FIMO® Autumn Candle Votives
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FIMO® Autumn Candle Votives

These lovely autumn votives will be a wonderful addition to your outdoor entertaining. The constant flicker of tea lights will set off a glow of autumn colors that are made even more vibrant thanks to the grooved pattern created using translucent FIMO®.
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Material List

  • Fimo® Soft Clay – Sahara, Sunflower, Indian Red and Caramel
  • Fimo® Effect Clay – Translucent White
  • Assorted Glasses (Wide Enough to Hold Tea Light)
  • Fimo® Acrylic Roller (or Household Glass)
  • Ruler
  • Clay Blade (or Craft Knife)
  • Clay Machine
  • Smooth Work Surface (Glass or Ceramic Tiles)
  • Baking Tray
  • Gloss Varnish (or Spray Sealer)
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 Using either the acrylic roller or a clay machine, take two strips of Sunflower and roll them out to an even, approximately 1/8" thick sheet. Do the same with the colors Caramel and Indian Red. Then, use five strips of translucent Fimo® clay to make a number of 1/8" thick sheets as well. Next, take the Caramel sheet and place a translucent sheet on top of it. Cut the edges straight. Then, place a sheet of Indian Red on top, followed by another sheet of translucent. Finally, Sunflower and translucent again. Every time a new sheet is placed on top, cut the edges straight so that you end up with a uniform block of Fimo®.

Step 2 Then divide the block in the middle with a thin clay blade or craft knife and place the two halves on top of each other.

Step 3 Lay the block down lengthwise and cut 1/8" to 3/16" thick slices off it.

Step 4 Using the ruler, you now need to measure the height of the glass, as your striped sheet of Fimo® needs to be the same length. Place the slices alongside each other, taking care to align the stripes as you do so, until the measured length has been reached. Roll over them using the acrylic roller or a straight household drinking glass so that the individual slices are joined together to make a single sheet. You now need to measure the circumference of the glass and divide this by the width of the striped sheet. This will tell you how many sheets you will need to go around the glass. Make the required number of sheets.

Step 5 Place the sheets carefully on the glass and press on lightly. Always make sure that the pattern is continued correctly and that there are no gaps in between. What’s more, the sheets should not overlap as otherwise the light won’t be able to shine through the votive properly in those areas later on. If necessary, measure the last piece exactly and cut the sheet to size. Smooth over the joins with your fingers. Go over again with the acrylic roller to make the surface as smooth and even as possible.

Step 6 Now, hold the modeling tool at a right angle to the striped pattern and make grooves in the Fimo®. This distorts the colored stripes, thereby creating an impressive wavy pattern.

Step 7 Harden the finished votive for 30 minutes in the oven at 230°F.

Tips

Unfinished items and leftover bits of FIMO® can be stored in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container, e.g. a plastic box or jar.

Craft Notes

GETTING STARTED
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.

Background

Crafted for Michaels by Staedtler.