Hand-making jewellery and other decorative items has become a very popular hobby among people of all ages. Nowadays, there are a lot of innovative materials available on the market, which makes it very easy and fun to make your own little pieces of jewellery. Polymer clay like Fimo is amongst the most popular and most commonly used materials out there – and not without reason. It’s even used by respected artists!
What is Fimo Clay?
Basically, Fimo is a type of polymer clay that behaves just as any kind of clay (almost the same as the play dough you used to play with as a kid). However, once you cook this clay, you will get a hardened material that is resistant and that can be used for various purposes (jewellery included). You do not even need expensive, special tools to work with Fimo clay – you can cook it in your kitchen oven! This makes the material suitable even for those who simply want to play about with some creative clay ideas. That’s the thing with Fimo – it brings out the kids in all of us!
How to Put Photos on Fimo
Fimo clay is most commonly moulded and worked into shapes, which are then fired to create colourful creative pieces. But did you know you can also put your favourite photos on it? Do read on.
The first thing you will have to do is to choose the right type of paper to print your pictures on. This is an extremely important step. Generally speaking, you will need glossy photo paper, but not all glossy photo papers are suitable.
Some of them may not properly make the transfer, while others will not have the right texture. Make sure you experiment with more than one type of paper and see which one is the most suitable. Furthermore, you will need some Fimo Liquid Decorating Gel, which is a liquid version of the well-known polymer clay. It’s not too expensive, so check out your local arts and crafts store, or visit the Cooksongold Fimo clay range if you’re in the UK.
Next, you will need to make a Fimo sheet and spread it on a tile. Make sure that it is perfectly spread and that it has no air bubbles. Further on, spread the decorating gel on the entire surface of the polymer clay sheet so it’s evenly covered (you can use a metal ruler to make sure that it is evenly spread).
Take the photos you have chosen (make sure that they are copyright-free photos) and trim them around their edges – do make sure you leave a bit of extra on all of the sides. Lay down the photos with the image facing the polymer clay and gently burnish them on the Fimo clay. Use a cutter to cut along the edges and leave it there for about two hours. Once this time is up, you will be able to remove the printed image and you will see that the image itself has transferred upon the Fimo block.