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Project

Polymer Clay 101: Cutting Flat Shapes

Use this technique to make the Polymer Clay Charm Bracelet and Earrings

Introduction

Sources

Studio by Sculpey polymer clay, in Peacock, $6 for 2 oz, amazon.com

Sculpey III polymer clay, in Translucent, $6 for 8 oz, createforless.com

Premo polymer clay, in Black, $6 for 8 oz, createforless.com

Plain round cutters, $19 for 12-piece set, amazon.com

4" pastry wheel cutter with wooden handle, $6, by Ateco, from wasserstrom.com

Etch 'N Pearl Fine-Point Tool, $7 for three, by Studio by Sculpey, from createforless.com

Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine, $19, by Sculpey, from amazon.com

Materials

  • Polymer clay
  • Clay conditioning machine
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Cookie and art cutters
  • Transparent ruler
  • Pastry cutter
  • Fine-point tool

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Use the conditioning machine to roll a 1/16-inch-thick piece of clay onto a parchment-lined baking sheet –– avoid touching clay to prevent fingerprints. To blend colors or marbleize the clay, use this technique

  2. Step 2

    Cut circles with cookie and art cutters (we used widths from about 1/2 inch to 2 inches); pull up excess clay. 

  3. Step 3

    For squares and rectangles, use a transparent ruler to mark a grid of 1 1/4-inch or 1-by-1 3/4-inch increments. Run pastry cutter along ruler's edge to connect markings. Leave pieces in place (they snap apart once baked). 

  4. Step 4

    Pierce each with pointed tool. Bake clay on parchment for a matte finish, shown here (baking on metal makes clay shiny).