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Reviewing the new Fimo Professional polymer clay – Part 2

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A few weeks ago we offered a few of you the opportunity to review the FIMO Professional True Colours, which is part of Staedtler’s new range of polymer clay.

As promised here it is…

We asked you to send us an image of your polymer clay creation to have a chance to be picked to review the FIMO Professional True Colours.  As a quick recap, True Colours contains a True colour pigment which comes in handy especially when you are blending.

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Our reviewers were put to the challenge and succeeded by creating some detailed work. Every reviewer was asked a series of questions to see how they found the product and how it held up to their current choice of polymer clay.

  

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 On opening the True colours set this is the contents of the pack.

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Reviewer: KATE

Kate from Glasgow has been using FIMO since she was a child. She is used to making models of animals and over the years has used inspiration from Staedtler idea books. Over the past 3 years she rediscovered the polymer clay craft and loves making canes to make jewellery, cover pens, tins, crochet hooks and picture frames/mirrors.

FIMO PROFRESSIONAL PROMO - Part 2Kate created a selection of wonderfully detailed canes and jewellery pieces.

Q – What brand of Polymer Clay would you normally use? e.g. Fimo Soft, Classic, Sculpey III, Premo etc
I normally use FIMO classic and FIMO soft. I have tried sculpey III and Premo but have always returned to FIMO, it was the first clay I started to use nearly 30 years ago when I was in primary school!

 

Q – Did you prefer Fimo Professional to your usual clay?
I would say that I will use FIMO Professional as a welcome addition to my current stock of clay but not as a sole source of clay.

 

Q – How did you find the softness/hardness of the clay?
Given that FIMO Professional is being introduced at the same time as FIMO Classic is being discontinued (correct me if I’m wrong) I had assumed it would be a lot firmer than it was. I would say that it felt as soft as FIMO soft and therefore not at all firm like FIMO classic. This may well be down to the clay being about as fresh as it can get (hot off the presses from Staedtler) and the weather during my experimenting being about as hot as it gets up here in Glasgow (20-25degreesC) which will all have contributed to the softness of the clay. Had I done this testing in the depths of winter it may have been a different story.

 

Q – If you have used Fimo Classic before how did it compare?
FIMO classic, in my experience, can vary from being very firm and crumbly requiring a lot of conditioning before it is useable (presumably older stock of clay) to being firm but relatively easy to condition with a pasta machine. Ideal for caning which is one of my most loved techniques. This clay is softer than FIMO classic and barely needed any conditioning, a couple of passes throughout the pasta machine and it was ready to use.

 

Q – How well did the colours blend?
The colours blended very easily using the pasta machine and by hand. You can see the results of a blue/white skinner blend and a red/green/yellow skinner blend. I also blended a nice purple from magenta and blue by hand very easily.

 

Q – How did it bake?
I baked my pieces according to the package instructions in my reliable oven. All the pieces baked well, the colours stayed vibrant and white stayed white. No scorching. 110degrees C for 30mins.

 

Q -Were you able to get the detail out of the clay that you wanted?
Despite the softness of the clay, it got very soft the more it was worked with, the fine details within the flower cane stayed very crisp no mater how small the cane was reduced. I did put the cane in the fridge to cool before I reduced it to help but it softened again very quickly so I felt this step didn’t have any effect on the outcome. I also did a retro extruded cane and this was easily done due to the softness of to clay. I used letter stamps to put my name on the badge and the clay took the impressions very well.

 

Q – Overall Pros
Pros: really vibrant colours, fantastic mixing palette within the instructions so you can reliably mix any colours you want from the ‘true’ colours in the pack, easily conditioned for quick use, great for extruding as clay is soft. Takes stamping well. Cuts well with cutters. Blends easily for skinner blends. Holds detail well in canes despite the softness. Good if you enjoy making canes but have problems reducing firm clay in canes.

 

Q – Overall Cons
Cons: much softer than I had expected, if you like your clay firmer like fimo classic then stock up before it’s gone. Got quite sticky when worked for a long time.

 

Q – Anything else to add?
I made two sets of earrings and pendants, a bag charm and a badge. I enjoyed the colours, they reminded me of tropical flowers hence the bright colours in the flower!

I have had a good session using the new FIMO Professional clay you sent me. I really enjoyed using the new clay and giving it a try using several techniques: caning, extruding and stamping. I also used cutters on it and attached a brooch back before baking.

To see more of Kate’s projects check out her www.folksy.com

 

Reviewer: KIRSTEN

Kristen from Leeds has been specialises in creating miniature animal sculptures using polymer clay. Kristen runs Quernus Crafts which started in 2009 after having left behind a 15 year career as a lawyer. She takes on a small number of commissions at a time, which means she spends alot of time working on her own ideas, one-off pieces, and creatures who are available from her shop; as well as being a UK demonstrator for Staedtler.

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Kristen created a series on mini owls creatures called ” The Sorcerer’s Owls”. You will notice that every owl has a different expression.

 

Q – What brand of Polymer Clay would you normally use? e.g. Fimo Soft, Classic, Sculpey III, Premo etc
Mostly Fimo Soft, but also Fimo Classic, Sculpey Premo (for black and beige), and occasionally Sculpey III for specific colours.

