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Creative tips

If you are stuck for ideas, inspiration is at hand with our imaginative, easy to follow project sheets.Turn your creative ideas into reality with the FIMO range of craft products from STAEDTLER.With 'FIMO creative tips' you can search for your favourite creative tip based on material, theme and level of difficulty. Whether you're looking for trendy jewellery or great deco ideas for your home - the creative tip finder makes it incredibly easy to find your next FIMO project.

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Please click "Creative tips app" for our mobile creative tip offer.

Techniques

Impressive originals – with hidden magic in gold

  1. With 'hidden magic' you can give your creations a distinctive grain-like look, similar to wood. That's why this technique is also known as mokume nendo – which is Japanese for wood grain (mokume) made of clay (nendo). With hidden magic and FIMO effect, you can create unique brooches, earrings, rings and necklaces to name but a few – every single piece an absolute original.

  2. Knead the FIMO and roll each colour out to a sheet using the clay machine on its thickest setting. You will need two sheets of metallic gold.

    Stack the sheets of FIMO in the following order to create a rectangular pile: Metallic gold, translucent, glitter gold, metallic gold, light flesh and stardust.

  3. Use the acrylic roller to roll over the stack until the rectangle has approximately doubled in size.

    Divide it in the middle and place the two halves on top of each other. Then use the acrylic roller to roll it out again until you're left with a sheet that is only approx. 3-4 mm thick.

  4. Turn the sheet over so that the gold-coloured side is facing upwards.

    Press the blunt (!) side of the star-shaped cutter into the FIMO. Do not use the sharp side as you only need an indent and do not want to actually cut the clay!

  5. Next, make a thin (3-4 mm) sausage out of metallic gold FIMO and place it on top of the outline of the star.

    Cut to length so that it is an exact fit.

  6. Turn the sheet of FIMO over again and place it back on the work surface. Use your fingers to carefully press around the contours of the star to recreate the shape.

    Pay particular attention to the tips of the stars, they should be clearly tapered to a point.

  7. Slice a thin layer off the top of the elevated star holding your sharp, flexible blade parallel to the surface. Make sure you don't cut too deeply. If you don't like the pattern, you can cut off another slice.
    You won't be able to cut off another slice though if you cut too deeply into the sheet the first time round.

    Tip:
    Unfinished items and left-over bits of material can be stored in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container, e.g. a plastic box or jar.

  8. Cut the star out using the round-shaped cutter. Ensure the cutter is large enough and allows you to leave about a 5 mm gap all around the star.

    Then roll over the star with the acrylic roller to make the surface even and smooth. If necessary, use your fingers to carefully bring the star back into shape.

  9. Roll out a thin sheet of stardust and place the star on top.

    Cut out again with the round-shaped cutter.

  10. Create a thin sausage of metallic gold and position it around the edge.
    The golden star is now ready to be hardened in the oven for around 30 minutes at 110°C. Repeat the process to make two smaller stars and circles for the earrings.
    Once hardened, you can carefully go over the surface with the sanding sponges to make it smoother.

    But don’t forget! Don't sand too much or you might spoil the pattern!
    To finish off, drill a hole in the star and stick an o-ring in. String the large star onto the choker necklace and add the two smaller ones to the creole earrings.

    You'd like to make some unique jewellery of your own?
    The complete 'Hidden Magic in Gold' creative tip can be found in the creative tip finder.

Blending table

FIMO soft blending table

Use the blending table to help create the colour you require.
E.g. by blending 3 parts yellow (-10) with 5 parts pink (-22) you get a warm red colour.

It's just as easy to make colours lighter or darker - all you have to do is to add black (-9) or white (-0).

FIMO soft standard blocks are segmented into 8 portions, making it very easy to blend the colours.
Please note that colours may vary due to printing process.

FIMO soft blending table as .pdf file

Creative tips app

FIMO app

With 'FIMO creative tips' you can search for your favourite creative tip based on material, theme and level of difficulty.

Whether you're looking for trendy jewellery or great deco ideas for your home - the creative tip finder makes it incredibly easy to find your next FIMO project.

The app at a glance:

  • Search function based on different materials, themes and levels of difficulty. Combinations are possible too.
  • Creative tips with illustrated step-by-step instructions and shopping list (requires an internet connection).
  • Favourites function: Collect your favourite creative tips in a favourites list.
  • Easy to send the creative tips by e-mail.
  • Print function (requires AirPrint).
  • Easy to share the creative tips on facebook and twitter.
  • Photo upload: Inspire your friends and show them a photo of your FIMO project.
  • The random creative tip function selects a new project for you when the device is shaken.
  • Regular updates with lots of new ideas.
  • Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
  • Requires Android smartphone version 2.3.3 or later.
    Available on the App Store
    Available on the google play store


    News

    Trends

    Seasonal creativity

    Candy, candy, CANDY BAR!

