Coloring your Fimo clay: quite an art

Fimo clay

Fimo clay, also known as polymer clay, is a very practical material for the creation of various artistic objects such as Fimo jewelry and other decorative accessories. Very popular with DIY enthusiasts with an original creative style, this paste has a strong malleability that allows its modeling according to the inspirations. However, its coloring is so delicate that it is imperative to master certain techniques and tricks.

The essential accessories for coloring Fimo clay

There are basically three, including mica powder, pure pigments, and eye shadow. These different accessories are used in the same way. Indeed, after having finished modeling the polymer clay, it must be coated with coloring powder using a brush. The important detail that you often have to pay attention to concerns the adhesive properties of Fimo. These are much more important when raw than when the dough is cooked. It is for this reason that it is always preferable to coat Fimo jewelry before the firing phase.

Varnishing

Once the polymer clay has been coated with coloring powder, the whole piece should be placed in the oven before baking at 130 ° for a period of 15 to 30 minutes. It is advisable to insist on the cooking time to obtain decorative objects that are much more resistant. But beyond 30 minutes, the cooking may brown or even burn the parts.

After firing, the object must then be allowed to cool to begin varnishing. This task must be done with a brush whose bristles are soft to avoid the deposit of sprigs during varnishing. Above all, you have to apply the Fimo clay delicately, avoiding pressure.

Once the varnishing is finished, the Fimo creation must be allowed to dry. The coloring is now fixed.

The detail of the painting

Regarding painting, it comes after the shaping of Fimo clay. Thus, as soon as the desired texture is obtained, the Fimo must be placed in the oven for cooking which, as specified above, must be done at a temperature of 130 ° for about half an hour. The cooked piece needs to cool, which requires immersing it in cold water. This step is also essential because it allows a good hardening of the part. Thus conditioned, the creation is ready to receive acrylic paint. Depending on the desired color, the paint may or may not be thinned with water. When the painting stage is finished, the object must be dried again to make it ready for varnishing.

One way to diversify the colors of the created object is also to mix the already colored Fimo loaves.

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