polymer clay and acrylic paint instructable

Recently after looking at a few pages on deviant art i have really gotten interested in polymer clay and acrylic paint, i would like to try and make a few charms based off of items in anime, games and what not but all the tutorials i have read online don't really help me without pictures, and i though that if anyone uses polymer clay and acrylic and is apart of the instructables community would they kindly make an instructable on it. I know an instructable on using polymer clay would be good for the community seeing as how i couldn't find on on here already and i would apreciate it greatly

Posted by craig3 9 years ago


New Instructable Added, New Members

New Instructable posted on making rubber stamps. Working on intructables on the following projects, Cuerda Seca Tiles, Colored clay vase, Ceramics Basic projects. New members, I am trying to add you, but my member manger has a bug. Will keep trying, thanks for your patience. Candy

Posted by CandylandCeramics 10 years ago



Plastic Solar Cell

Hi, here anybody did try to make plastic solar cell at home ? Eager to learn next-Gen science Here is some video on Plastic solar cell www.youtube.com/watch?v=akqu6g9mXZM www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3ZbuZvq_30

Posted by ruchitinfushion 3 years ago


Electroactive Polymers

I am planning on making some elctroactive polymers. Any tips or advice?

Posted by degrooty 1 year ago


I am looking for any information about nylon, it's properties, uses, strengths, weaknesses and manufacturing.

As the title says, I'm looking for information about the material nylon. I want to know anything anyone can tell me. I am mostly wanting to know it's melting temperature, and how they prevent air pockets from forming inside nylon products during manufacturing. I would also like to know any additional information you are willing to share, such as it's uses. How rigid is it? What are it's weaknesses? How hard is it? Just anything at all, really. I thank you for any help you may offer and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Asked by nomooremr.niceguy 8 years ago


What polymer is used for this frame? Answered

I've seen a photo of these frames on a social network and i was wondering... Which polymer is used for these frames? Do you see this trasparent thing that hold the stickboy or the squares of the card or the inside of the egg? like something that is popping out of the frame... i was thinking... i can put this frame orizontall... then i can put a surface of this polymer on it and i put inside of it an object... this will be taked down by the gravity and at a certain point it will stop by the flexibility limit of the polymer... and when the polymer is dry i can move it without particular problems... i think this may be a good way to recreate this frames... but i don't know which polymer they used for these ones.

Asked by FenriX 5 years ago


where can i buy polymer clay in Dubai?

Where can i buy polymer clay in Dubai? dont even mention internet shopping! i cant, so dont ask why

Asked by ahmad2117 7 years ago


Does anyone know how to perform a ring opening polymerisation?

Hi im a university student looking to polymerise e-caprolactone, i was wondering if anyone knew any hints/ tips for the process that might make it easier. im a biomedical engineer, to chemisty isnt my forte. thank you

Asked by randomhand 8 years ago


Sculpey too lightweight, any ideas on making a small item weigh more? Answered

I have made several patterns from Sculpey for a friend who does bronze castings of them. They are runes that end up on SCA helms. They measure 1.5" x 1" x 1/8".  Rune size. The problem is that my Sculpey originals have little or no weight to them, causing difficulty in getting them to shake out of the casting sand. (If they were heavier, they would easily fall out, we have to use a pick to lift them out, which messes up the sand) Any thoughts on making the Sculpey weigh more? 

Asked by dreamberry 6 years ago


How do I reduce a Lithium Polymer battery voltage?

I have a 7.4V lithium polymer battery (http://www.all-battery.com/74volt-6000mahli-polypackwithpcb31185.aspx) and an 8.4V smart charger (http://www.all-battery.com/universalsmartchargerforli-ionpolymerbatterypack37v-148v1-4cells.aspx). The issue is that I need to power a device that needs 6V. If I put a voltage regulator in line with the battery leads I'm sure it'll work, but then how do I charge the battery with that charger, as the regulator will also reduce the 8.4V the battery needs for charging? Maybe by introducing some kind of "bare metal tap" upstream of the regulator, so when I plug in the charger it bypasses the regulator and wires straight to the battery? (see the attached illustration) Would this work? Or should I do something else?

