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Polymer Clay Sculpting Tips and Tutorials

Updated on February 24, 2017

Do you need a little help with sculpting or want to get started with polymer clay?

Polymer clay is a wonderful medium for sculpture. You can create one of a kind sculptures without the need for an expensive kiln or messy mold materials. You can create everything from very simple animals made from basic shapes to detailed, complex, realistic human figures. The limits are only your skill and imagination.

What is Polymer Clay?

Polymer clay is a non-toxic man-made sculpting material which stays pliable until cured at relatively low temperatures, typically between 265 and 275°F (129-135°C).

Popular brands include Super Sculpey, Fimo, Premo, Prosculpt, and Kato Clay. Any of those clays is great for sculpting, try them out to find the one that feels best to you.

I really do not recommend Original Sculpey (comes in white and terracotta) because it's very chalky and brittle when cured. Some of the specialty polymer clay such as Sculpey Ultralight or Granitex have specific properties which may or may not suit your projects.

For more in depth information see the Wikipedia Polymer Clay article.

Do your newer clays feel different?

Due to concerns about phthalates and European Union regulations all the major brands of polymer clays have changed their formulas. Kato Clay was the first to roll out the new formula in the US.

Katherine Dewey explains more here.

Information on phthalates from Wikipedia.

Safety and Polymer Clay

Safety First

Sculpting tools should be dedicated to clay work and should never be used for food afterwards. That includes rolling pins, baking sheets, and knives.

Clean your oven thoroughly after baking polymer clay unless it is dedicated to polymer clay use or if clay was baked in a sealed container like a roasting bag.

Follow common sense when handling sharp or hot objects. Always wear safety glasses if using a powertool such as a dremel.

5 Quick Polymer Clay Sculpting Tips

1: Keep a wet washcloth or wet wipes (baby wipes) on hand to keep you hands clean while sculpting. Any little piece of dirt of pet hair your hands pick up will stick to your sculpt.

2: Get a lazy susan, it's a simple thing but being able to turn your sculpts easily is really helpful. I found a great 14" diameter bamboo one for $10, so not a big investment.

3: Mirrors are your friend. A great way to tell if you have something lopsided is to look at it reversed in a mirror, it really brings out any problems.

4: Smooth out your polymer clay using isopropyl alcohol. 90% will smooth more aggressively than 70%. I keep both on hand to use depending on what I need.

5: Get a pasta machine. They are the perfect tool for mixing clay and of course rolling out sheets of clay. Mixing clay by hand takes forever and leaves your hands too sore and tired to actually be able to sculpt.

Noadi's Gray Super Sculpey Blend

* 1 lb block Original Super Sculpey (translucent pink)

* 1 lb block Super Sculpey Firm (gray)

Mix with a pasta machine until a uniform color.

This mix is firmer than Super Sculpey without being too hard and the gray color makes seeing detail better. Best for sculptures that will be painted.

Polymer clay is perfect for making Christmas ornaments.

Polymer clay is perfect for making Christmas ornaments.
Polymer clay is perfect for making Christmas ornaments.

Tutorials and Tips - Links to General Polymer Clay Sculpting Tips and Tutorials

All the armature tutorials have been moved to my Building Armatures for Polymer Clay Sculpture lens.

Give the Gift of a New Hobby

Polymer clay is a great introduction to art. Why not inspire someone with a book, basic tools, and some clay?

Sculpting Tools Tutorials - How to Make your own Tools

There's lots more about sculpting tools on the Polymer Clay Sculpting Tools lens.

Recommended Sculpting DVDs

I know sometimes it can be easier to watch what someone does than to read descriptions of it so here are some videos by sculptors I admire and respect.

Get Feedback

One of the best ways to learn is by sharing with others. Participate in forums to get critique and feedback on your sculptures and what can be improved.

Leave a Note - Go ahead and and leave any comment or questions you have. If you like this lens rate it up at the top of the page!

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      allysa 9 years ago

      great lens Sheryl. Keep it up girl, you're talented. :) BTW, like your Odin's Runesong

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      allysa 9 years ago

      great lens Sheryl. Keep it up girl, you're talented. :) BTW, like your Odin's Runesong

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I'm am pleased to have added you to the Creative Group today.

      Cornelia

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      Aika 9 years ago

      awesome lens, I would like to learn Sculpting. Thanks for the resources.

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      gods_grace_notes 9 years ago

      Hi Sheryl! I LOVE this lens! I haven't worked with polymer clay very much yet, but I think it's a great medium. I really appreciate the way you have shared your expertise, and look forward to hearing more from you!

      Welcome to Connie's Craft-a-Holics Club!

      Connie...aka Squid Angel

      : )

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      bernd49 lm 9 years ago

      Great you can build so many Things.

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      MrElite 9 years ago

      I think you may have just introduced me to my new hobby, thanks. ;)

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      Oh my goodness.. I just saw your comment on my Wendy Froud lens... so sorry I did not get back. I would love to exchange lists or whatever.. I have never done that before. You would think that I would have, gads with over 100 lenses. That is more than I can keep track of I guess.. lol!

      I LOVE this lens and all of your lenses really. Wonderful info. I used to do production pottery for a living and know regular clay really well (ug sometimes I will admit!) but I have not done much with Polymer. Your fine lens makes me want to though!

      Happy day to you, Kathy

      Fantasy Art Woman|Beautiful Women Goddess Art:

      https://hubpages.com/art/kathysart

      PS I will check out your Brian Froud lens...I thank you for your comment on my Wendy Froud lens.

