The last thing you want when making your pretty polymer clay creations is to find lots of dust and lint specks or hairs stuck all over your project. Unfortunately, polymer clay acts like a magnet and draws them in to stick all over the surface of your creation. What can you do to stop it happening? There’s no easy solution.

Here are some great tips to help you reduce dust and lint

Use the right type of surface to work on. A glass or plastic surface is perfect. Polymer clay is more likely to lift off easily when rolling.

Wash your hands. Do it before you start, to wash off any dust and lint. Then also between each colour change, so you don’t transfer the last colour you were working onto the next colour.

Wipe down your surface. A wet cloth or wet wipe is perfect for wiping down the surface you are going to work on. Followed by a dry cloth that will dry your surface and wipe away anything left by the wet cloth.

Clean your tools. Like with your hands your tools can also hold onto any specks. Also the last colour you were working, so clean them too between each colour change.

Wear old clothing. Most old clothing has been washed many times, which means much of the loose lint has been washed off. Also if you work your polymer clay in the same space that you sew, the fabric you cut will also create a lot of lint.

Close windows. Air is good at carrying dirt and dust. Closing windows that would bring in anything from outside or blow anything around inside.

Keep your workroom pet free. All pet drop hair. By reducing their access to your work area you are reducing the pet hair in the air and around you.

Cover your work. When you step away from your creation it might be worth covering it, particularly if you are going to leave it for a long period.

Once you feel more confident using clay then you can move onto more complicated projects such as the Toadstool House Jar Polymer Clay Project if you need some inspiration to get you started.​

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