    FIMO creative tip - DIY candy bar

    What a delight! With this DIY candy bar idea you can add a truly personal touch to your special day!
    Sweet drops, cake pops and artistically trimmed cupcakes: Wedding candy bars are more popular than ever. For your wedding day, you naturally want everything to be simply perfect and colour coordinated. Whether light pink, pink, vanilla or ice-blue - this sweet-looking Mr & Mrs mini bunting is sure to draw attention to your candy bar. What's more, matching flags are great for adding a final touch to cupcakes & co. It's enchanting details like these that make decorations so effective and keep guests raving long after the event itself.

    DIY is very much IN – not only does it make you stand out from the crowd, it gives you the freedom to design totally unique deco according to your own individual taste. What's more, it's kind on your purse too. You don't need much to make pretty candy bar ornaments: Just take a little bit of FIMO, get started and, in no time at all, you're left with perfect decorations for a wonderful wedding day!
    Click here for the DIY instructions.

    Have fun crafting!

     

     


    FIMO in action

    Why I use FIMO

    Infinite creative freedom

    There are only few materials which offer as wide a variety for creative expression as FIMO does. For one, working with FIMO is easy to learn – first results are quickly achieved almost in no time.

    And you can create almost anything: jewellery or accessories, picture frames or decorations, dolls and figures, flowers and sculptures – everything is possible. The vast range of FIMO colours and the unique texture make it possible to imitate other materials in a remarkably convincing way, for example wood, stone, glass and many others. Incidentally, it teaches you techniques which were originally based on processing entirely different materials.

    Tools? You can actually start with hardly any special tools. Beginners in particular can already fabricate the most beautiful creations using only the Starter Kit. And if you later want to create more delicate and more professional pieces, you simply venture to tackle the various tools.

    If you have questions, please take a look at our FIMO FAQ section or contact our customer service at service(at)staedtler.de

    New FIMO products

    Gemstone colours with fascinating double effect

    The new gemstone colours of the FIMO effect assortment lets self-modelled jewellery or home accessories become special eye catchers.

    With subsequent polishing, the transparent depth and pearlescent effect let the modelled works of art appear like high-gloss rose quartz, precious jade, fascinating ruby, clear citrine or shimmering blue agate.

    The gemstone colours inspire to try out new technologies and variants, and impress with striking results. Give it a try and design your own bracelet. Our creative tip explains how it’s done step by step.

    Tip: FIMO DVD Workshop

    The new FIMO DVD provides the perfect introduction to the art of modelling.
    The 12 exclusive step-by-step videos are divided into three levels of difficulty, offering something for everyone – from beginners to experts.

    With tips and tricks, detailed explanations as well as templates and printable shopping lists, the new FIMO DVD is an all-inclusive package.

    FIMO - the story of success

    STAEDTLER® FIMO® - History

    It all begins in 1939.

    Käthe Kruse

    In her search for a new material to use for her dolls’ heads, the well-known doll maker Kaethe Kruse begins experimenting with a new substance.
    As the material turns out to be unsuitable for serial production, her daughter Sophie does some experimenting of her own with it, mixing pastes and colours into it and then kneading it into a whole variety of shapes and objects.

    She uses the material to create vases, mosaics, pictures, miniatures, figures and toys.

    Sophie Rehbinder-Kruse sums up her philosophy as follows: ‘‘Mankind instinctively wants to model things; it is his way of cherishing and preserving something dear to him”. As a result, she goes on to develop her first modelling clay kit in 1954.

    FIMOIK

    She creates the brand name FIMOIK by using the first two letters of her nickname ‘Fifi’, the ‘Mo’ from modelling clay and the final letters of ‘mosaic’, one of her favourite techniques.

    Thanks to the family’s excellent connections to the toy trade, ‘Kaethe Kruses Ofenknete’ (oven-baked clay) is well received by the market.

    In 1964, Eberhard Faber acquires all of the rights. In 1978, this company, established in 1922 in Neumarkt, becomes part of STAEDTLER Group.
    In 1966, equipped with a new concept, improved recipe and better sounding name, ‘FIMO’ is successfully launched onto the market in a range of 15 colours, two different sizes of block and variety of gift sets.

    A FIMO handbook jam-packed with suggestions and instructions and a number of different brochures inspire users to try their hand at a whole array of new creative ideas.

    The range continues to grow. Over the years, new colours, including some with special glitter, stone and transparent effects are added to it.
    Craft sets complete with accessories on a selection of creative themes are also introduced.

    Today, the range comprises 72 different colours and is rounded off by a wide assortment of accessories such as ‘FIMO liquid’, varnishes, metallic powders, leaf metal, push moulds and metal jewellery bases.

    Sophisticated FIMO techniques such as ‘millefiori’, ‘mokume gane’, ‘kaleidoscope’ and ‘Skinner blend’ have developed.
    Gemstone imitations, silk-screen, patina, ink and impression effects etc. all make FIMO an extremely versatile material: For imaginative modelling by children and more complex applications in the field of art and jewellery design.


