the Maureen Carlson Studio

for How to Make Clay Characters
in Polymer Clay
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Suggested Tools Supplies needed for class


* Pasta Machine or rolling utensil such as a wooden rolling pin or clear plastic rod

* Paring knife or utility knife

* Knitting needles in a variety of sizes, including one that is a size 6, 7 or 8

* Small brushes of good quality (no loose bristles!) in these  approximate sizes: liner (size 0 or 1), round brush (sizes 2 and 10), a flat or filbert (sizes 4 and 8)

*Sharp needle tool

* Ruler

* Favorite sculpting tools if you have them

*Oven that can be used for polymer clay

* Pan for baking

* Oven hot pads

Other Useful Things to Have Nearby
* Plastic bags for leftover clay

* 91% isopropyl alcohol and small container

* Alcohol wipes, small ones, individually wrapped

* Paper towels or clean cloth

* 10 Blank sheets of copy/printer paper

* Pencil

* Hand cleaner

A Word About Ovens

 Your home oven is fine for beginners for occasional use, but have on hand a covered pan, either foil or a roaster
pan, in which you can place your clay to keep excess fumes from going into your oven or the room.

Toaster ovens may have
too shallow of a depth for
larger pieces. There should be at least 2 inches of space between your baking clay and the walls of the oven to prevent scorching.

Baking tips will be
covered in class.

* Aluminum foil,
1 foot, regular weight
* Polymer Clay
Brand of your choice
, 2 small (2 or 3 ounce) packages each of colors that will work for skin, hair, shirt, pants/skirt, accessories. This is a guestimate as characters tend to grow as you work on them!

Additional White Polymer Clay, 1 small package, for eyes and optional teeth. Clay eyes are great when you're practicing as eyes can become expensive.

Note: Maureen's clay of choice for sculpting clay characters is Sculpey Premo polymer clay. Avoid Sculpey III as it may not be strong enough for small or thin parts. She uses Living Doll Polymer Clay for larger faces. Both Living Doll and Sculpey Premo are produced by Polyform Products Company

NOTE: There is currently a shortage of some of the polymer clays on the market, especially white. Note that prices may widely vary, but buy from a reputable source. You don't want old, hard clay. 

* WIRE: 18 plus 20 or 22 gauge, in floral department at craft store, 1 pacage of each
* Paint:
Acrylic Paint in black, brown, red, white, blue and ochre
Matte Gel Medium
or Blending Gel(brands of your choice)

Other Paint Options:

Maureen will demonstrate the use of acrylics, oils, watercolors and Genesis Heat Set Artist Oil Colors. If you don't already have one of these types of paint, she suggests that you watch the demo to see which paints appeal to you before you purchase more paint supplies.
Something to Think About

My friend Nancy always said during her classes, "Don't make it precious."

Making it precious short circuits the learning process. Class projects are almost always learning tools, not your eventual masterpiece. If you stick with it, that will come.

copyright 2021 Maureen Carlson and Wee Folk Creations