About Cernit

Cernit premium polymer clay is modelling clay which is permanently hardened when baked in a normal domestic oven. With 77 stunning colours to choose from Cernit is the perfect polymer clay for both novice and expert alike! Polymer clay is one of the most versatile craft products on the market and Cernit can be used for so many projects; jewellery, ornament making to name but two. It can be put on to glass, wood , metals, and is versatile enough to be used for card making and creating your own buttons!

Cernit polymer clay can be purchased via Clayground who sell to the public and retailers throughout the UK

COLOUR OPTIONS

NATURE

These beautiful colours have earth and stone like effects.

GLAMOUR

With pearlescent and metallic colours this range is an excellent choice for jewellery making.

TRANSLUCENT

This range again is ideal for jewellery making as some colours give an almost glass like effect.

NEON LIGHT

Theses fluorescent colours are extremely bright and fun to use!

NUMBER ONE

34 stunning colours in this range, which give a porcelain standard finish.

DOLL

Theses are for doll making compromising seven different skin tones.

GETTING STARTED

Before handling Cernit ensure that you hands are clean and the surface that you are working on is clean and free from dust.

Begin by softening the clay with your hands, this is referred to as conditioning. I like to use a pasta machine as well as my hands, but its not compulsory. If the clay is a little hard then it can take around five to ten minutes to achieve the required consistency. However sometimes it can be too soft for certain projects such as making canes- see: Handy tips and useful information. If the clay has not been conditioned properly you will not achieve good results. Above all, take your time, experiment and have fun with this versatile polymer clay!

Cernit can be decorated using an array of different materials such as acrylic paints, beads, glitter etc. Cernit can also be used to decorate glass jars, wooden objects mirrors etc. These are all applied prior to baking.

ESSENTIAL TOOLS

POLMER CLAY BLADE

Essential for precise cutting, especially when creating canes.

POLYMER CLAY ROLLER

This is essential for rolling out clay; it has to be an acrylic roller, a wooden one wouldn’t do as the clay would just stick.

PASTA MACHINE

A pasta machine is essential for cane making as it give you different and uniform thickness. Also good for conditioning and blending colours together.( This is called a skinner blend)

ACRYLIC BLOCK

Good for flattening square canes, also for using rubber stamps.

COCKTAIL STICKS

These are useful for making holes in beads, buttons etc.

BABY WIPES

Essential for cleaning hands in between colours, and for cleaning all tools.

USEFUL TIPS

IF CLAY IS TOO SOFT- depending on your project, if your making a cane the clay needs to be quite hard, to achieve this- roll out the desired colour and place in between 2 pieces of paper, this will draw out some of the moisture making the clay harder. I would suggest leaving the clay between the paper for at least 1 hour. ( this will also remove any stickiness which may occur.

IF CLAY IS TOO HARD

I would have a hair dryer handy and just keep the clay warm.

IF THE CLAY IS STICKY

You could dip your fingers into some regular talcum powder, this will prevent the clay from sticking to your fingers, alternatively you can put it between the paper and this will remove all stickiness.

BAKING

Cernit is baked in your every day oven. Always preheat first and read all instructions on the back of the packet.

I like to use a ceramic tile to bake my projects. You can also use a baking sheet or a ceramic plate.

When baking always go by the size of the item, so if you are baking something the size of a pea then it only needs to be baked for a few minutes. Over baking will cause colour change. Always under bake and you can pop it back into the oven if needed.

BAKING TEMPERATURE

Ovens vary so if you could experiment a little I suggest you do this. Follow the instructions on the back of the packet.  Once baked remove from the oven and leave to cool.( or if your impatient like me you can pop them into some ice cold water, this will cool them quicker, I also think it makes the item a little stronger. Once cooled items can be sanded down or varnished, both are optional.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. graodeseda
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 01:51:55

    Hello,

    Could you please help me providing the right temperature and time for baking a piece made of cernit (carmin color) with the following dimensions:10cm height, 4,5cm width, 8cm length?
    I am worried that the 30 minutes baking time informed as a maximum limit time in the package may not be enough for this piece. Am I correct?

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