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I love playing with Polymer clay and am always looking for new ideas on ways to use it!

So this swap is all about playing with Polymer clay -- FIMO, PRIMO, etc. You can stamp it, ink it up, mold and shape it, roll it, etc. You create and send me 3+1 of your polymer pieces and then get 3 different ones back. You can create charms, embellishments, tags, little figurines, jewelry, etc. Just keep in mind that out of fairness, I try to swap out like size/value/work with others as much as possible so if you are sending in 3+1 small charms, you would not likely receive a jewelry box covered in clay, etc., but rather items similar in the amount of size/value/work put into them. KWIM?

Note that the items must be hardened -- so please be sure they are thoroughly baked to the hardened state, no soft clay items please.

Here are some ideas and links to inspire you, and feel free to share on the thread as well:

polymer clay charms on Etsy, a global handmade and vintage marketplace.
polymer clay matchbox pendant - Google Search
Polymer Matchbox Pendants by StampinGoodDeeds - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
Sandy's Creations in Clay: Polymer Clay Matchbox Art
polymer clay jewelry - Google Search
polymer clay ornaments - Google Search
There is even an app!! STAEDTLER FIMO modelling clays and accessories


Due in my hands by 1/10/13 -- a great way to start off the new year, and gives you the holiday break to create as well.

Size: Keep postage in mind and that these should fit in a small flat rate box at the most. Items must be individually wrapped so as to keep them from sticking together or getting damaged in shipping please. Each item should also be labeled with the creator's name and/or SCS ID either on the item or packaging of each so they know who to give credit to.

Mailing: Keep in mind items mailed back may be bulkier so plan for that. Send extra postage also for that reason -- and in a small box or flat rate box. Envelopes not recommended for these as they might get crushed or broken in the return unless you are tucking a small box in a padded envelope for example. Include $ for DC if you would like it on the returns also please -- I highly recommend it for tracking purposes. PM me for address when ready to send.

You must check in regularly and within two weeks of due date to confirm participation. Life happens, if you must drop, be sure to notify me in advance so as to avoid being reported to SCS. Please be sure to post when you receive back as well to close out.

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What a fascinating idea! I've never worked in this medium and now I know I need to check it out and play around with it. Will let you know if I have the skills to enter this swap!
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Susan I have played with polymer clay before and have fun with it, but I don't know that I've ever made anything worthy of a swap. Just going to sub for now and go play, hope I can make something worth sending.
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I have lots of clay but haven't tried it yet....I hope it hasn't already hardened!

Since this is way out in January, would you put me down for 1 spot, please?

Feel free to nag me weekly, monthly, every other day, or any time you want to. Being jobless is not a happy experience and sometimes I just stay under the covers ignoring the rest of the world (until one of my kitties sneezes in my face and the other nibbles on my fingers).
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Well, ladies, you will find as soon as you start to play with it that you are amazed how easy it is to work with!!!

I created the matchbox pendant ornaments last year on my first try.
You can cover boxes, create charms, shape beads, use molds (I LOVE the ones that Michaels carries for polymer clay), stamp on it (Stazon inks), etc! You can shape flowers or strips of fun embellishments too. Warning, its addictive. I even bought a pasta press just to use with polymer clay so I could get those fun flat sheets to then stamp and cut to what I wanted and wrap it around things like matchboxes. (Yes, then bake them wrapped around the box.)

I got my pasta/clay press on ebay I think for $15 or such. Worth it.

Enjoy playing and come back and let me know how many spots you want... I know you will want them...
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I love playing with clay. Sign me up please!
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subbing--I've only made a few charms and want to play a little more before jumping in!
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subbing for now. Gotta think on it :::: sigh ::::
And my next article for Polymer Cafe Magazine should be in the Nov/ Dec. issue. I've already been in the Mar/ April and May/ June
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Well, ladies, you will find as soon as you start to play with it that you are amazed how easy it is to work with!!!

I got my pasta/clay press on ebay I think for $15 or such. Worth it.

Enjoy playing and come back and let me know how many spots you want... I know you will want them...
OK, I'm going to ask a (possibly dumb) question...when you say a "pasta/clay press" do you mean a regular old hand cranking pasta machine??

Thanks. As soon as I wrap up 2 swaps this month I'm going to start on this project....practice, practice, practice.
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Subbing for now. Have only worked with polymer clay once and enjoyed it and would like to do something again...I just have to get up the nerve !!!
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Would someone please point me in the direction of ideas, instructions, etc for a beginner working tith polymer? Mahalo!
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search 'polymer clay' on YouTube and you can see how to do just about everything under the sun with polymer clay.......also Lisa Pavelka and Donna Kato are BIG polymer clay artists and you can get lots of info on their websites - just do a web search on their names HTH
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Okay, mauiueno, thank you for asking the question about where to get info because now you got my polymer clay juices flowing and I am going to 'tough up' and request one spot, please. You can do so many things with polymer clay This will be great fun I do believe !!
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OK, I'm going to ask a (possibly dumb) question...when you say a "pasta/clay press" do you mean a regular old hand cranking pasta machine??

Thanks. As soon as I wrap up 2 swaps this month I'm going to start on this project....practice, practice, practice.
Yes, a plain old hand crank pasta machine. You do need to designate it clay only. You would never want to use it for food again once you had used it for clay. I bought mine at M's with a coupon.
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I'm sooooooooooooooooooo in. I have a box of canes already made. But would love to make more....I'm glad you started this swap, this is the kick in the butt I need to get back into my clay box!!! I'll take one spot to start with but WHEN more peeps join I will take a second.

