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Health and Safety when dealing with polymer clay

People who have just started using polymer clay will be concerned about its safety. Polymer clay is non-toxic. Still, you should follow these safety guidelines when using polymer clay.

1. Don’t eat it

The polymer clay is non-toxic and won’t cause any health problems even when ingested. Still, it is wise to keep it away from children and pets. You must clean your hands after finishing your work with polymer clay. You should not let raw clay come into contact with any food.

2. Don’t eat from it

You can not eat food from dishes that are made from polymer clay. Polymer clay is too porous, and so they cannot be cleaned properly after they come in contact with food. Bacteria may develop in these pores.

3. Use clay-dedicated tools

You will find tools in your kitchen that work well with polymer clay. But you shouldn’t use them. Use clay-dedicated tools for your craft works.

4. Make sure the clay doesn’t burn

If the clay is baked at the correct temperature, you won’t need to worry about fumes. But you should be careful so that it doesn’t burn. It produces a light smell when baking. You can open your windows while baking so that the smell goes off. If the clay is burned in very high temperature, it releases toxic fumes. So, you should bake clay at a low temperature.

Follow these simple safety rules to avoid any accidents from happening. Polymer clay is a safe material to use; still, you have to be cautious while using it. If your children are using it, don’t leave them alone. Keep them under strict supervision.

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Why we love polymer clay!

Arts and crafts using polymer clay can be a great activity for any age. They are flexible to use, bright in colors and offer to limit to creativity. You can make many things with polymer clay including dolls, wall hangings, beads, etc. Here are the primary reasons why we love polymer.

Brilliant color

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You can get polymer clay in various colors from soft hues to darker ones. Some brands of polymer clay add white mineral clay to make the colors opaque. Other contains mica to give shimmer and shine.

Safety

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Polymer clay has been tested and certified as non-toxic art materials. If large quantities of this clay are consumed, it may lead to intestinal blockages. If used according to the package instructions, the clays are safe to use. You shouldn’t let your babies or pets play with it without supervision.

Wide range of options

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You can make almost any object with polymer clay. You can make miniature figures, houses, boats, ornaments, wall hangings, and anything you can think of.

Ease of use

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Polymer clay is very easy to use. It doesn’t get hard like regular clay if you leave it idle for a while. So, you can finish your work with polymer clay anytime without worrying that your craft will dry up. You also bake the polymer clay in your oven to make it hard.

If you haven’t used polymer clay, try making something today. You will fall in love with it like us.

How to eat healthy on a budget

Being tight on cash can make it difficult to plan your meals in a manner that keeps them both nutritious and tasty, while also keeping them light on your wallet. Fortunately, there are plenty of thrifty ways to eat healthy on a budget, if you’re willing to do some looking around:

organic-vegetables

  • Purchasing in-season fresh produce and stocking it in the freezer: There’s nothing healthier than fresh, organic fruits and vegetables for your meal. But they can be quite pricey when they are not in season. You might want to purchase them when they are readily available in the market and stock up on them for months when they won’t be.

For example, you could get several dozen cobs of corn when they are on the cheap and stash them away in your freezer, either whole or in bags. The corn will keep fresh for months on end, letting you enjoy healthy meals almost all year around.

  • Planning your meals around sales and promotions: Your local grocery store might have a savings scheme that puts up different groceries on discounted prices on a weekly basis. If you follow a 7 day meal plan, you could always plan your meals according to what’s on sale in the current week.

Of course, thanks to the internet, there is a much better way of turning a promotional discount into a healthy meal. Online vendors such as iHerb always have several different iHerb promo codes floating on the internet that their customers can avail to knock a substantial amount of their shopping cart – you might want to consider shopping for fresh produce online so you can avail the discounts these websites offer.

  • Go for less costly meat cuts: Being on a strict budget doesn’t mean you have to leave meat out of your healthy diet plan. You could try less pricey cuts of meat, such as chicken thighs as opposed to chicken breasts. These may take longer to cook, but you can manage that with various techniques such as slow cooking.

For the more adventurous, there is plenty of flavuor and nutrition to be extracted from skin-on, bone-in red meat cuts, as well as organ meats. These are extremely cheap compared to the more conventional cuts.

  • Incorporate beans and whole grains into your meal: Freekeh, quinoa, wheat and brown rice are rich in essential nutrients such as carbs and proteins, and they cost a lot less than meat. You can make just as tasty meals out of them, for instance, lentil soup, chilli, beans and bacon, wheat couscous and so on.
  • Try out ethnic food: Dishes from other parts of the world, such as Indian and Mexican, are incredibly flavourful and equally inexpensive. One of the staples for both kinds of cuisines is rice, a low-cost Furthermore, both focus on extracting flavor out of cheap food items like lentils, beans, chilli, and vegetables, so you don’t have to worry about spending money on meat.

You can modify their dishes to match your budget: as an example, you could create burritos with virtually any filling – an excellent opportunity to repurpose leftovers!

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Modeling our favorite superheroes with polymer clay

Polymer clay is inexpensive and wonderful to use. You can find it easily and mold it into anything you can think of. You can even model your favorite superheroes with it. Here are some tips how to do it.

1. You need the right tools

You should have the right tools model the figures. You need brushes, wax carving metal tools, loop tools, etc. You can use various cutters as well.

2. Make the clay firm

The polymer clay is too soft to use right away. You need to soak oil out of the clay with various sheets. The clay will be much firmer then and will be easy to mold into shapes.

3. Start with basic shapes before moving into details

You should first create the shape of the superhero you are going to make. Later, you can add details and eventually a noticeable character will appear.

4. Smoothing the clay surface

With firm clay, it is easier to smooth them with the fingers. You should make sure that the surface is free from bumps, fingerprints, and marks.

5. Baking and sculpting

When you make something out of clay, it is common to break one part accidentally while making another part of the figure. That’s why you should bake in sections. This way you can preserve the work that you have completed. You should set the oven to a low temperature and bake for a long time. If you put on high temperature, the clay might break.

6. Painting

You can use acrylic paints to do the details, like the eyes, mouth, logos, etc. Use various types of brushes according to your need. You can later put on a few coats of clear paint for color protection.

Use these steps to make your favorite superhero. Keep a good quality picture of your superhero in front of you while crafting. This way, you will be able to craft the details well.