Fimo Modelling Clay
Polymer modelling clay.
Fimo is the leading brand of polymer clay. Just bake it in the oven to harden (instructions on packaging). It's easy to model, tough when baked and it comes in a fabulous range of colours.
Fimo Blocks Product code: FM
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Fimo Block Product code: FM
|Quantity||Price||Equivalent Individual Price|
|10 packs of the same design||£16.00||£1.60 11% saving|
Frequently asked questions about the collection: Fimo Modelling Clay
Q: Can I mould the fimo clay and bake it at another time?
A: When Fimo is exposed to air without being baked it can go rather brittle and dry so if you would like to keep your piece a while before baking it I would recommend storing it in an air tight container and cover with Clingfilm.
Q: Can I remould fimo after hardening? My character has a 'lean' and I want to get him to stand upright.
A: I'm afraid I not too sure if you can soften fimo by re baking it. It may soften enough to allow you to straighten up your figure but I would recommend trying a test piece first on a very low temperature.
Q: Can you bake the clay in a gas oven?
A: Yes you can bake Fimo in a gas or electric oven but do not microwave.
Q: can you glaze fimo with clear nail varnish or not?
A: I think you can, I haven't tried it myself but the Fimo varnish that you can buy in craft shops behaves pretty much the way clear nail varnish does (perhaps not drying as fast) so I'm sure it would be fine.
Q: Can you put rhinestones on this and then bake it?
A: Metal objects should be able to withstand the heat but unfortunately I wouldn't be able to say definitively if the rhinestones would be able to be baked with the Fimo I can only suggest you carry out an experiment first.
Q: Can you set fimo in sterling silver and then bake?
A: I don't see why not, none of us here have tried it ourselves but I can't think of a reason it wouldn't work. It hardens without expanding and you bake it at a fairly low temperature so I wouldn't have thought it would affect the silver. If in doubt always try just one first!
Q: Can you tell me what the gas setting is please, it seams everyone is to use electric ovens as gas settings are never given.
A: Fimo is baked at a very low temperature and the Gas mark conversion is 1/4 gas mark.
Q: Can you turn FIMO on a lathe once its been hardened
A: I know you can polish fimo with fine sandpaper but the best way to find out would be to do a small experimental piece first.
Q: can you use a halogen oven to bake fimo beads please?
A: Fimo is baked at a temperature of 110 centigrade or 230 Fahrenheit so as long as your halogen oven goes to this temperate it will work perfectly well. You have to be careful of overheating your fimo pieces as a harmful gas can be released. You can download the full instruction leaflet on the Fimo website fimo.com/FIMO_soft_eng?ActiveID=136136.
Q: Do I have to warm up FIMO before starting to work on it?
A: I recommend just working it with your hands until it becomes more pliable. If it becomes too warm sometimes it can be harder to work with.
Q: Do you have to store fimo in a special type of plastic box?? i saw something on tv that said you did which has put me off buying any.
A: You don’t need a special box to store Fimo it will be fine as long as it is kept away from heat in something where the air can't get to it and I would recommend our grip seal bags www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/packaging-display/c413.
Is it possible to mix two colours e.g. white and purple and end up with a plain bright purple? Or do you have to buy the wanted colour as it is from the beginning?
A: Yes you can mix together your own colours but please experiment with a small sample first so you can gradually build up the colour you're looking for.
Q: hey - i was just wandering if this is the softer version of fimo or the normal version?
A: It is mainly Fimo Soft and all of the sparkly or metallic ones are Fimo Effects. Each colour should have the Fimo type in the blue description notes under each picture.
Q: Hi - as a total beginner to jewellery making can you tell me what are the best headpins/eyepins to use as I am told some are more pliable than others thanks?
A: Our headpins and eyepins www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/Headpins-Eyepins/c426 are usually fairly stiff. They are easy to bend with pliers and should hold their shape once bent. You don't want a really flimsy pin as it will get bent out of shape too easily and a really hard pin will be a nuisance to work with too (sore fingers)!
Q: Hi do u need a separate oven or can I use my normal cooking oven? Thanks
A: Yes you can use your regular oven just place your pieces on aluminium foil when baking. I would recommend keeping the area well ventilated and avoid inhaling any fumes if the clay becomes over heated. We have an instructions for use leaflet, please contact us is you would like us to send you one.
Q: Hi I have bought some fimo for a school project (buttons in textiles) but I have heard it is best when baking in an oven you cook in that you should make an aluminium tent to surround the fimo and not release any gas until out of the oven in a well a erated area is this true?
A: When fimo is baked at a temperature higher than 130 Celsius or 265 degrees Fahrenheit for longer than the 30 minute hardening time it can release harmful gases. Also the area should be well ventilated and the equipment cleaned after use. Fimo is a great product as long as you stick to these safety guidelines.
Q: hi I have just made a base for a fimo project and then varnished but the realised its going 2 need to go bk in the oven that I place my character on top my question is can u place hardened vanished things bk in the oven??
A: It's not a good idea and probably wouldn't work I'm afraid; could you bake the character separately then glue them together afterwards?
