Craft block fixed with Fimo fun
I have a confession to make. I haven't wanted to post anything lately. The reason for this, I've just realised, is a craft block!
Possibly the main reason for this is because I just don't know where to start & I am frustrated.The frustration is being caused by my knitting....oh yes, I haven't even gotten past the bloomin' tension square! But that is another story...one for another day.
I figured that the only way to fix this craft block is to just DO something. Just something, no matter how small. So I rustled through my usefulbox & found some Fimo that I had found at my old work & hoarded. I decided that I will make some buttons & some beads! Easy!
I first played with Fimo when I was about 10 or 12years old. I think one of my sisters gave me some for my birthday. I remember sitting at the kitchen bench trying to work out how to make it soft & how to cook it. So I've always looked at Fimo with with great affection & memories.
Blocks of Fimo (can be bought from art & craft stores)
Baking tray & Oven (heated to 110degrees C)
|The Fimo is ridged so it's easier to divide. Just use a knife as it's quite firm to begin with. Roll it up in your hands as the heat from your body warms it up & makes it pliable. |
|Roll the ball into a long sausage shape and cut up into pieces|
|Lay out the little cuttings onto greaseproof paper with space around each one|
|Fold over more greaseproof paper & squish down the little cuttings to make a circle. Rub your thumb over them so they are smooth|
|Reveal your little circles from beneath the paper|
|If you are making buttons, as I am, use a toothpick (or something similarly pokey) to push through, making the holes to sew the buttons on with|
|Due to all the poking, they might go a little out of shape. In this case, just lay them back on the greaseproof paper & flatten with your thumb.|
|These are now ready to get into the oven!|
|Now I want to make some beads. So I rolled up another piece of Fimo & cut it in half.|
|The 2 halves are then re-rolled into balls & poked through with my toothpick.|
|Voila, 2 beads!|
|Now I'd like to make slightly oval flat buttons. So rolling up 2 new oval shape balls, I placed these between 2 sheets of greaseproof paper & flattened with my thumb.|
|I then noticed that my button jar has a nice texture on the bottom of it so I stamped the buttons on either side. (Tip: make these imprints as deep as possible as the cooking process tends to make them look lighter than they are!)|
|Two new patterns buttons|
|Now I wanted to get into using the green Fimo. So I thought I'd use them to marble. So twisting 2 sausages of colours together ....|
|I then made this ball of green & blue.|
|Time to squish it down with my button jar. Tip: Because it is such a fat ball, it doesn't really heat to the core to press easily. So you might need to hold it between your hands in between flattening.|
|Lovely marbled disc which after some 4 pokes will become a great button.|
|Here are all our lovelies going ready for the oven. They just need 30min in a 110 deg C oven.|
|Ta Da! Here they are all all cooked & firm. If some of the circles are a bit rough around the edges, you could take a nail file to them & smooth them out. |