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      GannonBeck 9 years ago

      Great Lens Noadi,

      I've been hoping someone would do a lens on this subject for a long time. I've done enough sculpture to know that this is a first rate resource.

      Thank you!

      Gannon

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great lense! But FYI a ton of your links are broken.

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      Sheryl Westleigh 9 years ago from Maine

      The links to noadi.cywh.com are temporarily down while some domain issues are worked out. They'll be back soon.

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      Sheryl Westleigh 9 years ago from Maine

      Just got a new domain at http://noadi.net so all the links have been updated and work.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I used to love clays when I was young, I still do but don't have time. There are really good sculptures who made a name for themselves.

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      dual-shock-3 9 years ago

      Thanks for nice information.

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      badmsm 9 years ago

      Another great lens! 5 Satrs!

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      archetekt lm 9 years ago

      Great tips here! thanks. I use a pasta machine but didn't know about the mirror and alcohol .

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      bdkz 9 years ago

      Awesomw lens. 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      MeganCasey 9 years ago

      awesome stuff! thanks so much, Noadi.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Noadi,

      I tried using Fimo to sculpt small roses to be cast in pewter and silver. It's not as easy as it looks! I think I'll have to stick with hot steel. I love watching people who are really good at sculpting. You have some great information and links here. All the best, JD.

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Really nice lens, congratulations on breaking into the Top 100 - I still have to make it that far...

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      what a great lens! I've made a couple of dolls and doll house items out of Sculpey and Fimo, several years ago, but that's about it. I'd like to take it up again, it was fun.

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      kathysart 9 years ago

      Ohhh! I am totally IN LOVE! I keep meaning to make some dolls! I sure think about it enough, so thank you for all your wonderful info here! Yummy!

      FIVE BEAUTIFULLY SCULPTED STARS!

      and cookies!

      Kathy's Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Cream together:

      1 cup 'real' butter (not margarine!)

      1 1/2 cup sugar

      1 1/2 Tbl. black strap molasses

      1 tsp. salt

      add and blend two eggs

      don't overdo this part or your cookies will turn out weird.

      sift together then fold into sugar mixture:

      2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda

      add and mix to above mixture:

      1 cup coconut

      3/4 cup old fashioned oatmeal

      2 full cups chocolate chips

      Bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes. Use only an old junkie cookie sheet... not one of the new ones, they tend to make these cookies cake. Take the cookies out 'just a hair BEFORE they are done'. Let them finish up after they come out of the oven.

      https://hubpages.com/art/kathysart

      Aloha, Kathy

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens Noadi. Polymer clay looks like fun, and no kiln required.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I rated your lense Five Stars !!

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      seems fun and interesting, thanks for the tips and tutorials.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice pictures and useful information. thanks! 5 stars.

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      LDWorld 9 years ago

      Congratulations on making TOP 100!

      Useful and helpful info.

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      triathlontraini1 8 years ago

      This is something that I think would be really fun. I think I could have an easier time with it than painting, maybe.

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      really inspiring...much more to polymer clay than I thought

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      cheerfulmadness 8 years ago

      Very useful information. And rated 5 stars.

      Best regards,

      Cheerful Madness

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      never tried sculpting before, but I always paint and draw. Great lens!

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      lifelongfitness 8 years ago

      Very cool lens. You can make some cool things sculpting. I used to do it in high school. It was quite fun :) 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great informational lens on polymer clays. Spent several years working with polymer clays for jewelry accessories. The polymers are great to work with, the references you list are instructional. Nothing like hands on with polymers!

      nice lens!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Nice lens. Never learned polymer. Maybe one of these days.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      WOW! I have been interested in doing polymer, thought this would be helpful (which it will be) but then I saw your work and well, WOW.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great informational lens on polymer clays

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      Mortira 8 years ago

      A very informative lens! Thanks for all of the great info and links.

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      Pat 8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Congratulations on being a featured lens on the Giant Squid Community Showcase!!

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      Great lens! I see why it was featured at the Giant Squid Community Showcase! It was well deserved!

      I blessed it for you!

      ThomasC

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      pixie_styx17 8 years ago

      great lens! I love sculpting, it's really fun

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Wow! Great lens!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I wish I had the talent,but I'm quite useless at art.

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      Belindance 8 years ago

      I met a gal who does the same art show as me, and she makes beautiful jewelry out polymer clay. It's lightweight and so colorful!

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      I can tell you're an artist just by seeing this lens. Very nice!! Great topic!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I wish I had the talent,but I'm quite useless at art.

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      mdvaldosta lm 8 years ago

      The face sculptures were so detailed, absolutely amazing. Very nice lense.

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      tokyobabydoll 8 years ago

      Interesting lens, you're very talented. :)

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Excellent lens. I'm a sculptor but I use high fire clays, wood and cement. You recommend some of the same books I do on my www.squidoo.com/animalsculpture lens. 5 stars, favorite and I'm now a FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      beeobrien lm 8 years ago

      Beautifully constructed lens. You have such a lot of great information here, and it's easy and fun to read.

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      very interesting and lovely piece of artwork.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Wow! What a fantastic resource for people looking for information about Polymer Clay Sculpting!

      Brenda

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful and creative lens! I like it.

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      three c86a4 8 years ago

      Great lens!! I love working with polymer clay. 5 stars!

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      Angelina 8 years ago from California

      so many great resources and wonderful art work!!!!!

