Polymer clay properties and figurine durability
Well I know it is rather confusing that my figurines are called cake toppers when they are in actual fact not edible at all, but after many hours making temporary realistic fondant figurines I decided it was just too sad not to be able to keep them forever. I also feel there is no value is making detailed fondant figurines as I would never want a child or anyone to eat something that contains so much colouring, and I have been playing with for so many hours but I will always appreciate the artistry of sugar craft, it is just not for me…
I personally feel polymer clay is the most amazing artistic medium I have ever worked with, its unique properties make it a joy to sculpt and define detail that you would never be able to achieve with ceramic clay or fondant. Available in numerous colours, ranging from natural tones to luminescent and even glow in the dark. There is a fair amount of skill involved in learning how to work with the material but just like with anything else, only practice can make perfect.
Here is a small snippet from Wikipedia to give you some more detail on the material:
Polymer clay is a type of hardenable modelling clay based on the polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It typically contains no clay minerals, but like mineral clay a liquid is added to dry particles until it achieves gel-like working properties, and similarly, the part is put into an oven to harden, hence its colloquial designation as clay. Polymer clay is generally used for making arts and craft items, and is also used in commercial applications to make decorative parts. Art made from polymer clay can now be found in major museums.
As shown in my video above, polymer clay has a hard rubbery plastic finish making it extremely durable once baked. Even though I recommend that you take care of your figurines as if they were fragile, they are not easily broken. Most parts can bend, and the surface will not dent or break without hard force. Because my figurines are built in stages there will always be joints in the material, these are the weakest points and if treated roughly may cleanly break apart but can easily be repaired with some Super glue. The most important note to remember is that figurines should not be stored in direct sunlight, just like any other plastic items, the colours may fade over time.
Overall your polymer clay (plastic) figurines should last forever if stored correctly, but can also be played with and enjoyed by your child just like any of their other toys if they wish to do so.