Asked by Dgcaste 3 years ago


Ideas for a Pasta Motor???

Anyone have any quick ideas for making one of these pasta machine motors? I have the machine and want the motor - do you think with an adapter and some epoxy this is possible??? http://www.cookingtreasures.com/Marcato_Pasta-Atlas_Pasta_Machine_MOTOR_2.html

Posted by Golftester 7 years ago


gift exchange entry: plastic action

My skills include: science and crafts project for children, sculpting, polymer clay, snow globes, simple jewelry, RC and rocket modeling, car technics, making sushi, stop-motion, medium-level computersavy. Here's a link to my featured Instructable: a.o. https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-millefiori-USB-flash-drive-jewel/ What I'd like to make for someone: a polymer clay figure or thingy. I'd be willing to make this size gift package for someone (choose all that apply): (S,M,L) M I'd be willing to receive a smaller or larger size gift package from someone than the one I make for someone else: smaller or similar. What I like: mechanical things that fly, ride or swim, robots, cute monsters, science-fiction, fantasy, the female body, the female mind (the order came spontaneously, sorry), chocolate, sushi, modern design, Apple (Mac). What I don't like: to lame or to noisy music, pathetic singing, anything to do with smoking (I'm not big on alcohol either), real weapons (but I consider most knifes to be tools, not weapons) I absolutely can't have: (due to allergies, pets, etc) uncured epoxy (allergic); anyting incompatible with a cat, 2 young kids and a wife Type of thing I'd love to receive: something cool, cute, or sexy, possibly with a female touch. Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? Yes Confirm that are at least 18 years old or, if not, that you have the approval of a parent or guardian: Yep, I'm officially 43, although in my mind I'm still a teenager. (opt) Here's someone who can keep a secret that knows what I like, in case you want to PM them with questions: vderycke

Posted by masynmachien 7 years ago


Maker Faire 2009: South Bay Polymer Clay Guild

The Expo Hall at the Maker Faire was stuffed with 400+ booths! The polymer clay work from the South Bay Polymer Clay Guild was pretty incredible. Unfortunately I don't have close-ups! Check out their blog and class schedule if you're local and want to learn more.

Posted by canida 8 years ago


How do you make a polymer clay tiger stripe cane?

I want to sculpt a tiger in polymer clay but I do not know how to make the  cane for the skin.  I don't want to paint on the stripes because I want it to look as natural as possible.

Asked by alison528 6 years ago


I didnt find polymer clay, so what can i use instead of plymer clay?

I didnt find polymer clay, so what can i use instead of plymer clay air dry clay, oven dry clay out of any common type of clay, what can i use instead im using it for charms

Asked by ahmad2117 7 years ago


Which adhesives are either water or polymer based? Answered

I am trying to make this and it suggests either a water or polymer based adhesive, but I can't find which ones qualify. Alternatively, what adhesive would you suggest I use?

Asked by bomberman3 8 years ago


Modify this circuit to make it lower voltage? Answered

What resistors do I change in this circuit to make it go red at 3.2V ? It is a battery monitor that uses op-amp, 2.5v voltage reference diode, and a 2-pin bi-color LED. The trimpot adjusts the voltage at which the colour changes. http://i48.tinypic.com/28qtb3l.gif

Asked by jdorne 5 years ago


3D Model Maker (CNC)

