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How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay
« on: October 27, 2015, 10:57:55 PM »
After discovering that my stash of nearly 50 blocks of Sculpey Polymer Clay were all dry and hard as a rock, I feel like I've hit a goldmine with these How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay. Yes I knew that there was something that I could buy to help make them softer, and I bought it... at nearly $6 for 1 oz~! It worked but took a lot (1/2 oz) to restore 4-5 blocks. It would take a lot more to do the whole batch at that rate. So I started researching and found great answers at two websites...

How To Renew Dried Out Sculpey Cheaply by poofrabbit:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Renew-Dried-Out-Sculpey/?ALLSTEPS

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IMPRESSION ON CONDITIONING OF ALL TYPES OF POLYMER CLAY
http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/shop/impression.htm

There are several suggestions on the above web pages. My preference for my Premo Sculpey clay is baby oil and I just happen to have a bottle nearly full of Johnson's Baby Oil. :gspring1:

If you have ANY polymer clay, you'll probably need this Tip. :gparty9: Enjoy~!

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Re: How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2015, 09:58:08 PM »
 :gpoke1:  What are you making with polymer clay? 

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Re: How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 01:12:54 AM »
Well, NOTHING until I get all this clay restored to useful condition.  :imp:
But THEN I might make some custom charms to attach to a few bracelets. After pricing the ones at Michael's I'd rather see what I can come up with to go with some pearls and found objects. They are popular right now and if they look okay, I can make some pendant necklaces and "stuff" to match. So.... possibly a little state of Georgia and one of Virginia with GA and VA imprinted on them. DD likes BoHo stuff so I could do more beading on hers, etc.

I'm being inspired by the pictures below.  :whisper: Click the image to see it larger.
We shall see... :XFingers1:

Check out the different ideas I'm looking over at...
https://www.pinterest.com/mizmaggs/craft-items-bjs-list/
https://www.pinterest.com/mizmaggs/unusual-tribal-unique-handicrafts/
and all sorts of new stuff at the bottom of the page at...
https://www.pinterest.com/mizmaggs/

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Re: How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2015, 08:55:36 AM »
I love the samples pictures they are pretty. You could make refrigerator magnets too. I use one to hold my Grocery list I am making so when I think of something I need it is easy to get to the list

Can't wait to see your progress   :gfriends1:


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Re: How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2015, 10:12:40 AM »
Do you plan to sculp each "charm" from scratch or make a mold?  I remember someone making hummingbird earring dangles but don't know how they did it.

I always thought it would be nice to be able to make sea gulls for wall art.  A friend made all sizes and types of wall art and shelf art from the interesting knots and knarles and bark from the Alpine forests of New Mexico.  The bark had the look of seaside rock outcroppings, and he used ceramic gulls (about 2" long) that were available then.  He also used small ceramic woodland critters peeping out of a hole in a branch.  Sold like hotcakes at the craft fair, and a friend took a bunch to her office.  And he had a display at home and sold to friends.  I bought a bunch for gifts.  Unfortunately, I gave most away.  Later, when I wanted some of the gulls on bark, the ceramic supplier had turned to pigs.  Ugh!







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Re: How-To Tips for restoring hardened polymer clay
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2015, 10:17:51 AM »
TFS pics and your list.