Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils | Polymer Tutorial Vol-082

Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils - Polymer Clay Tutor6 Videos #633 to #638: A home decor project that will stretch your skills beyond just making jewelry. Perfect for gift giving ideas.

Over the Christmas holidays, our family spent time at my parents for the festivities. While we were there, there was lots of food served and of course we needed utensils to serve it.

I had made a pumpkin pie and when digging around in my parents cutlery drawers looking for a pie server, I found a pretty set with polymer clay handles made by moi quite a few years ago. It reminded me that I have not yet taught you guys how to use polymer clay in more of a utilitarian situation… such as with kitchen utensils!

So… I asked my parents if I could borrow their pieces for a little while, to show as samples in this month’s PcT tutorial. You will see them in the intro video below.

For this tutorial, I wanted to teach you how to not only make two different surface techniques that can be used in an unlimited number of situations… from making utensils, kitchen accessories and jewelry… but I also wanted to teach you how to cover materials such as glass and metal with polymer clay… and talk about the challenges that those materials can present.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial series, and use it as a jumping off point for all kinds of creative projects!

Posted just below is a Sneak Peak and overview of my Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils Tutorial. The rest of the 6 part video series will be posted tomorrow (Friday, March 6, 2015) in Vol-082 at the Polymer Clay Tutor Library.

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Vol-082-1: Video #633: Introduction: In this 6 part video tutorial series, you will learn how to use translucent and metallic polymer clays, inks, and metal leaf to create two different exciting techniques. One that looks like fire, and the other like ice. Then you will use these fire and ice clay blocks to create colorful translucent sheets of polymer that you can wrap around glass salt and pepper shakers, kitchen utensils or whatever else you would like to use these cool looking surface techniques (bottles of hope maybe). The things you learn in the tutorial can also be transferred to other projects such as home decor items and jewelry. You’ll be surprised how much is packed into this awesome tutorial.

Pt 2 Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-082-2: Video #634:
Ink And Leaf:

In this video, I’ll teach all about how to make the mokume gane style polymer clay fire and ice cane, or slab as some call it, by blending alcohol inks into translucent polymer clay and layering with metal leaf and metallic clays. The colors choices will give the warm look of fire, as well as the cool look of ice. But you could use any color combination you choose, to come up with your own look as well!

Pt 3 Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-082-3: Video #635:
Cutting, Stacking & Rolling:

In this video, I will teach you how to impress your stacks of layered clay, using inks and metal leaf, to create the unique look of fire and ice. I will then show you how to compress, shape, slice and roll your stack until you have a workable sheet of color, design and dimension. These neat looking sheets of clay will be used to make the kitchen utensils and accessories shown in the intro video, but can also be used in many other projects as well. Lots of options here.

Pt 4 Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-082-4: Video #636:
Covering Glass Shakers:

In this video I will share with you the secrets to adding a paper thin sheet of polymer clay to a glass salt and pepper shaker, or any other glass item you desire. I’ll show you tips and tricks for creating a seamless, bubble free, and blemish free piece, that will not only turn out beautiful, but professional looking as well. When done using these simple techniques, your glass shakers will look as though the design was painted or enameled right onto the surface of the glass.

Pt 5 Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-082-5: Video #637:
Covering Utensil Handles:

In this video you will discover the right way to add polymer clay to metal cutlery and utensils. The first step is to learn why it is important to build the right base for your piece, and to make sure that it is properly shaped and finished before even adding your special clay veneer. You will then understand why multiple baking steps will be necessary. Next you will learn the tips and tricks for adding a flawless layer of colored translucent clay to your utensil, and you will find out how to baking your pieces to achieve professional looking results every time.

Pt 6 Fire & Ice Kitchen Utensils Tutorial - Polymer Clay TutorVol-082-6: Video #638:
Sanding and Finishing:

In this video you will find out what’s needed to beautifully finish your pieces. From giving it a good sanding and buffing… to using Renaissance Wax as a final coating. Your guests will be impressed with the kitchen accessories that you create. These are items that you will definitely be proud to give away as gifts to your friends and relatives. I’ll also talk about the proper care and washing instructions for these polymer clay utensils, so they will be last for years to come. Now you can always use these techniques for jewelry projects, but won’t it be nice to finally bring some of your your polymer into the kitchen? I hope yo have fun with this one… and please do share your pictures with me!!!

