Hi Sherry and Welcome!
>What type of glue works best to adhere cured pieces to flexible
>items like fabric and belting?
There are several glues that would probably work. I've used E-6000 (Goop) to
attach things to flexible areas like fabric belts (gilded, fake rhinestoned,
blobs of melted glue-gun glue, intended to look like large decorative jewelry).
If the belt you're attaching to has a smooth surface, do something like
sanding it a bit to give it better tooth. Sand the back of the polymer too.
(and this from my files by the LS Queen, Jody Bishel) . . . Liquid Sculpey
works very well for bonding clay to fabric. If the piece is too big or you just
don't want to put it in the oven, use a heat gun to bake it.
I've also used the flexible white glues intended for fabrics, and the Jewel-It
type glues. I believe that Jewel-It isn't flexible, but you could use the glue
only in the center of the item perhaps. It works great on smaller items
You could also attach a small safety pin (or pinback, as you mentioned), or a
rectangle of clay with a tunnel in the middle (put a needle or toothpick under
it while baking) to the back of the clay item, then sew or pin it on. You
could also use something structural like a hook of clay or wire on the back of
the piece, to simply hang it or loop it around the belt. There are probably
lots of other possibilities too. If you want, give us an exact example, we can
>Finally, I'd like to contribute to the group. I do costuming primarily
>and use polymer clay to create accessories like crowns and fantasy
Ooooo, great! I love that kind of stuff, and it's an area we haven't covered a
lot. I'm sure anything you say would stimulate ideas for others (no matter
what they're doing in polymer), and would be of special interest to the
sculpture folks (who often have accessories, bases, scenes, etc.) too!
I'll send you info on Liquid Sculpey, glues, and Dremels by e-mail. Again,
welcome to the group!