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One of the questions that I receive more often than not is what kind of polymer clay tools that I use in my studio. The honest truth is, I have so many that I honestly don’t know where to start … so you will get several different “polymer clay tools” posts so that you can learn what you might like, based on what I like. The truth is that what tool I use depends on what I’m working on as to what tool I use. This being said, I will give you a brief synopsis of the tools that I use everyday or almost every day and let you know what I think of them. So … let’s see what polymer clay tools I use, shall we?
POLYMER CLAY TOOLS GALORE
Isn’t that a great picture? This was a Christmas present from my Mom, it’s a Pampered Chef Bamboo Utensil Caddy for your kitchen. Who needs it in the kitchen? The studio – yep, that’s exactly where it goes. There are tons of little daily tools in here, but today I’m going to discuss my favorite polymer clay tools that I use on a daily or very regular basis.
The Pasta Machine
I don’t do much conditioning of my clay by hand, I do 90% of my clay conditioning through my pasta machine. I have an Atlas 150 and it is the BEST pasta machine that I have ever had! I use my pasta machine for conditioning, blending, and so much more. This is definitely a must have (in my opinion) if you are going to be doing a lot of claying. However, it is NOT a requirement if you are a sculptor (like me) as most of our creations do not need a pasta machine.
EDIT: I have upgraded to a LC Machine and it is by far better, but not necessary for a hobbyist clayer. Please read the review here.
The first time I told my husband that I call these my “dotters” he thought I said “daughters.” Alas, this is where the written word proves more powerful. I use these embossing tools for everything! I use them to smooth clay seams, add detail, and even to pick up clay from my work surface and put it on my piece. The set you see at right is a variegated size set. I have 3 different sized “dotters” that I use for different projects. I literally could NOT get through a day in my studio without reaching for my polymer clay embossing tools. If you have never tried these, it would be a great help to you! I promise.
Thanks for joining me today,
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6 thoughts on “Polymer Clay Tools You Might Want to Get to Know”
Hi dear, please let me know if the pasta machine will work on air dry clay. Disabled senior with shoulders that just cannot handle a rolling pin. Thank you!
Hi Patricia, yes, it should work just fine. However, I would place your clay between deli paper or waxed paper or it will stick to the rollers very badly.
I actually bought two sets of dotters this year. I got one for the grandkids to play with so they aren’t constantly taking that one I need NOW. 🙂 Then I got an acrylic set similar to your for myself. I love the one in ‘my’ set that has an angled tip. I honestly don’t know how I made it a full year and a half without them! Thanks for sharing. Oh, and I got the Makins pasta machine/clay conditioner over a year ago and it’s done well, but I may need to get a new one this year as I’ve noticed the gears feeling a bit loose recently. Probably due to letting the same grandgirls use it wrong. I need my own. 🙂
A needle tool and this pointy-tipped tiny foam paintbrush. It’s actually made to paint faces on dolls, but I use it as a blending tool. Works great! Oh, and my x-acto knife. Can’t live without those three.
Thanks for this post, love hearing what tools are your favorites, and what ones you use the most! One of my favorite tools to use when sculpting is a knitting needle! I couldn’t be in my studio without it! 🙂