Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Yeah right.....

. I was going to sculpt each individual leaf out of Duro :D
Let the truth be known that I was messing around with the Fimo Deco Gel again and this time with more resounding results. Plus, it took longer for me to write this post than to make the ivy shrub. (yup, I'm a very slow writer)
Man this polymer clay is HOT I tells yeah! Think of not only how quick it cures under a heat gun but also the $ saved in the future on photo-etched vegetation too!!!!). It seems that in my case stinginess is indeed the mother of invention. Now where did I put the stack of photo-etched leaves from Scale-Link I bought back in Euro 2003..... ;)

Fimo Deco Gel dyed with an oil paint mix of Ivory Black, Yellow Ocher and Prussian Blue.

The gel is painted over the photo-etched leaves. Surface tension of the gel helps to contain the shape of the leaves.

The gel is baked with a heat gun to cure to a rubbery hard finish. It's then peeled off from the photo-etched fret with a scalpel blade.
Close-up of the reproduced leaf.

..and now the clones are ready!

The leaves are attached to a dried weed root with super glue and a light blast from the heat gun helps to curl the corners of the cured polymer gel. And now it's ready to paint!



Dani Serrano said...

Awesome idea, my friend!

One Q! When you say "heat gun" you mean a air-dryer?

Muchas gracias :)

CALVIN TAN said...

De nada Amigo,

si, the heat gun is like a hair dryer, abet more powerful.


Dani Serrano said...

Gracias, olvide la "H" (Hair dryer) ;D

Unknown said...

Calvin that is excellent. what is decon gel?

CALVIN TAN said...

It's like liquid polymer clay which cures to a solid state when heat is applied.


Robert Crombeecke said...

Hi Calvin,

great technique!
I guess that heat gun is something that painters use to strip off the paint from window- or doorframes etc. ?


Robert Crombeecke

CALVIN TAN said...

Hi Robert,

yes, that's exactly the same one.



Julian Yap said...


very interesting & novel technique. I'll definitely have a go at this. Beats using PE since the polymer dries giving it 'volume' to an otherwise flat leaves.

Where can i get fimo deko gel thingy?
I'll probably need some bondite putty also.


muncheberg LI said...

Hi calvin! I come from Taiwan.

The Leaves are really Lifelike.

Where can I buy the "Fimo Deco Gel "?

Or what can instead of it?

CALVIN TAN said...

You can buy the Fimo Deko Gel from here:


Mary Anne Enriquez said...

Just bought your book last night calvin! I am so amazed at your skill!

How do I figure out how long to bake the fimo with a heat gun for? I have used an oven in the past for thicker sculpted fimo...but this technique you posted is awesome as well as inexpensive.

Be careful not to burn the fimo either. The fumes are toxic, and the result is awful.