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Conditioning Polymer Clay
Condition your clay of choice until it is soft and pliable. If you have never done this, it is an important step requiring you to warm and mix the clay in preparation for use. Not conditioning well can create a sculpture that is weak. The image on the right shows under-conditioned clay and conditioned the later being to the right.
I recommend you use a dedicated pasta machine. Or you can roll the clay into a thick snake, fold the snake into two, twist the ends around each other and roll it back out again. Keep repeating this, until the clay is adequately conditioned.
If you find that your clay is too soft to use, you can leach the oil out.