I'm a Premo clay user since years. And have only Premo experience to compare too!
I'm not an expert in clay review.
I wanted to try this Fimo because it's the brand new Fimo Professionnal now available in USA.
Out of the package, it's soft. As soft as Premo clay I'm used too. I was expecting a firmer clay.
Beginning to conditioned it with my hands, the clay was becoming a little bit sticky.
It becomes better and firmer when I started to conditioned it with the pasta machine. Premo is often creating air bubble under pasta machine, with Fimo Pro, no air bubble in my conditioning.
The clay at the end of conditioning was firmer than Premo after conditioning.
It was easy to create a skinner blend, and the clay was smooth, firm, and nice to work with. No sticky problem anymore.
One part of my cane is made with Fimo and Premo mixed together...this was a mistake. This part was terribly sticky, too soft, and extremely difficult to keep in shape when reducing. Luckily for me, it was the island at the corner of my cane, so it didn't distord the rest of the cane design. I won't mixed them again.
I still need to bake a slice of this cane, to see how the colors are after baking.
In resume :
The Pros: (for my opinion)
- Soft out of package, so it's easy to conditioned
- Firm after pasta machine conditioning
- True and Bright colors
- The pre-cut sections, easy to cut the amount needed.
- Stay firm during reduction
- Barely any change of colors during baking (see update below)
The cons: (for my opinion)
- I didn't like how the clay stained my hands. I'm not a hot hands or cold hands, I'm usually in between. The yellow clay was all over my hands, I had to wash them before working with another colors.
- When two parts of clay are barely touching, they are bonding right away, it's really difficult to separate them if you realized you made a mistake. This process is easier with Premo, until you really press them together.
- Really sticky and difficult to work when mixed with Premo.
- Attract dust easily. This was my first cane that I found really dirty after work.
I had to clean it.
Thank you for reading.
Review made July 21 2014 by Isabelle Vacher - (ISabelleClayArt-Tchoupuce)
July 22nd 2014
Update on my Fimo Pro experience. Just finished a baking test. 20 mms @275F ... and barely any change in the colors !! I like this.
One more Pros reason to add on my review.
Can you tell which one is which one the picture ??
The size difference between both is because the reduction size was slightly different. Sorry for any confusion, the baked piece did not shrink.