It is an amazingly easy tool for creating beads. A couple of years ago, I did a post on making beads for earrings, thusly:
(layering colored clay with gold leaf)
(rolled into a tube, cut into pieces, and then rolled again in the palm of hand for a bead)
There was a stash of clay still in my craft closet that had not seen the light of day since 2008.
Thanks to KnitDragonFlies and her recent blog post on making custom polymer clay buttons, she brought to light using polymer clay for making buttons. So out came the Fimo from the box: a bit dry, but still pliable after exercising my hands with the stiff polymer.
Knitting Workshop Tribeca Shirt.
I also made some matching beads for earrings from the striped purple and aqua clay mixture. Then the cookie sheet came out and the beads and buttons were baked for 30 minutes at 230 degrees F.
After cooling, I applied clear nail polish for a lacquer finish. Here are the buttons pinned onto the fabric:
The aqua is not a perfect match to the fabric, but they will do. And it was fun to create a one-of-a-kind accessory.