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Clay Tip - Soft to Hard by PoppyCorn99 Clay Tip - Soft to Hard by PoppyCorn99
This is something I do a lot whenever I have clay that is just too soft to retain its shape and texture. After doing this, the clay should still be soft and "moldable" after conditioning , but will keep its shape more easily.

This is something :iconbabyhime: kindly convinced me to do, along with other cool tips she's done herself, and she might post this on her gallery and/or blog as well. (Just so people don't accuse her of stealing anything) :D
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Suzuki108 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tips- but my clay is always too hard sometimes :P
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I was planning on making a tutorial for that too, but I never got around to it. :P
If you want you can try this:

chop up your hard clay into tiny pieces. Bunch them all together and add A LITTLE BIT of vegetable oil and mix it all together. Polymer clay is oil-based, so adding oil makes it softer. Just be careful not to add too much, or it gets sticky, but if that happens, then just follow this tutorial here! :D
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Suzuki108 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome idea! I will definitely try this :D
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet, you should let me know if you ever post it here! :D
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Suzuki108 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely will! :D
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Strawberry-Dino Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O_O This rocks! I have some clay that is JUST like gum it's awful to work with and I've been considering scrapping it! Thanks so much you just saved me $10!
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woohoo I saved someone money! :w00t:

I feel like Geico. :iconmegustaplz:
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Strawberry-Dino Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolol <3
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omenaapple Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you do lots of this at time? o3o
The first clays i bought were all fimo soft, since i didnt know it was the softest clay, and i bought a lot of it. :I
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, you just need to flatten it into a thin piece (about 0.5cm should be thin enough) and leave it in between the papers for approx. 3 hours to a day, depending on how soft the clay is. ^^
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TheDarkLittleBunnY Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
never happen to me just the countrary xD Mine is always too hard to work
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it all tough and crumbly when you use it? You can try this method I use when my clay is too tough: [link]
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TheDarkLittleBunnY Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
oooh ok thank you! I will try it out ^^
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kayanah Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This will be so useful! :D
I was told to do that with my white clay, but did not get the chance (actually I forgot about it...) :blush:
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope this helps you! :nod:
I do this with any clay I have that's just too soft and stretchy to maintain its shape and texture when I touch it.
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Fushica Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
oh! I've always noticed the oil stains, so that's what it does!
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yup yup! :D
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artsyfartsy11 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Student General Artist
cool! But you made a little typo and said put a piece of paper under the paper, but you put glass or plastic under the paper :L
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I don't think so, because in the first step I said to roll the clay flat, then the second step says to put a sheet of paper under it, with "it" referring to the clay.
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artsyfartsy11 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconsexylazeplz:
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...wut? o_o
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artsyfartsy11 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I'M DYING I FORGOT THAT I WROTE THAT COMMENT AT ALL HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH XD I just saw that plz icon and got really scared and started cracking up so I used it here :L :iconsexylazeplz: :iconlazewaveplz: :iconlazywaveplz: :iconlazycryplz: there are more but I can't remember them all :3
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It certainly caught me by surprise! XD Thanks, I might use them in the future :D
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artsyfartsy11 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Student General Artist
XD no problem XD hhaahahha
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Cherubii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooooh! you do sculpting too? I've always want to try, but can never get hands on clay like that hahaha
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's really fun once you're willing to put some patience into it! Do you have any craft stores nearby?
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Cherubii Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wellll not really, but I think play doh suffices :D hahaha
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I guess so XD They smell pretty good :D
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SmallCreationsByMel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
awesomenesss =] I will be posting this as a feature on my tumblr and dA account on Friday =].

Thanks for taking the time to do this!!! :love:
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PoppyCorn99 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, no problem! It was pretty cool to do :D
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