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Get Started In Clay Modelling

When working with clay, your next great idea is at your fingertips! From unique jewellery to home decor, discover how you can transform polymer and air drying clay into stunning designs in a few simple steps. We'll take you from the materials you need through to the last decorative detail, showing you how easy it is to craft with clay.

Tool Guide

With the right set of tools, you'll be all set to shape your clay with ease. The rolling pin will help you smooth out your clay, while the rest of the tools allow you to shape, mark and manipulate your material to create a personalised design.

Air Drying Clay

Air Drying Clay is the perfect essential for beginner and expert artisans who want a high-quality finish without firing up an expensive kiln. Once it dries, you can paint it with poster paints and acrylics or add glossy varnishes.

How to Make a Coil Pot

In a few simple steps, use air drying clay in a coil to build up a sturdy pot. It's a great way to get to grips with clay and you can paint and personalise the finished item to make a lovely storage pot, plant pot or decorative feature.

1. Roll out your clay with a rolling pin until the clay is around 1.5cm thick. Make sure you are working on a non-stick surface.
2. Use a knife to cut out a circular base and set to one side.
3. Use the remaining clay to roll out long sausages of clay.
4. Mark along one side of the sausages with cross-hatch, and also around the top edge of the circle.
5. Wet the cross-hatched clay slightly to help with adhesion. Place on top of the base, cutting off any excess and joining the two ends.
6. Use your hands or a blunt tool to smooth down the joins on the outside and inside of the pot to secure.
7. Continue to build up the layers in the same way until the pot is the desired height. Once finished, leave for 24 hours to dry, and decorate to your taste.

Watch 5 Simple Clay Makes

Discover even more ideas as Little Button Diaries show you five different clay-modelling projects to try.

Polymer Clay

Oven Bake Clay is the ultimate versatile medium for beginner and expert artisans who want a high-quality finish without firing up an expensive kiln. Our colourful range of oven baked clay is ideal for model making, home décor and even jewellery making.

How to Make Polymer Clay Beads

Create statement jewellery that's personalised to suit your style. It'll be easy to combine your favourite colours of polymer clay to transform into unique beads, ready to become your favourite new accessory or the perfect gift.

1. Take off some clay from the block and warm up in your hands, then roll into a long sausage.
2. Repeat with two other colours and then twist together.
3. Roll the colours together and roll out into a longer sausage.
4. Fold over the sausage and twist together again.
5. Roll together once more until the sausage is at the desired width that you’d like the beads to be. Cut up the beads using a knife.
6. Use a skewer or toothpick to add holes to the centre of each bead, making sure the hole travels through the whole way and will be large enough to accommodate the size of the thread chosen to string the beads.
7. Continue to build up the layers in the same way until the pot is the desired height. Once finished, leave for 24 hours to dry, and decorate to your taste.