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Advice for a new clayer

08-10-09: A new member of CITY-o-Clay asked for tips and advice. I thought I'd share what I wrote to her.

A question comes to mind.... how do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
How much do you know about polymer clay? Let's start there and then we can figure out what links might be of benefit to you.

Off the top of my head I'd bookmark these websites: that's our official clay vendor, Karen Rhodes, she's wonderful and her service is sterling. Diane Black has been gathering facts about polymer clay that were shared in public forums like this, so there's quotes there from me and from many people you'll see here. No pictures, just facts and links to other websites. You wanted to know about jewelry... Diane has a whole page of information you can investigate.
I'd also suggest you look at her page on conditioning clay, something we have to do to the clay before we can work with it ...or we will end up weeping...
Heat setting the clay
Giving things a finish
Since Diane quotes everyone she can her pages lead you to a boat load of websites.
Some of the websites that helped me when I was starting out 10 years ago, and who are still around... Leigh and Steve Ross have been running this site since forever and they also have a forum at delphi. Jeannie Havel is editor at this site and there's a link to tutorials Sarajane's site was inspirational to me and is chock o block full of information.
My website has been said to be a PITA to get around in. I look at it like spelunking, cave exploration. I didn't have a plan, I just record what I've stumbled over over the years. My site is the flying buttresses to this group, it's support. That being said the first three years of discoveries will have some basic techniques explored
all the other experiments and explorations build off of the techniques I discovered in the first year
Over the 10 years that I've been honored to host this group I've had my share of rambles, where I just natter on about stuff....
You'll notice that the top of those two pages have identical links for the new clayer... those rambles are for you.
Lastly, there's "Reviews" where I will review a particular technique and it has its own index page


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