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Fun Polymer Clay Tutorials and Projects

Updated on October 21, 2012

Working with polymer clay is fun for kids and adults!

One of the best things about working with polymer clay is that you can create almost anything imaginable - from tiny doll house scale miniatures to functional pieces of art! For example, the yellow and black poison dart frog in the picture is a pendant that I sculpted out of Fimo polymer clay, and then painted with acrylics. (If you would like to see more of my work, check out a CaterpillarArt.com) On the other hand, some artists enjoy working exclusively with polymer clay and use the color palette provided to make intricately patterned sculptures and canes.

So, without further ado, here's a comprehensive list of some of the best polymer clay projects and tutorials from around the web!

My fairy chrysalis project
My fairy chrysalis project

Polymer Clay Fantasy Projects

Learn how to create fairies, mushrooms and mythical creatures!

1. Fantasy Mushroom Tutorial: This is definitely a project that I'm going to try my hand at, it looks like a lot of fun! I can already picture having a little garden of fantasy mushrooms sitting on my desk.

2. Fairy Flower: Learn how to make a whimsical fairy surrounded by flower petals.

3. Octomaid: Tentacles are ridiculously fun to make, which almost guarantees you'll have fun making your own Octomaid!

4. Fantasy Faeries: Learn about the tools and supplies that you will need to use in order to make a cute fairy sculpture.

5. Flower Goblin: Although the intended project was initially a flower fairy, I think her end project came out just as neat. Follow along with pictures and create your own fantasy flower creature!

6. Sculpting a Fairy Head: While this tutorial uses air dry clay, the same techniques can be applied to polymer clay.

7. Mica Shift Mermaid Scales: The resulting pendant that comes out of this tutorial looks stunning!

8. Polymer Clay Mermaid Tutorial: Learn how to sculpt a mermaid figure step by step with this polymer clay tutorial.

9. Polymer Clay Creature Tutorial: Even though this project is not strictly polymer clay (it's a polymer clay figure with a soft body), the end result is just too cute to leave it off this list!

10. Polymer Clay Fairy Elf Baby: Go through the pictures to learn how to sculpt a baby fairy elf.

11. Unicorn Tutorial: Comprehensive tutorial on making a polymer clay unicorn with big, step-by-step pictures.

12. Polymer Clay Gnome and Mushroom Tutorial: A cute, whimsical version of a gnome and mushroom; the gnome would make a good project for kids with supervision.

13. Polymer Clay Mushroom Tutorial: This video demonstrates how to make a cartoon-like mushroom figure.

14. Chanterelle Mushroom Earrings: Learn how to create texture with this straight to the point chanterelle tutorial.

15. How to Make Scales: This polymer clay tutorial would be perfect for artists trying to learn how to sculpt mermaid tails or dragon scales!

16. Polymer Clay Gargoyles: Learn how to make a really cute clay gargoyle - I bet you won't be able to stop at just one!

17. Polymer Clay Dragon: This is a personal favorite of mine, I think the tutorial does a great job of showing how to create a sculpture - from making the armature to sculpting the wings.

Learn how to sculpt fantasy creatures with step-by-step books!

Tarantula pendant I sculpted
Tarantula pendant I sculpted

Polymer Clay Animal Projects

Learn how to sculpt animals!

1. How to Make a Bird with Teeth: In this fun picture tutorial by Dinko Tilov, you'll learn how to make a cute bird complete with its own set of teeth.

2. Polymer Clay Animal Faces: While I would't necessarily call them life like, this video shows you how to make a cute set of animal faces - it would be a fun project to do with kids!

3. Snakeskin Tutorial: This isn't a beginner's tutorial (you should be familiar with basic polymer clay techniques) but the end result looks awesome!

4. Polymer Clay Ladybugs: These lady bugs are absolutely adorable - they would make a great earring set!

5. Glow in the Dark Monitor Lizard: Learn how to make a colorful cartoon monitor using polymer clay.

6. Polymer Clay Lion: Follow a thorough guide that teaches you how to make a lion figurine with dangling legs; the same techniques could be applied to other custom doll projects.

7. Polymer Clay Pinecone Hedgehog: If you have pine cones readily available to you, then this is the perfect clay project to try!

8. Polymer Clay Pug Bead: This pug is too cute, would make an excellent necklace or key chain charm.

9. Polymer Clay Owl Tutorial: Check out this comprehensive pdf guide on creating an owl figurine and learn some interesting textures.

