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Deco letters in a ‚concrete look‘

Deco letters in a ‚concrete look‘
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The concrete look is the latest trend in home deco accessories.
With these stylish deco letters, you too can add a touch of urban charm to your home. Use them to adorn your window sills, walls or shelves and create a cosy, feel-good atmosphere. What‘s so good about them: These solid-looking letters may look heavy but, because they‘re made out of FIMOair light, they not only look good, they‘re light as a feather too. This makes them ideal – whether you want to stand them, stick them to a surface or hang them up.

Step-by-step tutorial

For one letter take one pack of FIMOair light in white (500 g) and roll it out to a 3 cm thick sheet approx. 12 x 15 cm in size.

Tip:
Place two 3 cm high strips of wood to the left and right of the block of FIMOair light to help you roll out a uniformly thick sheet.

Cut out the paper letter template, moisten slightly and place on the sheet of FIMO. Use a scalpel or kitchen knife to etch the contours into the clay.

Remove the template and, starting at the top of each line, insert the rigid blade into the clay holding it vertically as you do so. Follow the contours and cut out the letter carefully. Repeat the procedure for the other letters and then leave everything to dry in the air or harden in the microwave.

Hardening:
Now leave the letters to dry in the air at room temperature for 1 day or harden in the microwave in only 10 minutes at 600 watts.

IMPORTANT:
In order to avoid overheating, a glass of cold water must be placed in the microwave during the hardening process. Harden within 1 hour of modelling (100 g / 10 min).

Once the letters have dried and are hard, you can sand over any unevenness with the sanding sponges. Small cracks and holes are intentional and are what give the letters their unmistakable concrete look.

Next, cover the letters in a coat of grey paint (e.g. Rayher‘s Chalky Finish in stone grey). To enhance the concrete effect still more, sprinkle a bit of sand over the paint while still wet and rub it in.

Knead the remaining FIMOair light together and use them to roll out a 1.5 cm thick sheet approx. 12 x 26 cm in size. This sheet is large enough for 2 letters. Use a new package for the 3 additional letters.

Tip:
Turn the two strips of wood onto their narrow side so they are approx. 1.5 cm high and place them to the left and right of the block of FIMOair light to help you roll out a uniformly thick sheet.

Cut out a circle approx. 11 cm Ø using a shaped cutter, cup or glass. Then cut the small letter templates out, moisten them slightly and position them on the circle of FIMO. Use a scalpel or kitchen knife to etch the contours into the clay. 

Remove the template and, starting at the top of each line, insert the rigid blade into the clay holding it vertically as you do so. Follow the contours and cut out the letter carefully. The best way to do this is to cut out individual, small, square-shaped pieces, one at a time.

This leaves you with a negative of the letter in the centre of the circle. Once you‘ve finished cutting out the letter, make a hole for hanging in the middle at the top using a toothpick. Repeat the procedure for the other letters.

Hardening:
Now leave the letters to dry in the air at room temperature for 1 day or harden in the microwave in only 10 minutes at 600 watts.

IMPORTANT:
In order to avoid overheating, a glass of cold water must be placed in the microwave during the hardening process. Harden within 1 hour of modelling (100 g / 10 min).

Once the letters have dried/are hard, you can use sandpaper (120 grit) to smooth out any unevenness. Simply sand the surface using circular movements. Small cracks and holes are intentional and are what give the letters their unmistakable concrete look.

Straighten the inside of the letters using the flat side of the file. The round side is used to do the curves of the ‚S‘.

Finish off by painting the letters in different pastel colours (e.g. with Rayher‘s Chalky Finish paints). To enhance the concrete effect still more, sprinkle a bit of sand over the paint while still wet and rub it in with the brush. After hardening, thread a piece of white cotton thread through the hole and knot the ends together. The FIMOair light letters are so incredibly light they are ideal for hanging up and make really ‚sweet‘ window decorations!

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO®air light 8131 Air-drying or microwave hardening modelling clay - Single product, white, 250 g 8131-0 4
FIMO® 8700 04 Blades - Blistercard with mixed blade set, 3 pieces (1 rigid, 1 flexible and 1 serrated blade), 2 rubber grips 8700 04 1
FIMO® 8711 Modelling tools - Wallet containing 4 different modelling tools 8711 1
FIMO® 8700 05 Acrylic roller - Blistercard Acrylic roller for an even rolling out of FIMO, for a particularly smooth surface, Ø 25 mm, length 20 cm 8700 05 1
FIMO® 8700 08 Grind'n polish set - Blistercard Grind´n polish set, 3 different grades of sanding sponges (fine, superfine, microfine) 8700 08 1

Additionally required:

Smooth work surface (glass or ceramic), brush, scissors, glass, half-round file, sandpaper P120, round shaped cutter or a plate Ø 11cm, toothpick, white cotton thread and sand, 2 strips of wood: 30 mm x 15 mm, 30 cm long. For painting: Chalk paint (e.g. Chalky Finish from Rayher) in grey, rosé, yellow, light blue, purple, mint.

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