Getting started

As people who are new to polymer clay join the group, questions about basic supplies come up. We have discussed this a little in our meetings, but there is a very thorough article on this subject at The Blue Bottle Tree, a great source of knowledge for all things polyclay.  You’ll find the article here: Make a Polymer Clay Starter Kit.  Ginger divides her list into levels of expertise and commitment.

Please feel free to ask questions here or in the discussion forum before you spend a lot of money.

At yesterday’s meeting there were questions about cutters.  There are so many sources and options for cutters that it’s difficult to provide specifics, but a few things to keep in mind:

You can use almost anything with a fine edge as a cutter.

Cutters made for fondant work very well for polyclay.

Avoid cutters with seams, which will compromise the shapes you’re trying to achieve.

Some places to start:

There are a dozen polymer clay artists who have produced their own lines of cutters.  Most of them sell on Etsy.com, as in this case to be found here.

Cutters by established companies can be found on Amazon.com and every clay tool and supply distributor.

Kemper cutters are highly regarded for their workmanship.

They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Searching Kemper Kutters on Google will show you dozens of sources. Watch prices and shipping, because they differ, sometimes wildly.

 

 

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