Last year I had to make a secret santa present for one of my very loveliest friends – and she doesn’t approve of cute, clutter or anything that isn’t practical. (I’m not totally sure that is actually true, but it was her stipulation at the time!) This was tricky – and meant I couldn’t make her one of my family Fimo models 😆
So I struck out into the world of practical but arty and in the end, after much trauma in the design process, I was quite pleased with the result.
I started off by rolling long pieces of black Fimo (use Classic, Soft is just too hard to deal with) and winding them up into liquorice rolls. I made lots so I could experiment with fitting them together. I had a set of circular cookie cutters and I aimed for each coaster to be about the size of the biggest of these.
For this set I just placed a central whirl and then six around the outside on top of a flat piece of black Fimo I had rolled out. I placed the largest cutter over the top and pressed out the shape, then dusted the tops with these mica powders. These were then baked. Once cooled, I filled the gaps with Liquid Fimo and tipped nail art beads into the spaces. (WHY would anyone do that to their nails? WHY?) I then baked it again and varnished when cool.
I think they went down okay 🙂
Since then I’ve had a go with some different designs. I quite like cutting half moons out of them with smaller cutters and slotting the pieces back together.
These ones have powder done the same and nail art beads pressed into the swirls and then varnish on top.
I’d love to do more of these; I’ve not managed to make time yet and having got bored of rolling clay, I tried extruding but it HURTS but I will try again some time. Was lots of fun to do though.