Q: Hi i know you've answered this question but i heard that its not good to bake fimo in your regular oven because when baking the clay expels toxins and may stick to the lining of the oven (inside) is that true?
A: I have re-read the instruction leaflet supplied by the manufacturer and gases can be expelled but as long as you don't heat the Fimo above the temperature of 130 degrees or 265 Fahrenheit and exceed the 30 minute hardening time it should be absolutley fine.
Q: Hi I was recomended prism clear glaze for my fimo from a art shop. I varnished it a week ago and its still sticky. Do you know why? Thanks
A: Unfortunately some glazes will react with the clay, even several months later causing it to turn sticky. If you want to try a new glaze, I would recommend testing a small piece first or sticking with a glaze specifically made for Polymer clays.
Q: Hi im just wondering what are your delivery rates to ireland. im looking at the 10 pcs mixed fimo deal. i cant pay loads of extra on delivery so prices wud be appreciated
A: We have a fixed postage rate to Ireland of £5 on all orders under £40 and £8 on orders of £40 and above.
Q: Hi, I've just started making fimo charms from moulds. I'm finding it quite difficult to use the fimo soft stuff even with a mould release spray. Do I need to use the normal fimo, or should I leave the fimo soft in the moulds for a little while before taking out of the press moulds?
A: Using Fimo really is a matter of experimenting, you could try putting the fimo in the fridge or just letting it air dry for a short while in the mould to allow it to harden slightly. I have found the silicone or rubber moulds the easiest to use as they are very flexible.
Q: Hi. I have been using glaze specifically made for Polymer clays, but a couple of pieces got sticky. Is there a way to save the pieces already made?
A: I'm sorry to hear that. I have heard of this problem happening before with certain varnishes but unfortunately the only thing I can suggest is to carefully try and remove the varnish and try another product on top. Please try a small test piece first. I usually use the Steadtler water based varnish which I find very effective.
Q: How long do you bake fimo clay and is there any other way to gloss your creations without using gloss glaze?
A: Fimo should be baked at a temperature of 110 centigrade or 230 Fahrenheit for a maximum of 30 mins. It will only fully harden when it has cooled to room temperature and it is important not to exceed a temperature of 130 centigrade or 265 Fahrenheit or to bake longer than 30 mins. You could try using a clear PVA glue or nail varnish and acrylic paint is suitable for using with Fimo. If you would like to achieve a smooth finish rather than a glossy you could try using 400-600 Wet and Dry sandpaper to create an extremely smooth polished effect. Whilst sanding, a small amount of water should be run over the cured project until desired effect is achieved.
Q: How long does Fimo take to dry if not baked in the oven?
A: For the best results I would recommend that you bake your Fimo pieces in the oven. Fimo will harden if left to air-dry but it will have a crumbly texture that could easily get damaged. Fimo do sell an air drying clay and you can get some good results by searching Google for FIMOair.
Q: How long will Fimo last once baked? And does the colour fade?
A: I'm afraid I can't give a definitive answer to either of those, sorry! I've asked my crafty colleagues and none of them have experienced problems with Fimo pieces cracking, crumbling or fading but apparently it will depend on the environment it's kept in. Sun and damp are to be avoided ideally.
Q: i am thinking of making my own fimo things, what colours would you recommend i get?
A: Perhaps the primary colours: red, blue and yellow, plus black and white of course, maybe a nice brown. We have some great metallic colours, you can't go far wrong with silver and gold.
Q: I am thinking of making my own Fimo things, what Fimo effects would you recommend I get?
A: It really depends on what you'd like to make. I'd start out with a selection of basic colours and some metallics. Fimo is so easy to use you don't need any tools or anything special, just an oven to bake your creations at the end.
Q: I have been longing to make my own jewellery for years, and this fimo clay sounds like the right thing to start of with. What things do I need to use smooth and mould my fimo clay? And also I would like to start of with rings. What will I need to do that please?
A: You can shape fimo simply with your hands but there are a number of tools you can use as well like moulds, cutters or a bead roller which helps you shape round, oval and bicone beads easily. You can also watch videos on Fimo techniques by searching online. The easiest way to make a ring is to use our adjustable ring bases www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/Finger-ring-12mm-pad/bo864 which have a large flat pad on the top which you can easily glue your fimo piece to and I would recommend using our epoxy glue as it is really strong www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/Epoxy-two-part-glue/bo1018.
Q: I have some fimo, I made some cane beads from it, but did not bake it straight away, when i came back to them they had a gluey substance on the bottom of them, which would not bake or wash off, any ideas why?
A: I haven't heard of this problem before but I have done some research and found that it might be that some excess plasticizer has started to leach out and his will happen over time. I would recommend storing any un-baked fimo in an air tight container or grip seal bag www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/Mini-grip-seal-again-bags-3-5-x4-5/bo947.
Q: I have tried several times to bake fimo white trnasparent in a gas oven but it always comes out yellowy brown even though i put it at the lowest temperature. Does it come out like that in an electric oven? can you give me any suggestions.
A: I have heard of scorching happening sometimes and this can be due to many factors, placement in the oven, what it is baked on and whether the oven is fully preheated. The most effective way of avoiding this happening is to protect the clay by loosely covering it in foil or placing it underneath a tin or bowl. I have also heard about people covering it in quite a thick layer of corn starch which can then be brushed away when cooled. Please experiment first before using on your finished creations!
Q: I have unopened clay from about 14 years ago. Is it still useable?
A: I think the best way to find out would be to mold a piece and if it feels crumbly and dry it has unfortunately gone off but if it has retained some moisture is might still be useable.
Q: I would like to make round beads with crystals attached on them and mica powder glaze to give it shine. Is it possible with fimo and do I bake beads first then put on the crystals or can I place crystals on and then bake. Wll the crystals stick with out glue. How do I glaze them, do I bake first then glaze or can I glaze then bake..
A: Fimo is ideal for making your own creations. If you want to add some crystal decoration I would recommend first pushing the beads into your piece to leave an impression and then secure them with epoxy glue after baking. To varnish your piece you can buy a fimo varnish which I would recommend applying after you bake your pieces but perhaps before you add the crystals so they aren't covered by the varnish. I always recommend doing a test piece first so that you are happy with your design and the process before attempting a larger batch.
Q: I'm toying with the idea of making candy style jewellery and I was wondering if fimo is the product to use? I was thinking doing white and then painting to begin woth as I'm not very good at mixing colours etc. Would this be do able?
A: Yes fimo is ideal for making your own designs and candy and sweets work really well. You might like to have a look at our Bead Barmy gallery which features lots of our readers fimo creations www.beadbarmy.com/2013/01/readers-gallery-fun-with-fimo/. I believe you can paint on fimo and I would recommend trying acrylic paint to start with.
Q: If i want to bake fimo that i have modeled around an object do i need to place some sort of protective film or film between the fimo and the object in order to demould it once cooked?
A: You can mould fimo directly onto a Glass or metal object and bake it in the oven. The fimo should come away from the mould quite easily as long as it baked it so it is fully firm between 20-30mins and you leave it to fully cool at least 20mins. I would recommend trying with an experimental piece first though.
Q: If the Fimo has gone brittle, could you still cook it?
A: The main problem if the fimo has gone brittle is when you come to mould it but if you can still form it, it should be OK in the oven. Unfortunately the only way to test it would be to have a go. Also Fimo do have a product called quick mix that can make fimo soft and workable again but I haven't tried it myself.
Q: If you take Fimo out of its packet and do not use all of it, will the rest get wasted due to hardening/cracking with the air? If so is there any way to stop this from happening?
A: Yes, it will dry out over time, you can wrap it tightly in cling film but the best solution is to get an airtight plastic box, some kind of Tupperware or similar and keep all of your Fimo in that.
Q: is it girly?
A: It can be, if you make girly things from it. I loved Fimo when I was younger!
Q: is there any beads you have that are made of fimo clay that people can buy without making your own?
A: We don't currently stock any fimo beads, just the fimo for customers to create their own.
Q: Is this something that a small group of 5 year olds could manage for my daughter's birthday party?
A: Unfortunately Fimo isn't recommended for children under 8 and it can be a bit hard to mould until it has been warmed up by the hands. If you would like some advice on an alternative we have lots of brightly colour beads that are great for children for example www.beadsunlimited.co.uk/barrel-shaped-plastic-pony-beads/c444 so please email or call us on 01273 740777 and we'd be happy to help.
Q: Ive heard you can apply a powder to the clay, like a dusting to make a shimmer or shading. Could you tell me what this called please. Also do you apply it before putting it in the oven and also can it be applied on paint?
A: Yes Staedtler sell a metallic powder in silver, gold and bronze finishes. If you search Google for Staedtler fimo powder you should find what you're looking for. The powder is applied to the clay before it is hardened in the oven. Then once hardened the powder can be fixed into place using a fimo varnish. I recommend acrylic paint for use on fimo and this is applied after hardening. I'm not sure how this would work with the metallic powder so you would need to experiment with a test piece.
Q: Thank you for you advice I will try it out to see if it works. Sorry but I have another question I tried making round beads with clay but it didn't turn out how I planned first they started to stick to the roller I bought they say if you put a bit o f corn flour it won't stick it worked but I couldn't stick my crystals on them either, any suggestions.? Also if I use the roller itself to measure out my clay it spoils the roller any ideas how to get equal size beads without using the roller.
A: Cooling the Fimo can help to reduce stickiness, depending on your roller you may also be able to use cling film or greaseproof paper to keep it from sticking. Rollers can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol if a sticky residue has built up over time. I found some good tips for keeping the size uniform at www.beadsandbeading.com/blog/jewelry-techniques-uniform-polymer-clay-bead-size/967/ . Another clever idea is to use the Fimo on top of an existing bead, or even form it around a ball of aluminium foil to save on clay!
Q: What is the difference between Fimo Classic and Fimo Soft? I want to make hand sculpted brooches and pendants inlayed with glass and metal bits.
A: Fimo soft is easier to work with. Some people find the classic difficult to shape, it's a bit crumbly and just takes a bit more perseverance to get it pliable.
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