HOW TO MAKE A FIMO WALL HANGING
FIMO Leather Effect in Black, Ivory and Ochre FIMO Leather Texture Sheet
FIMO Leaf Metal in Gold FIMO Varnish for Leaf Metal
FIMO rolling pin Small star-shaped cutters
Fine sandpaper Paint brush Wooden branch, 40cm (15 ") long Gold thread
Two of Team Mollie’s fave things are new products and easy hacks, so when we discovered FIMO Leather Effect clay we couldn’t wait to have a go. Or rather, ask super-talented maker Helen Ward from House of Wards to get playing.
It can be mixed with other colours and rolled out, just like regular FIMO, but once it’s baked, their Leather Effect clay acts just like leather – it can be cut, bent into shapes and even sewn. Our tiny minds are officially blown.
This Scandi-inspired wall hanging tries out some of these techniques, and uses other accessories from FIMO’s amazing new range, including Leaf Metal and Texture Sheets. After all, what crafter could resist a luxe leather look at a fraction of the price?
Preheat the oven to 130 ºC
(266ºF/Gas Mark 1) and prepare a clean surface. Roll out half a block of white FIMO and half a block of black FIMO to about 0.25cm ( /8")
thick. Press the Texture Sheet onto the surface of the FIMO to create a leather-look pattern.
Cut each colour into two 8 x
5cm (31/ x 2") triangles and one 5 x
4cm (2 x 15/ 8") triangle. Set these to one side on a baking tray, being careful not to stretch the shapes as they’re moved.
Use the star-shaped cutters to
make one medium sized star and two small stars from the remaining rolled- out black clay.
Clean the surface again to keep
the colours separate, then roll out half a block of ochre FIMO to around 0.5cm ( ") thick. Apply a sheet of gold Leaf Metal to the top of the clay and smooth it down gently with your fingers.
Roll out the FIMO again to a
0.25cm ( 1 /8") thickness, stretching the gold across the surface of the clay to create a crackled effect. If
there are any large gaps, add more gold and roll it in.
Press the Leather Texture Sheet
onto the surface of the clay, then cut two 8 x 5cm (31/ x 2") triangles
8 and one 5 x 4cm (2 x 15/ 8") triangle and place them on the baking tray.
Roll out the remainder of the
black FIMO to around 0.5cm ( ")
thick and apply a sheet of gold Leaf Metal. Roll out again to 0.25cm ( /8")
to create a cracked effect, then cut out one large star shape.
Roll the remaining black FIMO
and gold leaf into a ball to disperse the metallic flakes and to create a
sparkly effect. Add in more gold Leaf Metal for more sparkles if desired, then roll out to 0.25cm
( /8"). Cut three medium stars and
three small stars from this piece.
Bake all the FIMO shapes
following the instructions on the packet, using an oven thermometer to check the temperature is consistently at 130 ºC for 30 minutes. Allow the FIMO to cool completely before handling.
Carefully use fine sandpaper
to smooth any rough edges on each shape. Seal the surface of the metallic shapes using the paint brush and varnish. Leave to dry.
Using the awl, or a similar sharp
tool, make holes in each of the clay pieces for the thread. Sew the triangles in sets of three, using the main image as a guide, to create tree shapes, then add long lengths of string to the top of each piece for hanging, knotting securely.
Plan the layout of the shapes on
a flat surface first, then take a picture for reference, or use the main image as a guide. Tie a length of string to either end of the branch and hang this first, then add the trees on the longest strings, adjusting as necessary to balance. Add the stars above the trees at different heights, then trim any remaining loose ends to finish.
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