Other Suggested Supplies:

  • Rubbing Alcohol.
  • Paper Towel.
  • All Metal Serving Utensils.
  • Glass Salt and Pepper Shakers.
  • Wet/Dry Sandpaper. 220 grit,400 grit, 600 grit, 800 grit and 1000 grit (or other fine sanding system you prefer).
  • Soft cotton cloth for applying wax.
  • Baking tray with foil pan or card stock for tenting.
  • Old credit card or gift card.

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  1. Fran V, 05 March, 2015

    Oh boy, this looks great, beautiful and practical in one go!

    I am a major fan of tools & utensils, so getting to embellish my kitchen stuff will be fun. I have tried covering some metal things and found that, as Cindy is wont to say, this has “some challenges.” Never even tried glass but i bet i will now!


  2. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    You should try glass Fran. There are so many cool things you can add polymer clay to and glass is a perfect one… especial;y when you know the tricks of working with it!

  3. Peg Carter, 05 March, 2015

    I am excited to watch this tutorial. I’ve talked about doing this, but didn’t know how. Thanks in advance, Cindy. I know it will be great!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    Well now you know! :)

  5. Michelle A, 05 March, 2015

    Oooooo, cool tutorial or should I say hot, lol.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    How witty of you Michelle! :)

  7. elaine faulks, 05 March, 2015

    Just caught up with the latest product demos. The CZEXTRUDER box set (without box) is certainly one for my wish list. ( Stripped 2 Makins but Walnut Hollow still going strong.)

    Test Lab was interesting, but probably T/H ink and stain best mixed in with translucent clay. Loved the Fire n Ice Cindy and it’s funny because I started covering glass bottles a couple of months ago in between visits to The Royal London Hospital where my sister has just had yet another operation on her long road to recovery. It’s been over four months now and try to visit most weeks to support her.
    I felt guilty going off to Bali but she said GO GO GO you will love it and will get lots of inspiration for your crafts. Also you will have lots of interesting and NEW things to tell me. (Well I do crack on about polymer clay on most of my visits to her bedside!)
    So really looking forward to learning CINDY’S way, as sure I will learn heaps from these videos.
    Just one question. What are botles of Hope? ………cheers..xx……….

  8. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    Hi Elaine, your trip sounds wonderful! I am glad your sister made you go. In regards to the bottles of Hope. They are small glass medicine bottles covered in polymer clay that are donated and given to Cancer patients. They are meant to give hope and joy to those who are going through treatments such as chemo therapy. I am not sure who started making them or whether it is only something done by polymer clayers but I do know there are many people who have made bottles of hope over the years and that they have brought joy to many who are going through a difficult and fearful time. If you Google ‘Bottles of Hope’ you will be able to learn more about it.

  9. Patt W, 06 March, 2015

    What a fun tute! I love trans colors -they are so “alive”. I have several glass vases ( from flowers sent) to play with. They will be transformed into things of beauty ! I have a lavender rose that needs a special vase……………now she can have one!! TY for such a neat tute.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    I would love to see pictures of your lavender rose in it’s lively new polymer vase Patt! Do make sure to take pictures when you’re done!

  11. Sandra j, 06 March, 2015

    WOW and GORGEOUS. I am not a covering fan (yet), but, oh the possibilities of jewellery are running around in my head. I’m off to the studio to make the canes. I just love, love the effect. Thanks Cindy and Doug for your fantastic videos and commitment to this band of clayers

  12. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    You are so welcome Sandra!

  13. Lesley Symons, 06 March, 2015

    Thanks for yet another great tutorial, Cindy! Even when I don’t do the projects exactly as shown, I always love watching the videos. I’m thinking candle holders here ……. :-)

  14. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    I do try and make projects that people can either do exactly as is… or use in their own unique way. Everyone consumes the tutorials for different reasons. I am happy to hear that you like to take them in your own direction!

  15. Marianne O., 06 March, 2015

    Wow! I watched the intro very, very late last night. I just love the way these projects look. I was wondering, what about dragging a fork through the fire cane in a squiggle like manner? Would it make it more flame-like? I love the look on your new ones, but the old flame effect on the older salt and pepper shakers is somewhat different. I love it all, but really, they are all truly masterpieces! Thank you again, Cindy and Doug. It has been quite some time since I last touched any clay. I have got to get my studio ‘clay ready’ and try these new tutes. Happy Claying!!!!

