So what is polymer clay?
In short, polymer clay is a type of hardenable, oven cured, modelling clay. It contains a basis of PVC resin and a liquid plasticizer, making it a plastisol. It is latex free. The two types of polymer clay that I use in the Salt Spray Jewellery have been certified AP Non-toxic, and they are also phthalate and lead free.
It was first used in the 1930s as a doll & miniatures making medium, and is still widely used for this purpose. It real popularity for use in jewellery came in the mid 1960s though its colors and variations were limited. With a number of creative contemporary jewellers creating with polymer clays by the mid 1980s, techniques and skills began to be shared widely, and additional clays were commercially developed and tailored for this use.
Because polymer clay retains some flexibility after curing, it is very strong and durable (whilst being lightweight) making it ideal for jewellery purposes. The ability to create various details and styles are almost endless and this is what appeals to so many artisans including contemporary jewellers.