Susan Treweek (Polymer Clay)
- Member of the British Polymer Clay Guild from Shropshire
- Studied architecture, environmental and interior design at Duncan of Jordanstone (Dundee University) and the Royal College of Art.
- 45 years experience in a wide range of design disciplines.
- Since professional retirement has enjoyed developing a long standing interest in the medium of polymer clay, an exciting, highly versatile and generally underated material.
About polymer Clay: Polymer clay was discovered in the 30’s and has been generally available as an artistic medium since the 1960’s.
Consisting of pigments and PVC particles bound together by a plasticiser it is purchased in small malleable blocks in a wide variety of colours and ‘effects’ which include silver, gold, copper, granite and many more.
Standard colours can be easily mixed together to produce an extensive colour palette. Other materials such as paints and powders can also incorporated with the clay. When using the clay as a creative material it can be cut, moulded, stamped, stencilled, screen printed, textured, carved, embellished, etc.
The clay is ‘cured’ by baking at a low temperature, between 110/130C. it then becomes hard, strong and water proof. It can also be applied to materials such as wood or glass, or incorporated with other objects such as metal prior to baking. Further ‘on surface’ treatments can be applied at this stage including sanding and varnishing resulting in a finished surface texture between matt and highly polished.
The material is generally considered to be inert and non-toxic.
A craft ideal for anybody – allowing a huge range of applications from games to ornaments etc.
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