Polymer Clay 101: Conditioning, Rolling, and Marbleizing Clay
Learn the basics of preparing clay, mixing colors, and making shapes.
- Polymer clay
- Clay-conditioning machine
Conditioning: Polymer clay must be softened to prevent cracking and breakage. Knead it in your hands, and then run it through a conditioning maching (about $25 at craft stores). This tool makes the clay pliable, presses consistently flat sheets of various thicknesses, and blends colors.
To blend, form 2 or 3 rolls of clay and twist together (experiment with different sizes and color combinations).
Flatten roll by hand, and then run it through the conditioning machine.
Use flattened pieces for a stripy look, or roll it up and run it through the machine again for a marbleized effect.