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What is Kato Polyclay™ used for?

is a clay-like material made from polyvinyl chloride and colorful pigments. This polymer clay can be shaped to create some amazing works of art. It...

I have several colors of Kato Polyclay that have hardened in the air. Can I return them to their original texture?

Yes, Kato Polyclay™ that has dried out and hardened can be restored with a clay softener or Kato Polyclay clear medium liquid as along as the clay is...

Can we safely "fire" Swarovski crystals on polymer clay (not PMC) which fires at approx. 300 deg. for 30 minutes? These will be flat back, but not the hot stick type. Also, color stability at those temps. Thanks,

Yes, flat back Swarovski crystals can be fired safely in Kato Polyclay™ at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The color of the crystals will not be affected by...

What is and isn't ok to bake with polymer clay? How about rhinestones, plated metal rings, or other findings?

First you need to determine if what you want to bake with the clay can withstand the temperature of about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you think it...

I've started working polymer clay jewelry, after baking my pieces they still bend a little, is it normal and how about durability. Thank you.

The formulation for most brands of polymer clay yield flexible finished pieces when the designs are thin; flexibility actually helps prevent...

Can you put sand into polymer clay and bake it? I have someone who wants beads from a Florida trip made with sand.

Yes, you can add small amounts of inclusions and/or texture to polymer clay such as sand, glitter, chalk, salt and more. These materials can be...

What is mica powder and what is it used for?

Mica is a phyllosilicate-type mineral that grows in the earth in crystal form and is abundant in many countries around the world. Mica has a wide...

Can glue foil be used on raw polyclay and then baked? If so should it be covered with a thin sheet of translucent clay or glazed after baking. Can it be used in the mokume-gane technique?

It is recommended to apply glue foil to polymer clay after it is cured/baked. For mokume gane and other polymer clay projects, use gold, silver or...

On the back cover of the June 2011 Craft n' Things there is an ad for your catalog featuring the art of Carol Blackburn using colored liquid polymer clay. Where do I find the instructions for this technique. Thank you.

"Creating a Colorful Liquid Polyclay™ Sheet" by Tammy Honaman is listed below and outlines the basics on this technique. This how-to was featured in...

I have just recently gotten into experimenting with polymer clays. I remember hearing or reading somewhere, before I got into clay, that there is a two part mold-making material that is intended for clay use. I'd like to make some of my own molds....

There is a great 2-part mold making material available--it's the .This stuff is great and captures amazing detail in almost everything you would...

I have read that you cannot store polymer clay in certain plastic containers as it leaches some of the binding chemicals. Is it okay to store the clay in the bottles that prescription medicines come in as I save them to store beads, etc in? Thank...

Polymer clay can usually be stored safely without leaching or bonding to containers with the recycling symbols 2, 4, or 5. Most medicine bottles are...

I love the thought of using Kato Clay to make materials that are no longer available. How do you make ivory using the clay? And do you have any ideas what to do with the ivory clay once it's made?

There are many imitative recipes--ivory is a long-standing favorite! Kim Cavender shared her recipe, as well as a design which uses the ivory once...

I am having trouble with baking polymer clay. It burns on the top. I have a small toaster oven and bake at 250 degrees for 20 min. I have tried to experiment with the temp and the time but nothing works.

When working with a toaster oven, the temperature tends to spike quickly to keep it to the selected temperature. This usually means the spike is...

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...

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...

I purchased some Fimo polymer clay some years ago and I have now re-found it; it is about 8 years old. Some of the clay is not sealed. Is the clay re-useable as some of it is very crumbly?

If the block of clay and the crumbly bits are pliable, cut everything into tiny pieces then add drops of Kato Polyclay™ clear medium liquid as you...

I like working with polymer clay and would like to make a carrot out of clay and have coiled Zebra colored wire as the greens. But I don't know much about wire gauges. What gauge is going to retain its coil shape best for a charm intended for...

For a pair of earrings, you should consider the lightest gauge possible, yet one that can hold the weight of the charm. For scale, 24- or 26-gauge...

If I spray fixative on a bracelet made with some dyed cylinder beads, will the fixative hurt the skin after it dries? What do you recommend to seal in the color - other than not using the beads? I already made some bracelets, though I can avoid...

A non-toxic spray fixative, such as SpectraFix™, should not irritate the skin and will work to seal the beads.Another option is a brush-on top coat....

I have a couple questions about Kato Polyclay. First, what adhesives would you recommend to use with the clay? I've noticed that some of them "eat" through the clay or make it soft and sticky again, and it might take a couple of weeks before you get...

Devcon 2-part Jeweler's Epoxy is a good choice when adhering something, like a finding, to polymer clay. Signature Series Poly Bonder by Lisa Pavelka...

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