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Posted on September 22, 2016 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks by Katie Oskin
There are lots of options for a polymer clay work surface. Which one should you use and why should you use it? Here’s the polymer clay work surface that I use and the reasons why a marble tile is my choice.
There are many options for polymer clay artists regarding which work surface they may choose to work on. Opinions on polymer clay work surfaces are varied and rightfully so. Every person has a preference and a reason why they choose to work on the surface that they do. When I was first using clay I worked on a wooden table with a self-healing mat and a piece of copy paper on top of it. After about 2 years of claying, I needed something more rugged, sturdier, and something that could work easily for a sculptor. I had read a lot about using ceramic tiles as work surfaces and while I baked on them, it was not my ideal choice for sculpting. It was then that I arrived at my favorite polymer clay work surface, a marble tile.
I use a marble tile for one main reason. As a sculptor, polymer clay can sometimes get too soft and mushy when you have been working for a long time. If the figurine or sculpture I am working on is small, this is generally not a problem. But if I am spending hours at my table, I want something that will naturally stay cool and not warm up to the temperature of the clay or my body heat. It was then that I arrived at the marble tile to use as my polymer clay work surface. I know that I’m NOT the first person to work on marble, nor will I be the last.
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