St Patrick’s Day Fimo Crafts

When Bene was just new born, I accidentally got my children to do St Patrick’s Day crafts a whole month early, thanks to baby brain and befuddlement. They’ve never let me forget it. I think they thought history was repeating itself today when I suggested a similar activity, but on this occasion it was just me being organised and coming up with a craft that was almost topical but slightly ahead for once. I’m a habitual blogger for next year, when it comes to crafts and I really should do better. I had such a pleasant time with my daffodils the other day (first garden one bloomed today… sob).

I’ve blogged a nice easy sweetie jar/candle holder over on SimpleCrafts (don’t faint) but I’m saving this pretty for here – because I just love it.

polymer clay shamrock

I spent ages on all those twiddly bits and just for once it came out exactly as it was in my head. I shall have to mount it on something I think and put it somewhere pretty. We deserve some luck I think.

Josie and Maddy sat with me for ages. Josie followed instructions to make a Fimo Leprechaun and I think it is the best thing she has ever made.

Josie's #fimo #stpatricksday leprechauns.

and Maddy made a lovely shamrock charm which has a touch of the Celtic to it I think.

Maddy's #fimo #stpatricksday lucky #shamrock charm.Isn’t it gorgeous?

Candle holder with #fimo #shamrocks for #stpatricksday using #jarcrafts

Happy days…



There is a whole list of Springish crafts in the sidebar if you are interested :)

Shimmering Fimo Coasters

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 :lol:

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.

iPhone March 2013 195I 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.

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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.

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These ones have powder done the same and nail art beads pressed into the swirls and then varnish on top.

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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.

Cat Crafts.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have been forced to endure my humiliating re-entry into Fimo modelling the other week as I attempted to get to grips with making model cats. I can’t believe quite how much ability I have lost in 20 months or so of not picking up any polymer clay. It’s not like I’m brilliant at the best of times but somehow seeing how clever some people are on the internet has made me worse – well that and total lack of practice!

Still, I really wanted to get back into doing some crafts for here and on my various other websites, so it seemed a good time to force myself to get back to it. I looked to Pinterest for inspiration, tried my hand at some fast cat shapes… and totally failed. After two days, I had come up with no more than the poorer elements of this batch of reprobates.

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Before anyone compliments the black one… that was Maddy’s. Yep. She did better than me in one go!

I decided that I’d have to try harder. I hate it when the girls give up without achieving what they set out to do, so thought I should aim to take my own advice. I sat down with some books, worked on some more cattish techniques (I wonder if not being a cat person didn’t help?) and eventually had faces I liked. These two seemed quite interesting little chaps, even if not quite what I had intended. Thank you for the inspiration Christi Friesen.

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And with that… some cats appeared… I ended up really quite pleased with these two.
Fimo Wizard Cats

There is now a tutorial on how to make them over at Simple Crafts. As a humbling reminder of how much a skill requires exercising to keep it, it worked well :/

Since then, a few other things have got made too…

Hama Bead CatsThe girls were coerced into making Hama Bead Cats for me which are featuring on BeadMerrily.

We’ve experimented with pom poms to make cats… I’ve got a tabby and a tortoiseshell to finish too.

pompom cats

And Maddy finished off her cat bag too.

catbag

You’ll be able to find how too of all of these on Simple Crafts over the next few days (scheduled posts.. go me!)

If you want some more inspiration, you could visit my Cat Crafts Board on Pinterest.