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About Bakeable clays like Sculpey, Fimo and Premo

Sculpey, Fimo and Premo are neat products . They are clays similar to Play doh but with more of the consistency of a plastic. They stay soft so you can sculpt anything you like.

Once you have your sculpted item done you put it in the oven and bake it. This hardens it to something similar to porcelain or ceramic.




Overview of how to use it:

  1. Break off a piece and knead it firmly. The kneading and the heat from your fingers will soften it so you can work it.
  2. Create your sculpture or object
  3. Bake it in the oven - Done!
  4. Guidelines for Baking: Each pack comes with instructions and there are some variations across types but generally you bake at 275 F for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch of thickness.


Let's see how it works. I use a polymer clay to make this medieval wax stamper. (Full tutorial is right here)

The stamped envelope


Roll out the clay


For this project I am using Fimo. I kneaded some out to soften it then spread it out on a work surface. What I am making is the seal part. That is what will be impressed into the wax.






Sculpt the impression

Then I sculpt my shape onto it.








Bake the fimo

Once it is done I put it in the oven and bake it at 276 degrees fahrenheit.

The amount of time you bake it depends on how thick it is.





That brown disc on the table is the completed piece (face down) It is now hardened and suitable as a stamper. I am gluing it to a handle.








Remove the stamp

Now it is ready to be used as a stamper.









The possibilities for polymer clay are endless. You can make just about anything. Here we use Sculpey to make a sword necklace. This one is almost done. A little more work and it goes into the toaster oven. Then paint.







Tips When Making things with Polymer Clay:

When working it the clay gets soft which is wonderful but this means that depending on the size and shape of the thing you are making it might not fully support it's own weight. So it is usually a good idea to put a wire armature in it.

For the Neckalce sword we put a piece of wire inside it for strength and particularly for the strength at the eyehole where the necklace string would go. (That's the loop)





Another tip to save you some polymer clay: If you are making something thick you don't have to make the whole thing out of polymer clay. You can make a core of balled up aluminum foil. This saves a lot of clay and it also reduces the amount of baking time.

Let me give you an example. Let's say you wanted to make a polymer clay golf ball! You first make a ball out of aluminum foil. Then you cover it with a thin layer of the clay. Look at all the clay you saved. And the layer of clay is thin so you don't have to bake it very long. If it were a solid ball of clay you would have to bake it much much longer!


Make a DragonBone Sword Necklace

Fun Polymer Clay Project and a nice gift for the upcoming Valentine's Day. Of course I give you the template.

Make a DragonBone Sword Necklace




How to Make Gandalf's Pipe

This is an easy Polymer clay project. It doesn't really work as a pipe but it is a nice prop with an elven leaf stand. How to Make a Wizard's Pipe like Gandalf's.




Lots of different types of clays -

And one of the big things about these polymer clays is the vibrant colors. You don't have to paint them afterward. They come out of the oven looking great. This is particularly attractive for making jewelry.

Staedtler Fimo Soft 8023 01 Oven Hardening Modelling Clay 12 x 25g Half Blocks - Assorted Colours





Sculpey III Multipack - Bright Ideas




Premo Clay 8 Ounces-Translucent

The translucent is often used for its similarity to porcelain when finished. It is very popular with doll makers.


Sculpey Premo Accent Clay, Yellow Gold Glitter

Yes also make a complete line with various glitter colors.






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