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About the Process of Fimo

'FIMO' is a trademarked brand name for this type of polymer or non-terrestrial clay. These clays are available in a variety of stock colors, but Jon is constantly blending and mixing them to create his own pallet. The clays evolve into the hues and fades that are the basis for the next step, the images themselves.

The images and patterns are all created by Jonís hand. He begins by laying canes or blocks of different colors of clay next to each other, starting from the center of the design and working outward, creating a number of visual borders around the original image. Each of these illustrations in clay is the size of a large loaf of bread when first constructed, and the loaf is then stretched to double its length and cut in half. This process is repeated over and over, each time reducing the actual size of the original image or illustration by half until the final cross section is the size of a small coin. The small canes are then thinly sliced into intricate tiles using a surgical scalpel.

This process is the same for each unique design, and each animal is made up of multitudes of different images, amounting to hundreds of these tiles being hand applied to every sculpture.

The actual forms or Armatures of the animals are created either from left over clay carefully hand molded, or hand carved wood. Once the tiles have been pressed onto the armature,( if you look carefully you may see the thumbprints of Jonís helpers) the piece is cured and then fired for a period of hours, further reducing the images and tightening the spaces between the individual tiles. This process may create crazing or tiny fissures in the clay, which adds to the uniqueness of each piece. Finally the eyeballs are carefully selected and applied to give each creature its own special personality.

Because each piece is completely handmade, no two are ever exactly alike and once the design tiles are all used, that design is gone forever. This renders each piece unique and collectible.