Some essential (and some 'nice to have') polymer tools and kit

Various brands of clay
Various brands of clay

There are quite a few brands with very different characteristics.

Sculpey Super Slicer
Sculpey Super Slicer

Some people's favourite blade for use with polymer. Slightly bendy, long and reasonably sharp.

Trusty Atlas pasta machine!
Trusty Atlas pasta machine!

Pasta machine - everyone recommends Mercato Atlas 150s and they can be found on ebay relatively cheaply.

Tile worksurfaces and curing surfaces
Tile worksurfaces and curing surfaces

Cheap white tiles - don't get the bumpy version!! Great for lots of things and work well as a worksurface.

Acrylic roller
Acrylic roller

Essential piece of kit - tho a flat sided glass can be used at a pinch

Mini-oven
Mini-oven

Dedicated mini oven - these aren't expensive and, as long as you're careful about temperature spikes, they work brilliantly for clay,.

oven thermometer
oven thermometer

Very useful, especially for small ovens where the temperature spikes can ruin your pieces (or under-cure them)

Metal oven tray lined with polyester fibrefill
Metal oven tray lined with polyester fibrefill

Bog standard metal oven dish lined with polyester fibrefill (and no, it doesn't melt!).

Clay safe (metal!) rulers
Clay safe (metal!) rulers

Lots of uses - from making skinner blends to working out bangle sizes. And metal won't react to the polymer like some plastics do.

Wet and dry sandpaper - various grits
Wet and dry sandpaper - various grits

Essential (unfortunately). Get a set of different grits starting at about 240 and going up to 1000.

Books and magazines
Books and magazines

There are loads...

Texture sheets
Texture sheets

Some can be rolled through the pasta machine - others don't fit!

Cookie cutters
Cookie cutters

Useful for almost any project. Seamless are best (but can be expensive).

Measuring spoons
Measuring spoons

Can be used to shape clay around - eg two sides of a bead.

Makins extruder
Makins extruder

Basic Makins extruder. Hard on the hands and quite a small barrel. Low tech but effective.

Needles and pins!
Needles and pins!

Bamboo and metal skewers have hundreds of uses.

Small spray bottle (water!)
Small spray bottle (water!)

Great to use as a release agent (eg spray on a texture stamp before pressing into the clay). Cornflour works too.

Sculpey shaping tray
Sculpey shaping tray

Useful for making identically shaped and sized sides of lentil beads...

Cornflour 'pounce'
Cornflour 'pounce'

Cotton bag filled with cornflour - great for smoothing out fingerprints and stopping things sticking.

timer
timer

Essential for getting your oven timings right... sometimes also for timings for glue and resin.

pearl ex
pearl ex

Shimmering powder for adding to raw clay or (with a binder) to cured clay.

Alcohol spray
Alcohol spray

Useful for cleaning all sorts of stuff

Painbrush and bead pins
Painbrush and bead pins

These bead pins are very sharp and work well in the oven

Colour wheel
Colour wheel

Colour choices are one of the most important aspects of working with polymer - a colour wheel might help!

Stamps
Stamps

Polymer takes texture beautifully - get a few and experiment!

Alphabet stamps
Alphabet stamps

...in case you'd like to stamp names, dates or anything else in your clay!

Translucent liquid sculpey
Translucent liquid sculpey

Very useful bakeable liquid polymer clay which also doubles as a transfer medium

Interleaving sheets
Interleaving sheets

Useful for keeping stacks of sheets of rolled clay from sticking to itself

Bake and Bond
Bake and Bond

Helps polymer bond to other surfaces like metal and glass.

Reaming tools
Reaming tools

Useful for making beads...

Ball tools
Ball tools

Very useful for all sorts of things - particularly mokume gane

Inka gold
Inka gold

Inka gold is a sort of metallic paint with the texture of butter. It can be applied very successfully to the surface of both cured and uncured polymer.

Acrylic brayer
Acrylic brayer

Useful for some sorts of cane-work

Clay softener
Clay softener

Add a few drops to horrible crumbly old clay and - after a lot of work - it might be reusable!

Layout paper
Layout paper

Incredibly good for smoothing and burnishing flat surfaces prior to curing. Reduces the amount of sanding you might have to do!