Using Wet/Dry Sandpaper For Sanding Polymer Clay

Sanding By Hand - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #768: Done properly, this finishing technique will make your smooth-surface polymer clay pieces, feel like silk.

There is nothing more lovely than a beautifully sanded polymer clay piece. Sanding makes the colors on smooth polymer surfaces look richer… the mica particles sparkle… and the whole piece look finished and more professional. Plus it feels amazing to the touch!

So why don’t more people sand their polymer clay projects? I think it is because they are using the wrong materials and wrong techniques.

It isn’t hard, nor expensive. It just takes the right type of sandpaper and the right grits. Plus a little water, dish soap and some time.

In this video I will show you how!

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Betty D, 15 February, 2017

    Hi Cindy I love your videos but I have a silly question when I sand my polymer clay pieces there seems to be a residue left on them. Am I not sanding them right or do I need to do something else. Help

  2. Cindy Lietz, 20 February, 2017

    Yeah it sounds like you haven’t used a small enough grit or are using really worn out sandpaper. If you get some new paper in the grits I suggested and use the method show, you shouldn’t end up having a residue on your clay.

  3. Jennifer Stevenson, 12 March, 2017

    I love your videos. I’ve learned so much. I just started using clay to make cabochons.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 14 March, 2017

    Thank you Jennifer! Polymer clay is an excellent material for making cabochons! Glad you are enjoying the videos!

  5. Jennifer Stevenson, 14 March, 2017

    Cindy I love all your videos. I’m so excited I stumbled across your them. Thank you so much. I’ve watched many and yours are by far the best! You do amazing work.

    I just started this new adventure with polymer clay. I love making wire jewelry, soldering jewelry, and anything else jewelry. Finding beads/cabochons that I like isn’t easy. I have the 3 major craft stores near, but none sell cabochons, and the beads are just ok.


  6. Linda Gissing-Olson, 16 March, 2017

    I am not having success in the finishing process. I’ve used the 220, 320 400 1000 1500 2000 grit paper followed by the Renaissance Wax Polish. The Faux Fordite made (from your tutorial) is very dull. Did I under bake it? I know I am sanding it as new layers are being seen. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    PS I would like to have finished a piece for my sister’s birthday celebration on March 19.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 16 March, 2017

    Hi Linda, I have a few questions for you… What brand of clay are you using? How long did you bake? Can you see any visible scratches? Did you use a power buffer or did you buff by hand? Are you using a thick coat of Ren Wax or a thin one? All of these things could be making the difference.

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