I don' t have the technical or computer skills to make this happen, but I'll bet someone out there does. I've heard of and read about these polymer 3d model makers and I understand that a few colleges have them. I know that one in my area does, as it was reported in the local newspaper. I also understand that they are quite expensive. I've seen the Instructables for some 2D routing tables, and even a couple for 3D work, using a hot glue gun or some other flexible material for building the model. Crude results, comparatively speaking, but impressive from the standpoint of the home hobbyist.  I've recently learned of a product called Solarez, which is a UV curing resin for fiberglass work. No limits on the working time of the resin, no gelling up in the middle of a job, it seems like a dream for complex fiberglass projects. Put it in the sun and three minutes later, it's fully cured. There are videos on YouTube for the fiberglassing aspect of things. They are not as exciting as the Instructables, but they are instructional. I plan to use Solarez in my future fiberglass projects, but I have a quart of very expensive epoxy resin to use up first. I figure if you fill an aquarium with Solarez and put a Z-axis table at the bottom, and a 2D UV laser on the top, you've got exactly the same thing for which others are paying thousands of dollars. I don't know how strong the Solarez would be in a stand-alone construction and I doubt that the manufacturer of Solarez intended it to be used in this manner, nor do I know how the stuff would react to a UV laser, and if it is practical from an elapsed time frame of reference. Again, I don't have the tech skills, nor even the need for such a device, but I think it's within the skill set of some of the more talented Instructable builders here. Just some random thoughts...

Posted by fred_dot_u 7 years ago


Baking Polymer Clay on Plastic Straws?

Is it safe to bake polymer clay on plastic straws? I'd like to try making a ball-jointed doll, and one tutorial uses plastic straws as a form of armature for which the polymer is wrapped around to create a hollow core to sculpt on. The straws seemed in-tact, but is it safe? I know certain plastics let off toxic fumes when exposed to certain temperatures, which is why I ask. I would think it would be fine, since it wouldn't be much "foreign plastic" (AKA not the clay) but I'd rather ask and be sure, than find out the hard way. Thanks for any help!

Asked by Ayedeas 2 years ago


If you have an armature inside of a polymer clay sculpture, will the clay crack if you bake it?

I know it will if you do it in other clays, so is it safe to do?

Asked by killimangnome 8 years ago


Tiger print Polymer clay cane tutorial, does anyone know of one?

I am new to the art of PC and would like to learn how to make a tiger print cane as well as any other animal prints.  Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Alison

Asked by alison528 6 years ago


Which is better on wood? Polymer clay or Air Dry clay? Answered

I ws going make a wand out of wood, and I was making the handle out of clay. The problem with polymer clay is I can't use the oven, and the problem with air dry is I don't know if it will crack when it's dry. Which one???

Asked by Eruaphadriel 8 years ago


Piggy Backing a lithium battery (cell)

I have several questions.  But the basic idea is that I want to extend the runtime of a device (such as a cell phone, tablet, camcorder, whatever) by increasing the mah.  So here are the things I am wondering: 1)Many lipo batteries have 3 or 4 contacts, one is -, one is +, and the others are typically data or something.  can I simply connect additional lipo's (just the + and the -) in parallel with the corresponding contacts in the device? 2) Are there any ill effects of charging (presumably from the built in charger of the device, like a cell phone) and discharging (using the device) parallel lipo's? 3)  They will all have the same voltage rating, but do they all have to have the same mah rating? thankyou

Posted by guyfrom7up 7 years ago


Does a lithium polymer battery have too much amperage for a 555 timer? Answered

I'm using a 555 timer for a robot, and i was wondering, is a lithium polymer battery too much amperage for the 555 timer? because when i use it, the 555 timer warms up, to a point where i cannot touch it without getting burned instantly. If so, how can i reduce the amperage, so that it can be used with the 555 timer? I'm using a 7.4 volt, 1000mAh battery, it was originally used for a helicopter, but i re purposed it for my robot...

Asked by Chowmix12 7 years ago


Lithium polymer protector (LVCO)?

