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Polymer Clay Supplies//Tools on a Budget

Journal Entry: Thu May 19, 2011, 1:39 PM

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When it comes to Polymer clay bugeting and saving money is always nice ecspecially when you sell pieces.
You not only go through clay but supplies quickly and some supplies are online only find.
So in this journal entry I'll be helping with bugeting and finding cheap tools,and some techiques to help you with your clay pieces.

Now I have done a  previous journal of Bugeting with Polymer Clay,but this one is alittle more in depth.

:heart: Tools:

~~Tools,are a BIG part when it comes to polymer clay,there's only so much you can do with your hands.
Now if you do have extra cash,etsy money put aside I would HIGHLY recommend in investing in the Sculpey Tool Kit.
Its green and black and has all your tools you need. It has my favorite the needle tool :)
Which is great for texturing cakes.

~~~A acrylic roller,Now the sculpey tool kit does come with a roller but I find the acrylic better,since its thicker. And just seems to smoooth out clay
in such ease.

~~~PASTA MACHINE!! Now I went quite sometime without a pasta machine and didn't think it was really necessary.
But OMG! its totally worth it.making even cake layers,psh in seconds!!! Making fondant to cover your cakes/strawberries etc.
In seconds! Skin blending techinques a breeze. There are so many great way to use a pasta machine The best use EVER!!! though
it warms the clay up for you without you having aching hands!!
Since Ive worked with polymer clay my hands can ache very easily,Touching cold food is hard for me now.
So that is a MAJOR plus!!!

~~Firm paint brush: Now I know that sounds weird,but let me try to explain.if you go into the paint isle with the paint brushes.You're looking for paintbrush that has rough bristles,where you can pat it on your hand and they don't budge! This paintbrush will be your texture brush for cookies,avacado skin,bread. many things!

~~~Razorblades,Finally something thats not pricey! Now I personally don't use razorblades.The hubby worries since Im clumsy :P
SO I bought me a cane slicing blade.which is like a razorblade but its longer. Its obvious what a blade is for. Getting those nice smooth cuts.

~~~Toothpicks and Scewers: Im sure I spelt that wrong but what the hey!
Toothpicks are great for helping you texture caes and putting holes in pieces as well as putting acrlyic paint on your pieces for kawaii items.
scewers are great for the same things they're just thicker.

This is all I can think of for now.IF I think of anything or you have a favorite tool please comment :)~~~~~


I'm a sucker for supplies! I love to buy bunches of them! And just cant seem to get enough!
I also make my own supplies such as some canes,molds,sprinkles.

~~~~MOLDS: I've heard many P.C artists that they don't like molds or find them as cheating.
I personally don't think so,I think if its something hard to make or you want to make a bunch at once.
Then what the hey! I do buy molds here and there when I have the extra cash or can't find the charm/item they made the mold with.
But they are abit pricey.even cheap ones are like $4 and thas without shipping.
SO I found Amazing mold putty and made MANY molds for myself,of things I wanted :)
Its $20 for the putty but you can make way more then $20 worth of molds with it.
I would buy this on Hobby for I bought it on ebay for a dollar less but the only seller who sells it on there takes longer
then there shipping said. It took over 3 weeks to get to me coming from Texas....SO yeah...

~~~~Canes: Now I love buying canes!!! I buy them off ebay and Etsy.I buy strawberry,pizza mix and kawaii bear etc ones of etsy.
I like the strawberries on etsy more then ebay.
On ebay I buy the 100 random canes for $4.00 it takes about 3 weeks to get to you but its totally worth the wait for that price,some even include a free cane slicing blade. If you would like a link to some of the ebay listings/people I buy from just comment below!!

I also make my own canes of course simple ones,such as egg,grapefruit,lemon  and salami/pepperoni ones.
If you're interested in buying canes from me simple message below!