  16. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    Hi Marianne, I suppose you could try and dragging a fork through, but maybe if you just stacked and restacked the layers, it might work even better. Just make a few small canes and see if you can get the flames the way you want them. It will be different every time… it’s the nature of this type of project. As you can see, even I couldn’t get it to be the same every time. :)

  17. Dawn B, 06 March, 2015

    I must admit, I’m a jar hoarder. I have a gazillion different jars in my clay room. Hubby is always finding empty jars in the sink or dishwasher and asks, “do you want to keep this?” and I always say, “Yeah, I thought I’d try to cover it.” Now I have the PCT techniques to actually try it! Thank you! Poor Hubby, he’s probably afraid I’m going to start buying weird stuff just because it comes in cool looking jars. LOL!

    I’ve also been meaning to give a big shout out to Team Lietz on your videos. They are so professional. I put them on full screen and they’re so clear and detailed. Even down to Cindy’s shirt fabric. :-)

  18. Cindy Lietz, 06 March, 2015

    Thank you Dawn! Geez, I shudder at the thought of being on your big screen! The jars would be perfect for this kind of project. Have fun with the tutorial!

  19. Susan H, 07 March, 2015

    I’ve covered 2 cooking utensil handles that are wood. I used a textured sheet and then used acrylic paint to highlight the texture. I did not sand. I can’t remember if I put a finish on them (sorry) but they are more of a matt finish. I use them all the time and put them in the dishwasher. I have had no problems and it’s been about a year now. I covered them because they were old and all the finish had come off the handles. They look like new now.

  20. Cindy Lietz, 07 March, 2015

    Wow Susan that is impressive! I would not have thought they would fair well. Thanks for sharing your results!

  21. Vivian B, 07 March, 2015

    Hi Cindy, Thank you so much for what you do. You are a great teacher and you keep polymer clay fun for me !!!

  22. Natalie Herbin, 08 March, 2015

    Hi Cindy
    I can’t believe how well timed this video was. I have been covering… Not completely.. What we can Nerot candles holders that we put our Shabbat candles in on Friday night .. The candle melts down to a clear liquid and Los great with the wrapped PC I have pictures of it but can never for ire it how to post it to you. I’ve done mini salt and pepper shakers and they sell very nicely with matching candle stick holders. Than Khoi for explaining about Not puting the translucent clay ones in an ice bath.. Ove the fire and ice technique… Gong t make s set of candles stick holders with just the ice since the Jewish colors or blue and white..
    Big question I bought the Lisa Pavelke’s crafting foil a while ago when I got a great price.. Can I use that on top of the white translucent without usng the Mokume technique? Have you done any vidoes using their product in the past!?
    Oh , now that I live in Florida I joined the Southeast Flroida PC Guild … Unfortunately some of the meetng conflict with my stain glass class… Having do much fun down here.. No snow!!????????.. Hope to be able to do some mix media with stain glass and pc.. Any tutorial coming down the pipe line using these two techniques?
    Thanks stan for all Your inspirational videos and pc tips
    Natalie Herbin Aka safti

  23. Doreen N, 08 March, 2015

    This is my first full tutorial, as I just joined the paid members set. I paid for a set of tutorials earlier, to get a specific back volume, and that prompted me to join up. Amazing how many people say “This was so timely …” It is for me also, as I have been experimenting with covering glass votive holders. I like what I have done so far, but this is going to take it a step further!

    Also, the Renaissance Wax looks like a brilliant product. I have been looking for something other than varnish for some of my pieces, and this could be the answer.

    Thanks SO MUCH, Cindy! This Fire and Ice concept is sparking my brain to look at other colour combinations also.

  24. Karen Kann, 10 March, 2015

    Welcome Doreen N! You will learn LOADS here. The forums are friendly and helpful and Cindy’s videos are outstanding. She’s always very thorough and explains things well. Also props to Doug for all the behind-the-scenes work! Have fun Doreen N!

  25. Peg Carter, 24 March, 2015

    Doreen, I hardly use anything else for my pieces. Renaissance Wax is the easiest and the best. Luckily for me. I bought it before I invested in too many finishes because I gave away the other thing I bought

  26. Karonkay, 08 March, 2015

    Going to try this today. Went and purchased shakers yesterday. Mine are different than typical but think they will work out well. Mine will be the ice as you have done. But am wanting to use fire cane I had to make at Christmas for special order spider… It was for a fireman , they wanted him to look like fire.
    Love the ice cane you have made here I hope mine works out as well as yours . Thanks for your hard work on these . I appreciate all the time you and Doug put in for us. Hugs .

  27. Karonkay, 08 March, 2015

    OMG , OMG. Cindy this is soooo so beautiful. I love the results. My ice shaker is gorgeous! Oh my goodness how beautiful. This is going to be a favorite . I love it.

