How to Soften Fimo Clay

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Fimo clay comes in a variety of colors.
Fimo clay comes in a variety of colors. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Since the 1950s, crafters have used Fimo polymer sculpting clay to make projects ranging from beads to figurines to whatever their imaginations can envision. Fimo clay comes in a plastic-wrapped package that keeps the clay in proper condition. If the clay is exposed to warm air or sunlight it can harden and crumble. In addition, if the clay is many years old, it can lose its consistency and will need to be reconditioned. Even if you have Fimo that has become hard or old, it can be restored to its original state.

Things You'll Need

  • Fimo Mix Quick
  • Food processor
  • Pasta roller

Softening New Fimo Clay

Remove about a quarter of the clay from the package by breaking or cutting it off. New, straight-out-of-the-package clay requires conditioning to make it pliable enough to work with.

Knead the piece of clay with your hands. Your natural body heat will soften the clay. If the clay starts to melt, run your hands under cold water, or put the clay on a cold surface.

Work the dough for awhile, then pat it onto a ball and put it on a clean work surface. With the heel of your hand, start rolling the clay into a long, thin log. If the clay cracks, it needs more conditioning. Continue working the clay in your hands until you can roll out a thin log that doesn't crack.

Softening Hard Fimo Clay

Purchase a package of Fimo Mix Quick if the Fimo clay has been exposed to excessive heat or warm air, or has simply been sitting around for a long time, making it hard to condition. Mix Quick is a clear plasticizer that helps soften hardened Fimo clay.

Add a piece of Mix Quick about 1/8 the size of the hardened clay, and knead it into the clay.

Continue working the Mix Quick into the clay until it completely disappears and the clay is the right consistency. Roll the clay into a long, thin log. If the clay cracks, continue conditioning until you can roll out a thin log that doesn't crack.

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