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Fimo Modelling Clay
Member Name: azana
Fimo Modelling Clay
Date: 16/10/12, updated on 16/10/12 (183 review reads)
Advantages: Fun and quite cheap
Disadvantages: Can burn
We have a rather large and eclectic collection of craft stuffs and Fimo features often in rainy day making sessions. It's a polymer clay that can be moulded and then cooked in the oven at 110 degrees centigrade for thirty minutes until it becomes hard.
Fimo comes in a whole rainbow of colours and is sold in 56g packs and sets. We find the Fimo Soft the most easy to manipulate though we also have some Fimo Classic which is slightly harder but makes more solid models, and Fimo Effects are fun too - the glitter in it is quite effective (although you could just add your own to regular clay) but by far out favourite is the glow in the dark clay which works really well. Whatever clay type you use what is great about Fimo is that it can be mixed together to make a marbled effect or mixed thoroughly to make a new colour. This works well for making smaller items like beads or pencil toppers. What you can make really is only limited by your imagination, and if this fails then the Internet is a great source of imagination. We do find,however, that larger models are more prone to having bits fall off, so "keep it small" is our mantra. The kids have produced some surprisingly good animals and, most recently their own " moshlings" following the latest craze. The clay is relatively easy to mould into the desired shape, although even the soft clay needs quite a bit of warming up by kneading and rolling.
Price wise you can expect to pay about £2.29 per small packet, it can be slightly cheaper to get a set, and we recently stocked up when Staples had packets for a pound a go. Actually a small packet goes a long way, the only thing I find with this is that however much I ask the kids to be careful when they are in full creative flow small bits end up all over the floor, so this is one activity best done where it won't matter if bits end up on the surfaces. The clay can also be overcooked and burn, and due to its nature I wouldn't cook it with foods but in general the results are good and true to the colur of the raw clay.
Fimo isn't a new or radically different craft idea but it' a classic that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike and it is, I think far better than some of the newer and more fussy craft offerings like " flubber" or most recently mouldable chocolate ...a daft idea if ever there was one. You can't go wrong with Fimo, it's an ideal stocking filler and boredom buster that gets everyone making for a relatively small cost. Highly recommended.
Summary: We love this craft
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