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      jjanisse 8 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know that there was so much to sculpting with polymer clay. Thanks for all the great details.

      Take care.

      -Jordan.

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      getbackup 8 years ago

      Great lens!! Very interesting, nice job!

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      mybunnysuit 8 years ago

      Wow this is fantastic, this is something I would defiantly would want to learn how to do.

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      LuraDee 8 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! I Love Polymer Clay! Just wish I was better at sculpting. LOL! :oD

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Now I feel like playing with polymer clay.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Another great lens...as usual! 5 stars. I'm bookmarking this one for future reference. (Kids always have projects!)

      :)

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      mistyblue75605 lm 8 years ago

      Always wanted to learn this and how to make it more realistic than play... Thank you will have to use it for future!!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Very informative! I am fascinated by the intricate things that have been made using polymer clay :o) Thanks for sharing all this interesting info...5*

      Http://www.squidoo.com/Wysiwigs

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens on a craft that is always fun and popular! Thank you for this...a favorite!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Beautiful creations! I wish I were more of an artist--sigh.

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      singaporehosting 8 years ago

      Lovely Hobby to have, it is such a great pity that I am of no artistic talents, would really love to try making some of the sculpting shown in this great lense!

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Hi Sheryl, Extremely comprehenisve lens. Thanks for sharing.

      Ryan

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      Missmerfaery444 8 years ago

      Hi! Thank you for this great lens. I have just started sculpting faeries and unicorns with polymer clay and this is a brilliant reference! Will be exploring more of your lenses for sure!

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      David Gardner 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Great lens! Because I'm not as talented with my hands (but I still love cool images), I've chosen to be more photographically inclined. Your lens, however, has given me a nudge to try something new. Thanks for sharing this info!

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      MishaBean 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      Smartshops 8 years ago

      Great lens with lots of information! 5*s from your friends at Smartshops!

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      Karen I Olsen 8 years ago from Seattle, WA USA

      Holy mackerel!! I just now stumbled across this lens, and it's a marvelous resource! In fact, the sheer amount of information offered here is a little overwhelming. I use polymer clay to make ornaments and small containers with decoration inspired by the ceramic art of Neolithic Europe (I have a bit of a Sculpey bias; I guess I should try some of the other brands as well); but I'm certainly no professional at it. I'm more developed in folk music and photography; but making Neolithic-inspired ornaments is lots of fun. In any case, I should get plenty of good ideas from your content and tutorial links, once I have the chance to study them in more depth. Thanks for providing all this knowledge, and keep sculpting!!

      --Karen Olsen

      https://hubpages.com/education/lithiclair

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm totally impressed with this lens! I love working with polymer clay, but since I found Squidoo...I don not find the time. I need to find the time!! :))

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      As a fellow artist, glad to see that this lens is doing so well. :)

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Great lens ~ 5* I'm bookmarking this page with all of its wonderful resources and info; thanks for putting it all together!!

      Http://www.Squidoo.com/Wysiwigs

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      Margaret Schaut 8 years ago from Detroit

      So amazing what can be done with this clay! I was checking out the lenses in the Squidoo It All group, and discovered that this page is top 100, and wow, we're proud of you! If you can, please join the Squidoo It All group on facebook- we've already posted your lens there!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great collection of Polymer Clay advise, tips, and tutorials! Thanks

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      Asher Socrates 8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice work! Visit Me Here!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i don't consider myself an artist, im just a mom of a 2 year old who loves crafts, right now im working on making a dollhouse. already made some furniture and want to start with the dolls (actually i wanna do little animal families similar to the "silvanian families" or "calico critters" ) instead of "people" and ive been looking all over the web to find some tips or tutorials about how to make then jointed arms and legs ... pls someone in this artsitic community be kind to this crafty littl momma and tell her how to solve this prblm!!! (im using cold porcelain, you know, made with starch glue and glicerine instead of polimer clay cause cause its cheaper and doesn't need baking... and im not a pro so i don't wanna spend that much on this project)

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      Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      [in reply to craftymom] I've never tried doing ball joints, from my understanding they are quite difficult. You might want to try to use soft wire for your joints instead, where you have a joint embed a length of wire with a loop on the end (so it won't pull out) leaving about 1/4 inch between say the shoulder and arm to give it space to bed. 20-18 gauge aluminum wire works best (check hardware & craft stores it's pretty cheap). If you are working with a full body armature, just make sure it's soft wire like aluminum and leave 1/4 inch uncovered at the joints.

      Google making joints for stop motion puppets, that's your best bet if you want a more complex type of joint.

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      annanelson 8 years ago

      5 stars. I would like to invite you to join my new group, "Fine Art Critique." Set aside five or ten minutes to read the group page carefully. Let me know if anything sounds too convoluted or confusing. http://www.squidoo.com/groups/artcritique All visual arts are welcome.

      Thank you,

      Anna

      P.S. We look forward to having you.

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      logo-design-czarina 8 years ago

      great lens! i never thought clay sculpting is this cool.. I'm not an artist and my hands is really not gifted with sculpting activities. that;s why i give my kudos to those who has it. thanks to your lens. I'll try to have my first masterpiece soon. :)

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      What a nice lens Naodi. I like the pic used to illustrate polymer clay sculpting. ~ Colleen :)

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      Denise M Alvarado 8 years ago from Southwest

      Excellent information here. I use polymer clay in my Voodoo art , it's great for making faces.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      wow, great lens!! very informative. now i want to go sculpt something!

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      jura 8 years ago

      Great story great lens i'm not an artist but i appretiate art.

