Remarkable Polymer Clay Types- The Different Brand and Types Used in Art
Art and craft are all about creating something, and nothing satisfies that desire to create quite like clay modeling and sculpturing does. However, like any other field of art, the choices of a medium can be a bit overwhelming for beginners.
Personally, I think that there is a lot of personal preference involved when it comes to making choices, but that too requires an understanding of each option you have and the possible pros and cons you should consider.
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If you are a beginner experimenting with clay modeling or an artist willing to switch mediums, polymer clay types is the best medium to try. There are many different polymer clay types to choose from. So, before you find out what’s best to work with, let’s see what polymer clay basically is.
What is Polymer Clay?
All Polymer Clays have very similar formulas based on Polymer Polyvinyl Chloride or PVC. Most polymer clays are oil-based and therefore, they don’t dry in open air. Polymer clays stay soft at room temperature and therefore, they are easier to work with no matter how long the project takes
All PVC based clays tend to be oven-baked clays no matter what the manufacturers name it – FIMO or Sculpey but even the slightest difference in a formula can tend to change the whole experience. Each manufacturer recommends a baking time based on their particular formula, but it takes a few tries to understand actually what works for different kind of projects.
FIMO Polymer Clay Brand
Fimo is known as the first polymer clay brand. Read about the history here. There are many various types of FIMO you will find today each formulated to work differently.
is for those who complain about the stiffness of the classic one. It is easier to condition and control. It comes in more than 50 colors and multiple finishes.
FIMO Classic – for a long time was the favorite modeling clay for many artist and crafters. Recently company rebranded under Fimo Professional.
It is stiff and can retain its shape and color for longer. However, it requires a lot of conditioning.
Once it softens this clay may leaves a residue on your hands so before using another colour wipe your hands with baby wipes. After backing, it is amazingly strong and durable.
FIMO Professional has up to 24 vibrant colours and with “True Colours” will let you make brilliant blends.
I love that all clay blocks are resealable and easy to open next time you needed.
For Doll Artist company created a full range of doll colors. That variety is called “Fimo Professional Doll Art”.
This type of clay preferred by polymer clay artist with a higher level of expertise.
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FIMO Effect Type.
Special effects like night glow, glitter, translucent, metallic, stone, pastel, gemstone incorporated in a clay block. And can be used as an accent in your creation with stunning effects.
It will easily blend with FIMO Soft and Fimo Professional.
The company is bringing oven-bake clays for more than 50 years to the market. The entire culture created around this fantastic medium – from web sites to all kind of different retreats. Sculpey always finds a new ways to encourage creativity.
Polyform Products continues to inspire a “world of bright ideas” with new and innovative products for beginners to advanced clay users.
Sculpey often contests the FIMO claim for being the first polymer clay brand, but most believe that it only appeared as a softer competitor for the classic FIMO.
The original Sculpey also offered more colors than the original FIMO. Other variations include:
Sculpey III Type
is often considered the best for beginners since it is one of the softest varieties you will find. However, it gets rigid and brittle after baking, and therefore, is not a good option for specific projects.
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Premo Sculpey Type
overcomes the brittleness issue of the former. It is stiffer as compared to Sculpey III but softer than most FIMOs. It allows intricate details and comes in the number of colors and finishes. Premo! Is the perfect mixing clay because the primaries do not contain white.
Check this book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio for more detail on how to mix colors.
Studio Sculpey is, simply put, one of the best polymer clays for experts, not just because of its strength and flexibility but also because it is easier to work with. It won’t stick to your hands and doesn’t smell as bad.
Sculpey Souffle Type
Sculpey Souffle is a lightweight clay perfect and best use for jewelry projects! Its strength and ability to hold detail makes it an excellent clay for advanced techniques such as caning, mokume gane and others.This clay is strong and doesn’t crack in big pieces. So it can be used in larger projects as well. Comes in 22 fashion forward colors.
Cernit Polymer Clay Brand
Cernit comes in lots of colors -over 77 in both small and large blocks.
Most used in a doll making since it have many of flesh colors. All of the cernit clay have a slightly translucent quality and once is baked it has a porcelain – like effect. It is more popular in Europe than it is in the US. Cernit is extremely strong but yet flexible after baking and would be a nice choice for flower jewelry. You can read a very comprehensive review of Cernit Polymer Clay from my favorite blogger Ginger Davis Allman.
It is not easy to find Cernit in stores but you always can find it online
Compared to Sculpey and FIMO, Pardo is like the new kid on the block. It is odorless polymer clay based in wax instead of oil. It bakes perfectly but could be a little too soft to work with.
Brand New PARDO Art Clay Translucent by Viva Decor-PARDO Art Clay best suitable for filigree work and firm enough to maintain fine hard edges when baked
Colors are formulated to easily mix with one another but at the same time, maintaining their original sharp color shade with no visual smearing or bleeding
This clay contains pure beeswax and premium quality pigments and is condensation resistant
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