Work Surface

A special craft work surface is an important tool to save the table or floor you are working on. Tools used in individual craft can either scratch, make it sticky or put marks on the surface. There are many types of surfaces available in the market. I would recommend to use any glass, acrylic, wax paper, ceramic, marble or Formica or any cutting/chopping surfaces available in your house for most crafts. They should be at least 12”x12”. Make sure you are aware of the texture of your surface. In some cases the texture doesn’t matter but in craft using  polymer clay you would always want a smooth surface where as in beading requires a textured surface since it holds the beads and prevents them from slipping away.

 

If you plan to do a  lot of Scrapbooking, quilting or tailoring, than I would suggest you to buy a self-healing paper cutting mat that has a measuring grid. The mat comes in various sizes. For rubber stamping a heat gun resistant surface is preferable. All of the surfaces mentioned above can be used for this craft but not wax paper. 

 

 

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For polymer clay, surrounding temperature & polymer clay make affects the ease with which one can work with the clay. For a warm country like India plus our hands releasing heat while working, a marble surface would be preferable since its able to keep the clay cool and hence easy to manage. Also, the surface needs to be smooth & the one that doesn’t react with clay. Other surfaces like tile, glass or plexiglass & acrylic are good surfaces too. Polymer clay would damage plastic or wood surfaces.

For stained glass crafting one may want to look at a plywood sheet or insulated wood fiber board. For small projects like the ones mentioned here you can use plasterboard.

Please note : Whenever a specific work surface is required I have mentioned in the tool section of the craft. Otherwise you can use any of the surfaces mentioned above.


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