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new2allthis
20-05-2008, 04:10 PM
Well.. hello everyone I am hoping someone out there can help me i have been making my own dolls house for some time now and whilst looking on ebay at mini items i found a baby that had been made from polymer clay being somewhat of a craft addict i have brought some polymer clay to get started but i have looked through lots of tutorials and most of them presume you already have some knowledge of ploymer clay... so long story short does anyone know of a really basic tutorial or could someone give me a basic run down!! things i am un sure of for example what heat to have the oven? how long to bake for? do i just mold like blue tac or do i need to use water like regular clay? Thanks!!!

ethel&edna
20-05-2008, 04:24 PM
Hiya new person. I presume you've bought Fimo as it's the most easily available stuff.

It usually says on the packet what temperature to heat the oven to. It varies slightly depending on whether it's standard Fimo, Fimo soft and some of the translucent ones but I think it's around 160 degrees Check on the packet tho'.

You don't need any water. Just knead it a bit and it will soften up a treat then just model away to your hearts content. Just like Plasticine when we were kids (well when I was anyway hehe). You can mix colours and get marble effects by kneading 2 colours together.

I'm no expert but have dabbled in the past with miniature stuff as well as beads and so on.
hth?

:D

new2allthis
20-05-2008, 04:42 PM
Hiya

Thanks ethel&edna! I have actually brought Cernit polymer clay it was off ebay as usual i went into this as i do with all my crafting adventures with out much thought or research (a little bit silly of me but i am impulsive!) I hope this will work the same as fimo..??

and do i have to use heat set paints or can i paint with acrylic paints after i have baked??

claireybear
20-05-2008, 08:13 PM
Hello (welcome)

You will love working with polymer clay, it is so therapeutic! I used to make quite a bit of stuff for my own cards and also selling it on ebay / privately. I really enjoyed it, and it is just so easy to get the hang of, much easier than "proper" clay.

The main thing is to make sure that the oven is not too hot - never go over the temp stated on the packet, and as I learnt the hard way, always double check that you havnt turned it up by accident! Or the clay will burn! As long as you do this, the actual time you cook it for doesnt seem to matter that much. I often "forgot" about my fimo in the oven, and it was fine when I finally remembered about it!

It is fine to just use normal acrylics to paint on polymer clay, although you can get it in lots of coloyrs and/or mix up your own so hey dont really need much painting, except for tiny details.

Have fun!

Claire x

wyattbean
22-05-2008, 07:48 PM
HI,
Claire just said more or less what i would say......basically your clay needs enough heat and time to cure....you can always add to it and 'cure' some more if you want.......experiment it's great fun.

Sue

ethel&edna
22-05-2008, 07:56 PM
Hiya

as usual i went into this as i do with all my crafting adventures with out much thought or research (a little bit silly of me but i am impulsive!)


hahaha This really made me laugh. I can so relate to this, having bought a full sized ceramic kiln off ebay on a whim!!!!

Candeez
22-05-2008, 08:06 PM
Hello

I always set my oven to 110. The rec. time to cook is 30 mins. I cook for a bit longer. If you cook for an hour -the result is a harder finish. If I cook for an hour I turn the oven down halfway through to 100 degs.
You can also part cook say for 15/20 mins and add to it and put it back for longer.

When you're working with the Fimo, if it gets too sticky then pop it in the fridge to firm up.

I have never made a baby but I have seen various tutorials for it on the net.

I regularly make beads, motifs for name plaques and jewellery. Jewellery is on my website.

Fun and Funky Handmade Fimo Jewellery by Candeez

Pauline@weddingtreasures
22-05-2008, 09:27 PM
For larger models, you can cook fimo for as long as you want (same low temperature though).

I quite often have to put my figurines in the oven from 4 to 8 times and as long as you do not turn up the temperature you will be fine.

Pauline :D

new2allthis
23-05-2008, 12:39 PM
Thank you for all your comments .. it has arrived this morning so i will be starting off tonight with my new venture, fingers crossed all goes well i will post some pics when i'm finished depending on the outcome!!

ARI
23-06-2008, 05:41 PM
Hi,
there's this extremely useful website, sort of encyclopedia, it's called glassattic.I believe I can't put link on my posts, but if you google it you'll be right there.
I have tons of websites with tips and tutorials, if you're interested PM me.
All the best!!
Ary
(anyway.. whatever the tutorial, you'll have to waste a LOT of fimo and patience, as you have to really find the way that works for you..whatever they say!! ;))

nuky1982
27-03-2009, 03:11 PM
I agree with ARI, glassattic is a great place to get started. There is just an amazing plethora of information there.

I started polymer clay about 3 weeks ago now and I have found YouTube tutorials to be great. They are usually short and if you try a few different ones, you will learn a some new techniques. Try searching for Fimo, Sculpey too, instead of just polymer clay.

Another great way to get started if by looking at the Sculpey website. They have a huge collection of projects and they are graded (beginner, intermediate, advanced) so you can easily find something to suit your ability. And the projects are fun, cute and some are useful too.

