Family Tree Magnets Polymer Clay Tutorial


Image Transfers in Polymer Clay


Ever since my sons were tiny, I’ve had an interest in photo crafts, and have found many objects to decorate with their photogenic little faces. A few years ago I had the urge to branch out a bit and include other family members. The result is this set of Family Tree Magnets. I chose to use special occasion pictures, such as weddings, graduations and christenings, but they are also plenty of fun with candid shots.

Required Skills

  • Basic polymer clay skills: conditioning, rolling, cutting.
  • Ability to edit images in Photoshop or similar software

Topics Covered

  • How to turn a diverse collection of photos into a uniform set
  • How to transfer inkjet printed images to polymer clay
  • How to make a decorative frame for your transfer


  • Three variations
  • Image transfer tips
  • A list of resources to help you learn more

Tools and Materials

  • Strong white polymer clay
  • Strong polymer clay in color of your choice to be used for backing and outline
  • Variety of coordinated canes or decorated clay sheets
  • Liquid Kato Polyclay
  • Digital supply of old family photographs
  • Photo editing software
  • InkJet printer
  • Glossy photo paper (see suggestions for specific brands)
  • Pasta machine
  • Sharp pair of scissors
  • Parchment paper
  • Sanding paper or emery board
  • ¾” circle cutter
  • Tissue blade
  • ¾” or ½” magnets
  • Super glue


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