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      Great lens!! Thanks for all the information. 5*

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      Sam 8 years ago from Australia

      Great lens, filled with lots of helpful information.

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      social media op 8 years ago

      Great Lense Naodi

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      dmerrill lm 8 years ago

      Naodi, this is an excellent lens. I found your content interesting, nice use of pictures, and I particularly liked the amount of tutorial links you provided. You might be interested to visit my site where I explain how people can use free tools to market their lenses and websites so more people will find them. Be sure to leave a comment on my site with a link back here. http://www.squidoo.com/Marketanybusinessonline

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      An excellent lens full of information. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      mikeitloffe 8 years ago

      This is very serious stuff! I think I am going to allocate some of my spare time to this. Thanks a lot!

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      jessicahoward 8 years ago

      wow great lens...great job done...thanxx for sharing it....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      is there any books on sculpting birds and wildlife cause that is the area i want to learn cheers for any help

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      My daughters have recently taken an interest in polymer clay after seeing some of the wonderful artists on Etsy. Thanks so much for all the great tips and advice!

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      Sheryl Westleigh 8 years ago from Maine

      [in reply to wozzi71] Try Katherine Dewey's Creating Life-Like Animals in Polymer Clay, it's a good starter book. After you master the basics it's more a matter of observing animals and studying photos and the anatomy.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      that's sweets ima buy all of it

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      I love the things people do with polymer clay. I wish I was more artistic.

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      LSeeger 8 years ago

      wonderful lens! I was researching about tinkering with polymer clay...still will; but peraps I will wait for the new 'less caustic?'brands to come into play. You did a FABULOUS job. Thank you!

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. Nice, nice work. Thank-you for it.

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      kohuether lm 8 years ago

      I love making beads with polymer clay - such a fun hobby! I should branch out...

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      memyselfnotu 8 years ago

      Great information! Thanks.

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Fabulous lens, you're giving me ideas ;) 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      dustytoes 8 years ago

      I'd love to try this one day. You certainly have many great resources listed.

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      Bbush365 8 years ago

      I always wanted to try sculpting, thanks for the inspiration.

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      Lou165 7 years ago from Australia

      Great lens - I love your platypus!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      We've been working on sculpey cake toppers, this is a good resource for us. I'll read your lens carefully with my 9th grader friend who's interested, too.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very well done lens. Lots of very useful informations. I made some brooches with polymer clay some time ago and really liked it :) It's a very relaxing hobby.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Btw. I really love the things you sell at Etsy. Very unique and very beautiful :)

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      Edit Photos 7 years ago from Earth

      Very nice and informative lens! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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      LaurenZimmerman 7 years ago

      Great-great lens~! Thanks so much for sharing such good information. I've bookmarked you ... hummmm ... there's an idea ... a Squidoo option for bookmarking a lens ... in addition to all the other great things they have here. (yep .. I'm new .. and totally enthusiastic about Squidoo) (smile)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was thrilled to see my video for covering business card cases listed here. Thanks so much.

      Alice from Polymer Clay Etc.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing. The only school I have in polymer clay sculpting is the internet. I am blessed!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Some of these figurines remind me a wedding I was at. I wonder if places like www.magicalday.com uses techniques like this to create their cake toppers, if so then maybe I could give it a try :-). Is it ok to use these kinds of ploymers for food toppers?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens! This is truly inspiring! I've had sculpting clay just waiting for me to do something with it, now you have inspired me to create something at last!

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      nukemdomis lm 7 years ago

      Your lens is bleeding talent all over the place. It looks great and the information is presented wonderfully. We need more stars in the rating system to rate this lens properly.

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      zoemei123 7 years ago

      wow.. this is an amazing lens.

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      EelKat13 7 years ago

      This is one of my all time favorite lenses. I used to play with Sculpey as a kid, mostly making snakes, eels, and beads. Than as I got older I started thinking of clay as "for babies" - you know the teenager that's too old for toys, attitude. =P Than last year I found your lenses here on Squidoo and it I started thinking about how much fun I had with Sculpey all those years ago, and how - 'hey, I could make money doing something I really love doing!' and next thing I knew I was buying up FIMO and Sculpey and making little Goddess Dolls and Tribal Dolls and Spirit Dolls and Faeries and Mermaids - and WOW once I got started I couldn't stop! LOL! Now a year later, I'm selling them online and making money doing something I love doing. It's great! I'm so glad you made this series of lenses otherwise I never would have gotten back into doll making. Thank you so much!

      (P.S. Angels blessing sent.)

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      Davidfstillwagon 7 years ago

      interesting lens 5*

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      Calum_McFarlane 7 years ago

      Great source for information and links. Thanks.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great lens! Will definitely help people, like me, who are still beginning to learn. Thanks for sharing what you know.

      By the way, do visit my lens if you got the time. Thanks again

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      Laura 7 years ago from Australia

      Great lens!Lots of resources.Thankyou!

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      lizlomax 7 years ago

      this is AMAZING! thank you SO much for all the great information!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was just thinking about this lens and returned to bless it.

      This really is a wonderful page, informative and fun!

      I love working with polymer clay, need to start a project.

      Susie

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Very well done lens:

      Spreading my Angel Wings to offer a blessing for your lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just tried mixing SS with SS Firm, at about 75/25 ratio. The clay is sticking to my tools, specifically a Wilton gumpaste plastic tool that worked beautifully on regular SS. Will this stop if I get to a 50/50 mixture, is something wrong, or is this just the way it is?

