Whether you're new to polymer clay or just could use a refresher, the Beginner's Corner is the place to go. In this article, you'll find information about some of the more common cutting tools used in polymer clay.
Tools used for cutting are one of the most important parts of working with polymer clay. In this Beginner's Corner, we'll discuss seven of the most common tools and explain how they're used. Of course, these aren't all of the tools you can use to cut clay—be creative and experiment to find new and unique ones!
Warning: many of the tools featured in this article (and video) are sharp. Please use caution when working with these tools.
Craft Knife: These are general purpose knives with a detachable blade. There are various craft knife blades and each type will create different cuts in your clay.
Tissue Blade: A staple for cutting clay, the tissue blade comes in a flexible form allowing for curved cuts as well as a rigid form used mostly for straight cuts.
Wavy Blade: Similar to the tissue blade, the wavy blade is flexible and produces corrugated cuts in clay.
Cheese Slicer: Although more commonly found as a kitchen tool, the cheese slicer works well when thin slices are needed. Note: the wire version of the cheese slicer does not work as well as the one with the metal base and sharp cutting slot.
Veggie Peeler: These cutters create a v-shaped cut in your clay which can be used for the sliver removed or to create notches in your block of clay.
Rotary Cutter: These cutters can be plastic or metal and work like a pizza cutter. Some rotary cutters create a straight, smooth edge, while others create a wavy cut in the clay.
Decorative-Edge Scissors: There are many designs of decorative-edge scissors—including wavy, pinking, ripple, scalloped, etc. Decorative-edge scissors can be used to cut both raw and baked clay.
It is also important to remember to dedicate tools solely for working with polymer clay. Tools such as the veggie peeler, for example, should not be used for clay and then placed back in the kitchen for use with food. Please keep one set for your studio and one for in the kitchen.
Watch our video to learn more about these tools and to see them in use.