There are many clay brands available, and there seems to be no end of debate in the polymer clay community as to which one is the best. Some people love one brand, while others will swear by another. Personally, I find that they all have their place. Each one has its own personality, and its own pros and cons.
Having said that, there seem to be three brands that are more popular, more widely available and more commonly used that the others. This section of the website will be focusing on those three brands: Kato, Premo and Fimo Professional. You'll find a comparison of the best uses for all three brands, as well as, in depth articles detailing the pros and cons of each. I've also included a review of Sculpey III, since it such a popular and readily available clay. It is definitely not a polymer clay that I recommend though.
For discussions on the less mainstream brands, such as Souffle, Pardo and Cernit, please have a look at the speciality clay section.
So, after reviewing the three main polyclay brands; Kato, Premo and Fimo Professional,
I’ve come to my conclusion as to which is the best 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 your project.
In this article I present my comparison of the three main brands to help you make the right decision. You can find more detail on the pros and cons of each brand in the articles below.
pros and cons of kato
Kato polyclay is one of my favorite clays. Great for caning and faux techniques, it is a true artist's clay.
In this video review of the positives and negatives of Kato clay, I'll be showing you all the things I love about it, as well as what to watch out for, so that you too can get the most out of this most useful clay.
Kato is a clay that has become the subject of a lot of
debate in the claying community. Some have problems with it being
too hard, while others love it for its strong properties. It’s one of
the clays that people either love or hate.
In the first part of this Kato series, I am going to show you that there's a lot more to love about it than you may realize.
As with all of the clay brands, Kato has its
problems and it has given me some uphill. Fortunately there are
solutions for most of the problems, and in this article I will talk
drawbacks and how to overcome them.
pros and cons of premo
Premo Sculpey is a very popular brand of polymer clay. Everyone seems to be using
it. So what makes it so easy to use?
In this video review of the pros and cons of Premo Sculpey I'll be covering why this
polymer clay is so popular, including everything from the endless line of
colors to its soft consistency. But I'll also be showing you a few things you should look out for when using
Premo as a whole has to be the most well known and loved of all the
polyclay brands. People love it for its soft properties and many
different colors. I agree that it's a wonderful clay and that there are
many different things to love about it.
In this article I'll be
discussing what's great about this clay and why it's one of the
best on the market.
Unfortunately, despite being one of the most-loved brands, Premo clay does have its flaws.
article I’ll talk about the problems you’ll encounter when working with Premo and what you can do about them.
pros and cons of fimo professional
Fimo Professional is a
well-known European brand of clay well-loved by polymer clayers
worldwide. It's one of the best all round clays and my top
recommendation for beginners.
In this article I’ll be going
through the things I love about Fimo Professional and what makes it such a great
In my opinion Fimo Professional is the best all
round clay there is and
that's why I so strongly recommend it for beginners. But is it perfect? Well, the answer is no. Like any other polyclay
it has a few issues.
In this article, I'll be going through some of the
things that aren't so great about Fimo Professional and what you can do to help
alleviate the problems so that you can be completely comfortable with
using this great clay.
Most of you will already know that I am really not a fan of Sculpey III
polymer clay. In my opinion it is totally unsuitable for any kind of
professional polymer clay work. In this review I will share with you why
I don't like this polymer clay, and why, in my opinion, it should be
Unfortunately, it is one of the less expensive brands
on the market, and this results in many polymer clay beginners buying up
a whole lot from their local craft store, before realizing that it just
isn't suitable for the project they have in mind.
If you are
one of those who find themselves stuck with drawers full of this stuff,
be sure to watch all the way to the end of this video, where I'll be
giving you a few ideas of what you can use it for.
Once you've figured out which clay brand will best suit your
needs, you can use the tips and tricks in this article to make sure that
the clay you buy is soft and fresh. Old clay can make your life a real
misery no matter what brand you choose!
Do you have a favorite polymer clay brand? Let me know why in the comments.
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