Polymer Clay Supplies From Unlikely Places

Polymer Clay Supplies

Vid #009: Two Favorite Sources for me are the Kitchen Spice Rack and my Cleaning Solutions Cupboard:

Although you won’t find a craft supply shelf full of Premo! Sculpey or Fimo Classic in either of these two places (wouldn’t that be nice!), the kitchen is a great place to find a few items that will come in handy for you.

For example, Future Floor Polish is a commonly used household product that’s great for adding shiny and durable finishes to your polymer clay beads.

And old herbs or spices that have been sitting around for too long can be used as unique inclusions for one-of-a-kind fiber bead projects.

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The full version of the “Supplies From The Kitchen” preview video shown above, is included in my Polymer Clay Bead Making Fundamentals Course [SEE Video #9 of 39].

In this video I go through a list of very useful craft studio items sourced from the kitchen… and perhaps more importantly how to use them. Things like baby wipes for keeping your pasta machine performing perfectly; corn starch to eliminate fingerprints and to help make it easier to pierce holes through your beads; and much more. Not a typical list of items from a typical polymer clay supplier or retail craft store.

  1. Cindy Lietz, 25 April, 2008

    I’d love to hear what supplies you may be using that have been sourced from places other than typical polymer clay suppliers or craft stores…

    Cindy Lietz’s last blog post..Steampunk Fashion Jewelry and Polymer Clay

  2. Katina, 24 August, 2008

    I’ve used straws when I’ve needed different size holes in my beads.

    I’ve used “vegetable food release spray” (like Pam) in molds.

    What else is everyone using?

  3. Cindy Lietz, 26 August, 2008

    I wouldn’t use vegetable sprays. The surfactants can react funny with the clay. Cornstarch, water or ink are much better releases with polymer clay.

    The straw idea is a good one though Katina… Thanks for sharing it!

    Cindy Lietz’s last blog post..Premo Clay Flower Pendant Necklace Project with Vintage Glass Beads

  4. Jackie, 03 December, 2008

    Thank you so much, Cindy, for leaving me the info on my blog about removing sticky Krylon and using Future Floor Finish instead – I really appreciate your help (but I can’t say I look forward to the extra work the Krylon has caused me!) Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, too!

  5. Cindy Lietz, 03 December, 2008

    You’re very welcome Jackie! I’m glad I was able to help. Merry Christmas to you too!

  6. Jackie, 03 December, 2008

    Hi Cindy. I have one more question: how many coats of the floor wax does it take, and do you brush it on or could I dip things into it (like my wine charms)? Thanks!

  7. Cindy Lietz, 03 December, 2008

    Hi Jackie! The best thing to do is read the article I wrote about Future Floor Finish. Click on the link by my name to go straight there.

  8. Sharon Steenbergen, 29 April, 2014

    I have learned so much from you, and enjoy your presentations.
    I have started Polymer clay about 4 months ago, and have been through all kinds of clay but think premo works best for me. After I have conditioned, and leached, I put the flat clay in a note book using those plastic sheet protectors. They stay clean there. Might need conditioning again if it stays in those plastic protectors for a long time….. but….. I don’t mind that.

    My canes distort and smear with the softer clays. I really want to be in canes, and if you can figure what I am doing wrong causing them to distort I need to learn. I make beads.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 30 April, 2014

    Hi Sharon, thanks for the kind words. The things that will help are using firmer clay (leach it before making canes if you need to), put clay in fridge to firm up if warm, reduce canes slowly and use a sharp blade to avoid smearing.

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