What does polymer clay stick to?

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 As you experiment with polymer clay, you may want to add polymer clay to different surfaces.

These are a few surfaces you can add polymer clay to:

1.  Glass – I love adding polymer clay to glass. It does stick and bake well. The key to adding the clay to glass is to make sure that all pieces of the clay stick to each other as well as the glass. Stand alone parts like a flower or a bee risk ‘popping’ off after baking. 

2.  Metal – This is a bit trickier. There are different kinds of metal components that you can use with polymer clay.

  • Earring findings for stud earrings - By embedding the stem part of the finding into the clay before baking, it won’t fall off. I’ve tried gluing the back (stem part) to a baked piece and after a while, the back loosens.


  • Bails – So many types to choose from. A very strong glue, like Gorilla Glue, is effective for those bails that don’t have prongs to set into the clay (otherwise known as glue on bails!).


  • Headpins or eyepins – you may want to use these pins to create your own bail or loop. The best way I’ve found is make a hook end of the pin and insert into the clay. After your piece is baked, you’ll find you can’t pull out the pin as the hook is baked and secure inside the clay. 

3.  Wood  - To add polymer clay to wood, use a liquid bakeable glue (Sculpey is one brand). This  helps the clay stick firmly to your wood piece. One thing to remember is that wood is porous and reacts to temperature. You can cover such items as a wooden box or bracelet.

4.  Other polymer clay items – Of course, you can bake your piece and then decide you want add another element to it. No problem. Add your extra clay, and re-bake following the directions on you clay packaging.

If you’ve attached polymer clay to other surfaces, share in the comments.