    Lol I must tell you that my shaker was a failure . I said they were different but they would work. Well not so much. The tops are yellow and green. The yellow may work out but the other …. Oh dear. Yellow top does not do it justice. And decided to do your fire . I love the blue so much want to try the red ,

    I can totally see this as votive candles it would be so pretty with the glow of the candle through the translucent . Thanks again for a technique we can use in so many ways.

    And you solved another issue for me. So great job reading my mind from so far away and coming up with the solution once again.

  28. Natalie Herbin, 08 March, 2015

    Please excuse my spelling errors … I was typing on. My iPhone and it hard to hit the correct keys… Now I’m using hubby’s iPad and I can see what I’m typing much better.
    Thanks for all you great tuts over that past. 4 years.. Can’t believe that I have been doing PC Wor kthat long and with your great tutorials I can see how far I have come… Thank you from the bottom of my heart .. The thanks goes to Dough too!!!

  29. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2015

    You are so very welcome Natalie! Thank you very much for being such a involved member. It has been a pleasure having you with us for all these years!

  30. Jocelyn C, 08 March, 2015

    Love this tute. Tried the ice…perfect. Tried the fire…..ummm, not the same as your first shaker. Has anyone tried any tips or techniques that gets the fire closer to the fire shown in the first shaker? Love it if you would share any modifications to get the same effect.

    Cannot wait to overhaul all the metal cutlery since I hate my wedding pattern. Then on to the rest of the metal kitchen aids. Your color palettes will be invaluable here. So excited. Might even do my toothbrush, heehee.

  31. Karonkay, 08 March, 2015

    I loved the ice as well. Lol my fire Well.. Not so perfect. My shakers are round so it looks a lot like a giant tangerine…. Gonna have another go at it tomorrow. Glad your ice came out well too

  32. Jocelyn C, 09 March, 2015

    Great to see you back, Karon. Maybe yours is the “Ring of Fire” per the country song? Hee hee?

  33. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2015

    That sounds cute Karon. Like I said to Jocelyn, you could try doing more layers before doing the flame part… that might make the flames look more vertical rather than like coals.

  34. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2015

    Hi Jocelyn, you could try stacking the layers a few more times before pressing in the flames… that might help.

  35. Jocelyn C, 24 March, 2015

    Thanks Cindy, all set up for another go after the living room/studio is cleaned top to bottom to prepare for inspection.

  36. Jocelyn C, 02 April, 2015

    OOOOOoooooo, just finished test 3 with all of the advise in this thread. I see a roaring fire!!!! Thanks to all!!!!

  37. Kim K, 13 March, 2015

    Hi Cindy, I just watched your Fire & Ice Utensils videos… Love it! I have so many ideas for this technique. I was thinking of putting them on Christmas ornaments. Thank you for all the videos and tips. Keep up the hard work!

    Best Wishes.

  38. Marion Rayner, 20 March, 2015

    Hi Cindy – Just returned from vacation in St Lucia – first thing I did was check in to the video I missed at start of March. I was stunned, because as we were waiting at the airport to leave I saw an advert for a fabulous semi-precious stone called ‘Larimar’ and it is so like your ice tutorial that I am very keen to try this out. I took a couple of photos but don’t know how to send to you, if you’d like to see them let me know. This would make a fantastic PS to your gorgeous tutorial. Thanks once again Cindy, you’re always on the ball!

  39. Cindy Lietz, 24 March, 2015

    You can just email me those photos Marion. They sound like a lovely stone to try and recreate!

  40. Patty Moran, 23 March, 2015

    Hi Cindy, wondering if you have or know where I can get a tutorial for cornflowers. I have been asked to make some for a charity and am having a hard time with design technique.

    I am not a member but can purchase one time.

    Thank you, Patty

  41. Jocelyn C, 23 March, 2015

    Hi Patty, trying to help Cindy out.

    If you Google “polymer clay cornflower tutorials” on, several come up. I looked at the Images first, then clicked on the pics, which brought me to the tutes.

    Let us know which one you choose, and please share pics!

    Hope this helps, all best!

  42. Patty Moran, 25 March, 2015

    Thank you so much. Will be checking this out soon as I have been asked to do 5000 cornflowers for ALS/MND.

    Thanks again, Patty

  43. Jocelyn C, 02 April, 2015

    Patty, would you share a link to where the cornflowers you complete will be displayed? Your name is here, so just give a site, and I can search from there. Dying to see what you come up with, really!

