FAQ - Techniques for Clay & Clay Care
What is Polymer Clay?
- Polymer clay is a PVC plastic, so I strive for complete zero waste.
- Creations are meant as heirloom pieces, made with quality to last multiple life times.
- All scraps are repurposed, even after baking.
How do you work with Polymer Clay?
- Clay is kneaded and conditioned by hand to become a workable, smooth texture. Then, using a special clay roller (like a pasta machine), the clay is flattened to a completely level and smooth surface.
- Shapes are then cut using resin-printed or 3D printed cutters, or hand cut with a blade using hand drawn templates.
- The raw clay is then transferred to a baking sheet and baked in a clay-only oven until cured and flexible.
- After baking, clay is sanded perfectly smooth by hand, using sandpaper or power tools.
- At this point, finishing touches are added - painting, liquid gilding, adding hooks or studs, etc.
- Some clay brands love to be buffed to a high shine.
- To do this, I follow all regular clay creating steps as outlined above. After clay is baked, a series of sandpaper grits are applied by hand, running through 2-10 grits for a smooth glassy finish.
- Then, each piece is buffed with a fluffy attachment to bring out the shine. No resin or glosses are used to create a permanent, buffed shine.
- These items are all labeled with "Buffed" in the title
General Clay Info
- Polymer clay is extremely lightweight and is perfect for statement jewelry without dragging your ears down.
- Only Artist grade polymer clays are used at Spitfire July
- Polymer clay is supposed to be flexible and bendy!
- You may notice your earrings being more flexible after a days wear. This is from your body heat and totally normal!
- Polymer Clay is non-toxic.
- Polymer clay earrings are sturdy, but still should be treated with care. No pools, showers, bleach, cleaning or hair products, etc.
- Do not leave in direct sun for long periods of time (ie, keeping them in the car)
- If you need to clean anything off your earrings, like makeup, using regular rubbing alcohol on a q tip or soft cloth.