Every once in a while a product reaches the market and it takes me a while to figure out what to do with it. That’s how I felt about the Fimo Leather Effect Clay that has recently shown up on the craft store shelves. It took me passing it a few times before my curiosity got the best of me. It was time to figure out what to do with the new Fimo Leather Effect Clay.
The color selection is slightly limited to 12 colors. They do blend with a little extra effort for more color options. I decided to first use the colors straight up and see what I could come up with. I’m going to take you along on the journey to create a polymer clay pendant using Fimo Leather Effect Clay.
Before I begin I should mention, I did practice with the clay and learned a few things in the process. It is very important to not work with the clay in a very warm room. It’s just easier if the clay is more on the cooler side. This time I put the clay in the freezer for a few minutes before beginning. That is one way to cool the clay off rendering it easier to work with.
I also learned it’s important to have a sharp blade. There are tiny little fibers in the clay (this creates the faux leather effect) and if the blade isn’t sharp enough you will end up not cutting through all the way. If this happens it’s okay, there will just be a bit more clean up involved on the piece.
Something else I learned that I can appreciate about the Fimo Leather Effect is you don’t have to use a varnish. If you like the leather effect you wouldn’t want to use a resin (which is the varnish of my choice) because the resin application would void the leather effect deeming the effect unnoticeable.
Supplies Needed to Begin
1. Fimo Leather Effect Clay (Yellow, Lagoon, White)
2. Clay Blade
3. Texture Stamp (not in picture) I got mine here.
4. Ball Stylus
5. Clay Cutter
6. Wax paper/tile
7. Acrylic Clay Roller
The clay is very easy to work with for sure. It’s soft (despite it’s time in the freezer) but for the most part it won’t stick to itself as easily as the other clay textures.
Pictured here is the amount of clay I used of both of the colors, yellow and Lagoon. Aside from the two colors I also used one strip of the Fimo Leather Effect white.
I rolled the yellow and blue through the pasta roller and layed them slightly overlapping.
Then I sliced them at the overlap so they would line up nicely.
Using only one of the colors I decided to add some texture. So I laid the texture stamp on the lagoon and created the imprint. Then I put the pieces together and laid the white strip across the seam and trimmed all the sides up a bit.
For a bit of extra character on the piece I decided to use my ball stylus on the white strip. I just added small dot indents across the white clay.
Ready to Cut
Now it’s time to figure out how I want the piece to be cut. This is the fun part. So I put the cling wrap over the piece and usually take a few tries to see how I want to cut the shape of the pendant.
I did decide to flip it and use the Lagoon as the top of the pendant and the yellow on the bottom. I wanted to be able to use a yellow faux leather cord to hang the necklace.
I used my little circle cutters to create the holes for the cord to go through. I used the little cutout pieces for yet another design element on the piece.
Time for baking
The Fimo Leather Effect Clay bakes at a slightly lower temperature than some other brands. I also noticed it needs to bake a little longer as well. Check the manufacturers recommendations on the clay you are using before baking.
For this pendant I wanted to make it a little concave. So I used this very simple technique to create this option. The bottom of a soda can is rounded. So I cut the bottom off and use that for the pendant to bake on.
For the Finish
Now the pendant is done baking and it’s time to add the findings to the piece. This is an image of the things I will need to complete this task.
All that’s left is to add the faux leather cord to the piece and it’s a beautiful polymer clay pendant easily created with Fimo Leather Effect Clay.
This is not a very complex pendant to create but it was a lot of fun to do. I like the leather effect it has so I won’t add any varnish/resin to the piece.
I chose the yellow and lagoon colors for this one and I also created a piece using the yellow and Watermelon.
With some leftover clay from the project I thought I would show you how I used some of it to create yet another pendant from similar in design.
I really liked using the Fimo Leather Effect Clay for this polymer clay pendant project. The effect is nice to work with because you don’t have to worry about getting any of your fingerprints on the piece and you also don’t have to use varnish to finish the piece if you don’t want to.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a pendant using this new clay. I would love to know if you have heard about the Fimo Leather Effect Clay and what your experiences may have been with it. Please leave your response in the comment section below.
You can see and/or purchase these pendants and others in my Ebay store and you can also follow me on Instagram and Pinterest so see my latest polymer clay and resin creations.
I am grateful you are here!
When using a texture stamp, to avoid the stamp sticking to the clay you can spritz a little water on it. That way the texture stamp will remove easily with no clay sticking to it.