September 25, 2011

The Coral of Life

I made a giant papier mache coral for the Exhibition in Braille – here are the creatures, plants, fungus and life forms in general that occupy it. (It was a take on the tree of life concept!)

Knitted coral, mushroom (not by me but by the lady who run the singing groups at Centre Arts), and rose.

knitted coral

Knitted Mushroom

Knitted Rose

Pompom pals made of pompoms, pipe cleaners and crepe paper – a ladybird, butterfly, spider and carrot.

Lady bird Pom pom and pipe cleaner lady bird

Pink pom pom butterfly

purple pom pom spider

pom pom carrot

Wooden carvings out of pine (done by my Leonard Pym – my dad), an egg, fish and hedgehog.

wooden fish

Wooden hedgehog from above Wooden Hedgehog

Turned wooden egg pine

A gypsum sphere I found – it is an evaporite deposite found in desert environments.

gypsum sphere

Fimo/polymer clay models of a shrimp and penguin.

Fimo Shrimp

Fimo Penguin from the front Fimo Penguin

Sugru (this is funky new stuff which air dries to a rubbery plastic)

Sugru critters

May 30, 2010

Fimo Dinosaurs

Filed under: Polymer Clay — sarah @ 8:51 am

Fimo Dinosaurs

Since finding the paleo-art community Art Evolved I have begun to think about dinosaurs in 3D – what I wanted was a Wiggly Pet, dino cross which is what I think I have achieved here with these little critters and yes I am aware that they are not all dinosaurs!

It all started with the trilobite at the front 🙂 I would quiet like some feed back on these thanks 🙂

December 6, 2009

Fimo Christmas Tree Vase

Filed under: Christmas,Polymer Clay — sarah @ 1:56 pm

Glittery Christmas Tree Vase

Christmas Tree vase

For this vase I used one glass tumbler (Tesco’s value glasses survive baking. I always do a test run to check, before I spend ages decorating a glass), a pen knife, rolling board (marble or glass is best but I use an old chopping board with greaseproof paper over it), a hi-ball glass (this is instead of a glass rolling pin as polymer clays, of which fimo is one, melt certain plastics and get stuck in the grain of wooden rolling pins), one metal Christmas tree cookie cutter (I have specific cutters for the polymer clay work as it is not advisable to re-use for food), one baking tray and one oven.

The fimo colours I used were all fimo soft:

Dark green, light green, green glitter, yellow glitter and red glitter.

I started off with the Christmas tree for which I used the dark and light green. I started by cutting the dark green into small chunks and then squishing them back together again to get a nice malleable ball of fimo. I did the same for the light green. I then rolled them into sausages so that I had one light green sausage and one dark green.

I then placed the two sausages next to each other and rolled them into one big sausage, one half light green and one half dark green. I then folded it in half and rolled it again. I folded the sausage in half once more and rolled it between my hands until it was a smooth sausage, about 7mm in diameter.

I then cut slices off the sausage, 2-3mm thick, which I arranged next to each other on the chopping board. With my fingers I then pushed the edges of the discs together to ‘fuse’ the gaps. I then used the hi-ball glass (a tall smooth-sided glass) as a rolling pin. You have to turn the fimo sheet over after every few rolls or it sticks and ruins the pattern. I rolled from different directions to try and get an even thickness of fimo sheet. This also helps stop distortion of the pattern, giving a nice mosaic look. Once the sheet was between 1-0.5mm thick, I cut the Christmas tree out using the cookie cutter. I then gently lifted the shape and softly pressed it onto the glass tumbler. You have to be careful not to stretch the shape or squish it out of shape at this point. I rolled over the shape with the hi-ball glass to try and get rid of fingerprints.

I then baked the glass at 130 degrees C for half an hour (30 minutes) and left it to cool. This is so that I didn’t distort the Christmas tree shape whilst adding the background.

For the background I rolled together balls of red glitter, green glitter and yellow glitter. Once it was one big smooth ball I rolled it into a sausage and then folded it once and rolled it into a smooth sausage, about 1.5cm in diameter. I then cut this into discs about 2mm thick. Then I took each disc and squidged it onto the glass; this merged some of the colours and gave a very different effect to the way I did the tree.

For the top of the vase I pushed the fimo right over the rim and into the interior of the vase. Once I had completely covered the vase I again ran over it with the hi-ball glass into order to smooth it and eliminate the fingerprints (you can actually sand polymer clays once they’ve been baked but I have never tried this myself yet). I then scraped around the inside of the vase with a knife blade in order to remove the excess fimo. I sign my vases and things on the bottom, using a knife or sculpting tool. Once that was done I baked it for a second time at 130 degrees C for half and hour and let it cool.

