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FIMO leather-effect Halloween Napkin Rings

FIMO leather-effect Halloween Napkin Rings

Step-by-step tutorial

Use a tile as a work surface. 
To make the spider, cut off 1¼ FIMO Leather Effect portions in Black.

Flatten the FIMO with your fingers to a depth of 5-6mm. Press a piece of Silver Leaf Metal onto the surface then use a roller to flatten it into a crackled pattern.

Shape the FIMO into a ball for the spider’s abdomen.

To make the spider’s head and body, divide ¼ FIMO portion into 2 small balls measuring 1cm and 5mm.

Press them onto the abdomen.

To make the spider’s legs, divide 1 FIMO portion into 4 pieces. Press each piece between your fingers to elongate it then roll on the tile with your fingertips, to make thin strands 10mm in length.

Arrange the 4 strands into a star shape then press the middle so they stick together.

Carefully press the spider’s body sections onto the legs.

Shape the legs by curling them. Press the ends for feet with a modelling tool. 

The tile can be transferred straight to the oven for hardening (Step 15) without moving the spider.

To make the napkin ring, cut 5 FIMO portions. Press with your fingers to flatten it then roll to 5mm deep.

Place a piece of Leaf Metal over the FIMO, smooth it with your fingers then roll over the top. Keep rolling until the Leaf Metal crackles, then fold and re-roll for a more fragmented effect. The strip needs to be approximately 17cm x 7cm.

Trim off the ends with a modelling tool then carefully tear along the sides to make an uneven edge. Make the strip approximately15cm x 5cm.

Lift up the rolled FIMO then curl it around a piece of cardboard tube (4.5-5cm diameter).
Check the 2 ends aren’t touching and if necessary trim off some FIMO to make it shorter.
Place it onto a tile or baking tray with a piece of card underneath.

To make a blended effect on a napkin ring, roll and fold 2 or 3 FIMO colours together until the colours start to merge, then make a strip in the same way as Step 11.

Place the FIMO strips around tubes.

Harden all the FIMO pieces at 130°C for 30 minutes. Leave to cool before handling.

Remove the cardboard tube. Punch holes at both ends of the hardened FIMO strips.

Optional – fix metal eyelets into the holes.

Thread a piece of cord or thin ribbon through both holes then tie a knot.

Glue tiny gems onto the spider’s head then glue the spiders onto the napkin rings.

Variation:
To make a spider brooch, glue a small brooch pin with a flat back onto the reverse of the spider’s body.

Tips:

  • Try using different FIMO Leather colour combinations for a multi-coloured set of napkin rings.
  • Keep your fingers clean with wet wipes so darker FIMO colours don’t transfer onto the lighter ones. 
  • Wipe and dry the tile before using a new FIMO colour.
  • The uneven edge along the strip can be accentuated and shaped by pushing the FIMO with a modelling tool. 
  • Placing FIMO on a piece of card on the baking tray helps to prevent the reverse side appearing shiny or patchy. Always keep card away from the edge of the oven or heated elements.
  • For safety when using superglue wear disposable gloves, a filter mask, and eye protection.

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO® leather-effect 8010 Oven-hardening modelling clay - single product black 8010-909 1
FIMO® 8781 Leaf metal - Single product Leaf metal, silver 8781-81 1
FIMO® leather-effect 8010 Oven-hardening modelling clay - single product watermelone 8010-249 1
FIMO® leather-effect 8010 Oven-hardening modelling clay - single product olive 8010-519 1
FIMO® leather-effect 8010 Oven-hardening modelling clay - single product lagoon 8010-369 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® 8711 Modelling tools - Wallet containing 4 different modelling tools 8711 1
FIMO® 8700 22 Oven thermometer - Blistercard containing 1 Oven thermometer 8700 22 1
Noris® 965 Hobby scissors - Blistercard containing scissors with 17 cm blade 965 17 NBK 1
Mars® 562 04 F Plexiglas® - ruler - Single product length 30 cm 562 04-30F 1

Additionally required:

a tile, wet wipes, a cardboard tube, thin card, a baking tray, superglue, a hole punch, metal eyelets + eyelet setting tool, thin ribbon or cord, small acrylic gems

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