Making clay Christmas decorations?

I posted in crafting about where is the cheapest place for Fimo but then thought actually this might be a better section to ask in. For those who make Christmas tree decorations out of some kind of clay what do you use? I used Fimo today but it’s probably going to work out at £1.50+ per a gingerbread man and I wanted to be able to give them to lots of people. What do others use? Also what hook/eye do you add to hang it by if it’s a design where poking a hole in it won’t work. Thank you :Xmas tree: 
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  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    Would air dried clay work? You can paint it and varnish it but it probably isn't quite as robust as Fimo. Looks like Works  have 1kg DAS  for £4. DAS also comes in terracotta which might almost be gingerbread man colour? That would make a fair number of ornaments- then paint with acrylic paint or for a cheaper option you might try emulsion tester pots.

    A totally different option would be to use salt dough. Very cheap but it degrades over the years because it needs  to be kept in a dry atmosphere. Again you can paint with poster paint, acrylic & varnish. Slow cook in a cool over for a loooong time!!
    Both these methods probably take more time as you need to add colour!

    When I made dough ornaments I used to poke 1/2 paperclip in the top for the loop

    If you google 'cheaper options for Fimo' there are some sets of colours such as Baker Ross  & other Polymer clay kits.
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  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    I've typed a comment about 5 times now!, You can make a cheaper alternative with cornflour & PVA glue.
     I think you need to google it because each time I add the web address here it takes me straight  there and I lose this message!!
    Creative Cat has a good video. She cooks it, adds vinegar/lemon as preservative and some oil, then works it with oiled hands. Certainly worth a watch. She also uses many kinds of colourants. I will try to add youtube link below!
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    KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    edited 26 July 2020 at 12:51PM


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  • MontysmamMontysmam Forumite
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    Thank you for posting this, I'm always looking for new craft ideas and this looks like it could be fun!
  • I used to get Fimo from eBay. It’s been a while, but when I searched for lowest price etc I got some good deals. 
    :santa2::xmastree::santa2:
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