How to make polymer clay at home, crafts from it

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How to make polymer clay at home, crafts from it
How to make polymer clay at home, crafts from it

For you - 5 recipes that will teach you how to make polymer clay at home, then you can make beads from it, make a doll and decorate a mug.

Polymer clay is not a cheap material. You can make it yourself from harmless components, then you will be sure of the quality of this material and can do a lot of useful things. Recipes for polymer clay will help you.

How to make polymer clay at home - recipe number 1

To make polymer clay using this recipe, take:

  • 250 g of PVA and corn starch;
  • 20 g of petroleum jelly and hand cream;
  • 40 g lemon juice.

Also, to make polymer clay at home, you will need items such as a tablespoon, bowl, fireproof container, polyethylene.

Take a fireproof container and put the starch in there. Add glue, petroleum jelly and mix these ingredients.

Now pour in lemon juice and stir the mixture thoroughly so that not a single lump remains in it. Now put this container on fire and heat the contents of this bowl. While stirring, heat the sample clay until it thickens. Then turn off the gas and let the contents of the container cool down.

A crust forms on top. You will then need to remove it. Lubricate the work surface with cream and put the mass cooled to a warm state here. Knead it for about 7 minutes. As a result of this manipulation, the polymer clay should become elastic.

Wrap it in the prepared foil so that it does not dry out. When you need to work with this material, you will take as much as you need, and the rest will be put back into film.

Polymer clay at home

How to make polymer clay at home - recipe number 2

It is perfect for children as it contains baby oil.


  • 20 g of baby oil;
  • 200 g PVA;
  • 200 g of potato starch;
  • 10 g hand cream or petroleum jelly.

Manufacturing instruction:

  1. Take a suitable bowl and stir in the starch first. Now add more liquid ingredients and mix.
  2. Set up a water bath. To do this, pour water into a suitable saucepan, place a container with the just created mass on top. Put this structure on fire so that the water in the lower saucepan gradually boils. And the contents of the top you will constantly interfere.
  3. If lumps start to form, then remove the structure from the fire and stir the polymer clay to make it homogeneous. And if there are no lumps, then wait until the mass thickens and remove it from the heat.
  4. Then cool it down and place it in a plastic bag. Leave the polymer clay in this state for half a day.
  5. Then you can start to create from it. And if until you create crafts, then put this mass for storage in the refrigerator in a tightly closed bag or in a plastic container.
Polymer clay at home

How to make polymer clay - recipe number 3

For tough polymer clay, go for the Latin American recipe. But in the homeland of this plastic, formalin or formaldehyde is used. These substances are toxic and harmful. So replace them with vinegar.

Place two cups of cornstarch in a suitable container and cover with a glass of water. Stir this mixture well and put it on fire. Continue stirring and wait for the mixture to become warm. Then add some glue here. Also pour in three tablespoons of glycerin, the same amount of vinegar and cold cream, which contains lanolin.

Continue to cook polymer clay over low heat, stirring constantly. When the mass becomes thick and lags behind the walls of the container, remove the pan from the heat. But don't overdo it here. If the plastic is too hard, it will be difficult to work with.

You can buy cold cream at a grocery store, and glycerin at a pharmacy or grocery store.

When the mass has cooled down, you can begin to knead it. But first, wet your palms with the cream. To prevent the polymer clay from crusting over as it cools, cover it with a damp cloth.

When you're done, leave the craft for three days until it hardens completely. After this time, you can color it.

See How to Make Polymer Clay Vegetables and Flowers

How to make polymer clay - recipe number 4

And if you need a very durable polymer clay, at home, you can make one according to the following recipe. Thanks to him, you can even make a doll.

  1. Take PVA glue in the amount of 2 glasses. Add 3 tablespoons each of petroleum jelly and glycerin, plus one tablespoon of stearic acid. Add the same amount of citric acid.
  2. Stir these ingredients and put the mixture on fire. It should be small.
  3. Stir in and then add cornstarch in small portions. You need to put it in a little and knead well so that there are no lumps.
  4. Continue this work. Then it becomes more difficult to interfere. You need to boil a little more, when the mass becomes very thick, remove it from the heat, continue to knead with a spoon.
  5. Place the polymer clay on a table and let it cool. Then put it in polyethylene, so leave it in storage.

How to make polymer clay - recipe number 5

If you don't want to expose components to heat, then see how to make polymer clay at home without heating.


  • 100 g PVA;
  • 5 g of baby oil;
  • 1 tbsp. l. cream or petroleum jelly;
  • 3 ml of perfume;
  • 100 g cornstarch.

Place the starch in a suitable container. Now pour in the glue, add perfume and cream or petroleum jelly. Begin to knead these ingredients, first with a spoon, then with your hands.

To get a polymer clay of several colors, divide it into pieces at this stage. Add a specific color of watercolors to each. Mix well. Place this material in polyethylene. After a few hours, you can start creating from it.

How to make polymer clay beads?

Polymer clay beads

To make such jewelry, take polymer clay. If you want the beads to be colored, then use several pieces of different colors. Take the first one and cut a piece from it with a knife. Knead it up and create an even ball. For this, you can roll the clay between your palms or do it with one hand on the work surface.

Make several of these blanks. You can make holes with a toothpick in each bead at this stage. Place them on a flat, heat-resistant surface and place in the oven to heat. Take out, cool. If the mass was not strong enough, then make holes after the clay hardens in the oven.

To do this, you need to take a drill and use a thin drill to make holes in each bead, holding them with tweezers or a similar tool.