Have fun with it!

pepsi
27-03-2009, 03:39 PM
Oh I love polymer clay. Just go for it. One tip though, make sure your hands and surface tools etc. are squeaky clean. The clay seems to attract dust and fibres. I always sculpt on a bit of wire, so there's something to hold onto while your sculpting. Your fingers tend to undo a bit on the other side iyswim. I put masking tape on the wire and this stops the clay sliping around. When you have cooked it. Blush by painting all over with very watery flesh acrylic paint. (a little darker then the flesh of the baby) Then wipe it off and the darker flesh colour goes in all the little creases around the neck wrists toes etc. Makes it look lots better. I bet you get addicted like me ha ha! good luck xxx ;)

nikkisnoveltygifts
02-04-2009, 11:11 PM
That's an interesting tip Pepsi re the paint. Will give it a go!
OK, I agree completely with Pepsi on the keeping clean bit. I even now waste lots of flesh colored clay and I have been making babies for a while - it may have been one of mine you spotted on ebay :)
I wear a white chemist jacket with sleeves up and I have a ball of 'waste' clay that I play with for a while before I start just to get rid of any fibres that may be loose in the air or on my hands.
I have a deep microwave cover which I use to cover my babies if they are left for any lenght of time - even to pop to the loo!
I know you have already bought cernit but if you have no joy I recommend fimo CLASSIC not SOFT clay as it seems much less likely to pick up fibres - and it is so annoying when it happens.
If you PM me I will send you a tutorial if you wish. I had one on my site but it was a bad idea as I now have copycat sellers on ebay (one even pinched my item description!) so I have taken it off.
I bake at 110 degrees and its really really important as has already been said that you don't have the temperature too high or seriously nasty fumes fill your house for days! Good luck! Nikki :)

onlyme
03-04-2009, 05:48 AM
I had one on my site but it was a bad idea as I now have copycat sellers on ebay (one even pinched my item description!) so I have taken it off.

Makes me so angry when I hear that! Don't some people have a brain? Anyway, I hope you get on with your cernit, I use premo myself. :)

adeliapearlie
14-04-2009, 03:29 PM
Hi,

Thanks for the useful suggestions and it was very helpful for me.

Happybunny
14-04-2009, 04:37 PM
hahaha This really made me laugh. I can so relate to this, having bought a full sized ceramic kiln off ebay on a whim!!!!

I think most crafters (me included) buy craft items on a whim. I see it and I can't resist it!!!!:D

Sue x

Delta
15-04-2009, 12:29 PM
I have just got back into Fimo and am thinking about varnishing, I don't have any spare pennies, so won't be rushing out to buy some Fimo Varnish, I have just gone through the other half's aircraft modelling stuff and he has some Humbrol spray varnish, one tin says for varnishing enamel paint, so that's a no go, but the other ones (both gloss and matt) say they are for varnishing over acrylic paint so I am assuming that they will be ok to use? (added to this, I do need to get the white acrylic paint out anyway as my white fimo doesn't look very white!)

jw universe
25-04-2009, 07:33 PM
I'd echo the "keep your workspace clean" suggestion again and again, it's suprising how enfuriating a bit of dust can be!

jhardy2008
27-04-2009, 07:23 AM
1. Start with small projects at first to get a feel for working with this medium.
2. Wash your hands and dry them well.
3. Lay a slab of clay out on a glass or Plexiglas cutting board.
4. Knead the clay until it's smooth and pliable.
5. Shape the clay into whatever form you have in mind.
6. Use a wire frame inside the sculpture if it will have appendages or the piece is large. Polymer clay is limited in its support strength.
7. Make a bead by rolling a ball between your palms. Carefully poke a hole through the middle with a needle.
8. String beads on a wire stretched between two soda cans to keep from getting a flat side while baking. You may need to put some water in the cans for stability.
9. Bake the object according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Polymers take between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the thickness, and different brands require different temperatures.
10. Use an oven thermometer to prevent over or under-baking.
11. Wait for the piece to cool before sanding and painting. Use acrylic paints.

ejralph
17-05-2009, 09:17 AM
I have just got back into Fimo and am thinking about varnishing, I don't have any spare pennies, so won't be rushing out to buy some Fimo Varnish, I have just gone through the other half's aircraft modelling stuff and he has some Humbrol spray varnish, one tin says for varnishing enamel paint, so that's a no go, but the other ones (both gloss and matt) say they are for varnishing over acrylic paint so I am assuming that they will be ok to use? (added to this, I do need to get the white acrylic paint out anyway as my white fimo doesn't look very white!)

Do test the varnishes first - many will be unsuitable for polymer clay, even acrylic based ones, and can either not dry well or dry cloudy and murky. I have ruined many a nice bead in the past and now finally learned to do test tiles :horse:

I am constantly looking for alternative options to offer my customers when it comes to varnishes, an amazing amount of acrylic varnishes are no longer made (I guess since the EU Pthalate issues came into play?) But I just haven't yet found a reliably good alternative to the Fimo one that is still in production.

If you can still find it for sale, Johnson's Klear floor finish makes an excellent sealer for polymer clay. The Fimo waterbased varnish has recently been reformulated and is very nice - better than before IMO.