Great job. One of the best clay cake toppers I've seen... simple but very well done and great look.
You said you didn't like the skin color, but I think it looks great with this. You can always get a more translucent skin color by using SuperSculpey, or adding translucent clay to regular clay colors though if you want.
You might want to check out the info on skin colors on this page:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm
(...click on Skin
Do you know if colours for fimo / sculpey stays for a long time?
Most all brands of polymer clay have permanent pigments in them so generally that's not a worry. Some pigments are naturally more fugitive though so if the item is in direct
sun for a fairly long
time, you can begin to see fading in the reds and purples especially.
I have some early colored sculpy from 15 years ago that's in good condition, and I imagine the newer clay lasts even better.
I used Fimo classic with I find is hard to use than sculpey (it's softer). But if the final product is more durable, then I should definitely use Fimo instead.
As for durability
and also handling
, the brands and lines of polymer clay will vary, as mentioned.
... in general the firmer the raw clay is, the easier it is to sculpt with (just making shapes to put together as you did, as well as actually "sculpting") and the more successful it will be, especially for any detailed parts involved.
(And all polymer clays can
be made quite pliable for working with just using the proper "conditioning" methods --which don't involve a lot of work unless the clay is actually partly cured and is hard for that reason:http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Conditioning.htm
For strength & durability
...the brands keep changing their formulas (which unfortunately often means they get weaker), but below is a general guideline to the brands and lines re which will be the strongest after baking--especially in any thin or projecting areas (keep in mind that some shapes
are just inherently strong, so if you make a plain ball
or another thick and rounded shape with even a weak clay it should be pretty darned strong).
These are listed from the strongest to the weakest, in groups; some come only in one color:Kato Polyclay
(older version) FimoClassic
(older version) Cernit
Bake and Bend? (a somewhat flexible clay)
Studio by Sculpey?
(new version) FimoClassic
(new version) Cernit?
(older version) FimoSoft
(new version) FimoSoft?
versions of these clays have suggested baking temps of 265 rather than 230, but may still be on the shelves
... also can't be sure of the exact
strengths of the newest versions relative to them all, so have used question marks after some