Picture of Polishing Polymer Clay
What? This Instructable will give you a beginners guide to polishing and adding a finish to your baked polymer clay pieces.

Why? Polishing and adding a wax finish removes finger prints and other flaws (like marks from your knives or tools), gives the surface a cleaner look, gives a beautiful sheen and helps to preserve the integrity of a piece of polymer clay.

How?  Read on....

Step 1: Materials

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What you need

*Wet and Dry.  From the sandpapers section in the hardware.  A range of grits going up to the finest available (the higher the finer). I've 400, 800 and 1200.  
*Renaissance Wax.  You can pick this up on ebay.  Mine came from the UK and was about $20 (including shipping for the 65 mls but this is heaps (for me). 

*A cloth to clean off your polymer clay pieces with.  I use old torn up sheets.
*Newspaper for the table.
*A dish of water with a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid (a drop).  It helps to keep things slick.
*A cloth to apply your wax.  I use a bit if flannelette.

How long has the wax been tested for time discoloration?
I would simply LOVE a good wax for polymer clay and wondered how long this has worked for you. Thanks, Janice
organgrinder (author)  JaniceArmistead5 months ago

hi Janice, I've been using it for maybe 2 years with no discolouration. They use this wax on historical paintings so I imagine it is pretty good stuff.

RobinW36 months ago

The way that I create a beautiful sheen on my completed pieces is denim jeans.After sanding you can rub them on your jeans. For me, that takes WAY TO LONG! So, I get an old pair of jeans, find something round to use as a template, take a marker and trace around the template. Then you cut them all out and attach those to your dremel. The attachment used for polishing disc's (the one that screws on the end) I use a stack and it works GREAT & FAST. I have heard of this wax, but have yet to use it, but I'm going to try it

That is cool! I didn't know you could do that :)
organgrinder (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Yeah. It is always good to know something extra can be done to make good things even better :)
You can also buff your clay for a similar effect, it works especially well to bring out translucent quality in your clay. Also, I love your brain cane, that is so great.
organgrinder (author)  KaydeeKrunk1 year ago
Thanks re brain cane. It took me a while to get it right, and still learn. Keen to do an anat heart when I have more time to sit down and figure it out.
Awesome instructable! Thanks for the share!