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I'd love to play! I taught an intro to polymer clay class a few years back when I was teaching for one of the weekend getaway companies. I'll take two places, if that's ok?

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Feel free to post pictures of your creations..........please!
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Maybe you can share links?
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Yes, that is what you can use to flatten the clay out into sheets... just like pasta dough! Of course, I don't use it for pasta anymore after I've used it for clay....
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Absolutely! You got it!
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Canes, as in candy canes? Oooh, fun! Ornaments are awesome in Fimo/Primo!
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Absolutely! And share tips!!!
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I have a whole drawer of FIMO/PRIMO and tools that I rarely pull out to play with but when I do, its an addiction for a while!
I picked up a bunch more at a yard sale too, so now have to get to that drawer (which of course means cleaning the craft room first.. haha) to put those in and to play...

Any of you more-experienced clayers have tips on how to best soften up FIMO/PRIMO that's been sitting a while?
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Speaking of ornaments... look at these! polymer clay ornaments - Google Search
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Cute wedding favors/mementos/gifts!


Handcrafted and Handpainted Wedding Cake Ornament
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Okay, a little warped, but hilarious, you have to admit!

Look at this coaster: Polymer Clay | Arts, Crafts and Design Finds - Page 3
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What's there to think about???? It sounds like you could do a project in your sleep! I hope I can find the Polymer Cafe Magazine somewhere in town, I would love to read your article....and see the projects you've done.


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I don't think she means candy canes. I think she's referring to the "canes" or long skinny clay rolls that have been made from a variety of clay colors. You roll out long snakes of different colors of clay and then put them together to form patterns, roll them until they are all compressed and don't fall apart and they become longer. Then you can cut the canes cross-wise to see the pretty pattern. Does that make sense? I've read about this and seen it done on videos....never done it myself!


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Another experienced clay artist??
I'm beginning to feel like I'm in the wrong swap....I would consider myself even below the novice stage!

I hope everyone who has done polymer clay projects before will post a few pictures on the thread. I'd really be happy to see what eveyone's done in the past.


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Oh good grief!
I'm really intimidated now.

I'm going to go and find my clay blocks and tools! Maybe if I look at what I have I'll figure out something really cool to make. My previous idea now seems to be so juvenile. It's a good think I've got plenty of time to practice and dispose of my mistakes.


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Nothing to feel intimidated about!! Hey, sharing on here is how we all learn new ideas and techniques, its the great part about it!

I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday and saw their Christmas section... they had tons of ornaments that look like they were made from Polymer even. I was trying to see if they are things I felt I could try to make myself even... very cute ideas if you need inspiration, and besides that, you can pick up the clay there too, haha!
Oh, and I bought a couple of cute tiny cookie cutters... they were about 1.5" size... they had a bunch of them for 50 cents each and I thought they'd make cute ornaments/bases for tags/decors too.

I bought a couple of molds a while ago on clearance at Michaels and think I want to try them out too for this.
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I think you've got an extra paragraph in here.
I thought I had lost my mind when I went to put the dates on my calendar!


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[B][COLOR="Indigo"][FONT="Book Antiqua"]I love playing with Polymer clay and am always looking for new ideas on ways to use it!

Due in my hands by 1/10/13 -- a great way to start off the new year, and gives you the holiday break to create as well.

Size: Keep postage in mind and that these should fit in a small flat rate box at the most. Items must be individually wrapped so as to keep them from sticking together or getting damaged in shipping please. Each item should also be labeled with the creator's name and/or SCS ID either on the item or packaging of each so they know who to give credit to.

Due 9/5/12 in my hands. I'm making the due date out 5 months on this one to give us all time to work on them so we can enjoy making them as well and get creative! AND it gives you a jump on some Christmas gifts too.
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HI Susan I have never try clay I bought a lot of it a while ago cause I thought someday I would like to play with it .So can I have a spot I will try my best please and thank you
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HI Susan I have never try clay I bought a lot of it a while ago cause I thought someday I would like to play with it .So can I have a spot I will try my best please and thank you
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Old 09-16-2012, 11:42 AM   #37
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For all of you who have made items with polymer clay (Femo and the others)....do you use your home oven to bake the clay? Is baking the clay in your home oven a health hazard? I only have a microwave and my stove/oven. I know we can't use a microwave! (duh) But I don't want to poison myself with a contaminated oven.

What do you do???
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I have a whole drawer of FIMO/PRIMO and tools that I rarely pull out to play with but when I do, its an addiction for a while!
I picked up a bunch more at a yard sale too, so now have to get to that drawer (which of course means cleaning the craft room first.. haha) to put those in and to play...

Any of you more-experienced clayers have tips on how to best soften up FIMO/PRIMO that's been sitting a while?
If it's been sitting a while....while I'm conditioning one, I'm usually sitting on the next block to get it warmed up a bit. If that doesn't work, then some people use their clay designated food processor and chop it up in there with a bit of mineral oil. I've never had to do that; but that's what I've been told works.
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For all of you who have made items with polymer clay (Femo and the others)....do you use your home oven to bake the clay? Is baking the clay in your home oven a health hazard? I only have a microwave and my stove/oven. I know we can't use a microwave! (duh) But I don't want to poison myself with a contaminated oven.

What do you do???
I have a toaster oven that I only use for clay. and usually i bake the clay on large index cards.
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