 

Q – Did you prefer Fimo Professional to your usual clay?
Yes

 

Q – How did you find the softness/hardness of the clay?
It felt nearly as soft to work with as Fimo Soft, but was far less sticky, and felt more plasticky (in a good way) – and even working in the summer heat of the day, it didn’t become sticky. It felt similar to working with Sculpey Premo, which I’ve always felt was superior to Fimo in terms of workability and lack of colour bleed. It didn’t need much conditioning at all.

 

Q – If you have used Fimo Classic before how did it compare?
Fimo Professional is definitely much easier to work than Fimo Classic. I have found that batches of Fimo Classic can really vary in hardness (from hard to virtually unworkable), but the True Colours clay I tried was of a uniform consistency and much better all round. There was also a lot less colour bleed from the strong colours than you get with Fimo Soft.

Q – How well did the colours blend?
The colours blended very well because of the softness of the clay.

Q – How did it bake?
Has baked well with only minimal colour change (most noticeable in the magenta).

 

Q – Were you able to get the detail out of the clay that you wanted?
Yes – the clay held its shape well, and even handling the clay didn’t impact much on the fine markings I had made.

 

 Q – Overall Pros
Easy to condition, easy to work with, doesn’t get sticky even when warm and worked a lot, holds detail very well, and much less colour bleed than Fimo Soft (particularly red).

The colour mixing chart in the True Colours pack was helpful once I managed to decipher it, and will be good for those who need to mix colours precisely. However, I prefer to mix colours by eye, although it’s a useful reference chart.

 

Q – Overall Cons
The clay itself is great – can’t see any downsides to it at all.

I have one niggle about the True Colours pack – for some reason, black isn’t included, despite the fact that this is required for at least half of the colours on the colour chart!

 

Q – Anything else to add?
Fimo Professional is definitely a superior make of polymer clay, and I’m delighted that Staedtler has produced this. It is definitely a match for Sculpey Premo. And so, because I prefer to use Fimo clay, I will be switching to Fimo Professional for pretty much all my work. I really appreciate the chance to try it out!

 

To see more of Kristen’s creations check out her website www.quernuscrafts.co.uk

 

Reviewer: NADIA

Nadia, is a US born polymer clay artist that specialises in miniatures, she creates bespoke miniature sweets and desserts from lolly pops to yummy donuts. She has been using polymer clay for 4 years now and started Littlest Sweet Shop 2 years ago.

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Nadia created sweets on sticks, good enough to eat!

Q – What brand of Polymer Clay would you normally use? e.g. Fimo Soft, Classic, Sculpey III, Premo etc
Fimo Soft, Sculpey Ultralight

 

Q – Did you prefer Fimo Professional to your usual clay?
Yes, it’s actually not bad

 

Q – How did you find the softness/hardness of the clay?
Very easy to mould. As soft as Fimo soft

 

Q – If you have used Fimo Classic before how did it compare?
Fimo classic felt too hard but Fimo professional had a nice texture.
The clay was also not sticky/tacky like Sculpey.

 

Q – How well did the colours blend?
Very well. I made a rainbow lollipop so I had to blend 3 new colours and it worked out really well. I used the blending chart to achieve the new colours

 

Q – How did it bake?
Baked well, no issues with that

 

Q – Were you able to get the detail out of the clay that you wanted?
Yes, the lollipop had very fine white lines and it showed through

 

Q – Overall Pros
Excellent colour, feels more ‘plastic-y’, doesn’t crack. The colour of the clay didn’t get darker after it was cured/baked

Q – Overall Cons
The packaging was designed to be able to re-seal again however I managed to tear the packaging the first time when I opened it. Therefore I couldn’t re-seal it again which was a shame since I like keeping my clay in their original packaging.

 

Q – Anything else to add?
This set created such beautiful colours!

 

To see more of Nadia’s creations check out her website www.littlestsweetshop.com

 

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To our reviewer’s,
I just wanted to say on behalf of Crafty Arts a big thank you to you all for your clear and concise reviews, not to mention your great looking creations! We will also pass on your comments to Staedtler

 

Conclusion

Overall our reviewers were very positive about the new FIMO Professional range   so check it out yourself.

Natasha

 

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2 Comments on Reviewing the new Fimo Professional polymer clay – Part 2

  1. I am struggling with Fimo prof at the moment. I was told that they didn’t change the formular (except for true colours) and that it would be basically a renaming if classic. This was told by representatives of the company.

    But I am not able anymore to use acrylic paint on the baked clay like I did with Fimo classic. I am antiquing baked pieces with acrylic paint (always Reeves, even the same tubes, not new ones): Just put a large amount over the piece so it gets n every little corner and then wipe the excess away, so the paint only resides in the small corners. But now the acrylic paint seems to instantly stain the clay even on smooth surfaces, even if it was wiped away seconds after application. This happens also with fimo soft to an extend but never ever did occur with Fimo classic.

    I was looking in the internet for other having similar experiences (or other) and also came over at your blog. So here one more review about experiences and differences 🙂

    BTW I just used white and true magenta until now, was true for both of them. I really hope that this is not a general problem because then I would have to switch the brand I use and it takes time to get really well known to a new clay. I always loved to work with Fimo classic. It was my absolute favorite.

    saraccino | November 23, 2014 at 10:54 am () (Reply)
    • Hi Saraccino,

      I am sorry that you are having problems with the Fimo professional range.
      I just wanted to let you know that I have not forgotten you and I have contacted Staedtler and I am just awaiting a response from them.

      Thanks
      Natasha

      Natasha | November 26, 2014 at 3:16 pm () (Reply)

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