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      RollingLuggage 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens & Great information

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      Sheryl Westleigh 7 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: Is it sticking because the clay is too soft? If that's the case your SS is probably a very fresh sticky batch (each box of clay can vary, some are stickier than others) and adding more Firm will help. If it's sticking because the clay is too stiff and it's more friction than your tool can handle you'll need to add more SS.

      It really shouldn't stick to tools but I'm not familiar with the one you're using. Smooth wood, steel, and silicone shouldn't stick unless the clay is very soft, other materials might especially if they aren't really smooth.

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      Surreymagic 7 years ago

      Great load of links- inspiration to create with clay, day after day after day!

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      CartoonArtist 7 years ago

      Really good info. Very nice lens.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I really enjoyed all the content on this lens. When I was young we used to make teeny tiny food items with Sculpy to use in doll houses. They turned out so cute.

      Thanks for all the many resource links.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for the great information. It looks like fun.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for all the wonderful resources! My son loves sculpting with clay ~ he will find this useful to improve his skills!

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      loganadrian 7 years ago

      really a good len. excellent information. good job

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      homeGardener 7 years ago

      Those Platypus christmas décor figurines are really cute. Another hobby for me to explore

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      Mom2Ian 7 years ago

      Great lens. Think I'll try the polymer beads.

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      projecttemplate 7 years ago

      Wow it's a great lens. And thanks for some good suggestion and tips. I will try to flow your instruction.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      What an excellent resource lens. I think I may have to give this a whirl next time I feel like working a little more dimensionally. 5*

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      johnsmythelinks 7 years ago

      Hey I think this is an art that has its own tradition. I have collected some rare information on it during link building.

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      taraboom 7 years ago

      Interesting page. The material comes in various colors making it quiet versatile

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      nice lens. i like it

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      enhancedcsn 7 years ago

      Good lens. Nice tips supplied to the lens.Your added details and videos really good.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Fantastic resource. I haven't tried using polymer clay (well just to make beads with the kids) but used to do quite well with saltdough, so might have a go.

      Sculpted an Angel blessing for you. :-)

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great resource, and contrats on the Purple Star. I've played a bit with clay, but didn't really go far. Maybe I'll pick it up again and have another try. Great idea about using a roasting bag. That's been one of my holdups -- worried about baking the clay in the oven I use for food, and certainly didn't have the ambition to clean the oven every time. LOL

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      AuthorNormaBudden 7 years ago

      This certainly is a great resource of information...

      On another note, congratulations on your purple star. This lens has been featured at Even More Purple Star Awards. If you have additional purple stars, please feel free to let me know and I will add them.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Greetings! You have a lovely lens and it has been blessed.

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      buybuddhastatue 7 years ago

      Great lens! superbly worked out pages. Valuable information on sculpting..A+++++++

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      WizardOne 7 years ago

      Thank you for this very informative lens. I can't wait to try the 90% alcohol tip -- does it work for smoothing out fingerprints in an unbaked clay project? I wear latex gloves when I can, but when I am doing fine work, they just get in the way. This has been my biggest frustration working with polymer clay. You can see pics of my clay wizards here:

      https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/claywizards

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Great lens with a lot of information and good tips. SquidAngel Blessings :)

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      kohuether lm 6 years ago

      I love working with Polymer clay, especially to make beads. Nice tutorial! I like the Fimo stuff the best. Unfortunately, my talent for actual sculpting is not up to par. I had friends in college who regularly made action figures with this stuff. I'll stick to my beads!

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      pottytrainyourdog 6 years ago

      Great lens! You can make the most amazing stuff with polymer clay...

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      shiwangipeshwani 6 years ago

      Wow naodi, great polymer designs . loved it

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      martialartstraining 6 years ago

      I love the looks of this stuff, it might be fun to try. Thank you for this lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a terrific lens. I discovered Polymer Clay from watching the Carol Duvall craft show on HGTV. I loved learning, bought many books to get the "how to's" and began making all kinds of things, decorating everything I found. This lens is a great addition to learning more about polymer clay. I introduced my grandchildren to polymer clay and, they love being creative and making different things to take home from Grandma's. Thanks for putting this lens together and, sharing it with the rest of the crafty people here on Squidoo!

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      RosegardenAdvic1 6 years ago

      Looks like I've got myself a nice new hobby! thanks for all the links to tutorials and your own tips and how-tos....very useful.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I made an ornament out of Sculpey, baked it, and then sprayed it with Krylon. It made the ornament very sticky. 3 weeks later, it still hasn't lost the stickiness. What happened?

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      Sheryl Westleigh 6 years ago from Maine

      @anonymous: I'm not sure. Which spray did you use? Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic (and most of their other acrylic based sprays) should work fine over the clay. Did you use any paint under the krylon that might have reacted with it? Only other thing I can think of is maybe the clay wasn't cured enough or had some residue on it that might cause a problem.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Sheryl Westleigh: No other paint or finish before I sprayed wth the Krylon. I had baked it according to the directions. I did do some India Ink work on the front, but nothing on the back, and all 4 sides are sticky. Someone suggested putting it in a100 degree oven to see if it will harden. I guess I'll try that.

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      Im2keys 6 years ago

      Wow! you have so many links here- I'm going to need like, a week to go thru this whole page! Great information, thanks for this â¥

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      Alfiesgirl LM 6 years ago

      I have been wanting to start polymer sculpting for quite a while now but knew not where to begin, now with thanks to you and this wonderfully informative lens I have everything I will ever need to know about polymer sculpting...and some! Thank you muchly indeedy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! Really would love to try this type of sculpting.

