Polymer clay is a blast. You can be a kid again and form this fun clay into all sort of shapes and designs. Polymer clay projects are also good for family time. The entire family can sit at the table and make polymer clay sculptures and polymer clay figures. Run a thin wire through the completed works before baking to make beads or let the animals or cupcakes or whatever else you make reign over your desk.
When you recycle products from around the house to use instead of buying them new, you can save money and have more money to spend on polymer clay.
Look in the Kitchen to Recycle Products
Recycle Mesh Bags
Polymer clay ice cream cones need that waffle design. To get it without etching it by hand, use the mesh bag that vegetables like cherry tomatoes or onions come in. The criss-cross design is great for giving a background design to all sorts of polymer clay pieces.
Recycle Plastic Food Trays
Use the plastic food trays from cookies or produce to use to design your polymer clay creations. Instead of buying sculpture sheets, press the polymer clay onto these food trays that you’ve cleaned. The design are varied and offer a new interesting look to polymer clay jewelry or as the hide on little animals. Plastic strawberry boxes make great designs as well.
Use Cookie Cutters
If you have a collection of cookie cutters, dust them off and use them to cut out polymer clay creations, which can be made into Christmas ornaments or to overlay light switch covers for added dimensions. Use circle shapes for the base to another shape. Be sure to dip the cutters in a bit of cornstarch to keep them from sticking.
Check Out the Bathroom for Your Polymer Clay Projects
Use Nail Files
Many nail files have sharp points and a design that is abrasive. Use the point to make impressions like facial features on faces or animals in the polymer clay. Lightly rough up the surface of the polymer clay with the abrasive surface of the nail file.
Use Pill Bottle Lids
The grooved edge of pill bottles make great impressions for things like a fence or rays of the sun in your polymer clay projects.
Look Around the House for More Polymer Clay Recycling Projects
Use Keys for Words and Shapes
Keys have words and letters and numbers on them. Impress the whole key or a part into polymer clay for random designs or messages on polymer clay pendants and other polymer clay projects.
Buttons are decorative little works of art. Press buttons into polymer clay to get the hole design or a decorative metal shank button.
Use Knitting Needles
The sharp yet rounded points on knitting needles make great holes in polymer clay or impressions for eyes or another delicate indention.
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