I’ve been collecting Re-ment, or miniatures since 2006. Miniatures are adorable and they fact that they come as sets just makes me want to collect ALL of them! I never thought about making my own miniatures until this year when I got into polymer clay. It’s a super popular material among DIY bloggers & here is why!
Benefits of polymer clay
Polymer clay is great because it’s so tactile and versatile. (Have you ever played with slime?) There are not a lot of chances to play with textures, and polymer clay can fix that. When you get it from the package, it is kind of brittle and oily. After kneading it, it becomes malleable and you can make it into anything your heart desires.
WHY POLYMER CLAY IS SO AWESOME:
- It helps with drawing. All figurines are made with basic shapes like spheres, cones, cylinders and cubes. Drawing is the same! (You can try sketching your figurines 😄)
- You can bake it in a toaster or regular oven at home. There’s no need to go to a studio.
- You can paint and decorate it anyway you want, after baking.
- It’s dry and mess-free. It may stain a little, but overall it’s easy to clean up.
- Like paint, you can mix colors or even create ombre / gradient effects.
- It takes texture really well – stamp or roll materials onto it for patterns.
What I’ve Made
Klutz has a great series of Mini Erasers kits, where you make Mini Animals, Fantasy Creatures, Aliens and Sweets! It is how I learned to work with eraser clay and now I am addicted.
The erasers / miniatures come out adorable and are reminiscent of the Re-Ment. Once you learn the basic shops and composition, you can start getting creative. Create your own animals, donuts, cupcakes, aliens and pizza by following “recipes.”
When you feel ready to add more details, you can make really adorable swirls, sprinkles and patterns to make your creations more realistic.
The possibilities with polymer clay are limitless. Some of the easiest ideas to start with? Some ideas from one of my favorite DIY blogs, Fish and Bull:
- Ornaments: Stamp shapes out of a sheet of clay, then roll textures on to it.
- Dishes: Cut out a circle, mold it in a bowl, bake, and paint!
- Planters: You can make pinch pots, geometric, or honestly any form you like.
- Mobiles: Evil eye, moon phases, rainbows, and animals, to name a few themes!
- Jewelry: No one is going to be able to tell that it’s NOT polymer clay.
Try polymer clay for sculpting experience you can have at home. All you need is an oven and clay.