How to Keep Your Precious Creations from Burning & Cracking

How To Keep Your Polymer Clay Creation from Burning or Cracking by KatersAcres

How To Keep Your Polymer Clay Creation from Burning or Cracking by KatersAcresThere is truly nothing that makes me more sad and angry than spending hours making something gorgeous only for it to burn & or crack.  This is horribly frustrating for every polymer clay artist.  Today I’m going to give you my best hints, tips, & tricks to preventing this.  We’re going to go back to basics and learn how to bake polymer clay.

In my opinion, cracking objects is often worse than burning objects.  Objects that are burned can often be covered or disguised by antiquing, covering in a paint medium, using Perfect Pearls, or even Swellegant‘s line of products by Christi Friesen.  However, when a project cracks, there is not a lot that you can do.

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HELP: My Polymer Clay is Rock Hard

Hard Clay Questions Answered on KatersAcres Blog

Yes, I Will Help You

Your Questions Answered

[dropcap]I[/dropcap] have recently been receiving several questions sent to me privately from some of my readers.  I try to answer all questions as quickly as they come in.  Feel free to ask me a question anytime and I will answer it directly or here on the blog.

Since this is the first time I have reposted an email that has come to me, I thought it best not to use the name of the person who sent the email.  For this reason, I have “named” the letter and the person who wrote to me in the letter.

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How to Clean Your Studio in 15 Minutes

A Guide on How to Clean Your Polymer Clay Studio in Less Than 15 Minutes on KatersAcres Blog

Polymer Clay Studio Cleaning Tutorial

A Guide on How to Clean Your Polymer Clay Studio in Less Than 15 Minutes on KatersAcres Blog

There are a LOT of things that I love about having my own studio in a separate area from the every day areas of my house.  One of which is that I can shut the door (and even lock it if I want to)…and come back whenever I want.  But here’s the neurotic part of me…I like my studio clean.  In fact on any given day, my studio is cleaner than the rest of my house.  Why? Because that’s the way I like it! How? In less than 15 minutes I can clean the whole thing.  Read how to clean your studio in 15 minutes or less too…

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Polymer Clay Tip: Using a Heat Embossing Tool

On Tuesdays, I love to bring you a little polymer clay tidbit, tip, or trick.  Today is no different.  I’m going to be sharing with you how to use a Heat Embossing Tool with polymer clay.  This versatile tool finds its home in scrapbookers & card makers closets.  But as clayers, we share with a variety of arts, crafts, and mediums…and therefore…we stole this tool and claimed it as our own too.

 

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Spot Free Polymer Clay CAN Be Achieved

KatersAcres Polymer Clay Studio Working Area

KatersAcres Polymer Clay Studio Working Area

Working With Polymer Clay

I recently received an email from someone whose work I admire greatly.  She asked me how I kept my Parker colors so crisp and untainted from the other colors of clay.  I do have a “secret” method to keeping my polymer clay colors from mixing together that I will share with you today.  Working with polymer clay is always fun…but can often be frustrating too. In all honesty though, the “secret” is no secret at all…

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Tutorial: Cut Millefiori Canes Like a Pro

Cut Perfect Millefiori Cane Slices with this Quick Tutorial from Kater's Acres

One of the hardest things to do is to cut a cane in an even, thin slice, without any drag.  When I first began working with polymer clay millefiori canes, both raw & baked, I had the hardest time cutting them in thin, even slices.  One side would always be thicker than the other or I’d adjust my blade halfway through the slice and create very unpleasant “drag marks” on the sliced piece of cane.  After several years, I got smart and solved my problem…

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Tools of the Trade

Polymer Clay Tools with Parker by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Tools from Every Department!

Polymer Clay Tools with Parker by KatersAcresMy tip for you today is a reminder of what you can use when working with polymer clay.  Working with polymer clay takes time, energy, and is the best reason to dig into every other craft & hobby out there!  My husband said to me one day while wading through every single aisle in my local Pat Catan’s, “why can’t you just crochet or something?”  I laughed because I knew exactly what he meant.  What he meant was that there’s a clay/sculpting aisle and we go down it to shop, but then I hit up the stamp section, knitting section, button & sewing aisles, plus the flower section, baking/cooking section, jewelry section, and eventually end up in the paints with a final trip through the clay aisle again (just in case I missed something).  What is it about clayers that makes this happen?
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Rubbing Alcohol & Using It to Clean Your Hands

Get Rid of Clay Pigment Stains for Good by KatersAcres

Colorfast? Not really.

Get Rid of Clay Pigment Stains for Good by KatersAcresHave you ever sat down to to clay and accidentally mixed your colors?  I don’t mean mixing your colors on purpose either.  Last week I had just finished an entire batch of Parker characters.  My hands were stained yellow from the pigments in the clay.  So I did my usual, washed my hands and used baby wipes.  Well….that didn’t do the job apparently.  So here’s my polymer clay tip for the week.
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Hard Clay Blending Technique

Easy Blend Polymer Clay Technique by KatersAcres

Easy Blend Polymer Clay Technique by KatersAcres

Hard Clay? No Problem!

My Easy Blending Polymer Clay Tip No Special Tools Required

One of the things that every clayer struggles with at times is rock hard clay.  Clay that does nothing but snap, break, and never get soft.  The easiest answer to this problem is a food processor.  But, you may not have a food processor and that’s okay.

Today’s polymer clay tip will show you how to become friends with your clay, warm it up, soften it, make it malleable again, and even blend it to perfect.  In fact, with this easy polymer clay tip, you don’t need any special tools or machines.  You only need your hands, clay blade, acrylic roller and pasta machine.

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Floss Box Clay Storage Solution

Polymer Clay Storage Solutions by KatersAcres

Polymer Clay Storage Solutions by KatersAcres

Clay storage is a challenge for any clayer, especially when 80% of clayers are working in a space the size of a closet. One of the hardest things about having a small studio is having adequate space to store things in, especially blocks, more blocks, and pounds of clay.  This is especially hard for me, a clayer, who may need multiple brands of clay, custom blends, inclusions, etc.  Today I’m going to share with you how I store my opened packs of polymer clay, the clay that is constantly being used.
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Using Lotion with Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay Tip - Use Lotion First from KatersAcres

Using Lotion with Polymer Clay

Polymer Clay Tip - Use Lotion First from KatersAcres

POLYMER CLAY TIP OF THE DAY

Haven’t you ever noticed how after claying all day (or part of the day) your hands are dried out, your cuticles begin to tear, and you get a large amount of hangnails?  This is because the clay (though non-toxic and gentle) takes the moisture that is in your hands and absorbs it…all of it.
This being said, there are several things that I have on my studio table at all times.

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Repurpose X-acto Blades Using Scrap Polymer Clay

 Repurpose X-acto Blades Into a Great New Tool

Repurpose x-acto blades? Absolutely you can do that! This simple and quick tip had a huge response in last week’s email, twitter, & even on FaceBook.  It was shared, retweeted, and commented on more times that any previous tip I had posted. So today I will show you how you can take that old, grungy, and slightly beat up old cutting blade and repurpose x-acto blades into something more useful.

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10 Polymer Clay Tips & Tricks

Polymer Clay Tips from KatersAcres

As with all things in life, we pick some things up and get good at them…and yet with other things we need help.  I am a 100% self taught polymer clay artist.  I have never taken a class on sculpting, pottery, drawing or anything else.  I have purchased several polymer clay books and use several very religiously.  But over the past 3 years, I have learned many things about working with polymer clay.  Today I will share with you 10 hints, tips, & tricks for working with polymer clay that you may not already know.

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