Polymer clay is not a pleasant type of clay for those who are familiar with sliced or lightweight clay. And the sincere advice is to test it properly and not follow the reckless instructions of the seller.
Is polymer clay hardened, does it expire?
Polymer clay is harder than air dry clay. Most before use, users never go through the condition to soften the clay. There are many ways such as using rolling pin or rolling machine to roll the clay until it is soft or using the hands to roll the clay. The temperature in the process will soften the clay. Or simply, you can use clay softener. However, the truth is that the clay softener should only be applied when the clay is out of date.
How to store polymer clay?
Do not think polymer clay is not dry clay in the air, so no need to store. You should use a zip-lock bag to remove the opened clay and add some baby oil.
Does the house have an oven, can it be microwave or boiled or steamed with clay?
- With the microwave: my advice is NEVER. You just try, and you will see the black clay and full of smoke.
- Slow / boil: Each clay brand usually has a certain baking temperature requirement. Kato is 150 degrees. Premo and Scupley are 130 degrees. Fimo is 110 degrees. And if you learn chemistry, you know, water boils at 100 degrees. Is it 100 degrees to ripen when the required temperature is at least 110 degrees?.
But you should also try, when your products are small 5cm or less and not too thick.
Instead of buying multiple colors, can I buy white and blend in?
- Mixing with acrylic color/oil color: Acrylic oil and oil color will dry the clay. Not to mention that when you bake, the heat causes the oil in the color to burn. Only use acrylic to cover the surface when the clay has finished baking.
- Food color mixing: can use. But it will take a lot of color to dye the clay. And you cannot use the boiling method.
- Use chalk pastel: can be used. You should apply a matte or gloss coating before baking.
After baking, cracks appear on the product?
90% is the temperature is not right & enough. The oven depends on the brand and after a period of use the temperature will no longer be accurate. Therefore, it will usually take longer than the temperature & time noted on the package.