Has it gone all llama or something? The latest it-animals are llamas and alpacas! They are particularly cute and good-natured animals, and are getting more and more popular, not only as pack animals, but also as petting animals, and for taking on walks. Taking life at a slower pace – that’s what llamas stand for. They are doing particularly well on greetings cards with witty sayings on them: “No dramas with llamas” or “No prob-llama!” These cute FIMO llamas make decorations, broaches, gift tags or even USB sticks that are right on-trend.
Roll out three portions of FIMO soft sahara into a sheet (7 x 10 cm approx.) using the clay machine on its thickest setting, 1 (2 mm approx.).
Cut out the template, lay it on the FIMO sheet and cut round it with a scalpel. Keep the blade as vertical as possible.
Make two small balls out of black FIMO soft. Press one flat and form the other into a droplet shape. To make the eye, model a small semicircle from FIMO soft sahara and add a very thin black roll to it.
Make a face from the small pieces. To make the hair, cut 8-12 mm lengths from a roll of copper FIMO effect about 1 mm in diameter, flatten at each end and arrange into a cheeky fringe.
Lay thin strips made of 1 portion copper, 1 portion rosé gold, 1/2 portion sahara and 1/2 portion white next to each other and form them into a roll. Cut through this 2-3 times and twist together again. Pass this mixture through the clay extruder using the 12-hole disc.
Make the resulting thin strings into tiny snail shapes and use them to cover the body of the llama. The curls should overlap slightly and be pressed down gently.
Tip: Work in progress and left-over material should be protected against sun and heat and can be stored in a screw-top jar or in cling film to protect it from dust and dirt.
The finished llama can be made into e.g. a tag or a broach. To make a tag, cut off one of the curved sections of a paperclip using pliers and push it into the llama’s back, on top. Then harden in the oven for 30 minutes at 110°C / 230°F. Make a loop with the second curved section of the paperclip, and once the llama has cooled, link the two sections to form a chain. Alternatively: before hardening, attach a 3 cm broach pin to the reverse side of the llama using a piece of FIMO soft sahara about 2 x 3 cm in size. Fix the pin to the top third of the llama, so that the broach will sit flat when worn.
To make gift tags, first harden the completed llamas in the oven for 30 minutes at 110° C / 230° F. After they have cooled, fix a peg to the back using Pattex all-purpose glue. These versatile pins can turn their hand to anything – they are great to use on invitations, gift packaging and gift bags, or bouquets. There’s no dramas with llamas, so to speak!
Shape 4 portions of FIMO soft sahara into an oval. Use the modelling tool to cut a slit in the reverse side. Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of the USB stick and insert into the slit. Move it around a little, so that it will be easy to take out again. Roll a 1/2 portion of FIMO effect rosé gold out to make each of the cone-shaped legs and square off both ends. Cut out two head shapes using the template and keep the space between them for the USB stick free using another piece of cardboard. Cover the body and the neck part of the head with small curls – as for the 2-dimensional llama. Prick two small holes in each ear. Harden in the oven for 30 minutes at 110° C / 230° F.
Afterwards, create small tassels from thread and knot them into the ears. Remove the cardboard pieces and insert the USB stick into the space they leave. If it sits easily inside, secure with glue.
What you need
Smooth work surface (glass or ceramic), scalpel, toothpicks
For the greetings cards: coloured paper for printing, mini peg, Pattex 100%
For the gift bag: parcel string, ribbon, mini peg, Pattex 100%
As jewellery: chain or broach pin. For use in the office: USB stick
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