Review of "Fimo Clay"

published 08/01/2015 | jojoborne
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Pro fun for kids. Lotsd of colours and effects available. Cheap.
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"Not a bad little clay and lots of fun!"

My Fimo Tools

My Fimo Tools

Fimo

Fimo clay can be purchased in different sized blocks. The most common size and the one I will be concentrating on is the 56g standard block.


It can also be purchased with additional material to give a different effect when shaped and moulded. These include glitter, glow-in-the-dark and see-through or translucent. The effects speak for themselves but just in case you were wondering, the Fimo glitter has speckles of glitter running through it, the glow-in-the-dark obviously glows in the dark and once the translucent Fimo has baked in the oven you are able to see through it like a sort of glass effect.

You can also buy other themed blocks such as ‘stone’, ‘sand’ and ‘earth effects.
I consider Fimo to be very usable clay but I would say it is better for kids than adults who seriously want to get into clay modelling. For things like making pencil-end erasers and decorations like small fruit, it is fine, but for large scale models such as Dragons, heads or buildings then I would suggest that ‘Sculpey’ clay would be better applied.

It is good for kids, they can have hours of fun making jewellery and little toy like ornaments and the scope is endless.


Preparation and Use

I own a full set of clay modelling tools, which include shapers, smoothing tools, wire frame, wire cutters, clay cutters and even a pasta machine for rolling and flattening the clay.

Fimo can be quite solid and hard to shape for beginners, especially when it has been stored in a cold back room or in a room in winter. It can be particularly difficult for small children to handle. It is probably a good idea for an adult to knead it thoroughly before letting a small child have a go.

I built myself a clay softening box. This is basically a box with the insides lined with tin-foil. There is a small hole in the top of the box and a reading lamp with a naked bulb is placed over this. The heat from the lamp softens the clay after an hour or so and makes it easier to use.

The best option for kids is to by the Fimo ‘soft’ clay, which is easier to mould than the standard Fimo.

Once the clay has been kneaded and pressed and is in a nice soft workable state, it can be moulded into whatever shape you want.

I find it is best to plan first and maybe sketch out what I want to do and prepare all the different coloured clays that I will be using for that project.

I will also cut and wire or steel rods that I may need ahead of building and set out everything so it is readily accessible.


I have a rotating potter’s wheel to work on as a base. This is ideal if you are building a figure as you can turn the wheel to check over your work and it saves you handling the clay too much and ruining something that you already feel is right.

The clay can be worked with the fingers and a number of helpful tools to shape, mould and smooth it. Once you have your general shape it can almost be treated as a sculpture, which in many cases is exactly what it is. You can cut bits off and add bits and use wooden smoothing tools to blend the new added clay into the old.
I use a pasta machine to create flat squares or blankets of clay, which are useful for building up a model gradually.

You can also use the pasta machine to blend to different colours together. For example, take a piece of beige clay and a piece of dark brown and roll each one into a sausage. Place one of them into the pasta machine and roll out a flat blanket. Repeat this with the other sausage. Then place the two blankets together and roll them up like two carpets. Then roll them into a ball and back into a sausage shape. Place this sausage back through the machine and you will have another blanket. Cut this in half and roll the two halves into sausages and repeat the whole process again as many times as you want until you get the desired effect. Using this method creates a lovely marble effect on the clay and it can then be used to model like any other clay.

Once you have what you consider to be your finished model you can place it on a metal tray or baking tray, inside a pre-heated oven. I always place a small piece of card or baking paper underneath the model to stop it sticking to the tray.
Depending on the size of your model, twenty minutes to half an hour is usually sufficient. You have to take care not to over-bake it as it will crumble, break or burn.
Once your model is baked it is best to let it cool and stand over-night. The next day it can be painted.

There are various paints available on the market. I use acrylic based paints.


My Thoughts

Fimo clay is good for a bit of fun and a good practice step to more professional clay like Sculpey.


I find it easy to use but be prepared for aching hands after kneading the standard clay as it can be really solid if it is cold or if it has been left standing for a long period; which most of them have on the shop shelves.


It is best to try and use the clay as and when because keeping it for too long after it has been used and reused can cause it to become brittle and crumble.

It is also a good idea to keep colour with colour as if you get two or three colours stuck together it can ruin the clay; although by all intents and purposes you could use it to blend. Saying this, it is still best to keep them separate as there is nothing worse than modelling with a colour and a black splodge turning up and spoiling what you’ve done. This rule goes double for white clay.

It is also best to keep your clay in a plastic airtight container to keep it clean and away from dust and hair.

All in all Fimo is a versatile little clay and is good fun for kids and adults alike.


The pictures are my own of some of the tools I use and the pasta maker. The smaller square Fimo clay blocks in the picture are the standard 56g packs and the larger white one is roughly four times the size at 200g. You can buy the standard packs for on average about one pound and twenty-five pence online or at all good arts and crafts shops.

The little dog was the first thing I ever made for my girlfriend’s desk at work. His name is Sebastian.

I give Fimo four out of five stars.

©Lee Billingham

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  • euphie published 20/01/2015
    vh :o)
  • cha97michelle published 09/01/2015
    I've not thought about this stuff in years. Should get some for my boys.
  • Panda.Eyes published 09/01/2015
    Excellent review
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Manufacturer: Fimo

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