  44. Patty Moran, 02 April, 2015

    Hi, they won’t be displayed until about June and that will be in Kew Park in London. I’d be happy to email you a picture of the design that was selected.

  45. Doreen N, 24 March, 2015

    Cindy and members,
    I wonder if you have a method of figuring out approximately how much of a colour you need to mix for a project, or have you just done it for so long that you can eyeball it? I don’t like mixing twice as much colour as I need, because I am two hours from the nearest supply and if it is a colour that they don’t carry, then I have to mail order it.

  46. Jocelyn C, 02 April, 2015

    Hi Doreen!

    I can sum it up in three words, experiment, small sample pretest, and teardrop blend test.

    If you search “color mixing” here, you will find a plethora of free information in blogs, videos, tutes, and in the members’ commentary back in each.

    Also, Cindy provides free color recipies, so if you just want to go and play without the headache, use them.

    All best, good luck!

  47. Doreen N, 03 April, 2015

    Sorry, I guess I didn’t make my question very clear.

    Rather than how much of each colour to put into a mix, I was actually trying to ask “I am trying to cover a votive this size, how much total clay will I need to mix up to make sure I have enough without going overboard?” I seem to either make so much that I have leftovers of it for the next year, or not enough and I have to mix more. :)

  48. Cindy Lietz, 04 April, 2015

    One little trick you can do Doreen is take a new block of clay and cut 1 section off it and roll it out to the thickness you plan to use and see if that piece will make a large enough piece for your project. If not take two pieces… etc. etc. Then when you’re mixing your clay, measure the amount up against a block of clay to see if you have approximately the right amount. Usually for each project I teach I will give you the approximate amounts you’ll need for that particular project. If you are doing something else with it… you’ll have to adjust your amounts accordingly.

  49. Jocelyn C, 03 April, 2015

    LOL, Doreen. Or, I did not glean your intent. Watch the video. What Cindy makes is enough for two shakers of each. That way, you get one set for you, and one set for a dearly beloved. Have fun and all best…..

  50. Jocelyn C, 04 April, 2015

    Also, compare the size of the votive to the shaker. Lots more coverage if you will use tea lites and do inside and out. Also if you do the bottom and lip area. If you are just doing a circle around the votive exteriorly, then what Cindy shows as amount in the video should be enough for one votive with mistakes.

    If you are good, and watch her new video lesson this week, she teaches some awesome stretching, so you could potentially get two votives. Thinking the votive glass is the standard Catholic Church model.

  51. Cindy Lietz, 04 April, 2015

    Great points Jocelyn!

  52. Katy Alexis, 15 January, 2016

    Oh man this is neat! I didn’t use the Fire and Ice technique because those canes that I made sort of had issues and became torpedo beads. But I made this other sheet of clay that was another mistake but really beautiful but thin, and I knew if I continued to roll it out or double up layers I would lose the pattern I had so I decided to use it to cover a little glass spice jar I got. I just love the look! It’s not as smooth as I would like. Apparently I had some little air bubbles in there that I couldn’t see, but after sanding and buffing I was still able to get a decent sheen. Haven’t a clue what I would use a spice jar for, but maybe I’ll send it to my sister or give it to a friend. I think the quality might actually be decent enough for a nice gift!

  53. Cindy Lietz, 16 January, 2016

    Hi Katy, your spice jar turned out fantastic! Doesn’t matter one bit how you got there… mistakes or not… when something is pretty, that is the perfect time to stop! Great job! You are just blasting through the tutorials. You must be a great inspiration to the others around here. You are to me!

  54. Katy Alexis, 16 January, 2016

    Thank you so much Cindy! I’ve decided I’m really in love with this little spice jar and even if it stays empty I don’t know if I’ll be able to give it away. Luckily there’s no way I’ll be able to stop making them so I’ll have more to give away soon I’m sure.

    I hope I do inspire someone, that would be great. I really want to see more of the work other people are doing based on these tutorials! It’s so fun to see what everyone else creates. I’m still being a bit of a chicken about the orchid tutorial and the fuchsia tutorial. I think because those things look so realistic I’m afraid that mine won’t or something… I’ve just got to jump into it one of these days.

    I got my delivery from rings & things so I’m completely distracted by that right now. :D Anyone else get that crazy high giddy feeling when a package full of goodies comes in the mail just waiting for creative hands to put them to good use? Chrissy also reminded me about where to find the little pyramids for my tumbler and those arrived yesterday so I’ve got a load of beads going now which is really exciting.

