Hello, this is Cory from Coryographies! If you don’t know me, I have an Etsy shop (www.coryographies.etsy.com) where I sell my handmade bookshelf necklaces and sushi jewellery, and a blog that follows my crafty adventures as well (www.coryographies.blogspot.com). I’ve been selling my jewellery for about a year, and have been working at it full time for around 4 months – so I still have lots to learn!
- Fimo Classic is by far the firmest. It takes a lot of conditioning (mixing the clay to make it malleable), but if you want to make quite tiny pieces, it’s beneficial to have something that really holds its shape well.
- · Fimo Soft is often called good beginner’s clay. It is often available in starter packs with lots of colours, and it’s good if you’re working on pieces larger than, say... a walnut.
- · Premo is harder than Fimo Soft, and I like it because of its rubbery texture. It cuts well, and doesn’t crumble like Fimo Classic can.
- · Finally Studio by Sculpey is what I began with, but I found the texture really varied colour to colour, from chalky to mushy. I don’t really recommend it!
As far as cost, each little pack of polymer clay will probably be around £2. The cheapest place to buy your polymer clay is online, like on Ebay – shop around and you can get some good deals! Otherwise, it’s available in craft shops like Hobbycraft, and even stationery stores like W H Smith.
- · A polished marble or glass place mat (if you have one, instead of buying a special craft mat to work on) or, in a pinch, just use a dinner plate!
- · A sharpie marker – works great as a rolling pin, and the clay doesn’t stick to it! Try using the side of a mug as well to roll out larger bits of clay.
- · Toothpicks or needles – great for fine detail (also try the end of a paintbrush)
- · A pocket knife – I’ve stolen my husband’s Swiss Army knife, it works better than the scalpel-type cutting instruments you can buy!