See if the beads are straight enough. If not, sand them with fine sandpaper. Now brush off the dust with a soft brush. Apply polyurethane varnish to the beads if desired. When the coating is dry, string them onto a sturdy line. Then it remains to fix the fastener and you can put on a new thing.

Polymer Clay Beads

If you used a recipe for high hardness polymer clay, you can make a doll out of it. Watch the next master class.

How to make a polymer clay doll?

  1. First take the foil, cut it into pieces and create the pieces for this heroine.It will be the head, arms, body, legs. Now take the light-colored plastic and roll it into a layer. Cut out pieces of the desired size and glue the foil blanks with them.
  2. Using a knife, you need to level the junction of the parts. Bake the doll in the oven, after which you can paint it.
  3. If you wish, do it differently, then after baking, carefully divide all the parts in half with a knife to pull out the foil. Then you glue the paired parts in the same way as they were before. In this case, the doll will need to be assembled with a wire.
Polymer clay doll

Here's how else you can make a polymer clay doll. Make a wire frame for this heroine. Form a ball out of foil and attach it to the top of the wire to form a head. Now attach the foil to the rest of the body, as well as to the legs and arms, gradually cover this base with this material. Shape the nose, cheeks. Pay special attention to your fingers.

Now let the polymer clay doll harden, for this you can leave it for three days in a warm room or bake it in the oven. After that, take a suitable acrylic paint and paint your creation.

Blank for a doll made of polymer clay

You can make not only various objects from polymer clay, but also decorate, for example, a mug. See how to decorate such a glass.

Polymer clay crafts - how to decorate a mug

We decorate mugs with polymer clay

It is hard to believe that this was originally an ordinary glass tea mug. First, you will need to create a drawing in order to know which parts to cut. Draw it on a piece of paper of a suitable size. Place this template inside the mug so that you can see where everything will be located.

Now take polymer clay of the desired color, you need to roll it out with a plastic roller. After that, cut the figurine from a template or by hand. Place this blank on the mug and press down lightly.

Decorating the mug with polymer clay

In this case, it is a cat and a cat. You can use the same motive. Then cut the second animal out of yellow plastic. After all, yellow goes well with brown.

Also attach the second figurine to the glass. Use suitable tools to dent the eyes and ears. Then start pinching off small pieces of plastic and applying them to the paws. Use a utility knife or scalpel to make slots here.

Decorating the mug with polymer clay

Take white plastic, roll a ball out of it and make a cake. Then divide it in half with a sharp knife. These will be the whites of the eyes. Take colored polymer clay and create pupils from it.

Decorating the mug with polymer clay

Roll thin flagella out of black plastic, use them to make a frame for the eyes, mustache and eyelashes. Add a necklace and a flower made of polymer clay to the head for the girl and the cat, and a bow tie for the boy. Blind the heart and attach it as well. Then you can make the characters look fluffier. To do this, go over their bodies with a toothpick. Don't forget to do the ponytails.

Decorating the mug with polymer clay

After you are satisfied with the result, you need to bake the mug in the oven to make the plastic more durable.

Then carefully remove your creation, let it cool down. After that, picking up the figures with a knife, carefully remove them. So that they then better adhere to the mug, you need to degrease its surface. Alcohol is suitable for this, a liquid with which nail polish is removed. On the reverse side, grease the shapes with a small layer of clear glue, now reattach them to the mug.

With such a glass, you need to take precautions. Do not wash it in the dishwasher, scrub it with a sponge or use abrasive products.

Here's a mug made of polymer clay. If you want to decorate your glass in a different way, then watch another master class with step by step photos.

The child will be pleased to receive a mug with a picture of himself as a gift.

Take a baby photo, let it inspire you. In this case, the boy has such a hat.This piece of headgear needs to be made of red plastic. To do this, roll this blank into a layer and cut out a hat. Glue the future hat on a flesh-colored plastic cake, which you pre-attach to a selected and previously defatted mug.

Crafts on a mug made of polymer clay

Now take a wooden skewer and start making a knitting pattern on the hat. Attach 2 eyes from white plastic cakes here. Add black pupils and eyebrows to this crow. From the same plastic, you will make a pompom and fluff it up with the same wooden skewer. Make a beak for a raven and an eye for a girl.

Crafts on a mug made of polymer clay

To make a polymer clay mug further, also take a flesh-colored material and form a cake out of it. Attach this body here. Then you will make pants from blue material and use a skewer to apply a pattern to them. Create a swivel for them, as well as shoes.

Crafts on a mug made of polymer clay

Then, for this craft from polymer clay, you will need to create a coat for the child. Roll out the plastic, cut out the necessary parts from it. Then, using a wooden skewer, you will draw a pattern here so that it looks like a puffy jacket.

Crafts on a mug made of polymer clay

And make the finishing elements of the yellow material. You can also create a ball from it that the child will hold in his hand.

Crafts on a mug made of polymer clay

Now you need to bake a polymer clay mug in the oven. After that, also remove and cool it, then carefully peel off the applique. Degrease the surface of this glass and glue the created polymer clay figurine to it. For this job, epoxy glue is suitable. It must be prepared according to the instructions attached to this material.

Epoxy adhesive

It remains to cover your creation with a matte varnish, it will make the figurine even more solid and durable.

If you want to see how to decorate a mug with polymer clay, then watch the first story. From it you will learn how to make an adorable bear on the surface of a cup.

And the second video tutorial will teach you how to make polymer clay at home.

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