    Arts & Design

    „Siesta“

    Mixing technique with soft pastel on cardboard – by Corinne Korda

    The lemur startled out of its siesta was painted with soft pastel chalks over a rough sketch made of diluted opaque paint ...

    “Siesta” – Individual steps

    ... The pastel colours were repeatedly painted over – a “smooth wash” – in various stages of development using a brush dipped in water.

    The white fur sections are emphasized with opaque colours.

    Water colour “Canale”

    Colourful Facades in the Channels of Venice, painted with our karat aquarell watercolour pencils.


    FAQ & tips on using FIMO

    Handling

    Opened FIMO

    Work in progress and leftovers can be kept in a sealed plastic bag or an airtight container such as a plastic container or a glass.

    The oven-hardening modelling clay FIMO is a PVC-based compound.
    In comparison to “normal” modelling material, FIMO is much stronger – this structure allows the modelling of small and delicate objects, for example.

    The FIMO compound is made of plastic powder, plasticisers and additives.
    While baking in the oven, the plasticiser makes the plastic powder gel; once cooled off, it forms a solid matter.

    FIMO can be baked several times, for example to plug up cracks or replace broken parts with FIMO.
    FIMO is best hardened in the oven for 30 minutes at a ideal temperature of 110° C.
     
    Pieces hardened at 130° C will look pretty much the same, except for the fact that they are a little more flexible.
    However, this maximum temperature of 130° C and hardening time of 30 minutes should not be exceeded!

    FIMO does not have a date of expiry. FIMO should, however, be stored dry and cool. Unhardened FIMO is best kept in aluminium foil, in a metal or plastic box (made of PP or PE!), to protect it from dust and contamination.
     
    FIMO will thus last at least two years.
    However, we don’t know how long and under what circumstances the FIMO had been stored in the shop before you purchased it.
     
    In order to make older or hardened FIMA soft again, we recommend using FIMO Mix Quick, article no. 8026. The kneading aid for mixing makes softening firmer FIMO quick and easy. This, however, will work only if the compound hasn’t thoroughly hardened yet.

    Once completely hardened, the oven-hardening compound is weatherproof but should not be varnished!
     
    It is important that the hardened model has no cracks through which rain could penetrate. Otherwise the model could burst in freezing temperatures.

    The colours might fade a little over time when exposed to intense sunlight; a protection of some kind is therefore recommended, a canopy for example.

    The gelling process (PVC in plasticiser) cannot be completed at temperatures of less than 110° C. FIMO will harden, but is still brittle inside and therefore fragile. If you harden FIMO at temperatures above 110° C, it will become more flexible.
     
    However, you then accept that the colours become more brownish and are possibly about to burn. We do not recommend doing this!
     
    The ideal hardening temperature is 110° C for 30 minutes.

    We recommend our oven-hardening modelling clay for snow globes as well.
     
    Here, the hardened model will be placed in water permanently.
    However, FIMO should not be varnished.

    All these variants can easily be combined and mixed with each other.

    Der Geliervorgang (PVC in Weichmacher) kann bei weniger als 110°C nicht bis zu Ende geführt werden. FIMO wird dann zwar hart, ist aber im Inneren noch mürbe und daher bruchanfällig. Wenn man FIMO höher als bei 110°C härtet, wird es eher flexibel.

    Man nimmt damit aber in Kauf, dass die Farben bräunlich werden und evtl. kurz vor dem Verbrennen sind. Wir empfehlen das auf keinen Fall!

    Die ideale Härtetemperatur beträgt 110°C bei einer Härtezeit von 30 Minuten.

    Zum Kleben von abgebrochenen FIMO-Teilen empfehlen wir „Pattex Multi Alleskleber“ von Henkel.
    Dieser ist von uns getestet worden, er kann auch im Backofen mitgehärtet werden. Der Kleber trocknet transparent auf und verfärbt sich auch nicht durch Hitzeeinwirkung.

    Zum Kleben von FIMO Schneekugeln (Verbindung der Haube mit dem Unterteil) empfiehlt sich der Modellbaukleber von Pattex.

    Accessories

    What glue is best used for FIMO?

    We recommend “Pattex Multi Alleskleber” (all-purpose glue) by Henkel to glue on FIMO parts which have broken off.
    We have tested this glue and it too can be hardened in the oven. The glue dries to a transparent state and does not discolour, not even under the influence of heat.

    We recommend using the model-making glue by Pattex for the FIMO snow globes (for glueing the cover to the lower part).

    Tips

    Can I wash buttons made of FIMO?

    FIMO buttons should not be machine-washed or dry-cleaned because the colours can fade over the course of time depending on the detergent and chemical cleaning agents, respectively.
     
    In general, the buttons should not be varnished because our varnish is water-based. We recommend washing the garment along with the FIMO buttons by hand (30° C) and preferably using a soft detergent.