I make my own sprinkles,that I would like to cordinate with pieces.
Yes its the same techique as canes. But lot less technical lol.
I make many of these and Im planning on selling them as well. I just like to know if people are interested.
I also use Micro marbles which you can find in the stamp area of Michaels or Jo anns or even on etsy in big quantitys.

~~~Wood Findings:
Now in Michaels,(cause I havent seen these specific ones at jo anns)
They have a section that has little wooden bowls,and "plates" which are just circles and even hearts.
They also have long rectangle ones you can use as a little tabletop and create a cute magnet or something :P
Or if you have a grandma like me who just collects them as knick knacks. :D

~~~~ Oil Scents.
Are amazing!!!
I love them and just opening them makes your room smell amazing!!!
You can find some scents at michaels in the soap making isle.
((my jo anns here in vegas doesnt have a soap making isle anymore))

IT does HAVE to be oil liquid fragance.
I also buy from etsy and found its way more of a discount,because they put it into bigger bottles and have MANY MANY MANY!!!!
different fragances.It took me over an hour! just to pick 3 fragances! cause I couldnt decide :P
If you would like  a link to where I buy my fragances on etsy,just comment below.

If you would like a tutorial on scenting fragances.PLEASE COMMENT!!
I'm in the mood to make tutorials again, so please ask for them!!!

So far this is all I can think of.I will update this journal,once I think of more things.
If you have any ideas/tips/techiques/places for great prices. PLEASE let me know and I'll post it on here!!!

MY next journal will be making your etsy successful and thriving :)

  • Listening to: Miss May I
  • Eating: McDonalds
  • Drinking: Dr.Pepper
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tyney123 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I soooo wish I could favourite this journal. Don't think I can. Instead it's living in my bookmarks. You're just a little awesome! xx
KatGore Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
haha why thank you!!!
I appreciate it!!
SpatterzTheClown Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
Has anyone told you how awesome you are lately? I admit, I'm not a paying customer, but I do so admire your enterprising personality and your continual commitment to doing what you love.
I'm getting geared up to start some customization of fashion dolls, using polymer clay and other various means, and I'll be poring over your work and posts as I begin my newest endeavor.
KatGore Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
oh wow thanks for such a nice compliment Im glad my work can help some one :)
SpatterzTheClown Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
I'm just glad to see there are still a few people out there with the spirit to follow the American dream. ;)
xdeathbybananax Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love a tut on scenting clay! And I'd love the links to where you buy everything from.
I'll definitely have to check the stamp isle again for the micro marbles... I don't think my Michael's has them though >.<
And wooooo! I can't wait for your next journal :heart:
KatGore Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
I know michaels hasnt been having mirco marbles in stock lately so ive been getting them from
here:[link] and they come in large quantity and they have colors you cant find in store.
I just bought some literally a couple days ago lol.
I got halloween colored.
I'll also be selling supplies on my etsy as well,well im not totally sure if I am,I think if I do it will be special order,like people on here asking for them and i wont be charging as much as other suppliers on etsy.cause they can get crazy with it lol.
jillibeenz Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are wonderful!! Any way I an save money is a bonus especially with the wee one. And I would love a tutorial on scenting because I have sooo many different oils that would be great to use. And I was wondering if you know any alternatives to the Sculpy brand clay softener? It's pretty expensive for such a small amount. I wonder if there is anything else that you an substitute with?
KatGore Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
Ive never tried the clay softener.
Ive always ran the clay under hot water or had my husband warm it up for me when its too hard for my hands lol.
Ive heard people say they take a hammer to it. Where they just hit it till its soft.Never tried that so i dont know lol

If no ones home I use my pasta machine :P
It really works and its easy on your hands,or if your like me and the block of clay itself is too big to hold in your hands to soften lol.

A pasta machine is really really amazing for it though and you can alwaya get it on discount at jo anns ots $23 regular price and i used a $40 percent and it was like $15.

So yeah!!! Have you taken any pictures of your clay pieces you made yet?
jillibeenz Featured By Owner May 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My mom is donating her old pasta roller to me, she just has to dig it out of storage.
I still don't have a camera, but I have made some pretty nifty stuff. I am working on a box for you with the supplies you gave me, I am really excited about it and I think you will like it!
KatGore Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
I cant wait to see what you've made!
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