Polymer clay is a type of modeling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). 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. Art made from polymer clay can now be found in major museums.
Working with Polymer Clay
- Start with selecting the preferred design in the linoleum carving.
- Manipulate the clay to a soft consistency and spread out with a rolling pin.
- The clay is then pressed into the linoleum carving, being sure to press it into each detail.
- Carefully, the clay is peeled back from the carving.
- Clay is placed on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven until hardened.
- When cool, the clay is ready to be painted.
- Finished pieces can be matted and set into frames.
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