Friday, 22 April 2016

Making Home Link Up #27: How to Make Coasters with Fimo Clay

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How to make coasters with Fimo clay
I have been discovering a new craft, having been inspired by a tutorial in a copy of Mollie Makes. It involved using oven clay, a product I have not worked with before. I was amazed by the variety of colours and effects available at my local craft shop. I thought clay was just clay, how wrong I was.

You will need:
  • At least 2 contrasting colours of FIMO clay
  • Small rolling pin
  • Greaseproof or baking paper
  • Baking tray
Make coasters with Fimo Clay
I used a green, translucent and a white pearlised clay from the FIMO range. I happily crafted away using 5 small balls of the clay, combining different qualities of the green with either the white or translucent. Using a centre ball I then rolled the remaining into long sausage shapes and wrapped them around the centre ball.

The tip in the magazine placed the clay onto a sheet of greaseproof/baking paper, this was also placed on the top. This prevented the clay from sticking to both the roller and the board. I used my cake decorating mini rolling pin to roll out the coaster, which once completed was moved (still on the paper) onto a baking tray. I was really surprised to find that there were no instructions on the clay for baking it in the oven. Still the internet saved the day, 30 minutes later at 100 degrees c my coasters were baked.

I was impressed with how they turned out, and I loved the effect of the mixed clays. I was expecting the clay once baked to be solid, but it was still flexible. Having not used FIMO before I am unsure if this is normal, I was expecting it to be rock hard.

Angela 

Have you ever used Fimo clay before? Do you have any projects to share?

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19 comments:

  1. I love these! I've never used Fimo before, but it looks like a nice craft to get into. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  2. I have some Fimo, but I wasn't sure what to make with it. I might try these coasters, they look great.

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  3. I was obsessed with Fimo when I was a kid. My Mum still has the fridge magnets I made with Fimo about 30+ years ago on her fridge! I must take some photos of them :) #makinghome

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    1. Oh yes do! I will share them on the Facebook page ;-)

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  4. I found a small smidgen of time before school pickup :-) I remember Fimo from when I was a kid. These look like great coasters - what an easy peasy craft - bet my kids would enjoy this :-) Eb x

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    1. I'm totally thinking Christmas gifts from the little ones! I KNOW its April lol.

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  5. Ah this is such a blast from the past, I used to love FIMO when I was a kid, but gave it all away to my niece years ago. They look great, it makes me want to go and buy some more! xx #HomeEtc

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    1. I am not encouraging you to go buy more (but you should ;-) )

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  6. Me and clay aren't good friends, but I think even I could give this a go. Thanks so much for sharing! Sue @SuzyHomemakerUK

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    1. I have a few things I am not friends with too. I do like playing with clay though.

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  7. I have some of these but not this brand, iii have to dig it out!

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    1. I have never played with polymer clays. *on the list*

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  8. Love those coasters - it's been a long time since I did anything with clay, I had one of those plastic potters wheels as a kid and couldn't stand the messiness. Think I'll stick to Ghost for my pottery needs!! :)

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    1. HAHA Ghost!! I would LOVE to have a go at throwing pottery (not literally ;-) ) I would love to get stuck in there. People who do it make it look so easy but I bet it isn't!

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  9. I haven't used FIMO in a very long time, and by that I mean over 20 years! I remember it being great fun to work with. Xxx

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    1. I really need to get some. Can't believe I have never had a play!

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