Great Polymer Clay Supplies and Bead Making Tools from the Kitchen

Kitchen Polymer Clay Tools

5 Polymer Clay Tools You Probably Already Own But Hadn’t Thought About:

There are plenty of unique options for polymer clay bead making tools and supplies. Some of the more creative ones come from the kitchen. But remember, once you’ve used kitchen utensils for polymer clay, they shouldn’t be used for meal preparation again. You don’t want to contaminate your food with polymer clay or your clay with food!

1) Meat Tenderizer: The bumpy side of a meat tenderizer makes a very cool texture pattern on polymer clay. Use a spray of water or a dusting of cornstarch as a release agent. Try this for making geometric patterns on a block of Mokume Gane or on metallic clay for a mica shift technique!

2) Cheese Grater: You can grate up hard clay to make it easier to condition. Grate up super hard clay into fine particles for adding to other clays for faux stone effects like Faux Lapis Lazuli, Faux Rose Quartz and Faux Turquoise. You can even grate up baked clay to add to raw clay to make your own version of Granite.

3) Pizza Cutter: Even dull ones work great for cutting strips of polymer clay. Pastry cutters work the same way. The pastry cutters with the wavy blades are especially fun to play with.

4) Cheese Cloth: Stack four or five layers of cheese cloth about 6″ square. Pile some cornstarch in the center and draw up sides of cloth to make a pouch. Tie off with string to ‘lock’ the cornstarch powder inside. This creates a great little pouncing bag to lightly and evenly dust cornstarch onto clay, rubber stamps, molds, etc. as a release agent.

5) Drinking Straw: Perfect for making nice clean holes in raw polymer clay for pendants and such. Dust the end with cornstarch and twist when removing from clay.

More “kitchen” ideas for polymer clay tools and materials stolen are discussed here: Polymer Clay Supplies from Unlikely Places

What are some of your favorite tools that you have stolen from the kitchen?

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  1. Cindy Lietz, 15 October, 2008

    Try using a potato peeler for taking slices off of Mokume Gane slabs of clay… just make sure to never do potatoes with it again. Look for the ones with the smooth blades not the serrated ones if you want a really clean cut!

  2. Cynister, 22 October, 2008

    Don’t forget the food processor, egg slicer, chopsticks & plastic scraper!

  3. Cindy Lietz, 22 October, 2008

    Cool additions Cynister! Love the egg slicer… didn’t think of that!

  4. Jocelyn, 24 May, 2009

    Anybody ever get good cane slices or mica shift pattern slices by using a dedicated fine slicing metal French mandolin (sp?)? Always thought it might work if you sprayed the unit with something like WD40 to make it a smooth motion. If you did, could you share the brand name of the device?

  5. Cindy Lietz, 29 May, 2009

    I am curious about this too Jocelyn! I know Dan Cormier uses his version of a potato peeler, so it does seem like a mandolin should work. Will have to keep an eye out for a used one to test it. I would think the cane would need to be pretty cold and perhaps wrapped in scrap clay to keep it from smooshing.

  6. Angelique R, 27 August, 2011

    measuring spoons for quick and easy oval and round domes. I actually have a 99 cent set of fridge magnets that are miniature cooking utensils that I use too. And empty seasoning containers are great for storing wrapped scraps. Oh, and I have a couple of glass tumblers that have neat textures on the sides that I like to stamp with. I use those also to cover pieces that have varathane drying on them to keep dust and stuff away

  7. Phaedrakat, 03 September, 2011

    @Angelique R: Great ideas! I love finding uses for “empties”, will certainly try the seasoning containers. Also love multi-purpose items (like your textured tumblers.) As far as texture, there are some great threads here at the blog — check ’em out if you haven’t seen them yet. :-) They include not only Cindy’s great texture ideas, but members’ tips, as well (in the comments below, of course…)

    Love, love, LOVE playin’ w/my clay! ;D ~Kat

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