sculpture, mosaic work, and much more. It is pliable clay that comes in many colors that are ready to be used out of the package or mixed together to make any color you can imagine.

Polymer clay was first used by German doll maker Kaethe Krus in the year 1939, and later sold to a USA based company. now there are several top brands manufacturing polymer clay.

It typically contains no clay minerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay. Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items, and is also used in commercial applications to make decorative parts.

Polymer clays contain a basis of PVC resin and a liquid plasticizer, making it a plastisol. Polymer clay plastisol is also categorized as a plastigel because of its rheological properties. It is a high yield thixotropic material; when a sufficient force is applied the material yields, flows like a viscous liquid until that force is removed, whereupon it returns to being a solid. This plasticity is what makes it useful as modeling clay as opposed to putty or paste. Plastigels retain their shape even when heat is applied, which is why polymer clay does not melt or droop when oven cured. Various gelling agents are added to give it this property such as aminated bentonite, metallic soaps, or fumed silica.

Polymer clay can be translucent or opaque. It can be textured, twisted, and sheeted. It can be painted, crackled, distressed, and contain inclusions. It is one of the most versatile mediums available to create a variety of artistic projects. One of my favorite things about this clay is that it does not need to be cured in a kiln because it needs less than 130 degrees to become completely hardened. and polymer clay has several advantages over terracotta clay.

Health and safety

The cured polymer clay is safe for your skin, but before curing ie at the manufacturing stage the artist must pay attention to handle the clay. It should not burn while in baking process. After the baking the polymer clay products are 100% safe for human skin and health.

Today, polymer clay is used by many men and women, from the newbie artist to the master artist. It can be found in cottage industries as well as professional businesses. Pieces made from polymer are sold at street fairs, craft shows, and on line. Polymer art can be found in books, galleries, and museums. It has earned a place to shine throughout the world.

You imagine we can create it where ever you want it!