Arts & Crafts : Explore Polymer Clay
Explore Creative Fun with Polymer Clay
Molding Creativity & Imagination!
See also: Pottery & Ceramics
Polymer clay is a fun, versatile sculpting medium that can be used to make a variety of crafts, jewelry, and artistic character sculptures. Polymer clay is different from other types of modeling clay in that it can be baked in your home oven at a low temperature, which then hardens and cures your creative creations so they'll be around indefinitely!
Are you looking for more information on this flexible artistic medium or easy to intermediate clay projects and other fun things to make with clay? If so, Creativity Portal's polymer clay section will educate, motivate, and point you to recommended resources with free polymer clay projects, step-by-step tutorials, tips, and other useful information.
Polymer Clay Articles
What is Polymer Clay?
By Chris Dunmire
What is this plastic-like clay, what can you do with it, and how does it differ from other clays like non-hardening modeling clay and Play Doh?
Interview with Joshua Burkhardt, Young Polymer Clay Artist
By Chris Dunmire
Meet Joshua Burkhardt, an eleven year-old clay artist and entrepreneur from Florida, USA. Since the age of nine Joshua has been creating professional looking clay sculptures for friends and family.
Polymer Clay How-to Resources
Sculpey Clay Projects
A definitive resourceful full of free downloadable polymer and eraser clay projects, color charts and clay mixing (to make new colors) instructions, and safety information. Enter Sculpey 101 to learn common clay techniques to make your projects look like the pros!
Joshua's Clay Creations Spotlight
Offers free polymer clay tips and projects with step-by-step instructions. Includes snow babies, a ladybug plant stake, a clown, a rabbit, lamb, dragon, cat, tree frog, and magnet.
Kellie's Klay Spotlight
Offers free lessons for polymer clay projects. Includes satin swirl egg, blended filigree egg, mini mokume gane, Altoid tin covering, mobius beads, buna cord bead and loop, and information for attaching pin backs to polymer clay jewelry.
Michaels Artist's Studio Education helps you learn about modern clay and modeling materials and the basic two types: hardening and non-hardening. Discusses the features and benefits of each, major brand names available, and a glossary of terms to help you better understand these fine art mediums and how to use them.
A fun and creative clay site teaching you how to model with Fimo and Creall-therm. Includes detailed photos, how-to information, and projects. For kids from 8-88!
Free Projects at Poly Clay Play
A fun site for learning all about "playing" with clay! Includes a free polymer clay tips and projects section to sample their creative offerings, and with your paid membership you get fun tutorials for techniques and projects every month.
Play Creation Kid's Projects
Creative projects created with polymer clay, recycled materials, magnets, containers, toy globe, film stool, ice cream sticks, straws, plastic bottle, and wires. Free projects include scuba diver, dancing ghost, working/exploding volcano, submarine, spacecraft, snowman snowglobe, habitat for ants, and teddy bear.
The Polymer Clayspot
Learn the basics of working with polymer clay, polymer clay techniques, and frequently asked questions about polymer clay. Includes how to make polymer clay look like carved, polished, and roughly-textured stone, petaled roses, and faux turquoise.
Poly's Clay Castle
A safe place for children (and adults!) to learn about polymer clay and find new and fun projects to make. Includes lots of free lessons and tutorials, FAQs, message board, and community.
Abnormal Arts: How to Make Polymer Clay Beads
A two-part illustrated tutorial for chunky and roll-up polymer clay beads by Cindy Phillips.
Polymer Clay Coasters
Learn how to make polymer clay coasters for your coffee cups! Includes a step-by-step tutorial of the tools, materials, and methods for creating polymer clay coffee coasters.
Cindy's Art & Soul
Free polymer clay lessons. Including how to create a complex millefiori flower cane, a bowl with a fitted lid and unique end caps for your jewelry projects. Polymer clay, jewelry, beads, millefiori cane.
Kellie's Klay: Free Polymer Clay Lessons
Polymer Clay is one of the most exciting, versatile, colorful artist's medium today. It is a plastic based clay, made up of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) suspended in a plasticizer. When cured, it fuses into a very hard plastic. What makes Polymer Clay exciting is its versatility. It can be sculpted, carved, stamped, textured, and even sanded and buffed to a high shine.
Kellie Robinson discovered Polymer Clay in 1996. She was unable to find much information, and struggled for almost 3 years. In 1999 she got online for the first time, and was thrilled to see how much information on Polymer Clay was now available to her. She found the teaching site, Polymer Clay Central, and her work progressed rapidly. Kellie is an assistant manager at Polymer Clay Central now, and volunteers many hours to help others learn about the joys of Polymer Clay.
Kellie learned quickly thanks to the generosity of the online clay community. She returns this generosity by offering free lessons on her own site. In addition to the lessons Kellie has done, she also has an extensive tutorial links page, with over 200 links to other free Polymer Clay lessons. Visit Kellie's Klay