Fimo Kids Review

Fimo Kids Set

By Joanna Varney Anyone who reads this blog regularly will know that I am a big fan of Fimo, so I positively leapt at the opportunity to review the new Fimo Kids range which is new to Cooksongold this year. The range consists of standard individual blocks plus a series of kits all designed with children in mind and made from an extra soft Fimo formula suitable for small … [Read more...]

How To Fire Precious Metal Clay

red hot pmc

Just started working with precious metal clay and unsure of the best way to finish your design? When it comes to firing PMC there are various routes you can take. Here we’ll outline how to fire precious metal clay using simple techniques for beginners. Not ready to learn how to fire precious metal clay just yet? Get to know PMC in more detail with our Guide To Precious Metal … [Read more...]

Books Perfect for Jewellery Makers This Christmas

Metal Patination Techniques For Jewellers and Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola

A good book to read over the Christmas break can take many forms. Maybe you like comedy, period dramas or perhaps a bit of crime fiction? If you or a jeweller you know prefers to take a more factual approach on the other hand, our non-fiction jewellery making books might just be what you are looking for. We stock a wide selection of texts, covering a broad range of creative … [Read more...]

Craft Ideas for Children

FIMO Mermaid Kids Form and Play Polymer Clay Set

By Jo Varney We are now a good way through the school Summer holidays, and if you have exhausted the obligatory children’s entertainment that is the park, cinema, nature trail, soft play centre, beach, swimming pool, Xbox and farm parks, it might just be time to try a little bit of craft. Many of you may shy away from the mess and horror that can be created from paint, glue … [Read more...]

How To Seal Polymer Clay

finished polymer clay pieces

New to polymer clay? You may be wondering about putting the finishing touches to your polymer clay creations. Do you need to seal it once it’s been baked? What do you use to glaze polymer clay? Should you use resin? Or a specific polymer clay sealant? Read our guide below on how to seal polymer clay and gain valuable insight into the dos and don’ts of sealing polymer clay … [Read more...]

How To Store Polymer Clay Properly

fimo packet being opened

As a jewellery maker and crafter you’ll know that there’s nothing worse than your supplies and materials going to waste. And if you work primarily with polymer clay then you’ll know that making the most of your stock is vital to getting a good return on all your hard work. That’s why we’ve put together some hints and tips on how to store polymer clay properly. It may sound … [Read more...]

Using PMC Aqua with Precious Metal Clay

PMC Aqua is one of the newest and most exciting innovations to come out of Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation, and it will revolutionise the way you work with all types of PMC. As the name suggests, PMC Aqua is a liquid which can actually rehydrate PMC back to its original working state. Typically, water can be used to revive semi-dried PMC to give it a slightly longer … [Read more...]

How to Mix Polymer Clay Colours

FIMO Professional clay can be used to make all kinds of unique jewellery creations. To help you craft them just as you imagined, we want to show you how you can mix virtually any colour you desire. Using the FIMO colour wheel, you can create 176 colours from just five primary colour clays. Here’s how to mix polymer clay colours so that you can create clay jewellery pieces with … [Read more...]

How To Make A Cross Pendant With Art Clay Silver

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It’s hard to beat precious metal clay for its simplicity and ease of use. What’s more, the finished results can be striking, all of which makes it a very satisfying material to work with. Whether you’re trying this technique for the first time, or looking for some fresh inspiration, this cross pendant tutorial will show you how to use art clay silver to create a simple but … [Read more...]

Technique Focus: Setting Cubic Zirconia into Precious Metal Clay

By Jo Varney I recently wrote an article based on some experiments I completed, based around setting Swarovski Gemstones™ into PMC.  The results were mixed but essentially successful, however during my research I read much on the general consensus that CZs (Cubic Zirconia) are safe to set directly into precious metal clay, so I have now put this to the test. Read on … [Read more...]