I was lucky enough to win a competition on Crafty Arts over on Instagram recently. Lucky me, I won 6 x blocks of the Fimo Leather Effect polymer clay by Staedtler, black, indigo, berry, saffron, olive and rust.
I wasnt sure where to start, this product is fairly new and there hasnt been a lot of work done with it. These are just some of my thoughts. I found the clay very malleable and sticky, it is in a large wrapper which means that you can fold over the plastic when you have taken clay from the packet. Quite useful I thought. Although I liked the colours of the clay I received, I wanted to see how the clay mixed and make some custom clay blends
I mixed equal parts of berry and indigo = purple,
saffron and indigo = turquoisy green
berry and saffron = rose pink
The clay wasnt easy to mix and you can see the bottom blend in the picture was more marbled, I did however mix if further to make a rather attractive purple. Glinger Davis Allman of The Blue Bottle Tree, used a marbled blend to make a purse
I decided to mix the rust with a very small amount of black which gave me a more natural leather colour, which I used as a base
To be quite honest during this process of blending, there wasnt much need for a pasta machine as the Fimo clay was very malleable.
I rolled out my clay with just a roller and textured it, which I thought made a rather nice pattern on the leather. Please note if you stretch the clay slightly it will give you more texture
I cut tear drop shapes from each colour (apart from the brown) to make shapes for my necklace. As stated by others, the Fimo leather effect does not give a clean cut even with the sharpest cutters or blades due to inclusions in the clay
These segments were used on the base brown clay to create the necklace. The necklace was then cured at 130°C for 45 mins ( covered with tin foil to protect it ) I even made a brooch and a pair of earrings with my blends. I did feel that the colours were a tad too bright for the look I was going for, so I coated the pieces with a burnt umber acrylic paint and rubbed tit off the surface. Coated the clay with a matt Golden Varnish to protect the surface
Here are the finished pieces
What do I think of Fimo Leather Effect ? I enjoyed experimenting with something that was different to my normal clay (Premo) I like the fact that it is VERY flexible after curing and the effects you can get with it. Dont forget you can sew on it too. Maybe that should be my next project?