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Polymer Clay manual: English edition by nemo-h Polymer Clay manual: English edition by nemo-h

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Hey there everyone!

I have just finished translating and re-editing the Polymer Clay brief material I had produced in spanish. I expanded it to include polymer clay brands that are found in stores in the U.S.A., and added book and website resources. Give it a read and share it please!
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AyeScream Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
This was extremely enlightening - thank you !
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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EratoTiaTuatha Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
WOW. This is the best thing on polymer clays I've seen, EVER. I have just stated using polymer clays and I've been looking for a good guide. There are so many conflicting opinions on the net, it's almost impossible to find a source that will answer all the questions and do it in a way that's believable instead of just some vague pointers. Thank you very much for this <3 Also, I don't know if you plan to ever expand or update this thing, but it could be useful to mention that Cernit currently carries a wide range of special clays (transculent, glittery, etc) and their Doll clay comes in 7 shades which I believe is the widest range for doll making clays? I chose Cernit Doll as my first polymer clay and I love everything about it.
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very glad you found it useful. The fact that there are a lot of diverse opinions on the particulars of Polymer Clays is why I produced it. I actually do want to update it; thanks for the Cernit tip. There's also some new Polymer Clays in the market like Bee's Putty which actually has some wax elements to it and comes in several hardness levels.

Thanks for commenting!
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shannonsfaeriefolk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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vonBorowsky Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Vary good! Thank you for making this!
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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CAFonseca Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Very good!!
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AlysaTaladay Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are wonderful for this. :) Thank you.
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you found it useful!
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JayRoseberry Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
absolutely amazing and most helpful thing ever. ive been wanting to get into sculpture specifically polymer clay and this is exactly what i needed to read thanks ^_^
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad it was useful! Cheers.
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8AlnitakKaleids8 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great!
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! enjoy.
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LostStrings Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hy im trying to view this but all thats happening it just a blank screen, ive refreshed and gone off the page and back on ?
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! try downloading directly from this link: [link]
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karolvig Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
Hi there, do you know more about armatures for fimo? I saw somewhere you can use balsa wood... I would like to know what other materials can be used...
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
For an armature, many things will do but I'm going to suggest for you to go for wire armatures. If you can: Use aluminum wire. What kind of sculpture are you planning? Different sculpts have different armature needs.
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karolvig Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
thankx for your reply, I want to do a piece of cake, like one of those miniatures we see, but I want to do in a real scale... So, as this will be much bigger, Iīm thinking of how I can do an armature, cause with aluminuim foil only, I will have to use it a lot... I though of aluminum wire and foil combined, but I donīt know, maybe it wonīt work... So I really donīt know... Iīm researching... I want to make fake foods, in real scale, using polymer clay...

Anyway, thankx again for any help! :)
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh! If you're doing something really big like that in polymer clay: I definitely recommend getting most of it blocked out. As you probably know: Polymer clay should not be used in too thick a batch.

Here's an idea:
For an armature, use a cardboard setup. Of course, cardboard is not that durable or sturdy, but it'll Block out most of the shape. To get this to harden well, Use "Bondo". You can find it in autozone or any place where they sell car manteinance or care products. Bondo is a polyester putty that hardens in minutes after you mix it with a hardener cream. It's VERY cheap. Use it to build up on the cardboard box to get a hard shell.

Be careful though, bondo IS toxic. Use a respirator mask to avoid health issues. Use a spreader to apply it, a little at a time (it really hardens fast)

After that, Sculp over bondo. Since Polymer clay is not cheap, I would recommend actually just making the cake details in polymer clay, and leaving the large parts to either bondo or other cheaper clays (there are many air-dry clays that can serve that purpose). Bondo can also be sanded and given form, just remember not to inhale the dust.

Let me know if this helps.
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karolvig Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Oh, thankx a lot for you help!! I really didnīt know this Bondo product. Yeah, I think the solution is to make a shell, I will see if I find this Bondo and try this... But regarding air dry clays that I could use, which ones could you suggest me? Biscuit maybe would serve? Cause I donīt know much about other clays, only biscuit and that plastilina clay from acrilex...

thank you :)
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
There is a fairly inexpensive clay called "Daz" which sands well and can be smoothed with water. But I'm afraid I can't help you much, I live in Mexico and my knowledge of Materials available elsewhere is Limited.
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karolvig Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
I donīt know this clay, is it easy to find? I live in Brasil, and I didnīt find it in the net... thanx again :hug:
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well It's easy to find in Mexico and the USA. But you can always find local alternatives, it's a very traditional earth based clay that needs not be fired.

Bondo is easy to find almost anywhere. If you don't find it by Brand name as "bondo" you can always use a generic term like "polyester putty" or "Car-Filler putty"
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shocka123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hey great tutorial! Though I'm wondering, What type of surface should i put underneath the clay? Like paper, tin foil... That stuff.
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Depends on what you want to do. In most cases, You'll want to place Compressed Tin foil below it. if you're making a figure, make sure you do a wire armature first, and then use foil to save up on clay and add volume.
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nomnombreakfast Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there! I was wondering about the aluminium shield.. do you mean like making a giant aluminium egg to put your clay in? I'm a noob :3
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just a sort of covering made with aluminum foil to create a shield. It needs just be a bit larger than the sculpture itself.
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mysticheero Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
A very helpful manual! Thank you very much. This helps me out quite a bit, especially with choosing my polymer clays.

On a side note there is still a bit of spanish appearing in the FAQ Part Two, under the "after cooking, crack have appeared" bit, on the first bullet point.
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!

And yup, it has some stealthy spanish inserted, People have already mentioned it, I'm just waiting to finish a new section on using polymer clays for jewelry to upload a third edition manual with that correction.
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Christine-E Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A very valuable tutorial, thank you very much! :blowkiss:
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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The-DKid Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just what I was needing! Thank you so much for this
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
you're welcome!
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
nice job! very informative =]
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philofmars Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
FAQ part two has some spanish still in it...
second column first bullet
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Noted! Will remove it soon, thanks for pointing it out.
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thinkpastel Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very interesting! :)
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chiseltown Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very informative indeed. Although I don't use polymer clay, I learned a lot from this. Thanks! :)
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

My god! You have some truly amazing work in your gallery!
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chiseltown Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
What a wonderful tutorial, thanks so much for putting it together! One thing on tools, I recently bought a cake floral creation set by a company called wilton for 20.00 usd I LOVE IT. I highly suggest artists looking for interesting shaped tools head to the baking decor asile, they are much cheaper!
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you have a dentist friend, go ahead and ask him for old tools. Dental tools must be changed every year at least, and the old ones make for AWESOME sculpt tools.
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
A good chunk of my family is medical but no dentists sadly =)
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Old bazars are good for this too!
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CandyForYourSkull Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i've thought about using pluffy to replace silicone for whip cream and ice cream and such or something else to use instead of silicone what do you think? thanks foir this by the way i just started sculpting at this is very helpful :heart:
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it might work! The texture it has will probably do wonders.

remember you can actually tint sculpey liquid too to use in molds, that might also be a good idea.
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SpyralEyed Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You should include information for kato polyclay. It is currently the strongest clay on the market aside from cernit. Hobby Lobby carries it. Donna Kato has been releasing some revolutionary tools over the last 10 years and has 3 books out that I know of, that are a must for any poly clay beginner. This is an awesome compilation, glad you are sharing.
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