    So much going on, so much to do! And yet I still think I want to buy another back dated tutorial because I just can’t get enough of these. You just do such a fantastic job teaching! Thank you so SO much for sharing what you know!

  55. Cindy Lietz, 17 January, 2016

    :) Thank YOU so much!

  56. Karen Kann, 18 January, 2016

    Katy, I get all giddy inside when I have a package of goodies on the way, too! I bought a ginormous one from Fire Mountain years ago and my husband has the best pictures of me with it. One holding it up like Santa’s bag full of toys, and one with me and all the goodies taken out and spread out so I can get a “good look”.
    :-D. It is quite fun, isn’t it?!

  57. Katy Alexis, 19 January, 2016

    Oh yes! I *try* not to spend too much on my crafting goodies, but when I do, I tend to go a bit overboard. Luckily some of the places like Fire Mountain and rings and things will offer a greater discount when I go overboard, so that’s great, but it does make it even easier to get carried away. Regardless of the guilt from spending, that feeling of opening a box full of goodies is absolutely amazing! A feeling I will be experiencing again shortly because I placed another order! More bracelet blanks and barrettes on the way! (The bills can wait, right?) A couple of years ago I got a big order from dollar beads and I did the same thing taking a picture of all my goodies in the box and then spread out. It was so much fun!

  58. Sharon R, 20 August, 2016

    Looking forward to starting the Fire n’Ice project but need to gather materials. I’m wondering if I really want to order the wax. Would my glossy polyurethane be just as good?

  59. Cindy Lietz, 24 August, 2016

    Sure SHaron you can use whatever finish you prefer. Just make sure that you do a nice job on the sanding before putting on the polyurethane… it will give a much nicer final result if you do.

  60. Susan Smart, 01 November, 2016


    Have you ever used these types of methods on bisque ceramics? I just received a yarn bowl from a friend and instead of painting it with acrylics, I thought of a thin application of polymer clay.


  61. Cindy Lietz, 03 November, 2016

    Hi Susan, are bisque ceramics the raw ceramics that still need to be fired? Or are they already fired and just a specific type of ceramics? I am not very familiar with them. Although I haven’t done it yet myself, there are lots of people who bake polymer clay on ceramic teapots and such. Anything that can handle being in the oven at low temps are usually fine to bake polymer clay on. Of course if the ceramics need to be fired still, you wouldn’t want to add polymer clay to before they were cured… the polymer would just burn off and make a terrible mess! :)

  62. Susan Smart, 03 November, 2016

    Hi Cindy,

    These have had an initial firing. According to the directions, they may be glazed and re-fired, or painted with acrylic paints. I haven’t tested the yarn bowl, but I’m betting that it’s somewhat porous–will check on its bottom when I get home.

  63. Susan Smart, 03 November, 2016

    I checked my yarn bowl and it indeed absorbs water. Although it’s white, the feel and the way it absorbs reminds me of clay flower pots.

  64. Cindy Lietz, 04 November, 2016

    Hi Susan, although you will have to test it to be sure, you should have no problems baking on your yarn bowl. I would bake it first for a little while on it’s own, just to make sure that it is dry and hasn’t absorbed any moisture. The I would use liquid clay to adhere your raw clay to the bowl. Since it has already been fired once, it should be just fine being baked again with the polymer clay on it.

  65. Susan Smart, 05 November, 2016

    Thanks again Cindy. I stopped at Michael’s and picked up some unglazed terra cotta saucers to use as test pieces. I know that the ceramic isn’t the same but the saucers will give me something less expensive to play with and I’ll have some trinket trays when I’m done.

  66. Cindy Lietz, 07 November, 2016

    That is an excellent idea Susan! Let me know how it goes…

  67. Michelle Croutch, 15 October, 2020

    I need to know how you do the calculations of a decorative object from your home that is WAY bigger than you want to make a clay item of and create a earring finding size of it…..

  68. Cindy Lietz, 16 October, 2020

    Hi Michelle, I am not really sure what you’re asking. Are you talking about making something to scale? Like making a chair for a dollhouse or something? The easiest scale is 1:12 scale. Which means if something is 1 foot (12 inches) long in real life, then you would make it 1 twelfth in size or 1 inch in miniature. So if a real chair is 3 ft tall x 1 1/2 ft long x 1 1/2 ft wide… you would make your doll chair 3 inches tall x 1 1/2 inches long x 1 1/2 inches wide. Hope that helps!

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