Endless fun with FIMO
FIMO brand polymer clay is sold throughout the world, in a variety of different colours and is suitable for children, and professionals alike. A range of products can be found here, on eBay.
Familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of art, sculpting, or stop motion animation, FIMO is a clay-equivalent which does not dry out, nor does it require a kiln to set it. FIMO can be baked in a kitchen oven to get it to fix its shape permanently.
FIMO came about, like any technological advances, and new products, during the supply difficulties of the WWI and WWII periods. Many plastic compounds were in very short supply, and the compound that was to become known as FIMO was presented as an alternative use at a doll factory. Though it was of little use to the factory, the owners daughter, Fifi, decided to market it. Fifis modelling compound, FIMO, was born.
FIMO for sculpting
FIMO can be sculpted using traditional clay sculpting techniques, though it cannot be softened with water. However FIMO Soft, a softening agent, is available. It is often moulded around wire, or metal armatures to create characters for stop motion animation. Often, larger shapes are built around a crumpled aluminium foil core, to reduce weight.
FIMO for marbling and colour mixing
Different colours of FIMO can be created by thoroughly mixing different types, but more often colours are incompletely blended to give a marbled, or mottled effect. It is possible to mimic the look of various semi-precious stones, and natural materials in this way.
FIMO for millefiori caning
Millefiori caning is similar to glassworking techniques, where 2-dimensional images are created by combining several colours of FIMO in a long cylinder, which is baked, and then cut into coin-like disks. The image is produced on the cut face of the disks.
FIMO has been phthalate free, since at least 2006, becoming the first modelling clay company to adhere to this requirement.