Fimo Leather Effect Clay

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.

                         Lessons Learned 

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

                         

                           Getting Started

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. 

                           

                

                          In Conclusion

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!

                                 Fun Fact!

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.

16 thoughts on “Fimo Leather Effect Clay”

  1. Pretty creation! Never heard of Fimo Leather Effect clay – do you think this would be good for a beginner’s project? Love creating things with my daughter, but it has to be simple or else we would get on each other’s nerves. You provided great pics and tips of the process. Will check out your Ebay shop for more of your creations – I love buying one of a kind pieces!

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    • Hello Dana, thank you so much for visiting my site. Yes, this clay would
      be great for beginners. I would actually recommend this over regular polymer
      clay for beginners. This is just my opinion but this leather effect is really
      easy to manipulate and it isn’t as temperamental as some others. Also, you can
      roll this clay out easily with a simple roller. You wouldn’t necessarily need
      much to get started with it. When using regular polymer clay it’s really nice
      to have a pasta machine for rolling your clay out. I could see not needing it
      for the Fimo Leather Effect Clay.

      Thank you for the great question.
      All the best,
      Teresa

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  2. These are wonderful. A great project to do with kids and definitely great to be sold online too.
    I love the way you show the details in the process along with the pictures. Your tips in repurposing the leftover clay and the fun fact are very appreciated. I like to make good use of any leftover projects and have less or zero waste if I can help it.

    If we don’t have an oven, do you have any ideas on how to bake the clay?

    Thanks for this great idea. I have bookmarked your site for future reference.
    Looking forward to seeing more creations from you. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Ferra

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    • Hello and your visit to my site to learn about Fimo Leather Effect Clay is
      very much appreciated.
      I do know a lot of people will use a toaster oven to bake their clay. A toaster
      oven can be more cost effective as well since they don’t take as much electricity
      to run one of them. It’s a great alternative to using a big oven.

      Really great question, thank you so much!
      All the best,
      Teresa

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  3. I think Fimo Leather is a fun novelty. It is unique in the clay world and it makes some new things possible such as fingerprint reduction, fun marbling effects, and automatic texture. FIMO leather-effect is super versatile and it’s perfect for making key fobs, bookmarks, journal covers, barrettes, hair accessories, leather-look pendants and the like.

    Enjoyed your post.

    Reply
    • Hello, thank you so much for visiting my site and sharing some really
      great information about Fimo Leather Effect. I will have to try making
      some key fobs with it. I love projects like that.

      Really great, thank you!
      All the best,
      Teresa

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  4. Hi teresa! Oh, the sweet memories your post brought back!
    In my 20s, the fashion dictated jewelry made from ceramics. Heavy, yet beautiful pieces of amazing forms and colours. Ridiculously expensive at the time back home. As any youngster, I also desired to have some, but couldn’t really afford to buy even one.
    So, I was endlessly happy to discover a clay that could be formed and dried at room temperature, painted and varnished . If done correctly, you couldn’t tell the difference from a yard distance. However, I spent nights and nights to figure out how to achieve enough thin layer of it which will not crack or deform while drying. I failed many times, but once I got the hang of it, I made a ton of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and even some rings. All my friends had fashionable “ceramic” looking jewelry for the tiny fracture of the price they would’ve paid for the original once.
    I remember enjoying working on these so much that, very often I could be found by the table even at 2-3 am.
    Now that you presented this clay, I might just start to make something again. Thank you!

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    • If only I can inspire one, it will all have been worth it.
      Thank you so much for such a nice story. How beautiful of you to share
      it with me/us.
      Please let me know if you do indeed begin again for the first time creating
      beautiful pieces of art.

      All the best,
      Teresa

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  5. Wow! You did come up with a great creation! The necklaces you have here are so pretty. I am always on the look out for craft projects that I can do with my kids and this is just perfect. I love the way that you laid out the steps, and that you used so many images. Anyone can follow this! Thanks for this post. Can’t wait to see what you will post next.

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    • Hello and thank you so much for the kind words. I’m really glad you enjoyed this
      post. I enjoyed working with the Fimo Leather Effect Clay a lot. Very good clay
      for kids to create with. Good luck with your crafting with the kids.

      All the best,
      Teresa

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    • Hello and thanks! I actually didn’t come up with that idea. The idea came from youtube.
      I don’t remember the name of the lady who did the video. But yes, really great idea!
      Thank you for visiting my site!

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  6. How beautiful pendents! So neatly or I must say professionally made. You should be selling these. I enjoyed reading and looking at the step by step guidance on how to make these. I loved all these designs. I thick with the right equipment and a support from someone like yourself, I could make these too. Have you considered doing online classes?

    Thank you

    Reply
    • Hello there and thank you for visiting my site. I’m glad you enjoyed learning about making
      pendants with the Fimo Leather Effect Clay.
      Online classes has crossed my mind although I have several other things happening at the moment
      I would not have time in my immediate future to incorporate that. But one never knows what
      tomorrow will bring.
      Great question! Thank you.
      All the best,
      Teresa

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  7. Hi Teresa!

    What I enjoy about craft is that it’s really unique and limitless as to how to do it. Not a crafty person myself, but this was a fun read! This will be such a fun activity to do with my nieces.

    Loved how you got creative with making it concaved!

    Cheers.
    SAM

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    • Hi Sam, Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. This Fimo Leather Effect Clay is
      really nice for kids to use. And so much fun, your nieces would love it I agree.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply

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