Usually beginners like you ask their teacher to supply them with a basic polymer clay toolbox! What are the basic things you need so you can begin working with polymer clay? It can be confusing – after all, it seems like you can use pretty much everything in your toolbox but before investing in every tool, it is nice to go over the most basic toolbox.
What size brushes? Again, the more the merrier but a good quiver might include 38mm, 50mm, 60mm and 75mm brushes. Generally the bigger brushes, although holding more paint, are heavier to wield and harder on the wrists if you’re not used to them (that’s why I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome).
Eco-Friendly Zebra-Print Tote ($32.00) This bag is made of all-natural jute with leather handles and a plastic-coated interior. Size 19.5″W x 7.5″D x 16″H. The bag looks great with a lime green, red or fuschia monogram!
You can buy Plexiglass sheets in different forms. There are obviously the clear ones, but there are also colored and frosted ones too. What you get should really depend on the look you’re going for.
Painted candles are beautiful! When painting on candles with acrylic paints, use the cheaper unscented candles. Handle them carefully. If you are dissatisfied with your results wash the paint off, dry the candle, and start over. Be sure to apply a clear acrylic sealer to the finished candle as Extruded acrylic sheets rub off of the wax very easily. Handle with care!
While you’re at the paint store pick up a box of Paintable Caulking Compound (we call it No More Gaps in Australia). Don’t be a skinflint – you’re gonna use heaps of this stuff – it makes the difference between a professional-looking job and a happy-home-handyman job. The first thing I notice with a paint job is have the gaps been filled? I’m talking about the gaps around doors, windows, cornices (where the ceiling meets the walls) and mouldings.
Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until just melted and smooth (4 to 6 minutes). Dip half of each heart into the chocolate. Place cookies on lined cookie sheets and refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Store refrigerated in airtight containers, with waxed paper separating layers of cookies.