Fimo Polymer Clay - Soft
FIMO polymer clay is soft and is extremely easy to knead, ready to use in no time at all making it the ideal oven-hardening modelling clay for the entire family!
This vibrantly coloured oven-hardening modelling clay can be mixed with FIMO effects.
FIMO polymer clay is popular for model making and for other arts and crafts items, even some jewellery. Its popularity stems from it being easy to use, even for beginners, ideal for hardening in a domestic oven and extremely durable once hardened.
Using Polymer Clay
As long as you store polymer clay away from sources of heat and keep it free of dirt and contaminants, it will remain workable for a long time. Plastic boxes and sandwich bags are great for this and you should, ideally, keep different colours separate.
Over time, polymer clay can become hard and crumbly but it can easily be restored to a pliable form. Warm it slightly, possibly in a waterproof bag submerged in hot water, but not too much so that it cures.
You can also, if necessary, add liquid clay or mineral oil to soften the clay, and then knead it to restore it to full pliability. Some people use a pasta maker, or similar device with rollers, to condition the polymer clay and create thin slices for easy use.
Once ready for use, shape the clay into whatever form you want; it will remain pliable throughout the process. When your artwork is complete to your satisfaction, it needs to be baked thoroughly to harden it so it will last.
This can be done in a normal domestic oven but you must be careful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions properly to ensure optimum hardness.
A temperature of 129-135⁰ C, maintained for fifteen minutes per 0.25 inches of thickness, is normally sufficient for curing the clay. Pre-heat the oven before you start and don’t worry about baking too long since this won’t harm the product and may even be beneficial. However, don’t go above 170⁰ C as this may cause the clay to burn.
Once baked, the polymer clay will be strong and water resistant, with no need for any sealer or glaze. However, you can apply acrylic paint (test first to ensure compatibility) and may then wish to apply a coat of varnish to protect the paint against scrapes and knocks.
Polymer clay is non-toxic and so is safe in general use. But it’s not suitable for use with food so don’t use it to make plates and dishes.
Buying with Confidence
FIMO is, we believe, the best polymer clay due to it being soft, easily kneaded and simply hardened in a domestic oven. As such, it’s suitable for all ages and abilities so you can buy with confidence and get started straightaway.
We supply various pack sizes and different colours, and you can mix the clay with FIMO effects to achieve all sorts of outcomes.
At Art Shed, we’re a one-stop shop for all your polymer clay supplies.