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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. www.staedtler.com
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.