I possess neither the patience nor skill required for sculpting polymer clay. They never seem to cooperate with my shaky caffeinated fingers. So I came up with this simple fabrication technique of first giving the clay a sort of bare bones 3D-printed structure, then completing it with polymer clay. No messy sculpting tools or pasta rollers needed!

I'm going to go over 3D modelling a custom shape, filling in the print with polymer clay, then baking and finishing.

Step 1: Tools, Consumables, Software


  • 3D Printer - I used a Rostock Max V2.
  • Exacto knife - you can also use a regular knife or a razor blade
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator


  • 3D Printing Filament - I used Inland's UV color change PLA which changes from natural to purple under the sun! I bet bronzefill or copperfill would also look good.
  • Polymer Clay - Sculpey original white.
  • Jewellery Findings - brass screw eyes, chain.
  • Wax Polish - I used this Renaissance wax because it works really well on both PLA and polymer clay.
  • soft cloth - or microfiber. for rubbing in polish.
  • Sandpaper - 120, 220, 400, preferably more with finer grits.`


  • Tinkercad - For 3D Modelling. But I attached an STL if you want to go straight to the 3D Printing step.
<p>glow in the dark clay would look cool!</p>
<p>ooo cool I didn't even know they made those.</p>
<p>This is so pretty! Great mix of materials too :D</p>
<p>Thank you! =D</p>
<p>This looks so cool! I think it would also look amazing if you filled it with clear resin and light it up somehow. So awesome! </p>
<p>thanks! yah I'm thinking of doing a small bowl this way with glow in the dark resin. </p>

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