Soft Clay

Polymer Clay

Soft clay is also called plastic clay, which originated in Europe. In the 1980s, Taiwan introduced the translation as soft clay, and in the 1990s in the mainland, the translation was plastic clay, which means plastic clay. It is not a clay, but a PVC artificial low temperature polymerized material.

In the 1930s, when German sculptors created this material, because it is highly malleable and plastic, the patterns are as colorful and splendid as thousands of flowers. The teaching materials can fully satisfy the creative desire of human beings, and they soon became popular throughout Europe and later spread to the United States and Japan. To this day, soft pottery is still the DIY favorite in the craft world. Different colors of soil can be aggregated and shaped into various ever-changing patterns and shapes. Some people predict that soft pottery will be the most fascinating craft material in the 21st century.

There are also many English names for soft clay. The most common words are "modeling clay", "oven-bake clay", "polymer clay" and so on. Basically, it is a kind of "soil"; a kind of "soil that can be sculpted into shape"; a kind of "soil that has to be baked into the oven" of different colors.

Soft clay first appeared in Germany in 1930. It was synthesized from chemical raw material PVC and polyvinyl chloride, which added some plasticizers and color pigments. Academically, its standard name should be called: polymer clay


The inventor of the soft clay is a German woman named Fifi Rehbinder. At the beginning, it was only used by some individuals. The real commercial brand was in 1964. She sold the formula to the now well-known Eberhard Faber company. Since then, the world of FIMO The earliest soft clay brand was born. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, an American company is developing its own clay. A product called Polyform was developed for commercial use. The initial stage was not smooth. The white Polyform/Sculpey was sold in small batches from 1967 until 1984, when the artist added the color to the soil. When it comes to color, another important figure has to be mentioned, Marie Segal, as she inadvertently developed and promoted Premo, a new trademark for polymer clay products. In 1994, Marie Segal approached Polyform/Sculpey with a question: Why isn't there a high-quality American made dirt? Sculpey needs some changes, it needs more colors and types. Polyform/Sculpey liked the idea and did a lot of testing, and since then has added a colorful Premo line to the Sculpey poly family. Sculpey has also become the most famous American soft clay brand in the world today.


As polymer clay became more and more popular worldwide, more and more companies joined in. FIMO is the brand of Eberhard Faber in Germany, Cernit is the brand of T+F GmbH in Dreieich, Germany, and Modello is produced by Rudolf Reiser in Nueremberg, Germany. Sculpey III and Premo are from Polyform Products Company in the U.S. CK.CLAY and Camille are brands from Taiwan in Asia. In the introduction later, we will introduce the most famous FIMO and Sculpey's product line in detail. The above is just a brief introduction to the origin and development of soft pottery. In the past 100 years this material has undergone so many changes and countless people have tested and improved it. China's soft pottery material is still not up to date with Europe and the United States, but after these decades of figuring out, it has gradually become a cost-effective choice! I believe that the wisdom of the Chinese people, will get better and better!


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