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FIMO mod­el­ling clay is loved by crafters for its cre­ative po­ten­tial, and their lat­est ad­di­tion to the range, FIMO Leather Ef­fect, is just as ex­cit­ing. Here are Staedtler’s top 10 tips for work­ing with it, and you’ll find more in­spi­ra­tion and tu­to­ri­als on their site.

Keep your fin­gers clean be­tween


rolling out colours so the darker shades don’t trans­fer onto the lighter ones.

Use a rolling pin or a clay ma­chine to


cre­ate thin, even sheets.

To cre­ate a 3D or curved shape, use a


pa­per cake case or a muf­fin tray to sup­port it in the oven while it bakes.

Stamps can be used to print text or


pat­terns into the clay – lightly dust with bi­car­bon­ate of soda first, so they re­lease eas­ily from the sur­face.

If re-rolled sev­eral times, the leather


ef­fect will ap­pear smoother. Use it straight from the packet, with min­i­mal rolling, for a more tex­tured sur­face.

For that ideal bake, use an oven


ther­mome­ter to pre-heat and reg­u­late your oven, keep­ing it at a con­stant 130°C, and bak­ing for no longer than 30 min­utes.

To pre­vent the re­verse side of FIMO


Leather Ef­fect ap­pear­ing shiny, bake rolled pieces on thick card, keep­ing it away from oven el­e­ments and hot edges.

Use su­per glue to quickly join pieces of


hard­ened FIMO Leather Ef­fect to­gether.

FIMO Leather Ef­fect shrinks slightly


once hard­ened, so if you need your cre­ations to be a spe­cific size, work with larger pieces, then cut to size once baked.

Store left­over FIMO Leather Ef­fect in a


cool, dust-free, dry place in kitchen foil or non-air­tight plas­tic bags.

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