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