FIMO® Decorated Compact Mirror
- FIMO® Soft Clay (1 Block Each) – Light Pink, Aqua, Purple and Lilac
- FIMO® Effect Clay – Translucent White
- FIMO® Acrylic Roller (or Household Glass)
- Craft Knife
- Clay Machine (Optional)
- Baking Tray
- Gloss Varnish (or Spray Sealer)
Step 1 Shape two sections of FIMO® soft purple to a ball and then form into a thick cylinder. Divide the cylinder in the middle using a thin blade. Roll out one strip of FIMO® light pink to a 1/16" to 1/32" thick sheet using the acrylic roller or a clay machine. Next, cut a slice off the sheet that is exactly as wide as the height of the cylinder. Now cut different-sized pieces from it: one piece just as wide as the diameter of the cylinder, two pieces around one third narrower and two more pieces about half as wide as the first. In the middle of the cylinder, place the widest piece on the cut area and join the two halves together again.
Step 2 Now cut each half of the purple cylinder open twice like a fan and, beginning in the middle and working outwards, add the wider strips and then the narrower strips between the purple pieces. Make sure as you do so that the purple at the bottom end always goes right to the edge. Now wrap a 1/16" to 1/32" thick piece of aqua around the cylinder.
Step 3 Next, roll the cylinder to make it longer and reduce the diameter. Divide the long thinner cane into five pieces of equal length.
Step 4 Shape lilac FIMO® soft into a sausage approximately 3/8" in diameter and wrap it in a coat of aqua too. In doing so, make sure that the edges of the aqua-colored sheet do not overlap – otherwise the pattern will be distorted.
Step 5 Next, position the five rolls with the fan design like a flower around the lavender cane. Once again, ensure that the bottom end of the fan is in the middle.
Step 6 Roll out an approximately 3/16" thick log with the translucent FIMO® and flatten it into a wedge shape using your fingers. Cut five bits off that are the same height as the flower and, taking care to be accurate, place the five wedges in the gaps between the petals of the flower. Press on firmly!
Step 7 Roll the pattern cane smaller again and, using a thin blade, cut off lots of 1/8" thick slices.
Step 8 Now roll out an approximately 1/8" thick sheet of translucent FIMO®. The diameter of the sheet should be around 3/8" larger than that of the compact mirror. Beginning in the middle, place the little slices on it, making sure they are close together.
Step 9 When the covered area is about as big as the size of the compact mirror, roll over it with the acrylic roller in order to remove any unevenness and obtain a smooth surface.
Step 10 Now lay the sheet over the lid of the compact mirror. Using your fingers, press on firmly around the edge and cut off any excess FIMO®. Create the same sheet again and place it over the bottom of the compact mirror in exactly the same way.
Step 11 To decorate the mirror, roll out a thin log of aqua and place it on the finished sheets. You could add some small balls as a decorative element too. Press everything on firmly and harden in the oven for 30 minutes at 230°F. For a wonderful shiny finish, add a thin coat of FIMO® gloss varnish once cool.
TipsFor a wonderful shiny finish, add a thin coat of FIMO® gloss varnish once cool.
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130°C) for 15 minutes per ¼" (6mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult.
Begin by preheating oven to 230°F (110°C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.