Has anyone used a very small low voltage cut off (LVCO) circuit on a lithium polymer battery? I found a nice collection of lithium polymer cells in a 'dead' laptop battery. Thing is, I don't want to be careful about over draining them and they don't seem to have a low voltage cut off circuit in the individual cells. Sparkfun sells batteries with a teeny LVCO system built into the cell package like this:  http://dlnmh9ip6v2uc.cloudfront.net/datasheets/Prototyping/BatteryProtection.pdf What would be a reliable source of similar reliable boards that protect from over discharge?

Asked by snotty 5 years ago


what easily obtainable polymers/ organic material could i use for making an OLED?

ok so for the past year or so i've been quite interested in OLED's. i've done some research and figured that they weren't very complicated at all - i saw a video of an electronic charge being put into a pickle and it glowing. production of one doesnt seem too difficult but i can't find any effective organic materials or polymers that could be used that are easy to obtain and not too expensive. anyone have any ideas? thanks. (p.s. ive seen kits for them but the prices are ridiculous at over £100 just for the liquids)

Asked by MANIAC 7 years ago


There are several types of smart materials but only a few have instructables.

Does anyone have any knowledge of piezoelectrics, shape memory alloys/polymers, or self-healing materials?

Asked by scramjet13 8 years ago


Difference between Paper Clay and Polymer Clay

Hello! I'm going to try and make a clay sculpture of my business logo. I'm unsure what to use, Polymer clay or Paper clay? I'm not really sure what is the difference because I'm used to thinking they both make excellent pieces and their baking time depends on their manufacturer. What do you suggest? I use for this project and future projects? Terresa Waz, Newbie clay sculptor http://www.chicagocomputerclasses.com/excel-classes/

Posted by terresawaz 2 years ago


Is oogoo (DIY Silicone Putty) Oven-safe?

Hello! I have a question for people who use oogoo, or generally DIY silicone molding putty made from 100% silicone caulk. I want to cast oogoo molds of lego bionicle masks with polymer clay, but my issue is I need to keep the clay inside the mold in order to prevent any kind of warping, as most of it is spread a little thin (1-2mm thickness) and I don't want to end up warping it even in the slightest. Is oogoo or cured 100% silicone caulk oven-safe as long as it's within the specified temperature range? (I already know most DIY silicone putties aren't food-grade.) The silicone caulk I'm using is GE all purpose silicone I, mixed with corn starch, acrylic paint, and baby oil. The back of the tube says that it should not be used on surfaces that will exceed 400F/205C. The polymer clay I plan on using is cured at 110C, so I don't think it'll be a problem, but I'm worried exposing the silicone caulk mold to high temperatures will cause it to release some harmful chemical compounds. I looked up an MSDS sheet for GE silicone, and they had a generalized one stating exceeding the maximum temperature will cause the release of formaldehyde. Since I plan on baking these in our kitchen oven, I wouldn't want harmful chemicals contaminating a space where we cook our food. Also, if baking isn't an option, since the polymer clay is spread thin, and cures close to 100C, would curing it in boiling water be an option? (That way any water soluble chemicals would remain contained while the clay hardens.) All help is appreciated!

Posted by SixFootBlue 3 years ago


Electrochromic polymers (color changing fabrics) help!!!

Hey guys, i just joined the forums. I have a question i really want to ask. Is there a type of fabric that can change color (a desired color) by running a current through it. Like i want it to be red and then blue then another color? Or is there a way you can make a coating on the fabric that can change color by diffusing a colored light through it? My ultimate project is to make shoes that change color to match you clothing. Something that fits every occasion. 

Posted by xredvortex 6 years ago


How to make pet bowls without a kiln.? Answered

I want to make pet bowls from something like polymer clay. i know that polymer is not food safe. Any other suggestions on how to make pet bowls (food or water) without having to fire ceramics? Thanks for the help! :)

Asked by silverart 9 years ago


how do you make cornstarch packing peanuts?

I want to make filigree beads with polymer clay and it says to use cornstarch peanuts as the core and then after baking dissolve the peanuts in water.  I know how to make cornstarch modeling clay but I don't think it would be the same ingredients.