10. Penguin Bead: Watch this video to learn how to make a cute polymer clay penguin bead.

11. Sleeping Cat Tutorial: This project looks relatively easy and the end result is very elegant looking - the cat figure would look beautiful displayed on a book shelf.

12. Polymer Clay Frog: Learn how to make a simple polymer clay frog with this video tutorial.

13. Sculpting a Dog Face: Study the pictures to learn how to shape a dogs face.

14. Polymer Clay Corgi: Learn how to sculpt a polymer clay corgi dog with this comprehensive step-by-step tutorial.

15. Polymer Clay Bird Nest: Check out this tutorial to learn how to make a polymer clay bird nest hair pin.

Learn how to sculpt realistic animal figures in polymer clay!

Poison dart frog necklace
Poison dart frog necklace

Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects

Learn how to make unique jewelry pieces!

1. Butterfly Cane Bead: Create an intricate butterfly wing bead out of a complex cane; this project requires drilling.

2. Clay and Wire Earrings: Find out how to create a beautiful pair of earrings to keep or to give as a gift.

3. Millifori and Organza Pendant: Make your own one of a kind polymer clay pendants that will definitely be conversation starters!

4. Nature Themed Polymer Clay Pendants: Learn how to create molds for polymer clay with leaves and then turn them into beautiful pendants.

5. Faux Ceramic Pendants: One of the coolest things about polymer clay is that it can be used to mimic a variety of materials - including ceramic.

6. Faux Ivory Bone Pendant: Learn how to make a stunning faux ivory pendant - the techniques learned in this tutorial can be modified for many additional projects.

7. Faux Turquoise Pendant: As a lover of turquoise, I have to say that this tutorial looks like a lot of fun. Imagine all the different beads, pendants and earrings you could make with faux turquoise!

8. Polymer Clay Geometric Pendant: This technique is deceivingly simple; I still can make anything that resembles this pendant - my cuts never turn out the way I want them to!

9. Faux Gaspeite: Don't forget to sand the beads after you're done to get that beautiful polished look!

10. Polymer Clay Disc Earrings: Learn how to easily put together a stylish pair of disc earrings.

11. Hollow Doughnut Pendant: I've followed this tutorial several times, and it's definitely a lot of fun - my first attempts were pretty bad, though!

12. Super Colorful Bangles: I would love to learn how to make these, they just look so fun!

13. Simple Polymer Clay Stud Earrings: These little hearts would be a lot of fun to make with a daughter; however there are some parts that are suitable for a child to do, like baking and applying industrial strength super glue.

14. Bubble Beads: I've been meaning to try this bead tutorial out for a while now, I just can never seem to find the time. It looks like a lot of fun!

15. Unique Pendant Project: While this isn't necessarily a tutorial, the pictures are thorough enough that you could definitely learn how to make a similar pendant.

Have fun making unique jewelry with these polymer clay jewelry books!

So, are you ready to get started on a polymer clay tutorial? - Don't forget to look for great deals to save on clay!

I purchase my polymer clay in bulk from Blick Art Materials. (I am a Blick affiliate, but that doesn't change my recommendation in the slightest - I purchased art supplies from them long before I knew about the affiliate program!) The nice thing about ordering clay online from Blick is that they have the entire color line to choose from in both 2oz and 13oz packages.

Additionally, you can often find coupons for local craft stores, which really cuts down the price for clay. I usually shop at the stores that allow me to use their competitor's coupons so that I can maximize my savings, because let's face it, at $2-3 dollars per 2oz bar polymer clay can quickly become an expensive hobby - especially if you plan on making large sculptures with it.

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      LadyDuck 

      5 years ago

      What a nice ideas, I like your lens.

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      CaterpillarArts1 

      5 years ago

      @Slevara: Oh no, you're right - it's broken! I'll leave it up another day or two just to see if it gets resolved. Bummer, that was a great project.

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      Slevara 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! It might just be my computer, but your #17 Dragon tutorial link didn't work.

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      Magda2012 

      5 years ago

      I want to learn how to make polymer clay... one day... :)

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      CaterpillarArts1 

      5 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thank you - all four of your careers are pretty awesome!

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      SteveKaye 

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      Your lenses are exceptional. I'm very impressed by your work.

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