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Upcycling vase

Upcycling vase
20 minEasy

Is there anyone who hasn’t come across a whole load of boring, dusty vases when clearing out the cellar?
But it would be a shame to throw them away when you can use FIMO to give them such a pretty makeover. Add colourful stripes and turn them into unique DIY pieces that will be the perfect match for your décor.

Step-by-step tutorial

Roll out 1 block of each of the following FIMO soft colours into a sheet using the acrylic roller or the clay machine on setting 1: indian red, white, royal violet and sun yellow. Trim to form stripes of different widths.

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.

Cover the glass vase with the first indian red stripe. It’s easiest if you start at the bottom of the vase.

Take care not to overlap the edges; ensure they are an exact fit. The easiest way of doing this is to overlap both ends and then cut a straight line down the middle. Then remove the extra pieces.

Take a knitting needle and carefully roll over the edges, applying only gentle pressure, to close the gap.

Cut off the bottom edge in a straight line.

To create a burnished look, apply some leaf metal to the FIMO soft yellow sheet with a stencil brush and trim to form a straight line. Do the same with all the other colours and gradually cover your vase to create whatever look you like. It also looks pretty if you leave some space between the FIMO stripes now and again, so that you can see the contents of the vase through them. Now harden the vase in the oven for 30 minutes at 110° C / 230° F and allow to cool – and you’re done! After the vase has cooled, seal the golden parts with gloss varnish to brighten the colours and protect the leaf metal from rubbing.

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO® soft 8020 Oven-hardening modelling clay - Single product indian red 8020-24 1
FIMO® soft 8020 Oven-hardening modelling clay - Single product white 8020-0 1
FIMO® soft 8020 Oven-hardening modelling clay - Single product sunflower 8020-16 1
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® 8783 Varnish for leaf metal - Blistercard containing 1 jar of varnish for leaf metal, 35 ml 8783 BK 1
FIMO® 8713 Clay machine - Big cardboard box containing clay machine in red colour 8713 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® 8781 Leaf metal - Single product Leaf metal, gold 8781-11 1

Additionally required:

Smooth work surface (glass or ceramic), glass vase, stencil brush

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