One of the first things you’ll need when you begin working with polymer clay is some sort of tool set. You can get by for a while without tools, but eventually you’ll realize they just make things so much easier. I started out with this basic set from Loew Cornell, which can be found at Michaels or Hobby Lobby for only a few dollars. The Loew Cornell Clay Tool Set includes three tools, each with two ends, and are perfect for smoothing, shaping, and contouring.
While there are many more advanced sets out there that you can do a lot more with, this set is a great one to start with – it’s basic enough that everyone from beginners to more serious crafters can get good use out of them, they’re plastic and very easy to clean, and best of all, they are cheap!
What modeling tools have you used?