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Polymer clay: Basic types

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Since the emergence of polymer clay on the light it's only been 50 years, but to date, modeling of this material has become a very popular hobby, and for the vast number of designers – professional activities. Just a few years ago to find polymer clay in Ukraine was a real problem, it had to order from Kiev or even from other States. Now, she herself can be purchased in almost any store for needlework or art show, along with the yarn for knitting the usual paints or embroidery floss.


Polymer clay: What is it?

Plastic (polymer clay) is plastic material used for molding different decorative items (souvenir sculptures, jewelry, dolls, floral arrangements, etc.).

According to the method of curing polymer clay are:

  • application of self-hardening;
  • Baked.

Air dry (aka application of self-hardening polymer clay) – plastic material for molding, which hardens in the air for a couple of days or hours (it depends directly on the size of the products). That polymer clay should be in a sealed package, since is strictly not permitted contact with air.

Now there are a couple of varieties and a huge number of brands of "air dry". Depending on the scope and composition of the application of self-hardening polymer clay can be divided into: heavy and light.

Bake polymer clay, in turn, happens:

  • With fillers (one that mimics natural stone or metal sequins);
  • Common (sold in bricks of various shades and colors, directly after firing, do not change color and has a matte surface);
  • Translucent (tinted or colorless, the first directly after firing changes the color saturation);
  • Liquid (in the form of colorless or white gel).

All varieties of baked clay already mixed in various proportions. The best option is to mix polymer clay 1st manufacturer, but also there are other options.

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Author: Artlife
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