Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners: Inspiration, techniques, and simple step-by-step projects for making art with polymer clay by Emily ChenStart making beautiful crafts from polymer clay! Art Makers: Polymer Clay for Beginners is your guide to this fun, easy kiln-free craft.
Polymer Clay for Beginners introduces artists, art hobbyists, and polymer clay enthusiasts to this versatile, accessible medium. Because polymer clay does not require the use of a kiln and needs only baking in the oven, it is an easy, approachable art form for even the most inexperienced artist to learn.
Professional artist and experienced author Emily Chen demonstrates how to make adorable animal figurines, flowers, cookies, cakes, beads, and more through easy, step-by-step projects. Each project features colorful, styled photographs demonstrating how finished pieces can be used, displayed, and gifted. A comprehensive tools and materials section and detailed information on techniques, baking, and glazing guide artists in their quest to become polymer clay pros.
A modern approach to sculpture art, polymer clay is the perfect choice for beginners and crafting enthusiasts.
10 Unique Air Dry Clay Project Ideas
Polymer clay is ideal for making a variety of tiny treasures including dollhouse miniatures, fairy garden accessories, and jewelry charms. If you ready to dive in and made something, this DIY fairy pond lily pad tutorial is a good beginner project. The possibilities really are unlimited: fairy garden accessories, tiny cookies and cupcakes, favourite video game or book characters—or create your own, animals, insects, flowers, dishes, and so on. They are perfect for necklaces, bracelets, and keychains. You can make things as simplistic or realistic as you like.
We love using air dry clay, but find it is something that many people shy away from. Yet air dry clay is inexpensive when not buying branded clay and versatile and there are so many wonderful things you can make. You mainly get air drying clay in brown or grey. But there are also some great but more expensive white clay versions. I highly recommend going back to basics and learning to use traditional grey or brown clay with the kids. It is indeed a learning process, and no doubt mistakes and falling apart projects will be made, but that is what art projects are all about, right? Super popular clay projects are of course air drying clay bowls.
Beautiful Pottery Without a Kiln
When the idea of laying out newspaper for yet another rainy day painting session makes you shudder, try other art projects. Modeling clay helps kids improve fine motor skills. If your toddler or preschooler is especially tactile, he will enjoy clay projects even more than painting projects. As a bonus, letting your preschooler make cute things out of modeling clay means you have handmade gifts for upcoming holidays and birthdays, if you use air-drying clay. Modeling clay is a little more difficult to manipulate than any play dough your preschooler is used to playing with -- so start with a simple project. To make clay snowmen, for example, your little one can make three balls out of white clay. Show your child how to flatten the bottom of the largest ball so that it will stay put.
Clay is a fantastic medium for crafts, sculpture, jewelry, home decor, and more, for both kids and adults. This roundup covers the easiest clay projects you can make, those with air-dry clay. The clay needs to be worked a bit to make it malleable. It is baked at a low temperature until firm to set your piece permanently. You can then paint your craft. Polymer clay crafts do not need to be sealed. Popular brands include: Kato , Sculpey , and Fimo.
You must be logged in to add a private note. Login Register. We are adding the craft to your Craft Projects. Click here to view your Craft Projects. You must be logged in to save a project. In the old days, you might remember creating shapes, characters and even "food" out of Play Doh. As you grew up, you might have moved on to modeling clay.