In addition to polymer clay, I use sterling silver, 14k gold filled wire, and hypo-allergenic stainless steel in my jewelry. Sometimes included are 24k gold leaf, organic materials, minerals, and various oil and acrylic pigments
Polymer clay is lightweight and durable. It will last for many years, but can sustain damage. If the surface becomes a little dull, buff it up with a soft cloth. Store it carefully, in a cloth bag or jewelry box.
Blue Slide Earrings
A recent area of exploration is the addition of aluminum to my polymer clay jewelry. Like polymer, aluminum is very light, contributing to jewelry that can be worn comfortably for many hours. Aluminum bezels are machined rather than cast. After machining, the bezels are tumbled for a minimum of one week to smooth and polish, a durable clear coat is applied, then they are ready for the polymer cabochon.