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The Polymer Clay Showdown

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So, I finally got my hands on some Kato and thought I would host my own polymer clay death match. Kato won.

Feel free to ask me any questions. I'm willing to do a Part 2 with other tests. :)
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baileyscribblesHobbyist General Artist
Haha this is awesome :D
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derelictSnowWhiteHobbyist General Artist
That was very helpful. Thank you for this!
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claymasey98Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SCULPEY! SCULPEY! SCULPEY! SCULPEY! SCULPEY! SCULPEY! SCULPEY! SCULPEY! *fangirl cheer*
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DevalyHobbyist General Artist
Kato was one of the first clays I tried out. I bought a block of red from Hobby Lobby and made a small dragon....which after it was baked was incredibly brittle. It was not smooth for me when working with it either. Maybe I should give it another shot.
paperfaceparade's avatar
hmm.. that is strange. i've only ever heard good things about it, and though i have only worked with it for a short time, i have really liked it so far. i will keep experimenting with it and see if it continues to work well for me.
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DevalyHobbyist General Artist
I have heard good things as well in the past, but my experience had left me with a poor opinion of it. I'll pick up a block next time I'm in Hobby Lobby and see what happens. Thanks for your assessment. It can be helpful to hear other people's experiences.
Fushica's avatar
This is very helpful; thank you for researching these clays!
I've heard that certain clays have varying shelf lives after a creation has been sculpted/baked, such that they can actually deteriorate after a period of time. Have you heard of this?
paperfaceparade's avatar
I have a few things that I made a long time ago with Sculpey III that seem to be fine. I think that a layer of protection with a glaze helps, especially to protect it against moisture. I can see where Sculpey III and Fimo would become more brittle over time, but I would say that if anything, even made out of Sculpey, were to actually deteriorate over time, it would take a very long time.
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FrozenNoteProfessional Artisan Crafter
Fimo is softer than Premo. I actually hate working with Fimo because it's too soft and collects too much dust :( *hugs Premo* I'll never cheat on you again, my love!
paperfaceparade's avatar
Fimo Classic is a pretty hard clay. So, it depends on if you're talking about Fimo Classic, Soft, or Effects. They're mostly similar, but Fimo Soft is definitely softer than the other Fimos.
paperfaceparade's avatar
Sorry, let me clarify. Fimo Classic is a pretty hard clay straight out of the package. It gets softer as you condition it.
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It depends on the color. Premo translucent is like putty and doesn't hold its shape very well. Some colors of Fimo soft are softer than others, but generally, Premo is soft from the start and I've always had to condition Fimo, even Fimo Soft, for a little while before I can really work with it.
limbairedhiel's avatar
I was thinking of creating my first ball jointed doll and decided on clay, since I haven't really sculpted much before. Would you recommend the Kato for this? In other words, would it be soft enough to sculpt delicate things like hands but durable enough for a hollow torso?
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Depends on what you mean by soft. Yes, before it's baked, it is workable enough that if you knead it with your hands for a bit, it should be soft enough to sculpt smaller objects with ease. The good thing about it being hard is that it won't turn to putty. Premo translucent clay is very, very soft and sometimes does not hold its shape, though it is more translucent than any other brand of translucent clay I've used. If you're sculpting something like a small hand, you'll want a clay that will hold its shape when it's soft, and Kato should do that. Like I said, that was my first time using Kato, so I'm not an expert on how it behaves, but from what I've seen, it is a very good clay for just about any project, especially if you want to have any thin pieces. It would be great for a hollow torso. Just a tip, if you do have clay that is not holding its shape well, put it in the freezer for a while. And you can always use liquid clay (I have a tutorial on this) for joining pieces after you've baked them, though you will have to bake them again once you've attached them with TLS in order for the TLS to harden. I've never had a problem with re-baking clay-- it won't burn or anything, unless the temp is way to high. Hope all that helps!
limbairedhiel's avatar
thanks that helps a lot. :)
now to see if my hobby lobby carries Kanto.
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