My passion for creating jewellery and beads has grown exponentially since discovering polymer clay. Let’s explore this exciting medium – starting with the clay.
What is polymer clay?
Polymer clay was created in 1954 by a company called Staedtler in Germany and was called FIMO. In the early days, it was mainly used as a modelling clay for children.
Polymer clay is a non-toxic, man-made material used to make a variety of products - jewellery; vases; magnets; mini-food charms; candle holders.
Today, there are at least 7 brands of clay available.
A brand the most people recognise. There are several types suitable for beginners to professionals. FIMO soft is a great starting point for kids because it is as the name suggests, ‘soft’; easy to mould into characters or animals. For professional crafters, FIMO also has a range of clay suitable for creating jewellery, home décor items and much more.
Created by Donna Kato who is one of the leading experts/designers in the polymer clay community. This clay is firm and holds detail well. It is the first clay created by a polymer clay artist and comes in 21 colours. I am partial to the blue and purple mixed with white; this clay is easy to condition.
A well known brand – there are 15 different products suitable for all ages. My personal favourite – I find Sculpey Premo easy to work with because it is durable and produces a professional finish. There are lots of colours to choose from but using them as a base to create new shades will help you design unique pieces of jewellery.
If you have any questions about polymer clay, contact me at email@example.com
Until next time!