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Summer lanterns as festive table decorations

Summer lanterns as festive table decorations
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These FIMOair light lanterns are quick and easy to make and are ideal for adding a perfect finishing touch to any festive dinner table. Simply cover everyday preserve jars with a layer of FIMOair light, cut out motifs and leave to dry. That‘s it – it takes no time at all to create theses lovely lightweight, summertime table decorations.

Step-by-step tutorial

Cut an approx. 8 cm wide strip off the block of FIMOair light and roll it out to an approx. 4 mm thin sheet on a glass work surface using the acrylic roller.

Tip:
Place a sheet of baking paper between the glass work surface and the FIMOair light. This will make it easier to remove the rolled-out sheet of FIMO later on.

Cut the edges straight with a sharp kitchen knife so you are left with a large rectangle.

Carefully peel the sheet of FIMOair light off the glass work surface. Cover the jar with the sheet of FIMO, positioning the long edge of the clay around the rim. Press on carefully as you do so.

Tip:
Unfinished items and left-over bits of material can be stored in a sealed plastic bag or airtight container, e.g. a plastic box or jar.

Cut off any excess FIMOair light at the join so that the sides meet but not overlap. Smooth over the edges well to make the join invisible. Use the kitchen knife again to cut off any surplus FIMOair light from around the base of the jar. Level out any unevenness with a modelling stick and a little water.

Create a pattern by cutting out holes in the FIMO using pen caps in different diameters. Remove the clay from the holes with a bead-piercing needle to allow the candlelight to shine through later. Should any bits of FIMO remain stuck to the glass, carefully scratch them off with the bead-piercing needle. For a different design, you could use FIMO shaped cutters or even just the bead-piercing needles on their own. Finally, leave the jars overnight to dry at room temperature. You can then add the tea-lights and use the pretty lanterns to decorate your festively set dinner table with.

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 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® 8712 20 Bead piercing needles - Blistercard containing 50 bead piercing pins 8712 20 1
FIMO® 8724 03 Shaped cutters - Set containing 6 assorted motifs 8724 03 1
FIMO® 8711 Modelling tools - Wallet containing 4 different modelling tools 8711 1

Additionally required:

Small glasses for the tea-lights – here: little tulip-shaped preserve jars, 1 sharp kitchen knife, pen caps with different diameters

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