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

Various brands of clay
There are quite a few brands with very different characteristics.
Sculpey Super Slicer
Some 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 surfaces
Cheap white tiles - don't get the bumpy version!! Great for lots of things and work well as a worksurface.
Acrylic roller
Essential piece of kit - tho a flat sided glass can be used at a pinch
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
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
Bog standard metal oven dish lined with polyester fibrefill (and no, it doesn't melt!).
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
Essential (unfortunately). Get a set of different grits starting at about 240 and going up to 1000.
Books and magazines
There are loads...
Texture sheets
Some can be rolled through the pasta machine - others don't fit!
Cookie cutters
Useful for almost any project. Seamless are best (but can be expensive).
Measuring spoons
Can be used to shape clay around - eg two sides of a bead.
Makins extruder
Basic Makins extruder. Hard on the hands and quite a small barrel. Low tech but effective.
Needles and pins!
Bamboo and metal skewers have hundreds of uses.
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
Useful for making identically shaped and sized sides of lentil beads...
Cornflour 'pounce'
Cotton bag filled with cornflour - great for smoothing out fingerprints and stopping things sticking.
timer
Essential for getting your oven timings right... sometimes also for timings for glue and resin.
pearl ex
Shimmering powder for adding to raw clay or (with a binder) to cured clay.
Alcohol spray
Useful for cleaning all sorts of stuff
Painbrush and bead pins
These bead pins are very sharp and work well in the oven
Colour wheel
Colour choices are one of the most important aspects of working with polymer - a colour wheel might help!
Stamps
Polymer takes texture beautifully - get a few and experiment!
Alphabet stamps
...in case you'd like to stamp names, dates or anything else in your clay!
Translucent liquid sculpey
Very useful bakeable liquid polymer clay which also doubles as a transfer medium
Interleaving sheets
Useful for keeping stacks of sheets of rolled clay from sticking to itself
Bake and Bond
Helps polymer bond to other surfaces like metal and glass.
Reaming tools
Useful for making beads...
Ball tools
Very useful for all sorts of things - particularly mokume gane
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
Useful for some sorts of cane-work
Clay softener
Add a few drops to horrible crumbly old clay and - after a lot of work - it might be reusable!
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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