FIMO® Pumpkin Cane Hair Accessories
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FIMO® Pumpkin Cane Hair Accessories

This is a very simple polymer clay cane design for a pumpkin. Making canes is great because you can make so many different projects from the one cane. Try making a pair of matching earrings or use to decorate Halloween cards, party favors or table decor. Canes can also be saved for a later use. Now that you have a cute set of barrettes, how about making matching charms for a bracelet or necklace? Just insert a small paperclip into your slice before baking.
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Material List

  • FIMO® Soft Clay – Tangerine, Sunflower, Chocolate and Tropical Green
  • Bobby Pins – Black
  • Barrette Backing – Black
  • Clay Machine (Optional)
  • Acrylic Roller (or Household Glass)
  • Toaster (or Convection Oven -- or Bake inside a Lidded Enamelware Pan or Foil Tent in your Home Oven)
  • Clay Blade (or Craft Knife)
  • Glue
  • Baking Tray
  • Ruler
  • Smooth Work Surface (Glass or Ceramic Tiles)
 

Project Instructions

Step 1 Condition ¼ block of the Sunflower color by kneading it by hand or running it through the pasta machine until it is supple. Roll the clay into a log that is ½" in diameter.

Step 2 Condition ½ block of Tangerine clay. Make a sheet on the thickest setting of the pasta machine, cut it in half and place one half over the other half. The sheet should be approximately ¼" thick. The clay can also be rolled out into a ¼" thick sheet using an acrylic roller. Cut one straight edge on the clay sheet and place the Sunflower log on that edge. Wrap the log with the Tangerine sheet, trimming the edges. You will need a sheet that is approximately 2¼"x2-5/8" in size.

Step 3 Roll remainder of the Tangerine clay out on the thickest setting of the pasta machine or into a 1/8" thick sheet with the acrylic roller. Wrap the log one more time with the second orange sheet.

Step 4 Condition ¼ block of the Chocolate clay and roll it out on the fifth thickest setting on the pasta machine, or a very thin (less than 1/16") sheet with the roller. Wrap the Chocolate sheet around the orange and Sunflower log. This creates what is known as a bull's-eye cane.

Step 5 Using the thumb and forefinger on both hands press the cane into an eyeball or leaf shape. Press all the way along the length of the cane, making sure to keep the diameter even in size. This will automatically reduce and lengthen the cane.

Step 6 Take the cane has been transformed into a leaf shape and cut in half. Reassemble the two halves by placing them side-by-side.

Step 7 Press the two halves together and lengthen the cane slightly and cut in half once again.

Step 8 Reassemble the two halves by placing them side-by-side.

Step 9 Press the cane pieces together and curve the tops and bottoms of the leaf shapes together so that the cane becomes round again and forms a pumpkin. This pumpkin cane will be about 7/8"-1" in diameter.

Step 10 Condition ¼ block of the Tropical Green. Roll out on the thickest setting on the pasta machine or a 1/8" thickness with the roller. Cut the sheet in half and lay one half over the other to form a double thickness. Cut a strip of the sheet to form a 3/16"-1/8" square that will be used for the pumpkin stems.

 

For Bobby Pins:

Step 11 Reduce the size of one half of the pumpkin cane by rolling it carefully until the diameter is ¾". Cut two ¼" slices from the cane.

Step 12 Press a black bobby pin into the side of each cane.

Step 13 Cut two slices off the green stem log and place them on each pumpkin. Bake the bobby pins for 30 minutes in the oven at 230°F.

 

For Barrette:

Step 14 Roll remaining Tropical Green clay on the thickest setting of the pasta machine, or by hand for a 1/8" thick sheet. Cut in half and stack the sheets for a double thickness. Cut a piece the size of the selected barrette.

Step 15 Cut the smaller of the two pumpkin canes in half and reduce the cane size by gently rolling to a ½" diameter. Cut several slices of this new pumpkin cane and one slice of the larger cane and arrange them on the barrette backing. Cut slices of the stem strip and add stems to the pumpkins. Additional Tropical Green can be rolled into snakes and added as vines. Lay clay over the barrette back and bake together for 30 minutes at 230°F. Once cool, glue clay onto barrette back using a strong craft glue and secure the baked clay in place.

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 Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell.