Polymer Clay for beginners – An introduction

Polymer Clay for beginners - An introduction

Welcome to the world of polymer clay! This medium is a wonderful material for both beginners and professionals alike, being a non-toxic material as well you can also make things with children and bake it so their crafts can be kept for a very long time.

This Polymer clay for beginners guide will show you what you need to start off your journey into this wonderful hobby.

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What is Polymer Clay?

Polymer clay is a highly versatile art medium which can be used for a wide range of crafts, the clay is made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which makes it closer to a plastic than a clay but it is highly malleable like a regular clay.

The benefits of this is that it doesn’t require specialised equipment and you can start your journey with this craft with just a block of polymer clay and an oven! 

If like myself as well you seem to flip between projects quite a bit, the clay doesn’t have an expiration date, you can store it away to pick up again at a later time. Just make sure the location you store it isn’t somewhere really hot or in direct sunlight! 

What you need to get started



  • Clay tools 
  • Wire
  • Tin Foil
  • Findings
  • Baking / Parchment Paper
  • Rubber Gloves 
  • Baby oil, isopropyl alcohol or lighter fluid (For smoothing)
  • Primer, Acrylics, Dyes, Chalks etc… if you want to add some colour to them!
Polymer Clay tools

What can you do with it?

What would you like to do with it? 

Being such a versatile material, the only limitations for this medium is your imagination. Listed below are just some of the things you can do with it along with some corresponding guides on how to do the basics of these. We will go more in depth with the tools and techniques needed to make the below. 

Some of the below will be linked directly to tutorials, feel free to browse around and maybe find some inspiration on where to begin! As this blog is still in its infancy, I hope to provide tutorials to all the points below in the future, please check back! 

  • Jewellery
    • Beads for Jewellery
    • Earrings 
    • Necklace Charms
    • Bracelets 
    • Broaches
  • Figures
    • Hyper realistic 
    • Dolls
    • Figurines 
  • Pen / Pencil decorations 
  • Buttons
  • Keyrings
  • Miniatures
  • Fridge Magnets 
  • Wall Art
  • Garden Decor
  • Candle Holders
  • Book covers 
  • Replications 
  • Wearables 
  • Clothing Pins 
  • Charms
  • Cutlery additions – Not to be used for eating though 
  • Designing outer parts for Coffee Cups 
  • Home Decorations 
  • Fakes Items – Like plants etc… 
  • Phone case decorations 
  • Ornaments 

And many, many more! These will be updated so be sure to check back for new and exciting designs! And I hope the polymer clay for beginners guide will help you out!

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  2. Hi James, this is a good introduction to Clay creation. I have a quick question if I may. I like things with lights in them, a colleague of mine makes plastic dioramas and he adds lights in his creations, can you add LED’s inside of Clay? or will it be too thick to get any light through?

    1. Thank you Neil,
      Lights are a bit tricky, it all depends on the thickness of the clay. You can get certain brands and types which are translucent which does allow for light to penetrate through the clay and give off a warm effect. You can also leave gaps in the clay which will allow the light to shine through as well in specific areas.
      As for using lights with the clay, I would suggest only using LEDs as they don’t heat up like a standard light bulb and won’t run the risk of burning the clay itself!

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