Contact

Email the CIPCG:

Pam Miller, President, CIPCG — pam-paints@comcast.net

Charlene Therien, Webmaster, CIPCG — catherien@hotmail.com

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4 Responses to Contact

  1. Mike says:

    I wonder if you can help!

    I have just unearthed my FIMO stash from many years ago. They have been out in the shed in a large box. Some packs are unopened some part packs wrapped in clingfilm. Needless to say they are all rock hard, and I wondered if there is any chance of resurrecting them.

    Hoping you can help – regards – Karen

    • Charlene says:

      Hey Karen, thanks for your question!

      Okay, the answer is yes and no, and let me explain. Since the clay has been out in the shed, there is a considerable chance that repeated days of summer heat trapped in the shed may have partially cured your clay. I know that isn’t a fun thing to hear. Our current CIPCG President went through something like that when leaving her raw clay and canes out in her car in the summer heat. It pretty much ruined them all.

      What you can do to check if the clay is still useable: Slice the blocks (if you can) with a stiff clay blade into slices that are no thicker than 1/4 inch. Place the slices in a ziplock freezer bag, and sit on a concrete floor with a hammer. Whack the snot out of those slices. Literally – bash them to practically smooshy pulp. You’ll thank me for this later…

      After you’ve taken all your frustration out on those mashed slices, try running them through the pasta machine at the thickest setting. If the clay has partially cured, then it will just crumble apart and not hold together. If it does stick together but is slightly crumbly, that’s okay – a characteristic of the older Fimo is that it’s got a tendency to crumble. You would want to mix it with a softer clay – say Sculpey III (but only up to 50% Sculpey, otherwise your clay will be too fragile after baking).

      Keep us posted on how this goes, okay?

  2. carmel heumann says:

    I am looking for a place to learn how to work with polymer clay in the area of Chicago _ Illinois. Could you give me suggestions please? Thank you.

  3. Lise Boss says:

    I live in Edwardsville, il considered the Midwest or part of southern Illinois, just across the Mississippi River, and St.Louis , Mo. Is there a guild close to me? Lise Boss (Lise.boss@yahoo.com)

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