To create your own jewelry at home, there are many options; we’ve all heard of Fimo, this polymer clay that can be shaped as you wish and then just hardened in the oven. Among the materials commonly used for making jewelry, it is the easiest to handle and it really offers multiple possibilities. Let’s start by introducing you to Fimo.
Fimo, a mine of inspiration
Whether it is Fimo or another brand (there are several manufacturers), polymer clay is composed of chemical agents which give it its great malleability. Like plasticine (for the nostalgic …) you can make all the shapes you want, and even mix colors.
With the DIY fashion and bright colors making a comeback, Fimo is far from having said its last word: very popular since the 2000s, it is undoubtedly the simplest and most effective solution to achieve its jewelry at home. And you are spoiled for choice since the Classic range is available in dozens of colors. There are also the Pastel (6 colors), Soft and Effect ranges (with glitter, granite, pearly) and even fluorescent paste. We would eat !
Fimo can be used to create all types of jewelry: earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets. If we can handle it with the “feeling” at first, there are many techniques used by the most experienced for realizations of the most beautiful effect.
Fimo is also commonly used to develop figurines and key rings, sometimes very elaborate, which one meets in particular on art markets and on the Internet. Anyone can become an amateur designer and sell their Fimo objects on A Little Market for example. ; blogs maintained by enthusiasts present many photos and tutorials that can give ideas before starting.
Realization and cooking
Among the techniques widely used for polymer clay, we find those of millefiori (thousand leaves) and skinner blend, which respectively make it possible to obtain small patterns and a degraded effect with Fimo. Canning is another method of making sticks – called canes – which are then cut out for use in creations.
Before cooking them, you can add silver or gold leaf, or place small rhinestones on them. In fact, what is most appreciable with Fimo is to be able to play with textures and materials! For the techniques mentioned above, we refer you to the dedicated websites and blogs which will be able to tell you how to start and improve in the creation of your own models. On the cooking side, the Fimo hardens between 110 ° and 130 °; the time is variable but there is an average of 30 minutes.
(Creative Commons photos: thumbnail from CactusColors, photo 1 from lo83, photo 2 of cchenal)