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Polymer Clay Tip: Scraps


Caning tends to create a lot of scraps.  Polymer clay, while not the most expensive hobby, does indeed add up.  And besides, I know no one who wants to be wasteful.  So what to do with those scraps of multiple colors smushed together?

First, I throw them all in a bag.

Big Mess

Then I ignore them until someday, possibly years later, the mess will get to be to much for me.  I then separate the bag o’ scraps out by color groups.  I’m not too picky- too picky would drive me mad and thus not be worth it- as long as the majority of a chunk is one color, it goes into that pile.  You’ll notice some green in the “reds” pile and red in the “blues” below.  No big deal.

Sorted, but still messy

Then I squish each pile, individually, a lot.  Until it’s smoothly blended into one color, one unusual shade, one hunk of totally usable clay.  Sometimes the pasta machine comes in handy for this.  Something distracting on TV or internet helps too.  Big hunks of clay can be tiring to blend, but it’s worth it.  See?

Problem solved.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/02/2010 8:49 AM

    This is neat because you get unusual colors of clay for free! But my hands ache just thinking about squishing all that clay.

    • 05/05/2010 11:28 AM

      That’s where a pasta machine comes in handy. (She says, as she rubs her aching fingers.)

  2. 05/02/2010 3:42 PM

    Great re-use, Tala.

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