(Closed) Polymer clay? Anyone work with it before?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve never personally worked with it but I have heard its very easy to work with! I actually know a 9year old who’s made some pretty awesome things with it. I know if you add Mica to it it give it a shimmery effects.It’s also called Sculpey. I’m sure you could find it at any craft store : )

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I made polymer clay cake toppers! Actually, they sat beside the cake. I actually found my inspriation on WB from Lollipop.

She had a whole series of making clay animals. Here’s a tutorial: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/02/06/penguin-cake-toppers/

I bought some clay at Michael’s and it was pretty easy. Be sure to roll it to soften it, either against your hand or a table. I also used a butter knife and toothpick as tools, other than that it was just my hands. And if you mess up, you can shape it again!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Trinity Presbyterian Church/Harrison Opera House

It’s super easy and cheap!  I get little blocks of Sculpy from Michael’s for less than a dollar a square.  Just roll, form, bake and go!  You can make them shiny later by spraying them with shellac if you like that look.  Have fun!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would recommend you try working with Premo clay first – it’s softer than Sculpy or Fimo, so easier to work with. When you’re making your item/figure/etc. mix your colored clay about 50/50 with “translucent” Premo clay – that mix is how you make colors and items look realistic, and less “clay-like” when baked.

You should be able to find Premo at AC Moore, Michaels, etc. – arts and craft shops.

Are you planning to make the bride and groom out of clay? For the ladder, depending on what you want it to look like – you could google dollhouse/miniature stairs/railing/ladders. There are several “simple” looking options that I think would look like a ladder if they were leaned up against a cake.

For shading, you can use several different types of paints (most applied after baking the clay), or you can use crushed pastels (applied before baking the clay).

PM me if you have any questions about Premo clay. Your idea is cute!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I worked with that stuff all the time when I was younger! If you’re worried about weight, you can make a tinfoil “filling” to sculpt the clay around. You could also ask your baker for suggestions, they may know a good way to brace the cake as well. And to keep things from moving while baking, you may want to support them with wire (inside the arms, for example, or something solid to support it from the outside. You can build a whole “skeleton” with the tinfoil and wire. You’ll use less clay this way too!)

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