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.

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Sculpey Super Slicer
Sculpey Super Slicer

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

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Trusty Atlas pasta machine!
Trusty Atlas pasta machine!

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

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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.

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Acrylic roller
Acrylic roller

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

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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,.

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oven thermometer
oven thermometer

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

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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!).

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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.

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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.

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Books and magazines
Books and magazines

There are loads...

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Texture sheets
Texture sheets

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

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Cookie cutters
Cookie cutters

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

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Measuring spoons
Measuring spoons

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

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Makins extruder
Makins extruder

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

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Needles and pins!
Needles and pins!

Bamboo and metal skewers have hundreds of uses.

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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.

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Sculpey shaping tray
Sculpey shaping tray

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

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Cornflour 'pounce'
Cornflour 'pounce'

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

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timer
timer

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

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pearl ex
pearl ex

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

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Alcohol spray
Alcohol spray

Useful for cleaning all sorts of stuff

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Painbrush and bead pins
Painbrush and bead pins

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

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Colour wheel
Colour wheel

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

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Stamps
Stamps

Polymer takes texture beautifully - get a few and experiment!

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Alphabet stamps
Alphabet stamps

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

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Translucent liquid sculpey
Translucent liquid sculpey

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

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Interleaving sheets
Interleaving sheets

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

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Bake and Bond
Bake and Bond

Helps polymer bond to other surfaces like metal and glass.

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Reaming tools
Reaming tools

Useful for making beads...

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Ball tools
Ball tools

Very useful for all sorts of things - particularly mokume gane

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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.

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Acrylic brayer
Acrylic brayer

Useful for some sorts of cane-work

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Clay softener
Clay softener

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

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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!

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