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      wickless-candles 6 years ago

      awesome lens, this is real talent

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Hats off to anyone who can create something out of clay. I enjoyed this lens very much.

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      Petstrel LM 6 years ago

      Fantastic stuff for us sculpting beginners. Great lens ;)

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      A good friend of mine started experimenting with Sculpey. It almost seems daunting, but your lens makes it seem easy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wonderful lens

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      svadilfari 6 years ago

      great lens, I will try next time something better that I did already.

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      Ruuran 6 years ago

      nice lens, I can use it for my nail art project

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      MirandaBrooks LM 6 years ago

      This is awesome, I love playing with clay and going to give some of your tips a try!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Looks like a fun hobby!

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      cherylsgifts2go 6 years ago

      I love working with polymer clay. I saw it first on The Carol Duvall show and just had to try it. I keep a full drawer of clay and all the tools for when the grandchildren come down to visit. They love being creative and come up with some great sculptures. It is so much fun. Loved your lens. You did a great job at providing lots of links and information!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens. My children had to use this clay while we lived abroad.

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      WebIsFun 6 years ago

      Wow! This is really helpful. Thank you

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      jabrebre 6 years ago

      Thanks for great lens!

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      charder 6 years ago

      I used to love sculpting things with sculpey

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I've never tried making anything out of clay, but I keep looking at it in the craft store. I guess I should get some and give it a try. Nice lens!

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      SmBizGuru LM 6 years ago

      ohhh I really want to sculpt with polymer clay. I just need to get the stuff and get started! This lens is a great inspiration to get started. Thank you!

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      jeanwolf50 6 years ago

      I am so excited to find this lense! I just made my first clay beads and had questions regarding technique and here are the answers ;)

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      jeanwolf50 6 years ago

      This is a super lense! I was looking for polymer clay info for my projects.

      Thanks

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      chipchan 6 years ago

      I love all the polymer clay designs my friend gets to do, from cupcakes to ice creams, to school uniforms!

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      Tagsforkids 6 years ago

      Some great info thanks! I tried sculpting with clay several years ago and discovered quickly that it wasn't the medium for me! :) Of course this is an inspiration to try again so who knows?

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      AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

      The sculptures are amazing, and so is this lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great job on the lens, got me wanting to do some of those stuff.

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      LouieWrites 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      TWOnline2 6 years ago

      there is not end to what you can do...it seems.

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      LynetteBell 6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great tips there:) thanks

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      JVandewalker LM 6 years ago

      I like the platypus sculpture. It looks like there was a lot of attention to detail when it was sculpted.

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      GingerBarritt 6 years ago

      I've never been particularly good with my hands...but you make me want to try...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great art on this lens, I wish I could do something like this. I like your lens and I think that yo should keep up the good work.

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      puranroy 6 years ago

      Awesome i think i can make this as my hoby

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      Mary114 6 years ago

      Very beautiful sculptures. Always wanted to learn.

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

      Thank You for the very informative lens! I loved it! I rated it up and joined your fan club, hope to see you in my fan club too! Great Job!!!

      Jeff

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      Dustbunnyodoom 6 years ago

      I've thought a few times about experimenting with polymer clay but wasn't really too sure where to start, you lens has definitely given me a lot to think about. great stuff!

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      sustainableartist 6 years ago

      I used to do Sculpey a lot when I was younger, and I experimented with Fimo but the hardness put me off a put (the pasta maker is an awesome idea). Thanks for the inspiration!

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      I bought some polymer clay a little while ago, to use in my mixed media work. However it is still in the packet - I think seeing this lens and the information it contains has given me a kick up the proverbial. I will be using it soon now. I will hopefully be popping back to follow up some of the links and I will let you know when I have started to use it. Thanks

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      dogodor 6 years ago

      interesting lens. I didn't know much about polymer clay. So I appreciated the content.

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      SquidooMBA 6 years ago

      My brother has a masters in scuplture. I forwarded this on to him and he was telling me what good content you had. Congrats on the lens and for making the Top 100. Keep up the great work!

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      Never knew anything about polymer clay before visiting your lens. Really interesting. Love it.

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      I thought polymer clay was beautiful and wanted to make some simple things out of it until I read about phthalates in it. The post 'fear and hysteria in the studio' addresses this issue and has been written well. Thank you for getting me interested in polymer clay art again.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What an extremely informative post! I'd never realized all the things that could be done with this stuff.

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      its4hry 6 years ago

      @Ben Reed: interesting, might try it

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So appreciate that Bruno took the time to produce this book so that those of us who arent able to attend his workshops, have the opportunity to learn.A master of anatonomy who presents the process in pictorial stages we can clearly follow.A must have figure form book.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks you've been a great help! x

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      Stoney2009 6 years ago

      This is a great resource. Good work!

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      Gripandflip 6 years ago

      I tried sculpting with polymer clay before and I couldn't quite get the hang of it. Very informative lens.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Looks easy, but I bet it takes work. Nice lens.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Sheryl this is such an informative and interesting lens. I have to admit that this is all new to me. I have never heard of polymer clay sculpting.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I used to make beads all the time with Femo when I was a kid. That's about as far as my sculpting abilities went!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for your useful tips. well presented lens. ~blessed~

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I want try your techniques. I love playing with polymer clay!

