Posted in Polymer on May 24th, 2010 by admin
Tips for Conditioning Polymer Clay
- Some brands of polymer clay are softer than others, for instance Fimo Soft is softer than traditional Fimo. However even soft from the pack polymer clays should be conditioned. This will help to even out any unevenness in the clay.
- Warm polymer clay is easier to work with than cold polymer clay. If a block of polymer clay is particularly tough, try placing it in a warm place for one or two hours before working on it (some polymer clay artists have even been known to sit on blocks of polymer clay to warm them).
- Conditioned polymer clay stays malleable for many days and even weeks. Conditioning does not do any harm to a block of polymer clay, therefore don’t worry about conditioning too much clay. Many polymer clay artists condition a batch of polymer clay in advance before working on a big project.
- It is not necessary to condition polymer clay when color mixing as the color mixing process also acts as conditioning.
Conditioning polymer clay is an important part of the preparation process. While many people who are new to working with polymer clay are eager to start work on a new project, they should not overlook this important step.