About GAPCG

2017-2019 Executive Board

President: Connie S. Clark
Vice President: Jennifer Jacobs
Treasurer: Patty Lee
Secretary: Eva Nace
Librarian: Roxanna Guilford-Blake
Demo/Workshop Coordinator: Donna Pratt
Webmaster: Rita Dumais Sim

Formed in 1999, the Greater Atlanta Polymer Clay Guild [GAPCG] includes jewelry artists, sculptors, stampers and mixed media artists who share a passion of polymer clay.

We are a fun, relaxed group of artists who enjoy getting together to learn and share new techniques, tools and ideas.

We welcome anyone who wants to learn about and work with the exciting medium of polymer clay. Artists and creative explorers of all levels, from beginners to teachers and published artists, are welcome and encouraged to attend the meetings and participate in any other guild activities.

About Polymer Clay

A sculptable material based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride [PVC]. It usually contains no clay minerals, and is only called "clay" because its texture and working properties resemble those of mineral clay.

Polymer clays all contain a basis of PVC and one or more of several kinds of liquid plasticizer. Pigments may be added to the translucent base to create a variety of colors, along with small amounts of kaolin or white china clay or other opaquing agents where opacity is desired. Mica may be added to simulate pearlescent and metallic effects.

Original formulations of polymer clay remain soft until cured at relatively low temperatures, but air-dry polymer clays have recently been added to the market. Traditional polymer clay hardens by curing at temperatures created in a typical home oven, generally at 265 to 275 °F [129 to 135 °C], for 15 minutes per 1/4" [6 mm] of thickness.

Leading brands of polymer clay include Fimo from Staedtler; Sculpey III and Premo by Sculpey from Polyform Products; Cernit; Formello; Modello; Kato Polyclay and Pardo from Viva Decor. Though the brands differ slightly in properties such as plasticity, translucence, curing temperature, and flexibility when cured, most are suited to a variety of applications.

Polymer clay is available in many colors. "Special-effect" colors such as translucent, fluorescent, phosphorescent, mica-containing "pearls" and "metallics," and variegated "stone" colors containing contrasting fibers are also available. Standard colors, which vary from brand to brand, can be mixed to create a virtually infinite range of custom colors, gradient blends, and other effects.

Few tools are essential for use with polymer clay, and these can often be found around the house. The most widely used cutting tools are tissue blades, which are extremely thin and sharp, though craft knives and other blades can be used. A pasta machine is often used to create sheets of uniform thickness, to mix colors, to condition the clay, and to create patterned sheets.