July 19, 2009

Star and Moon Ear-rings

Filed under: Jewellery,Mothers Day,Polymer Clay — sarah @ 5:14 pm

star and moon earrings

My mother likes earrings but does not have pierced ears so for mothers day I made her these star adn moon earrings. To do this I used:

*pink soft fimo

*white stone tectured fimo (ie it has flecks of grey and things in it)

*moon aspex cutter

*star aspex cutter

*UHU glue

*clip on earring backs

Fimo is a plastic clay that contains a solvent – this solvent can dissolve, certain plastics and ruins nail vanish if you are wearing it. For this reason I tend to use glass, wood and metal with it.

I rolled the limo out until it was about half a millimetre thick then I cut the shapes out using the spec cutters (little tiny cookie cutters), I did a large batch of different shapes and filled up a baking tray with them. For these earrings I lay the two shapes onto of each other slightly roughing up the surfaces where they over lap to help them stay together and become on shape on baking. I followed the instructions on the fimo packaging and pre heated the over and backed them for 30 an hour.

Once cooled I used the UHU glue to attach the jewellery findings ie the earring backs.


November 9, 2008

Star Shaped Craft Bits

Filed under: Polymer Clay,Seasonal — sarah @ 2:19 pm


I made these star shaped craft shapes out of polymer clay (fimo soft). These shapes are useful as either miscellaneous craft bits or as reusable table confetti.

I have metal aspec cutters which are basically little mini cookie cutters that I got from Almond Art. I mixed the combinations I wanted from scraps of fimo soft and the rolled out sheets of fimo. I then cut out the stars and with the help of a pallet knife moved the stars onto a baking tray.

I then baked them for half an hour at 130 degrees C.

Once cooled they have been stuck on cards, given to wiggly pets to hold, stuck on clip on earrings, or used as reusable table confetti. This is especially apt for a dinner party we had around Bonfire Night.

June 22, 2008

Heart Beads

Heart beads

For these heart beads I mixed up the appropriate colours to create the textures out of fimo soft (polymer clay). I then rolled each texture into sausages of fimo and cut them into millimetre-thick discs. Following this, I aligned these into a wonky square and used my finger to squidge the discs together. I then took a straight high-sided glass and used it as a rolling pin.

I had to keep moving the sheet of fimo I was rolling, otherwise it sticks to the glass or the worktop. Once the sheet was uniformly thin (as much as you can get a uniform thickness by hand – some people use pasta machines for this but I have not tried this myself yet) I used medium-sized aspec cutters that I got from Almond Sugar Crafts.

I then used a paper clip I had bent out of shape to poke a hole just below the point where the heart plunges at the top. Following that, I carefully placed the heart beads onto a baking tray and baked them for 30 minutes at 130 degrees C in our kitchen oven. These look good on earrings and on ribbons around presents. They are a great way to use up spare bits of fimo and for adorning things for weddings and Valentine’s day. If you don’t put a hole in them they can be used as generic craft bits or as re-usable table confetti for romantic meals. The polymer clay also survives second bakings so the hearts can be added to other projects.

May 4, 2008

Making the Skeleton of a Castle

Filed under: Bead Work,Kids Projects,Paper Craft,Polymer Clay — sarah @ 2:00 pm


Me and my two year old made this castle for her nursery’s “Prince and Princesses” week. I have split how I did this into three posts called:

  • Making the skeleton of a castle
  • Making a tissue mâché castle
  • Painting a tissue mâché castle

This is how I made the ‘skeleton’ or framework of the castle:


We used one small box (about 15cm across) that electronic components had been delivered in, four loo roll innards or tubes, masking tape, scissors and wooden lolly sticks.

stuff mummy!

We cut strips of masking tape and then taped the lolly sticks around the loo roll innards but with the lolly sticks slightly proud of the top of the tube, to make the turrets of the castle. The loo roll tubes were going to be the towers. Jean helped a lot with the taping.

tape it

Once all the lolly sticks were in place I wrapped the whole thing in masking tape to get rid of all the tatty ends – which, as a two year old was helping, there were a lot of.

Jean's tower my tower

We repeated the process with the other three loo roll innards until we had four towers ready and waiting.

four towers

I then attached the towers to the corners of the box using the masking tape – this was actually quite fiddly and they still moved a bit precariously after I had fixed them to the box.

first tower attached towers in place

To try and make it more secure and because at this point I hadn’t yet thought about doing the paper mâché, I covered the entire structure in masking tape as I thought it would make a better surface to paint.

masking tape castle

I ended up with a masking tape tower.

