Among many other types of beads offered at our webstore there is a special collection of FIMO beads. FIMO corresponds to the material that is used to produce those beautiful and eye-catching beads. Let us provide you with some information on that very material.
FIMO is a polymer clay produced by the Staedtler company headquatered in Germany. Today it is sold all over the world. The first benefit of this material for jewelry makers is that it is produced in a wide range of colors. The second benefit is – polymer clay can be shaped into any desired form, like beads or charms, for example.
FIMO appeared in late 30s of the last century as a replacement for plastics during war times. At first it was used for dolls production by Käthe Kruse to be later sold to Eberhard Faber who gave the clay the name we now today - "FIMO".
Several techniques are used for forming the products made of FIMO and they are pretty much the same as for other modeling materials.
When FIMO is used for beads production, colors are mixed at the initial stage before baking it. Achieving the result you might have already seen in our FIMO beads collection is made possible by combining several colors of clays. The final pieces of jewelry are provided with a marble effect if the mixing is thoroughly done. More to that, the final piece can always have the acrylic paint applied. As the shaping process is over, the FIMO needs to be hardened by baking it in the toaster oven for about half an hour at 230 °F. In 30 minutes cutting, drilling, painting, sanding and slicing can be done. The holes can be made prior to baking or can be drilled after it.
The techniques used to create the artful pieces of FIMO jewelry contain color creation (known as caning), polishing (using sandpapers and slow-speed handheld drills) and sometimes media mixing as well to add some sparkling and glittering to the beads surface.
All the beads sold and out store that are made of FIMO are covered with STAEDTLER Glossy Lacquer for extra surface glossiness as well as protection. The beads are conforms to the European Standard EN 71 part 5 and therefore received the ACMI-Seal AP "non toxic".