I have a question.....

United States
February 12, 2007 2:21pm CST
What IS the differentce between sculpey and fimo? Is it price? Seems to me that most of the things you do with fimo, you can do with sculpey even though I haven't found and precious metal clays in the sculpey lines...yet...believe me, I will be looking alot! Is Fimo easier to work than sculpey?
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@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
The difference is brand name. The softness and quailty differce in the kind of femo or scupley you buy. also the price. I have a great web site that I go to for all my polymer needs. I never buy in the stores anymore. They are cheaper, and have real great products for inclusions or anything you would want to do with ploymer clay. The only thing I still buy in store is my findings I have a great lady locally that I deal with for that. The web site is www.polyerclayexpress.com
• United States
14 Feb 07
Correcting the website: www.polymerclayexpress.com
@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
14 Feb 07
Thank you my dear. that is what I ment. I am totally in love with this site and spend every cent of my hobby money on their stuff.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
No problem I knew what you meant. Hope I didn't offend by correcting it?
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@Angiepoo (20)
• Canada
17 Feb 07
I find fimo isn't as strong after it's baked and can be brittle when making thin pieces. Other than that I don't find much difference in quality.
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• United States
17 Feb 07
Most people I have talked to have said that Fimo Soft is like Sculpey III in its brittleness. But they say that Fimo Hard is quite strong and good for caning. I have only used Fimo soft to mix with other clay and at that I have used very little (mostly trans cause I find it clearer than Premo but Premo is stronger so I get the best of both worlds so to speak) Do you find the same thing (what I said about Fimo Soft and Fimo Hard above)?
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@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I think they are two different brands of the same thing...polymer clay. Not sure which is easier to work with. I have only done a litle clay work and at the time, I just bought what was on sale :-)
• United States
14 Feb 07
Wow this is going to take me a few minutes to answer. There are several differences; price being the least of your worries. Fimo and Sculpey are two different name brands of the same thing.... polymer clay. They can be used in the same applications. Now within each brand there are also differences: Fimo has classic and soft. I have only used a tiny bit of Fimo soft but to my knowledge classic is much harder and harder to condition than the soft. Most will say that soft is too soft for making canes. Sculpey has several polymer clays. Original sculpey comes in large packages and is usually white. It is pretty brittle so it is not used much. Super sculpey is a flesh color one that I don't know anything about. Sculpey III is the one you see all those pretty little bars of. That is a nice clay but many say it is brittle. I use it a lot and I have been happy with it. Then they have Premo. It is a stronger clay than Sculpey III. It doesn't come in as many colors as the III does but a great thing about polymer clay is that you can mix the different types! Now as if I haven't gotten your head to spin enough there is also Kato Polyclay which is made by Donna Kato (you probably have seen her on Carol Duvall). I have not used it but I have heard that it is much harder to condition. I have also heard that it is a bit plastic looking when baked and much harder to sand. I hope that helps.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
You know I have been thinking about this and decided that I should actually experiment. I can't test all the different brands and such cause some are hard to get near home (also since I heard that Kato is very hard to sand I won't try that one). I haven't found Fimo hard but if I do I will give that a try. Not sure exactly what I am going to do. Maybe rate how easy it is to condition. How strong it is compared to the others (making same thickness sheets on the pasta machine). How easily it sands. Think that should cover most things. Will try to remember to let you know how the tests come out.
• United States
10 Mar 07
Thank you for selecting my response as best.
• United States
21 Feb 07
Sculpey clay is really more for crafters than artists. Fimo is an artists material. I have worked with Sculpey before and it is not as durable as the artist polymer clays when baked. I prefer Premo clay, but it is expensive, too.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
Do you live in the states? Michael's puts Premo on sale about every 6 weeks. The sales are good. Even better if you go to AC Moore and get the price adjustment plus and extra 10 % off. I get premo for under a dollar for a 2 oz block when it is normally over $2.50!
• United States
22 Mar 07
If it's the Sculpey III that you're referring to, it's generally considered to be the least strong clay after being baked. I've also found that it is extremely hard to work with if you're doing detailed items. Fimo would be slightly better, but from what I've read from other users, the best two brands to go with are either Kato or Premo (which is also made by the Sculpey company, but better). Hope that helps!