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      djroll 6 years ago

      I'm fascinated with what can be created with polymer clay. Nice lense.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Nice lens. I love playing with polymer clay. I like the details in your sculptures!

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      learn-to-dance 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      Vicki 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Sheryl, than you for sharing your tips and resources for polymer clay sculpting! You made a great-looking lens, and beautiful art. I faved, starred and bookmarked this lens. Your Hatching Turtle is too cute, and I also like your fairies and nymphs on your website.

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Like your lens. Thanks for sharing on Squidoo!!

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      IvoryPearl 6 years ago

      Philippe Faraut is an outstanding artist. May have to revisit direct sculpting.

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      LiveLifeReal 6 years ago

      neat lens, I use polymer clay to get an idea on how to wood carve a project. thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sculpting Demo,by Philippe Faraut

      This video is awesome! Congrats Philippe! You make it look easy......and we all know it's not!! Thanks for sharing you talent!

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      Gayle Dowell 6 years ago from Kansas

      I didn't know you could do this with polymer clay. Great tips and links. Thanks!

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      sivavetukuri 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens. Thanks for Sharing.

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      artshock 5 years ago

      Great set of resources here. Good job! It's been a while since I tried sculpting...this is very inspiring.

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      Laniann 5 years ago

      I have to agree you do have a great set of resources here. I enjoyed watching your video selections.

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      speaktolearn 5 years ago

      Great Polymer clay tips! THanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I purchased a book on this for jewelry making a while ago. Your lens is much more informative. Makes me want to try it.

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      Renquist 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I was just thinking of trying polymer clay for some projects I have in mind. I usually use a soft clay but that doesn't work for everything

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      Laniann 5 years ago

      Back to Bless your lens.

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      abbs002 5 years ago

      good one pal

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      Charmgal 5 years ago

      Lots of good information here! I will be back to browse again!

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      ratul1987 5 years ago

      Great Lens...Like It

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      ratul1987 5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great information. I've done a little polymer clay sculpting. Love playing with it and tend to use molds and cutters. I need to get it out and follow some of these great tutorials!

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      nolinel lm 5 years ago

      Great information thank you. It has tempted me to try some amateur sculpting...

      http://www.squidoo.com/human-anatomy-course-by-dr-...

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      I have purchased some polymer clay and tools. Now I just need time to use them. Thanks for an inspiring lens.

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      I love polymer clay days with my sister. She's so creative. Great lens.

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      Serj 5 years ago

      Very cool. I'd be interested in doing this, but I'm better with drafting, website design type of creative stuff... still looks like allot of dun. Great lens.

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Very cool projects!

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      Judy Filarecki 5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      thanks for a great tutorial and tips. I've spent many hours having fun with my grandchildren using polymer clay and now that they are a little older, they would enjoy more advanced stuff like you show.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      lovely art page. thanks for the clay sculpting tips.

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      notaspaceship 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I have never tried sculpting, but your article was interesting. I also took a peek at your Etsy listings, you're quite talented!

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      VoodooRULEs 5 years ago

      Reading this is an education. First about polymer clay, but maybe even more importantly an education on how to pack a lot of great information into a easy and fun to read article. Thank you!

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      pramodbisht 5 years ago

      Nice Lens

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      What a fabulous resource.

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      hysongdesigns 5 years ago

      very nice, going to have to bookmark this one; I play with clay sometimes ;-)

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      profilesincolor 5 years ago

      Rich reference! Thanks! :-)

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      freaksfactory 5 years ago

      Excellent lens , love it

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      VSP 5 years ago

      Are you familiar with Kathy Davis? She is a published sculptor in our guild. I like canning. Nice lens.

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      HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great post..Nice

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      Vivek Bhan 5 years ago

      Oh I Loved it !

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      YourBestFriend 5 years ago

      Thanks for the very good post! Easy to read even for those who are not familiar with polymer clay like me ;)

      http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/YourBestFriend

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      catherinenbrooks 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!Good job by this lens.Nice...

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great tips and suggestions. Blessed by a squid angel.

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      My favorite art pieces have always been sculpted art. I am particularly found of sculpted clay that is bronzed.

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Excellent lens with loads of really useful information. I'd love to try this some time.

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      shivnagsudhakar 5 years ago

      GOOD WORK

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      KiwiSanet 5 years ago

      I enjoyed looking at your lens and like the idea of polymer clay starter kit as a gift. I will be back for more visits.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How cool! I've always wanted to try polymer clay. Thanks for the great lens.

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      AngelDey 5 years ago

      This is very good information. I've always wanted to try polymer clay but have always felt a little overwhelmed. Thank you for such a good set of references.

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      alsomelbel 5 years ago

      I have seen people make some pretty nifty jewelry with polymer clay. Thank you for showing ME how. :)

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      Nice introduction to polymer clay! :)

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      love this lens, it is such and inspiration...:)RWJR

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      Rammelfirdaus 5 years ago

      I think i'm going to start a new hobby.

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      journey103 5 years ago from USA

      Love this lens...will need to bookmark and learn more!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      I really love this lens and congrats a ton!!!

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      pd6914 5 years ago

      Thanks for including the Flickr photos! I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      JeremyAce 5 years ago

      I may have to give polymer clay a shot now, but if nothing else you added to my reading list. Thanks again for the lens.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is really interesting. I see this product but had no clue how to use it.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for such an inspirational lens on sculpting. always loved it, but haven't done much recently, I think I am going to go back to it after seeing all these beautiful sculptures.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well done. Blessed!