Asked by alison528 6 years ago


How to make cornstarch packing peanuts?

I need the cornstarch packing peanuts so that when the bead is done baking, the cornstarch will melt, leaving me with a filigree style bead.  I am using polymer clay to make the bead.  I don't want to deal with the mess of melting beeswax in my oven, plus the cost.

Asked by alison528 6 years ago



brainstorming a controlled temp kiln for polymer clays?

I am making some highly  detailed prototypes, and Im using polymer clay for the details. I've been baking them in my kitchen oven, but it's starting to get hot with summer coming on... I want to limit the heat production in my house! I have an old toaster oven, but it's too small for my items. I was thinking of taking it apart, and using the heating elements and temp controls in something a little bit larger. I'm wondering what the community thinks about that? My temperature needs to be 275° for fifteen minutes at a time. Some temp fluctuation is okay. I'm thinking 14 inches cubed would be plenty of room for my largest pieces.  somewhere I noticed someone using cement board as an insulating wall, I was thinking a cube made of that with a hinged side. Does anyone have other ideas for me? TTY

Asked by probablepossible 5 years ago


can i connect 4 11.1v lipo batteries in series AND parallel?

I have 4 11.1 v 2200mAh  lithium polymer batteries, and i want to connect 2 in series to give me 22.2 v with same aH and connect the remaining 2 in parallel to  give me 11.1v but 4400mAh.  is the a configuration of the two pairs i can do to archive max voltage and mAh. thanks in advance.

Asked by icey.hood 3 years ago


How to 'load' a CIS solar panel to maximize power output and efficiency? Answered

I have 4 decent CIS solar panels that, in series and in bright sun, will give ~16V, and can offer ~ 200mA shorted. However, if shorted, the voltage obviously sags to almost 0V, so basicly no power is delivered based on the fact that V*I=P at the other extreme, there is almost 4V open circuit, but essentially no current flow. Again, 0W of power delivery. The voltage and current figures above are just memory and I did log the data at various resistances awhile ago. My intention is to charge 3 lithium batteries in series to 12.6V, that will then feed power to a modified car charger (basic buck circuit for downconverting 9V-18V to 5V) Since the current is so low, can I maximize efficiency by connecting the cells directly to the battery pack without any additional circuitry other than a blocking diode? Or in order to speed up the charging do I need to add some complex control circuit that will intelligently match the impedance? If the battery charging speed is based on current, does that mean a direct connection is best?

Asked by -max- 3 years ago


Hi, where can I learn how to make gold plated metal jewelry with enamel coating?

I´ve been doing jewelry using polymer clay for years, I have examples: http://www.cutesimplestuff.com/2013/06/rose-gold-earrings-polymer-clay.html http://www.cutesimplestuff.com/2015/02/diy-accessories-out-of-polymer-clay.html http://www.cutesimplestuff.com/2015/02/diy-bar-necklace-using-polymer-clay.html http://www.cutesimplestuff.com/2013/06/leaf-necklace.html But now I want to update, and learn how to make gold plated metal jewelry with or without enamel coating, like these gorgeous pieces: http://www.katespade.com/friendship-well-wishes-charm-bangle/WBRUA193,en_US,pd.html http://www.katespade.com/maise-charm/WBRU9977,en_US,pd.html http://www.katespade.com/hashtag-charm/WBRU9964,en_US,pd.html http://www.katespade.com/kiss-and-make-up-wink-necklace/WBRUA012,en_US,pd.html All her jewelry is gorgeous to me, but where can I learn how to make those things? I have my own ideas, but I would like to work with better materials!

Asked by CuteSimpleStuff 3 years ago


How can I make this ring?

I'm trying to make a ring similar to this. I was thinking of using polymer clay and looped cha cha ring bases. Would this be good or should I do it another way?

