Modeling something with polymer clay is really fun. But to make it easier, we have created a polymer clay tutorial for you!
Fimo instructions for beginners
Modeling figures is not just for the kids. Some adults also have fun modeling different figures themselves. Actually, you do not need special liners to make Fimo figures yourself and it could even prove to be an exciting hobby. A polymer clay instruction is recommended, however, before you begin to deal with modeling. To make it easier for you, we have searched for useful tips and tricks for you!
Step 1 – Kneading
First and foremost, Fimo must be pressed softly, because only then can it be processed well. There are basically two types of polymer clay – Fimo Soft and Fimo Classic. Fimo Soft is usually very soft, except when it is old, or – rock hard. Fimo Classic is harder but softens as you press and knead. If you have problems with it at the beginning, you can of course also warm up Fimo. But it is recommended not to do this in the microwave or in the stove, because then Fimo will bake and not soften. Another possibility is to let Fimo on the heater in winter, as long as the heating is not on the highest level. Next you need a polymer clay mix Quick. You can use a plasticizer for PVC. It is easy to mix with the polymer clay. But handle it carefully and sparingly – mixing in a bit is quite enough. Another option for the mix is also sewing machine oil. Then it is best to finely grate the polymer clay in a freezer bag. Add a few drops of oil and leave to soak overnight. Then press again and knead well. So, we are partly finished with our Fimo instructions.
Step 2 – Baking
Of course Fimo must be baked in the oven after the preparation. 30 minutes at 130 degrees are good enough. But do not ignore the ventilation and regulate the temperature in time. From 150 ° C, the polymer clay can already burn, ie it turns brown and no longer usable. From 180 ° C even toxic fumes can be produced.
Step 3 – Cool down
If baking has gone smoothly, you can let the polymer cool down. A tip – throw it in cold water. No worries – nothing happens to the polymer clay inside. But it has an advantage when working with transparency – it becomes more transparent. And maybe the colors will look better when cooling down.
Step 4 – Sanding, painting / polishing
After cooling, it’s about decorating the Fimo works. You are welcome to paint or polish the works. In this way, your works get a beautiful glow. In any case, it is mandatory that you grind the work. You may be able to refrain from sanding if the corners are quite small to be processed and then simply paint. Wet sandpaper is good for sanding. Because that partly prevents you from inhaling the fime dust and that the dust settles in the fine grooves and pores of the fimo plant. Hold the movement in one hand and the sandpaper in the other hand. In between, immerse the work and the sandpaper in the water again and again. After that you can varnish or polish. When painting, you must not forget the fact that the paint should be water-based. Finally, let the artwork dry and that’s all. Polishing is nicer, but takes much more time. For this purpose, you must take a polyester cloth or a piece of denim and polish the work.
Variety of creative polymer clay figures
After you’ve done with all these steps already, you can decorate the Fimo figures like. The result is unique works of art that transform in all their forms and look really lively!
We are now finished with our Fimo instructions. We hope you now know how to work with Fimo. Get down to business and give free rein to your creativity!