Hi there, in the first video of polymer tools I showed you what you need at the beginning when you decide to start working with polymer. So you already know that you need a roller, cutter, machine, cookie cutters, scalpel… but there is a huge amount of tools on the market, so in today’s second video I’m going to show you a bit more, what could be suitable for working with polymer clay. Let’s get started. Polymer clay tools If you like making canes from polymer clay, you need to slice it somehow and it cannot be done well and regularly by a blade. And that’s why my first favourite thing, which I can never make do without, is a guillotine. This thing is able to cut up your polymer patterns to plates thinner than a paper itself. The best thing about this is the fact that apart from the normal canes it also can slice plates, i.e. techniques like mokume gane, hidden magic… which we might go into next time. The guillotine can do all of that. When we were developing and designing this guillotine at LC Tools, we wanted it to cut really well. LC Slicer cut my thumb that I even ended at emergency. So it’s a really sharp tool which you have to be careful about. But the size doesn’t have to be suitable for everybody. So that’s why we made this cute mini guillotine which is able to cut your patterns and canes completely equally, just the tablet at the bottom has to be moved by hand. What else are worth mentioning are silicone moulds of different shapes. You just insert clay, cut off the remains on top and the clay inside copies the whole shape. Another popular technique for polymer creations is screen printing. For that you need extremely expensive screens which look like this and in combination with acrylic colours it’s the easiest way how to put any pattern or shape on polymer. Stencils, it’s a great helper when you don’t have cookie cutters and need to cut some shape out of plate. On each stencil, which is mostly plastic, you always find one shape in all various sizes. This is Armorall, it’s a in-depth cleanser for plastics which is mostly used for cars. In the polymer world it’s used for easier removing of textures which you want to impress into clay. I use it a lot for smoothing some shapes and products, it saves me work with sanding afterwards. It’s also used for polishing and everybody will find the best way how to make use of it. If you make from polymer some bigger products the only disadvantage is that it’s quite heavy. If you have a big bracelet on your wrist, it’s not comfortable for wearing. And that’s why there is used lightweight clay. It’s perfect in combination with polymer clay and its advantage lies in being half lighter than polymer itself. It’s important to find lightweight clay which is meant to bake at about same temperature as the brand of your polymer. I use this clay everywhere. In bracelets, in base of different products where the clay isn’t visible at the end and all these jewels are light and comfortable to wear. These are paints for faux patina and you can use them when you need to bring some profundity to your jewels or vintage effect. These patinas create interesting surface and it could be convenient for you in some techniques. You need to use only a bit of the patina for one jewel so if it had been produced in a smaller quantity, it would be better. But remember that if you don’t use it for a long time, it becomes mouldy and then it’s just waste of money. Every right polymer addict should have a small box with tools which are suitable for cutting out small openings, making little holes, modelling various animals and things like that. You can steal these tools from your dentist or buy them at cake supplies store. Look around you and search what could be used. One of the best things you can find in shops for DIY guys are threaded bars. I use them for making textures. Sometimes it’s just nice to do some texture on your smooth clear products, some different surface, from time to time it just needs some change. Threaded bar costs a few crowns. It’s available in many different thicknessesy, the threads are differently distant from each other so you can combine everything together and create new surfaces. The last thing which I never can make do without is moulds. For example this is a bottom of tin, or here I have a stand for eggs. Sometimes I go to cake supplies store and find nice cookie cutters or cake forms, so you can use totally everything. There is one simple reason for using moulds, when you don’t want to do anything by hand (which wouldn’t be nice anyway), then you use the mould and put polymer around it. So you just copy the shape. It’s easier and it looks much better. It’s everything for today, we’ll see, I might collect something even for the third part and I look forward to you at some creative video again, see you.