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Very good and informative! Thanks a lot!

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      I have always been curious about sculpting and polymer clay, so I enjoyed the information and sculpting tips you shared. Your Squids are adorable :)

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      writer_villa 5 years ago

      Sheryl, It is a good lens!

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

      Sweet, cool this looks like stuff!

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      amazing lens!!!

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Loads of goodies and info! Very nicely put together, the time and effort put in comes through to create a very complete experience for the visitor - fab!

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      NellinShoppi 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! Loads of useful information here. Thanks a lot :)

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      ilovehaagendazs 5 years ago

      nice! Wish to try it out myself but I just couldn't find the right time!

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      creativeinc lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I like sculpting too!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I like sculpting, I never use polymer clay to make the sculpture before but I use the plasticine. The weakness with plasticine is that is cannot keep the shape for long, if it is accidentally pressed, there gone it shape. I like this lens very much!

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      NTxWriter 5 years ago

      Great tutorial links! I used to make all kinds of beads with polymer clay years ago and it was lots of fun. The art has come a long way since then, though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent lens! Thanks for taking the time to offer these tips!

      One squid thumb up vote issued for this lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Glad I stopped by again, this is a wonderful resource. Blessed!

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      Showpup LM 5 years ago

      I've always wanted to try my hand at crafting with clay. The videos here are amazing! Wow!

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      HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

      Do you have any concerns that the Chinese manufacturers are not compling with the phthalates regulations? If so, would you recommend only purchasing from US / European manufacturers? Thanks

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      Sheryl Westleigh 5 years ago from Maine

      @HuntAndFishGuides: I have no reason to believe they aren't complying. The major manufacturers of polymer clay (Sculpey, Fimo, Kato, Cernit) are all US or European based however.

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      WildWilliams 5 years ago

      Silver clay is also amazing!

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      nickirc lm 5 years ago

      Cute stuff thanks.

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      nickirc lm 5 years ago

      Great stuff thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A great lens to share. Nice! Squid-liked!

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Very nice lens!

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      CrucialCulture LM 5 years ago

      Great Lens... Thanks

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I do a lot of crafting, but have truly never given polymer clay a turn. Maybe it's time. :)

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      nigel7725 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      Quirkyart 5 years ago

      I've played around with polymer clay and never knew about the dangers. I'll keep it mind next time. Good lens

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      MaartjeJepsen 5 years ago

      Thank you for interesting lens!

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      bradhughes 5 years ago

      I must try this too! I know it's not easy but I'm interested to learn.

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      kerryhrabstock 5 years ago

      Great job. I've always wanted to try this, but recently got addicted to Squidoo. Whenever will I find the time?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you !

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      Really skillful and smart lens -- I love the way you write and this topic is lovely. Thanks!

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      nelsonkana 5 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      azD40x 5 years ago

      definitely going to try clay sculpting after reading your lens :)

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I've never heard of polymer clay. The clay I'm used to is really malleable with water but once you let it dry or get into the hot sun it hardens quickly.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      A serious understatement unquestionably, be it might

      To say that Polymer Clay should be a sculptorâs delight.

      The same could certainly be said of this impressive lens

      That helps, from shapless clay, to make aesthetic sense.

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      Bash51214 5 years ago

      Thanks For sharing .. enjoyed it a lot.. God Bless You.

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      TheArtLibrarian 5 years ago

      Nice -- very thorough lens. Thanks!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Very nice lens! thumbs up!

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      Cool lens. Thank you for sharing

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Great lens...I use to make Fimo clay sculptures and jewelry, but sadly now I don't have the time.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i love the squids you featured. they look real. the best thing about this clay is you don't need to bake it. angel blessed.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      utopia5230 5 years ago

      Cool lens! Thanks for sharing

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 5 years ago from United States

      Wonderful tips, references, and inspiration for polymer clay artists! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 5 years ago from United States

      Wonderful tips, references, and inspiration for polymer clay artists! Thanks for sharing!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for compiling this extensive resource. Your examples look so realistic. Blessed.

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      Rickcpl 5 years ago

      Nice.

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      Rickcpl 5 years ago

      How do you do this?

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      Kliedel 5 years ago

      thank your for sharing this wonderful lens, btw where did you learn this ideas? amazing!

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      Great informative lens. Thanks for sharing these tips.

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      Lori Green 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      had to come back twice. Thanks great lens.

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      lillianjuares 4 years ago

      Thank for the tips, this is not easy to do, i need to share this with my friends thanks again great :)

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      PaulWinter 4 years ago

      I will have to come back and read this lens again and look at some of the tutorials. This looks like a great hobby.

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      Barbara2659 4 years ago

      Incredible! I love this lens.

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      RadaFrancis LM 4 years ago

      Sculpting sure is an art form!

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      I used to play with Polymer Clay A Lot to make beads, candle holders and ornaments. It's very easy to use. My biggest problem was the size of my supply drawer & work area! It can be addictive!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love working with polymer clay!

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My son loves making creations out of clay, but we have not been using polymer clay. Will check it out. Thanks

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      jennie-lee-372 3 years ago

      Hi! Thanks so much for adding my website on your lens! My blog has tons of freebie information about sculpting a OOAK ONe of a Kind baby sculpt. Stop by if you'd like to learn too! :)

      www.weebabiesnursery.com

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      BlowDryBar 3 years ago

      I have a polymer clay snake sculpture that I love!

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      GreenfireWiseWo 3 years ago

      Great ideas -thank you!

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