Polymer Clay Tools

Unexpected Polymer Clay tools using items in your home, to add texture to your projects.

There are many things that can be found in your home that can be used for adding texture to your projects.

Raid the junk drawer to come up with unexpected objects that work well. Adding texture will add a special dimension and interest to your creations.

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When doing a sculpt of a face, lines will need to be added to the skin. The amount and depth to the lines will depend on the age of the subject. Fine lines can be made with cheesecloth or a soft toothbrush. Cheesecloth can be used for heavier lines by pushing the cheesecloth deeper into the clay.

Lines and wrinkles can be made by using a small wire brush. You can also use a skewer stick or wooden toothpick.

You can create reptile skin using an onion bag or similar netting material. This is way faster than trying to carve lines individually.

Sometimes the best Polymer clay tools are items that aren't what they were meant for. Here are some items from around the house that you can use to create some interesting textures:

From Nature:

Rocks
Leaves
Seed Pods
lava rock

sea sponge
sea shells
coral
Bark/wood
pinecones
sticks

From the tool box:

wire brush
bolt
wire
washers

gears
screw
nail
screen
plumbing parts

There are many items from the kitchen that you can use:

grater
straw
onion bag
wire scrubby
tin foil

edge of a bottle cap
skewer sticks
toothpick
fork

Did I mention I have a really big junk drawer?

More Polymer Clay Tools from Household Items

pop can cut into strips
pop can tab
popcorn
rice
pasta

epson salts/ coarse salt             crushed ice... No, THAT isn't in the junk drawer! My husband thinks dip goes in the cupboard, but that's another story. I have a lot of those.

From the garage:

keys
bicycle tire
golf ball
chain

The bathroom:

hairbrush
toothbrush
comb
hair dye applicator
toothpaste cap

The kids toy box: 

Lego
toy car wheels
crayon pieces

The sewing/craft room

lace
burlap
blue jean material
cheesecloth
netting
tulle
String
pattern from the handle of an exacto knife
zipper
bobbin
thimble
hot glue

Other:

sole of a shoe or boot                bubble wrap 

If you are just starting out, using household items can be an inexpensive alternative to buying supplies from the craft store. Even after adding to my supplies, I still rely on unusual objects that can make unique textures in my sculpting and jewelry projects.  

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