March 9, 2008

Green Swirl Vase

Filed under: Art and Drawings,Polymer Clay,Science and Art — sarah @ 4:58 pm

green swirl

This vase was partially designed from leftovers and partially based on mineral textures you find in rocks. It was made using a Sainsbury’s Basic’s glass; orange, egg yoke yellow, mint green and forest green fimo soft. I also used another glass with straight sides as a rolling pin, a chopping board, a plastic sculpting tool with an angled flat blade, and a penknife – plus our oven and baking tray.

To make the green swirls I actually used the off-cuts from around a Christmas tree cookie cutter. I was using the tree shapes primarily, and then when I saw the off-cuts I thought they would look perfect as the sort of ‘veining’ you get in mineral formations – though I must say here I was thinking more about how rocks look in thin slices under the microscope with various filters on them. I was also working with meteorites specifically at the time and so had unusual patterns lodged in my head that begged to be used artistically.

To get the texture I simply cut up the dark green fimo and then squidged it all back together to get it in a nice manageable consistency; I then did the same with the light green. I rolled the colours into two different sausages which I then put next to each other and rolled together. Then I folded the two tone sausage in half and half again. I rolled it into a smooth shape, pinching the ends where I had folded it off, in order to make beads and shells. I then cut the sausage into discs about 1.5mm thick which I arranged into a sort of wonky square. Obviously there were gaps between each of the discs but I used my fingers to try and squidge the discs a bit without distorting the colours too much. This sort of fuses the edges of the discs together.

Once this was done I took a high-sided glass and used it as a rolling pin, making sure that I moved the now sheet of patterned fimo around, otherwise it sticks to the glass rolling pin or the surface that you are working on. The rolling action helps fuse the discs into a sheet nicely – some people use a pasta machine to roll sheets of fimo but I have never tried this personally, so have no idea how well it works.

As I said earlier I then cut out Christmas trees from this and used the off-cuts for this vase. I had lots of bumpy stripes which I wrapped around a glass as a series of rings – I wanted it to be quite natural-looking so the rings were quite irregular. A bit of gentle pressure with a finger pad meant I could blend the fimo into nice continous rings rather than having an abrupt and obvious join, but you have to be careful not to blur the colours in doing this.

Once I had done this I made an orange and yellow fimo sausage which I again cut into discs, but this time I put the discs straight onto the glass and squidged them, smoothing over the bits where they touched each other and the green rings. I covered the entire glass at the rim, overlapping the edge of the glass so that the fimo disc went inside. Once it was entirely covered I took the sculpture tool and ran it around the inside of the glass to get rid of the excess fimo – this left a nice neat rim around the top with a clean interior. I then signed the bottom of the vase and using another high-sided straight glass, I rolled around the vase to help remove fingerprints. Then I placed the finished vase onto the baking tray.

I then baked it for 30 minutes at 130 degrees C.

September 16, 2007

Wiggly Pets

Filed under: Art and Drawings,Polymer Clay — sarah @ 4:25 pm

For all of those who know me and would shoot me if this wasn’t on here!

I make little contemporary figurines called Wiggly Pets; they have their own website but it needs a bit of work on it. I will be posting the link as soon as it is ready. They will also shortly be appearing in their own comic strip on an e-zine but more on that later (ie when I know all the fine details). I have sold a few of these little creatures and they are present now in over six countries!

They are made of polymer clay – mainly FIMO soft, which comes in many colours and textures. Next time I nurse the wiggly woos (baby wiggly pets) to maturity I will take photos of them hatching and the different developmental stages.

But until such times are upon us I feel that the wiggly pets would like you all to know about their new community blog which can be found at They have lots of adventures and wanted to share them with everybody, I’ve taken most of the photos too, which hopefully will soon be available as postcards for people to purchase.

September 9, 2007

Marbled Metallic Plinth

Filed under: Polymer Clay — sarah @ 7:37 pm

I made this plinth out of fimo (polymer clay) for one of our nice largish glass marbles. I was aiming for a nice marbled effect, plus I wanted it to look strangely organic and mineral-like at the same time.

black and metallic

I chose black fimo and metallic silver fimo in about equal amounts. I mixed the two colours together, making sure I folded the colours together as well as just squidging the resulting blob. This resulted in a nice marbled texture.

Squidged for marble affect

I then rolled the whole lot into a fat sausage about 1.5cm in diameter, followed by squishing one end of it onto the table, making it flare out and stabilise the structure. I then pinched out a rim from the other end, using my thumb and index finger – this formed itself naturally into the sort of bowl shape I had intended. Easing the whole lot off the table and signing the bottom, I baked it in a pre-heated over for half an hour at 130 degrees C. Plinth

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