Some essential (and some 'nice to have') polymer tools and kit
Sculpey Super SlicerSome people's favourite blade for use with polymer. Slightly bendy, long and reasonably sharp.
Trusty Atlas pasta machine!Pasta machine - everyone recommends Mercato Atlas 150s and they can be found on ebay relatively cheaply.
Tile worksurfaces and curing surfacesCheap white tiles - don't get the bumpy version!! Great for lots of things and work well as a worksurface.
Mini-ovenDedicated mini oven - these aren't expensive and, as long as you're careful about temperature spikes, they work brilliantly for clay,.
oven thermometerVery useful, especially for small ovens where the temperature spikes can ruin your pieces (or under-cure them)
Metal oven tray lined with polyester fibrefillBog standard metal oven dish lined with polyester fibrefill (and no, it doesn't melt!).
Clay safe (metal!) rulersLots 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 gritsEssential (unfortunately). Get a set of different grits starting at about 240 and going up to 1000.
Makins extruderBasic Makins extruder. Hard on the hands and quite a small barrel. Low tech but effective.
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.
Cornflour 'pounce'Cotton bag filled with cornflour - great for smoothing out fingerprints and stopping things sticking.
timerEssential for getting your oven timings right... sometimes also for timings for glue and resin.
Colour wheelColour choices are one of the most important aspects of working with polymer - a colour wheel might help!
Translucent liquid sculpeyVery useful bakeable liquid polymer clay which also doubles as a transfer medium
Inka goldInka 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.
Clay softenerAdd a few drops to horrible crumbly old clay and - after a lot of work - it might be reusable!