Polymer Clay Crafts - If you fancy adding cool clean style to your sculpting then using a Polymer clay product could be the answer for you.
And the best bit is that polymer clay products come in countless different colors allowing you to create almost anything you want including jewellery, beads, figurines and ornaments without having to worry about painting them.
This malleable product has a basis of PVC and contains several types of liquid plasticizer which gives it a manipulative quality. This is why it has been named ‘clay’ even though it does not actually contain any of the minerals found in clay.
Nowadays there are plenty of Polymer clay products to choose from but the material’s history began in Germany in the 1930s.
Fifi Rehbinder wanted to develop a product to make doll heads. She came up with polymer clay which she named Fifi Mosaik, the forerunner for the ever-popular Fimo product that appears on the shelves of art suppliers today.
But the Fimo product was not fully developed until she sold it to Eberhart Faber in the 1960s and it was he that produced a material which was closer to becoming Fimo.
But Fimo was not the only polymer clay product under development. Other manufacturers were also making similar products that would allow artists, hobbyists and children to have the freedom of ‘clean’ sculpting without all the mess that comes with traditional mineral clay.
Another form of clay called Limmo was also developed in Argentina around that time and was manufactured by another German firm
The product was originally designed to make dolls faces, miniature sculpting and for making artefacts for dolls houses.
But manufacturers soon realised that there was a lot of scope in marketing these polymer clay to children and the products were successfully sold in toy stores.
The product did not arrive in the US until the 1970s after a family who had settled in the US from Germany decided to import polymer clay, its popularity grew and sales rocketed.
It was around that time that an American firm was developing its own version of the clay and Sculpey/Polyform, a precursor for Premo, began to appear on the retail market.
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