I’ve been experimenting with Fimo Leather to create a phone case that holds my license and credit card as well. I’m impressed with the strength and flexibility of it. It’s not the easiest to work with though. Straight out of the package it rolls smoothly through a pasta maker, but I found that if you set it aside a day or two, in a plastic wrap even, it gets crumbly. I really had to finesse it to get it rolled out in my pasta roller.
Despite those issues I was really pleased with how much this stuff looks and even feels like a leather product. The seams hold together really well with Sculpey Bake and Bond too. I know most artist working with this are stitching it like real leather, but I didn’t have the materials, or the skills to do that and wanted to see how well the clay would hold together without stitching.
I can think of so many applications for this clay, especially for Cosplay! This product as well as the CosClay that I’m expecting to be delivered soon, really has me excited about the future of polymer clay as a medium.
Completed the cake topper for my fiance’s 45th birthday party. Lesson’s I’ve learned from this experience is that if I’m using Sculpey III I need to use armature and wiring. Albert’s leg cracked and he drooped a little during the baking process. I think I’ll stick to Premo in the future, or mix my Sculpey III with Super Sculpey.
I’ve created a tutorial for an alligator which you can find on my tutorials page. I will list supplies used with (affiliate) links to Amazon, but most of these items can be found at your local craft store.
Working on Albert and Alberta, the mascots for University of Florida. They will have a 4 and 5 on their shirts for my fiance’s 45th birthday cake. I’ve been working with Sculpey III because I received it for free with a recent purchase. I’m finding I don’t like the softness of it or the brittleness. I am sure it has it’s applications, but for sculpting I will be sticking with Premo Sculpey
Recently a commissioned work I did for an elementary school auctioned for $3,500 at their spring gala! I can’t tell you how elated I was to help raise that much money. Also, I felt validated as an artist. While people might tell you you’re talented or that they enjoy your work, somehow putting a dollar amount to how much they like it makes it real. I feel a bit materialistic reading that, but I know that the time I’ve put into my work over the years is because of the joy I get from creating.