Polymer clay is fun and addictive. It is probably the most versatile art medium of all.
This clay is a manufactured modeling compound, originally developed for making dolls. As opposed to earthenware, polymer remains soft until it is heated in the oven (not a kiln). The clay is a combination of PVC and pigment. It bakes slowly at a temperature between 230 and 325 degrees fahrenheit. After curing it can be sanded, drilled, and polished to produce a durable piece of art.
Since Polymer clay is sold in small blocks of about 2 oz. or more, most artists use it for making colorful jewelry. The material comes in so many colors you can just play with it forever.
To make a cane you shape it into a rod, or loaf of clay. When combining various colors together, a pattern is created. When sliced, you will discover a beautiful design. You can now cover beads, pens, vases, handles, or anything else you can think of.
Dollmaking is a different technique. You start with an armature which is a metal support structure. These are the bones. You can create true to life figures or use your imagination.
I always loved art, but never really did much on my own. As an adult I took an art class in figure drawing. I was fascinated, and about 5 years ago I
picked up a book about making figures in Polymer clay. I tried it and made the cutest little girl. From there I discovered many artists who had the same interest.
Today I have a library of "how to sculpt" books and lots of clay.