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?

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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.

Strength

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.

Caning

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.

Packaging

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.

Colors

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.

home projects and a new studio

Yes, I know I’ve been bad about blogging. *hangs head in shame* I’ve been busy with my home project list. After painting and moving into our new bedroom, I started working on turning the small room attached to our bedroom into a walk-in closet.

This is looking into the closet.
walk-in closet view one

This is the view looking back toward the bedroom. FUN!
closet dress

More recently, I’ve been working on shuffling things around and moving my studio into a bigger room. Well…

…as you can see there’s still work to be done.
newstudio1

You don’t realize how much crap useful supplies you have until you go to move it all.
newstudio2

There is a pile of the new FIMO Professional polymer clay on my work table that needs turned into color mixes, but you know what I did? Somehow I missed ordering magenta. Of course, I didn’t realize it until I sat down earlier this week to start mixing colors. I’m really hoping the magenta shows up in today’s mail!
fimo pro