Hello everyone! I’m glad you are here reading this post. It means you are interested in learning the differences in brands of polymer clay. And there are many. Are you a professional polymer clay artist or are you just learning about polymer clay? Are you using your clay for intricate jewelry designs or are you just making fun items for friends and family? Is cost and availability a factor? Do you prefer to buy your clay from a brick and mortar store or do you like to shop online?
Experimentation is something I recommend. Different clays are good for different projects. Also, you don’t need to buy every color available when you find your favorite. Buy black, white, translucent, brown and primary colors to begin with. You will be able to mix these to get lots of other colors. Use these polymer clay brand reviews to help you decide on the right brand for you!
Let’s Dig Into Each Brand of Polymer Clay!
First we will look at polymer clay brands by Polyform. There are several lines called Sculpey.
Sample Pack of Sculpey III
- Readily available in lots of pretty colors including metallics, pearls and translucent.
- Easy to find in the US.
- It is good for beginners in that it is easy to condition.
- It comes in a variety of sizes like 2 oz, 8 oz , 1 pound blocks and sample packs of 1 oz each (not all colors come in all sizes).
- Great for kids.
- It’s good to use to soften up other brands of clay that are harder.
- The softness of Sculpey III is good for polymer clay painting because you can “smear” it.
- Slightly lower cost of other popular brands.
- Available at some Michaels and Joanns stores and all Hobby Lobby stores and online.
- After baking, your items can be brittle and break easily.
- It is very soft and does not hold intricate detail.
- If you live in a humid climate, this clay can be very sticky.
- This clay is light and easy to work with which makes it good for people with arthritis or weak hands.
- It comes in 2oz blocks and sampler packs.
- It tends to be strong and flexible after baking.
- It slices well with little distortion.
- Readily available in the US.
- The colors are not as bright as other brands.
- It has a very matte finish after baking, so if you want a high gloss, you may want another brand.
- A nice all purpose polymer clay. It can be used for caning and holds its shape.
- It is readily available in the US and comes in 2 oz, 8oz, 1 pound, and sample packs of 1 oz of several colors.
- Premo is easy to condition.
- After baking it is strong and flexible.
- It has a soft sheen after baking.
- It comes in many colors as well as metallics and pearls called “Premo Accents”.
- Available online or most craft stores.
- It may not have as long of a shelf life as other polymer clays.
Fimo Brands – There are several brands produced by Staedtler.
Fimo Classic, the first polymer clay ever produced.
- Good for caning and sculpting.
- It comes in many colors including pastel shades.
- After baking it is quite strong.
- Available online and some craft stores.
- It needs a lot of conditioning and may not be the best for those just beginning to work with polymer clay.
- It is harder to find in the US and is usually more expensive.
- Some colors may darken after baking.
- Very easy to work with and needs no conditioning.
- Good for beginners.
- It is softer than Fimo Classic but not as sticky as Sculpey III.
- It comes in special colors like metallics, stones, and glow in the dark.
- There are a few sizes available.
- Available online and Hobby Lobby.
- Can be brittle after baking.
- Some of the dark colors can bleed into lighter colors.
- If it is worked too long, it can become mushy and sticky.
- This clay uses a true color system that makes mixing colors easy.
- It is good for caning and holds detail well.
- Very strong and durable.
- It comes in 2 oz blocks.
- Available online and Hobby Lobby.
- It can be a little harder to work with
- It can leave residue on your hands so cleaning your hands between colors is advised.
- A little more expensive than other brands.
This brand of clay was designed by Donna Kato, a very renowned polymer clay artist.
- Great for caning and detailed work.
- The translucent clay is very translucent and not as cloudy as other brands.
- It is very strong after baking.
- Baked pieces have a nice sheen to them.
- Comes in 2 oz blocks and some larger sizes.
- It is smooth and does not easily show fingerprints.
- Available online and at Hobby Lobby.
- Kato only comes in basic colors so mixing certain colors is inevitable.
- It can a strong odor when baking so if you are sensitive the smells this may not be the brand for you.
- It can be difficult to condition and additional conditioning may be necessary while working your project.
- Has a “plastic” feel to it.
- It does not seem to accept water based glazes well.
So you see there are many brands of polymer clay on the market. I hope the polymer clay brands reviews above helped. These are not the only brands but are ones that are most available in my area (Arkansas). I encourage you to experiment with different brands and find the one that is right for you!
My personal favorite is Sculpey Premo. It is a middle-of-the-road polymer clay with lots of color choices and good strength. I can find it easily and it priced well. It is not hard to condition either.
I have used others and they all have their own good qualities. You can mix clay brands but you will have to figure out the proper baking temperature. It is recommended to use the lowest temperature of the different brands but for a longer baking time. You will just have to experiment with them.
I hope this article sheds some light on some of the polymer clay brands available, I would love to hear you questions and comments on this. Happy Claying!