Polymer Clay Tools

If you’re interested in creating your own customized polymer clay picture frame, keep reading to see what tools I used.  I purchased all the supplies and tools at Michaels Arts & Craft, unless otherwise noted.


Sculpey III Oven-Bake Clay

  • The 30 Color Sampler pack is great for a variety of projects, but single colors are also available.  They’re soft and very easy to work with.


Sculpey Metal Crinkle Cutters

  • These cutters are great because the ruffled edge on the square is a lot cuter.


Walnut Hollow Clay Embossing Set

  • This set includes alphabet letters that you can place together to make different words.  This is what I use to stamp all of the months of the year.

Sculpey Bake & Bond Glue

  • Used when the clay is still soft and is safe to bake in the oven.  For example, I glued the clay pumpkin to the clay frame.


Wilton 37 Piece Alphabet & Number Cut-Outs

  • This alphabet and number kit is found in the cake decorating aisle.  Cake decorating tools are perfect for clay decorations and there are so many different metal cutters to choose from.


Sculpey Acrylic Roller

  • Used to roll out and flatten the clay before using cutters and alphabet stamps.


Sculpey Clay Tool Starter Kit

  • Used to make indentations and helps add more detail to your decorations.  I used the sharp needle tool to make the small details in Santa’s beard and hat trim.


X-Acto Knife

  • Sharp knife to cut out different shapes and intricate details.  An X-Acto knife was used to cut the triangle name flags and also the candle.


Wooden Frame

  • I’ve used the Virserum Frame from Ikea, but any wooden frame would work.



Hand Molded Decorations

  • Unfortunately, I don’t use specific tools for all the decorations and most of them are hand molded.  For example, the Hello Kitty and toy pyramid are made in separate pieces and then glued together with the Sculpey Bake & Bond.


When all the decorations are made, bake the clay as directed.  Once cooled, use a hot glue gun to attach the clay decorations to the wooden frame.

I hope this helps with your next polymer clay project. =)


18 thoughts on “Polymer Clay Tools

  1. Kerrie says:

    Hi Ms Tapioca, its me again! would also like to ask, where did you get the shadow box from and what’s the approximate dimension for it? thanks again!

    • msTapioca says:

      Great! One thing I forgot to mention is that the background of the shadowbox is quite slippery and the glue might not adhere very well (or pop off easily). Therefore, I suggest covering the background with fabric first, then attach your clay objects. Good luck and I’m sure your friend will love it!

  2. toddlerscribbles says:

    Hey! Lovely blog!!! Do you take orders at all? I loved the 12 month keep sake (My first Year) that you have here.. Just needed some details on if you take orders and how much you charge for this piece? Thanks so much!

  3. Akshata says:

    Hi, I loved your shadow box and wanted to know what is the price for the same. Also, can you customize the little clay figurines?

    Thanks !

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