Polymer Clay Ideas – Polymer Clay Refrigerator Magnets

Here’s a polymer clay idea. Polymer clay refrigerator magnets are fun and easy to make. In this tutorial, I create three refrigerator magnets out of a witch, dwarf, and Santa Claus. They make great gifts and are also good for seasonal decorations.

About my polymer clay refrigerator magnets

So, I had done a few tutorials on how to make a face from polymer clay. I wasn’t satisfied with the first two video tutorials due to the picture quality being too dark. In the first videos case, it was too far away to see any detail. In the end, I created three faces that I didn’t know what to do with. Actually, the first face was smaller than the other two, so I pulled it from the bunch and will create an action figure prototype out of it instead somewhere down the line.

This left me with two faces, a dwarf, and a witch. After some thought, I eventually came up with the idea of making refrigerator magnets out of them. Since it’s so close to Christmas, I decided to go ahead and make a Santa Claus face too. Presently, this site hasn’t been up very long. Next Christmas season I’ll have much more time to plan and will offer several tutorials on all kinds of polymer clay Christmas related stuff besides what I did this year. Perhaps some Halloween stuff too! This Santa is the last Christmas oriented project of the season until next year. Don’t blink because it’ll be here before you know it.

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I’d also like to mention that this site is going to grow and be around for a long time. I’m buying the domain for ten years. I love this website! It’s a lot of fun.

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Should I glaze polymer clay creations?

Glazing (and painting) is optional. Just remember once glazing and/or painting is complete, it cannot be baked over again. Some of you are wondering what I mean about rebaking polymer clay figurines. If you bake your figure the first time and you’re not satisfied with the result, you have options such as tweaking it by adding more clay layers. Another reason for rebaking is if a polymer clay action figure prototype can’t stand on its own two feet. You can add clay to the feet where it’s needed and rebake the figure a second time. I don’t recommend baking any polymer clay creation more than three times and again, never after it’s painted or glazed.

I choose not to glaze most of my polymer clay creations. Glazing has some advantages, it does make the figurine a bit stronger and the shiny appearance is desirable in many situations. Just be careful what kind of glaze you buy. I recommend just plain simple glaze. Others types of glaze include extra shiny, sparkles, and perhaps others I’m not aware of.

Polymer clay magnets tutorial

Also, note that certain crafting paints have a shiny glaze effect to them. I prefer plain paint. Say you need three parts of a figurine painted different colors. Now let’s say one of the three paints has the shiny glaze effect. You’ll have two colors that look one way and a third that’s shiny. So when it comes to buying glaze or paint, make sure you read the label and know what you’re buying.

Stop-motion animation

A few years back when I was in the thick of writing the story The Quest for Kimel Drago, I was fooling around with the idea of stop-motion animation as a way to promote the production. I ended up settling on a rather primitive and campy comic book that’s available for you to check out. The video posted here is my attempt and experiment with stop-motion animation using cells. 

My crude attempt at stop-motion animation

It is what it is, I posted it just for fun. It’ll also be the shortest video you’ll ever find on the Polymer Clay Fantasy Figures YouTube channel. I think it’s only nine or ten seconds long. Afterward, I looked into digital animation but there were so many programs and so many things to learn, I feared my brain was at its limit for gigabyte usage.

Polymer Clay Ideas – Polymer Clay Refrigerator Magnets

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