How to Use Fimo Clay

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Fimo clay is a brand of polymer clay used by hobbyists and artists to create jewelry, decorative objects, sculptures, dollmaking and other projects. It's also a good medium for children's crafts. Use Fimo clay in molds or work it with your hands and sculpting tools. Fimo is available in a range of colors and textures.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Knead the Fimo clay for several minutes before you use it. Roll and squash it in your hands until it's warm and workable. Use a food processor to work the clay or roll clay with a rolling pin or pasta machine.

  2. 2

    Put down a piece of plexiglass or waxed paper to provide a non-stick surface for the clay.

  3. 3

    Press a flattened piece of clay between sheets of white paper if it's too soft. Leave it overnight. If clay is too hard, apply a clay softener.

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    Mix different colors of clay together to make new ones. To make light colors, use 1 part color to 8 parts of white.

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    Apply metallic or pearlized powders to clay before baking. The finishes look best on black or dark colored clay. Pearlescent powder on white clay gives a pearl finish.

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    Bake finished pieces according to manufacturer's directions. Allow the clay to cool completely before painting.

  7. 7

    Brush clay with nail polish remover to remove grease. Paint baked clay with acrylic paint. Seal with an acrylic or alcohol based varnish.

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