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Q.
I'm new to polymer clay but I know I'll be able to use my cake decorating skills to sculpt some really neat flowers for my jewelry. When making a design that is several pieces put together, is there anything special that I need to do to ensure that my work doesn't fall apart after it's baked? Or do the pieces bond together while they are baking?
- Stephanie
A.
Polymer will bond to itself in baking, if adhered well in construction. To ensure pieces are adhered well, apply a thin layer of Kato Polyclay™ clear medium liquid or Signature Series Poly Bonder™ before baking, You can use these to also reattach or fix breaks and cracks in polymer clay after baking.

Tip: polymer clay can be baked several times so you can assemble piece by piece, as long as you do not exceed oven temperatures of 300 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

With your cake decorating background, you may wish to consider experimenting with Vitrium® clay. Vitrium Clay is an air-dry resin clay that allows you to create lightweight, one-of-a-kind jewelry projects. The versatile clay can be rolled to a very thin layer without cracking for intricate designs. Opaque white clay can be used as is, or mixed with pigment to create a myriad of custom colors. Simply add a touch of oil, acrylic or watercolor paint or use just a dot from a colored marker or ballpoint pen and mix until blended. Vitrium Clay dries to a firm but still slightly flexible texture great for sculpting flowers.

- Michelle Wood, Jewelry-Making Expert

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