In this article
I’ll go through the three main brands of polymer clay: Kato, Premo and Fimo Professional, and discuss which brand
is good for what, to help you make the best decision on what to buy.
After writing reviews on all three, I’ve come to my conclusion as to which is the best polymer clay. And my answer is...
None of them. None of them ticks all the boxes. They all have their own personalities that fit specific purposes and it’s your job as an artist to choose the best clay for each polymer clay project.
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There are other brands of polymer clay on the market like Cernit and Soufflé, but I find they’re more speciality clays and not as popular as the three main brands I've reviewed here.
Detailed review of the 14 Things I Love About Kato Polymer Clay.
Detailed review of the Kato Polyclays Problems.
On the whole this clay is a professional artist's clay for people that do large complex canes and want to be able to mix specific colors with relative ease.
Detailed review of What I Love About Premo.
Detailed review of Premo Clay's Problems.
Overall I’d recommend this clay to people just getting started with polymer clay and clayers with limited time as it’s easy and quick to use.
On the whole Premo polymer clay is easy to use, but it doesn’t fit the bill when it comes to complex canes, color accuracy and repeatable faux stones.
Detailed review of What I Love About Fimo Professional Clay.
Detailed review of Fimo Professional's Problems.
All in all I recommend this clay as the best all round clay for polymer clay beginners,
and it's a great clay to use if you like to do a little bit of
If you want to get serious with any particular technique, whether it be faux stones or canes, this clay may not be the best option. It will still give you pretty good results, but probably not the best results that you could possibly get if you chose the specific polymer clay brand best suited to your technique.
recommendation for the best polymer clay is to start with Fimo Professional if you want to experiment with lots of polymer clay techniques. Stick to Premo if you have limited time. Branch out into as many of the different brands as you can if you intend to take polymer clay seriously as an artist. Each one has its own advantages and don't forget that this includes some of the less main stream clays like Cernit, Souffle and Pardo. (As a side note: I absolutely do not recommend using Sculpey III or any of the no name brands available.)
I use many different brands, sometimes combining more than one in a single project. Just bake the clay for an hour at the average temperature across the brands.
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