Something was holding me back from launching into the world of creating with polymer clay, however. In retrospect, my fear and hesitation seem silly...as it always does after the fact.
Today was the day that I took the plunge! Here are the results of my first few attempts at making pendants.
So, what did I learn through this whole process?
1. The mini metal cookie cutters that I am using are too large. I need to find smaller ones.
2. The clay sticks in the cutters and gets distorted as I'm pushing them out. I have to find a better way to remove them. And I need to cut my finger nails so that I don't leave marks on my creations.
3. Acrylic paint stains polymer clay if you don't wipe it off fast enough. To hide that error, I just painted two of the first ones all over to even out the colour.
4. I put too much pressure on the letter tools and the outer rim of them shows, which it shouldn't. I have to use a lighter touch next time, not press so hard.
5. Mod Podge will seal and protect items that have paint applied to them. The glossy type that I used gives it a shiny finish.
6. I now know the optimum time and temperature setting for the best results. Although the instructions say leave them in for 15 minutes at 275F, I found that 20 minutes works better with the toaster oven I have.
7. Fine grit sand paper is great for smoothing any rough edges left by the cutters.
And last but not least...
8. This is FUN and I want to experiment some more!
If you have any helpful tips or techniques for working with polymer clay, please share them in the comment section below. Thanks.