Posted by ChelseaDOLL 8 years ago


Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future

. From Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future at Penn State Engineering via Slashdot:University Park, Pa. - Refrigerators and other cooling devices may one day lose their compressors and coils of piping and become solid state, according to Penn State researchers who are investigating electrically induced heat effects of some ferroelectric polymers."This is the first step in the development of an electric field refrigeration unit," says Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of electrical engineering. "For the future, we can envision a flat panel refrigerator. No more coils, no more compressors, just solid polymer with appropriate heat exchangers."

Posted by NachoMahma 9 years ago


Which are Ecologically friendly Ultraviolet ray blockers/absorbers/stabilizers that can be used in polymer?

Hey, Working on (reinforcement) bio-composite material using bamboo fibers & starch based DIY bio plastic from starch, glycerin, vinegar. I wanted to incorporate UV Protection to my composite by adding UV protective additive in polymer mix. I searched for regular additives (Benzophenone)  that are added but I want to find if any Environmentally friendly UV stabilizers are available or can be extracted from natural sources to be used in bioplastic. (chemicals consideration) 1-PABA (p-Amino benzoic acid) & 2-ZnO Please do add your valued opinions.

Asked by charmneo 7 years ago


Necklaces, Journals, Candle Holders and Paintings!

I make all kinds of fun stuff out of hemp, polymer clay, CD covers, etc! Check out my site for pics and descriptions ---> http://thickneckarts.etsy.comFree shipping on most items! Mention this ad and get 25% off!

Posted by thickneckarts 9 years ago


Pioneer Elite 45,47A,47Ai ect.Decoder boards

Have DSD boards that do SACD, CD   decoding, many surface mount lytics 333mF@6.3V (small) + cheap. To replace with Nichicon polymer Organic lytics 470mF@16Volt .Would ther be a problem here ,elecricly, sonicly once done? Thanks; Robert

Asked by robofet61 5 years ago


Casting a REALLY complex HOLLOW shape with metal!?

Exactly like casting a 3D print out of metal; I have a airsoft upper receiver which I want to cast out of aluminium cheaply. Made of polymer and quite complex. http://www.evike.com/images/large/Mbody_GP_M4AEGUpper_lg.jpg

Posted by Digital Flame 3 years ago


could you mix something in with Sculpey to make it stronger?

Sculpey is great stuff, easy to use, but after it's baked it's vulnerable to breaking if you don't make it thick enough.  Any one have ideas on an additive to mix in with it that could make it stronger? Thank you

Asked by foobear 4 years ago



brushed to brushless!

If you have been flying your RC planes a lot and have found them getting a bit boring, go brushless and get lithium polymer cells. brushless motors are lighter and twice as powerful as brushed. lithium polymer batteries hold the most electricity to weight ratio compared to standard Nicd and Nmh. Dont believe me look at your cell phone open the battery hatch and take out battery its probably a Lithium polymer or lithium ion notice how light it is and small it is now look at the volts/ mAH pretty amazing hu? Got a laptop it probably got a lipo to. you want to make the switch but dont know what motor, battery, ESC (ESC-electronic speed control) to get, just ask and ill give you a hand! i will need to know the motor and battery that came with the plane/ or that u are using. Are you flying glow (gas powered) and wana go electric? i can help u out their too! Their are 2 kinds of brushless motors outrunner and inrunner whats the difference? well outrunners spin slower with more power so it acts like it has a gear box (this eliminates the need for a gear box reducing weight and noise) it also has a different design (look at pics). inrunners have a brushed appearance but their much lighter and more powerful u might need a gear box through. update 2/20/08 new image added (not all comment boxes are working)

Posted by i make shooting things 10 years ago


Doll wig help

I'm making doll heads from polymer clay. They measure approx. 6-7 inches around. I need to make a long dark brown wig for my heads. I have plenty of hair, but it isn't attached to anything. I need to know how to make a wig for my doll heads attaching it to a cap. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you

Asked by 8 years ago