So life in the polymer clay world isn’t always perfect. Like anything, there are do’s and don’ts involved. I have put together 3 short videos to show you 3 rookie mistakes when making a polymer clay mandala.
I know that feeling, you are nearing the end of the project. All you want is the end result. So much anticipation. In the following video clip, I was using the cutter to trim out the mandala. Watch what happens.
Did you catch that? I didn’t take my time to center the mandala and I ended up with a very obvious uneven edge. Now, lucky for me there was actually an easy fix. I had two options. The first option would have been to place the cutter again and trim a little off. The second option would have been to bake the piece and then sand it until it was even. I actually chose both options. I trimmed it a bit and then sanded after it was done baking.
In this next clip things were going so well. I distributed the clay nicely into the Sculpey liquid clay mold. The next thing I needed to do was wipe the excess clay off from around the mandala. You’ll see how that went for me in this next clip.
How did that work for me? Not very well. Using kleenex on a silicone mold to wipe off liquid clay, bad idea! Instead, use a cotton cloth with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol. Works fantastic!
This is really a rookie mistake. Because once you do it, you won’t let it happen again. It’s not the worst mistake to make because it is very treatable and in most cases won’t affect the outcome of the piece. You’ll see what I mean in this next clip.
This is certainly an easy fix. Using cling wrap as a barrier is really a no brainer. You could also use parchment paper. It will do the same trick.
So there you have it. I have shown you three rookie mistakes when making polymer clay mandalas when using a Sculpey Liquid Clay Mold.
Hopefully you enjoyed this post and perhaps even learned something from it. Leave a comment below if you have ever created with polymer clay, I would love to hear about your experience with it. You can follow me on Instagram and Pinterest to see some of my other polymer clay creations.
When you take your polymer clay creations out of the oven, cool them off faster by putting them in the refrigerator for a few minutes!