What is POLYCLAY? : It is an Australian made, non-toxic plastic modeling material. Fun for amateur hobby projects and ideal for serious Artwork. POLYCLAY will remain workable indefinitely until cured and comes
Items you can make with POLYCLAY include - Jewellery, Macramé Beads, pots, coasters, wall plaques, picture frames, hanging ornaments, wind-chimes, magnets, key chains, broaches, and figurines.
How to use POLYCLAY: One, clean your hands and under your fingernails. Then pinch off and gently roll the amount you want to use between your hands. It will quickly become pliable.
Now press, squeeze, push or mould it into the required shape. Shapes can be pressed into the surface, as with clay, colours blended or marbled or two thin ropes of different colours twisted to make a braid.
Join sections by pressing and blending together. Every now and then a slight waxy buildup on your hands occurs, you can scrape it off with a fingernail or by wiping on a dry cloth, remember to do this before changing colours.
Tools you may find handy to have include: a board or square of glass for working on, toothpicks for putting marks on with, cookie cutters, a flat knife/pallet knife, wire for supporting thin sections such as flower stems, buttons and beads.
You can imprint POLYCLAY with rubber stamps, or use a mould, but use a light coat of embossing ink/silicone oil on the stamp first for easy release.
Once the desired shape is obtained, bake by any source of heat such as the household oven, radiator or infra red lamp at 150C (300f) for 15 minutes (or a little less time for smaller items.)
Place items on a baking tray or foil in order to bake your items. If upon removal from the heat source your items are still soft seeming, do not put back, they will harden as they cool.
If you do put them back they will most likely burn. But don't despair! Items that haven't burnt or melted all together, only changed colour, can be painted over. If still not hard after cooling ie can be marked with a thumbnail, then put in for another 5 minutes.
Upon cooling, a tough and resilient POLYCLAY article is produced. It looks a little like a clay item, but feels silky like plastic, and is very light.
You can make items that are free-standing (statuettes), or are flat shapes that can be appliquéd onto other things.
Polyclay pieces can be glued on, or if the thing you want to attach them to can resist the heat, be fired onto them in the oven. I have baked in the oven; magnets, small glass beads and wire loops for hanging. You can also bake mirrors, terracotta pot plant holders, wooden picture frames, metal jewellery clasps (earring pins, broach backing's etc).
Cured Polyclay articles can also be nailed, engraved, sawn or drilled!
These are some of my first batch of Poly critters. Note the metal loops, and the eyes of the small angel are
Use the clay to produce a similar result to oil and pallet knife pictures. You have a wide choice of base, use canvas, Masonite, material stretched over a frame or even cardboard - whatever can withstand the curing process.
Work and press your design with a pallet knife or screwdriver as you would a painting. Build up layers of colour. You end up with a nice 3D affect. Dry using a slower method of heat application, ie in-front of the radiator.
Make flowers by first rolling 5 balls of similar size and one bigger one in a contrasting colour. Flatten each of the five balls into a circle to use as petals. Use a thicker circle for the base and attach the petals, rubbing at the attached area to blend them a little. On the side where the petals are not attached you can press glass beads in to make 'pollen' or use a toothpick to mark out the same thing.
You could also roll several larger circles into cone shapes. When you have a number of flowers ready arrange them in the manner of a posy and pinch them together at the base (pointy end). Cure them in the oven and glue some stamen into the center and a line of glitter around the open lip. Use them to decorate cakes, hair combs, jewellery, wall plaques etc.
A necklace is easily made. Begin by rolling out a sausage of POLYCLAY on a board or glass square. You can roll several different colored sausages, then put them together and roll or twist them into one for a special look.
When you have an even width sausage, cut it into lengths to form beads. Make holes by pushing a needle through from one side until the point just pushes through the other side, withdraw the needle and reverse the process to form a neat hole. String the cured beads as normal.
When making a mobile include a small ball-bearing in the middle of each piece. Just stuff it in the main 'body' of your figure then shape the Polyclay as needed. With the ball-bearings embedded in them the pieces will be heavy enough to balance properly - then you just have to play with the length of the sticks and string to get it all bobbing about nicely!
I like the fish and elf mobile best - they look so cute! I never got a picture of the ones I made though L
On the far left are some beads on a skewer. The red frog, center rightish was baked on a magnet and now lives on my fridge. The sunflowers have glass beads in the centers and have been glued onto broaches for the upcoming Sunshine Festival (sunflowers are the festivals
On the right above the yellow starfish is a group of three blue rolled cone flowers, they need stamens and a touch of glitter to finish them off. Centerish are some little rabbits and ducklings (and tiny eggs) to give away for Easter. Two of the frogs, a ladybug, chick and the mouse have dark bases, they were burnt. I shall have to paint them when I get the time.
These were baked holding crystal balls, and glued to magnets. There is a wizard, elf, pixie and a witch. Plus a frog, to keep them company!
The red thing below them is a light cord dangle, made to make high ceiling lights accessible, and replace the icky, greasy knotted cord that is there now. The yellow and white ball is a Polyclay one.
The Polyclay manufacturers address -
Polytak Plastic Industries,
PO Box 190, Penrith,
New South Wales,
They also have a book out - write and get it,
it's chock full of idea's!
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