I know this is a counter thread, but it made me think about hearing just a couple of weeks ago that I couldn't be an artist because I work in polymer clay. Apparently, "you can't be an artist if all you do is screw around with play dough". Out of curiosity, I looked around for play dough art and found some incredible stuff.
Thanks! I like to think so, but unfortunately I am affected by the things that other people say. To be told that I wasn't an artist literally felt like a slap in the face. Then I decided that the guy was either ignorant or just being an ass on purpose.
If baked properly, it's really not frail at all. In fact, it has an incredible flexibility to it, especially in sizes under 1 inch. The nice thing about polymer, too, is that if it is going to break, it typically doesn't shatter. It breaks along an already existing stress line. That's more common when I do something like bracelets, where I have to join two ends together, so I do my best to reinforce that join. Even in bracelets, I've found it takes a lot of effort to get it to snap.