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Final steps: hardening the clay

If you're using air-dried clay or epoxy, this step is easy: just wait.

If you're using polymer clay like Fimo, Sculpey, Premo, etc. you'll have to bake it in a regular oven. There's not much to say about that. Follow the instructions on the package, they vary per type of polymer clay. For instance, FIMO hardens* in an oven at 265 Fahrenheit, for about 20-30 minutes.

* Warning! This is a bit misleading, because polymer clay hardens after you baked it in the oven. So, after baking, take it out of the oven carefully. Put it on a flat, even space to cool. After cooling for about 20 minutes, the model should be hardened.

Finishing touch

If you used colored polymer clay, you're ready to show your model to everyone!

If you used one color, as I always do, you can paint your model. It's not necessary to paint it. If you're making chess pieces with white clay, they look a bit like marble or ivory. But it can be a lot of fun to paint your own model. You may have an idea about the colors. And if your model has lots of details those are fun to paint too. But painting is another story, and not a part of this polymer clay course.

Look around on the internet, you found this course, so you must be able to find a good painting tutorial too, I know they are there. A few on the ones I found (the URL's point to the top page, so you need to select "Guides", "Painting guide" to get there):

Final words

This course is over... for the main part. I'll keep adding case studies of the models I make over time. And whenever there are parts of the course that need explaining a bit more thouroughly, I'll add more text and pictures to that part. so, if you've any suggestions on how I can improve this course, please feel free to e-mail me at .

I also love to see your work, so if you're on the Internet, send a message and URL to my email address so I can visit your page.

Don't forget the case studies! This course just showed you the bacis steps, the case studies add more details and descriptions to this by working out specific models like an elven fighter, a dragon, a comic book character, an orang utang. See case studies.