Why should we do it? Mixing sand into clay is a very easy and inexpensive way to add interest and texture into your common polymer clay. Depending on the type or quantity of sand you put into your clay, your texture and colour can be quite different. Plus, sand is a natural material and can baked in the oven together with polymer at ca. 120 degree without any special care. Easy, right?
Why using white polymer clay to mix with is the best?
I’ve tried to mix sand with many colours but the result with clay was so far the nicest. If you mix sand with a much darker colour, there will be no contrast and the sand texture does not come out perfectly. If the colour is too dull, the sand marks appear a bit like dust on clay. Having said that, go ahead and try and find out what’s the best for you. After all, it’s all about exploring, experimenting and find your own style right?
What type of sand to use?
Having lived once in Southern France near the sea, it was very easy for me just to collect sand from the beach. I would wait for a really sunny day and walk down the beach to shuffle some of the driest sand I could find. That’s right, the sand needs to be absolutely dry! Polymer clay at raw stage is not meant to be mixed with water or other materials that are not mean to mixed with it as polymer clay will lose its consistency. (One of the thing I really emphasize at each workshop!)
You don’t have the beach nearby? You can get Silica Sand from the Craft Store like Art Friend or HomeFix. Anything size is possible, choose from fine, medium or coarse sand, depending on your intention. I personally like to have a mixture of fine and coarse sand all together into my white polymer clay which makes the clay texture really interesting.
- Prepare your white polymer clay and pre-condition it before you put the sand into it.
- Define the degree of texture you would like to add into your polymer clay. (Yes, planning always helps with the execution.)
- Choose your type of sand. Make sure it’s dry.
- Slowly add small amount of sand into your clay. This way, you can adjust the amount and degree of texture you want.
There it is! Now you can take your unique hand-mix polymer clay and form whatever shapes you want!
It is really really simple and save you also a lot of trouble finding the right clay with texture? Just make your own!
I hope this article helps you and happy happy making!