Frequently Asked Questions
Q - Is Polymer Clay durable?
A - Polymer clay's durability mostly depends on brand of clay and proper baking conditions. For brands of clay I personally can recommend Sculpey Premo, Sculpey Souffle and Kato Clay (Fimo Professional is also a durable brand but it's one I don't personally use). There are other clay's like Sculpey III that are quite brittle once baked and are more of a kids clay than a professional use type of clay. Even if you use a strong brand of clay, proper baking temp and time are needed for durability and longevity, under cured clay will break down over time and turn to a chalky powder (yes I learned the hard way).
Q - How do I get a glass like finish on my Pen Blanks with out using CA?
A - To get a glass like finish on your blanks, I personally recommend to wet sand with Micro Mesh from grits 1500 all the way up to 12000 and then wait until the blanks are dry to polish with a clean buffer wheel (no wax or product is needed for a high shine).
Q - What is Millefiori?
A - Millefiori is an old Italian Glass work technique (Mille meaning Thousand & Fiori meaning Flowers) they would make rods/canes of glass with a design encased and take shards of that design and fuse them together to make beautiful mosaic style glassware. Since the 1980's or so it has been adapted to polymer clay.
Q - What is Polymer Clay?
A - Polymer clay is essentially PVC, polyvinyl chloride. It is plastic, but until it is cured, it is a very malleable plastic. It can be shaped and reshaped a multitude of times without deterioration. As long as it is stored away from excessive heat and direct sunlight, polymer clay can sit unused for years and still be workable (though it may require softening additives if left for very long). Unlike earthen clay, it doesn't have to be fired in a kiln, nor will it dry out at room temperature, like other clays will do. Polymer clay cures at significantly lower temperatures than earthen clays, so it can be easily hardened in a home oven or toaster oven. (In fact, the high temperatures in a kiln would ruin polymer clay and release potentially dangerous fumes.) Though it varies slightly by brand, most polymer clay must be cured at 265°F to 275°F (129°C to 135°C) for at least 15 minutes per ¼ inch (6mm) of thickness.
Once cured, polymer clay is hard and surprisingly durable. It can be scratched, cracked or broken, but if treated with moderate care, cured polymer clay can last for years without deterioration (http://www.polymerclayweb.com)
Q - Why do you only ship on Monday?
A - I currently only ship every Monday as each of my items are handmade one by one, it's very time consuming and it allows for 4 days out of the week to create and 1 day to focus solely on shipping. It also allows me to keep my shipping cost lower with less travel time to and from the Post Office as I always make sure to have each package scanned in at the front desk and have a receipt in hand as I leave.