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What is Polymer?

Polymer clay is a type of hardenable modeling clay based on the polymerpolyvinyl chloride (PVC). It typically contains no clay minerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay.[1] Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items, and is also used in commercial applications to make decorative parts. Art made from polymer clay can now be found in major museums (Wikipedia).

Polymer clay artists used the medium in many different ways. Some of these techniques are:

Canes:

Meg Newberg Canes  Meg Newberg

polymer clay cane polymer clay cane cane3 Gorgeous landscape cane by Wendy Jorre de St. Jorre

Mokume Gane:

Mokume Gane by Carol Simmons   Carol Simmons‘ gorgeous work

Julie Picarello makume gane necklaceOne of my favorite artists – Julie Picarello

 

Blends:

skinner blends used in beads  Beads using blends by Donna Kato

 

The possibilities are endless!  That’s why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE working in polymer clay!

Until next week…~Eli

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