2nd annual back to school sale

2nd Annual Back to School Sale!

*The Details*

  • Save 30% off everything in my website shop. Discount will automatically show up in shopping cart.
  • Save 30% off everything in my Etsy shop. IMPORTANT: You have to enter coupon code – BACKTOSCHOOL2014 when checking out to get the discount.
  • Save 30% off of the regular Color.Creativity.Design membership price of $79. Now only $55.
  • *For a limited time only!* The retired 2011 and 2012 Premo and Kato Color Recipe Ebooks are available on my website and in my Etsy shop. Also at 30% off.
  • Sale prices are good through Monday, September 1st, 2014!

creative block buster #9

What is a creative block buster? It is a simple exercise that can be done in just a few minutes or more that will hopefully jump start your creativity.

Creative Block Buster #9 – How many ways?

Today’s creative block buster is to challenge yourself to see how many different ways you can make the same design.

polymer clay hearts

creative time

I managed a little creative time in the new studio recently.

I’ve been playing around with the idea of something to go on one of the tan walls in our bedroom. That goes with the afghan bedspread.
painting       bedroom

So, this is what I came up with, but I’m not sure I’m happy with it. I can’t quite figure out if it’s because I know I want something bigger. If so, I could just make more polymer clay tiles as I was thinking of mounting them on a canvas. Or maybe I’m not happy with it because it still needs something…perhaps flowers to soften it up.
polymer clay tiles wall art

The rough texture is my favorite part.
tile texture

What do you think? Do the tiles need something else added?

almost done

I’m almost done moving the studio…

I still have a few things that need to find a home and some other things that will be donated, but I’m just about done!!! AND the best part is that this room is almost twice the size of my old studio.
new studio view one

I even have space to set up my sewing machine. Those ugly uhmm lovely green and floral cushions are from my cute little vintage camper and are going to be recovered.
new studio view two

Now that the studio is mostly back together, I hope to do more experimenting with the FIMO Professional with regards to finishing ~ how easy it sands and buffs up. The fall 2014 color recipe ebook for FIMO Professional will be available starting tomorrow.
fimo pro

We had a fun 4th with the family…
Our adorable grandchildren. :)
patriotic grandbabies

FIMO Professional review part two

This is part two of my review of the new FIMO Professional polymer clay. You can read the first part here. I’m squeezing this in between moving my studio and working on FIMO Professional color mix recipes, so it’s not as thorough as I would like.


For the strength test, I cured strips of FIMO Professional at 240 degrees for 30 minutes. The numbers on the clay represent the corresponding settings on my Makin’s pasta machine.
FIMO Professional strength test

FIMO Pro strength test #1 FIMO Pro strength test #2

FIMO Pro strength test #3 FIMO Pro strength test #4

FIMO Pro strength test #5

Basically, it seems to be fairly strong and flexible. They will all break when completely folded over, it’s just that it’s harder to get the thicker strips to fold completely in half. It may also be stronger depending on the temperature it’s cured at. For this example, the strips were cured at 240 degrees for 30 minutes. The package says to cure at 230 degrees, but not over 265 degrees.


I made a very simple cane and reduced it immediately. With the clay being so soft it is not going to reduce as crisply as the FIMO Classic did. It also squishes when cutting slices off of the cane, even with a thin sharp blade.
FIMO Pro simple cane FIMO Pro reduced cane

Personal Thoughts

My first impression…that FIMO Classic users are not going to be happy with the new FIMO Professional still stands. It is very soft…softer than Premo and somewhat sticky.

I do want to say that I’m not affiliated with any particular brand of polymer clay and that while I work primarily with Premo, I have spent quite a bit of time working with FIMO, Kato Polyclay and Pardo Art Clay. So, I personally think that those of you who like a firm clay, would probably like the Pardo Art Clay the best, followed by Kato Polyclay. Again, this is just my opinion…an educated opinion…but still just an opinion.

FIMO Professional first impressions

I thought I would share my first impressions of the new FIMO Professional polymer clay with you all.

FIMO Professional

Anyone wanting to create unique works of art requires the right material. This is why STAEDTLER has enhanced and optimised its popular FIMO classic modelling clay and relaunched it under the name FIMO professional. Its exceptional dimensional stability and outstanding conditioning properties make FIMO professional ideal for satisfying the high demands of artists. The modelling clay colours have been refined to perfection too.
~from the company’s website

Please keep in mind that these are my personal opinions.


The FIMO Professional comes in 3 oz. and 12 oz. packages. The packaging is nice and easy to open. It’s supposed to be resealable, but I didn’t have any luck getting the edges of the packaging to stick back together, which isn’t a big deal.


True colours using the purest of pigments for brilliant blending results
~from the website

While the FIMO professional polymer clay comes in 24 colors, I only ordered the primaries plus black and white for color mixing.

Not the best photos, but I’m in the process of moving my studio and am not really set up for taking photos. Anyway, you can see that most the colors darken somewhat when cured. (colors – top row: True Yellow, True Magenta and True Red, bottom row: Turquoise, True Blue and Ultramarine)
fimo pro cured vs. raw

This next photo compares cured samples of FIMO Classic (left) and FIMO Professional (right). The Professional True Yellow looks to be in between the Classic Gold Yellow and Yellow. Professional True Magenta is more blue-based than the Classic Magenta. The Professional True Blue is much lighter than the Classic Blue. The other colors are pretty similar. I have some more thoughts on the colors, but will share that in another post.

cured fimo classic vs pro

Softness and Ease of Conditioning

The FIMO Professional is soft and squeezable right out of the package and very easy to condition.

That’s great, right?

Unfortunately, this is where I think they are going to lose many of their FIMO Classic customers. FIMO Classic users prefer it because of it’s firmness (why else would they use the most difficult to condition clay?). When I said the FIMO Professional is soft and squeezable right out of the package, I meant that it’s really soft. I would say that it is comparable to the FIMO Soft. It starts sticking and wrinkling at the #6 setting on my Makin’s pasta machine.

So far, I have not done anything beyond some color mixing. Hopefully soon, I will get some time to do strength/flexibility testing and try some caning and other techniques with it. I will do another post with my results.