Polymer Clay 101: Cutting Flat Shapes
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
- Polymer clay
- Clay conditioning machine
- Parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Cookie and art cutters
- Transparent ruler
- Pastry cutter
- Fine-point tool
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.
Cut circles with cookie and art cutters (we used widths from about 1/2 inch to 2 inches); pull up excess clay.
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).
Pierce each with pointed tool. Bake clay on parchment for a matte finish, shown here (baking on metal makes clay shiny).