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Winter wonderland - sparkling gold effect decorations

Féérie hivernale - des pendentifs étincelants aux touches dorées
25 min Easy

It‘s cold and snowy outside and so we’re making ourselves nice and cosy indoors. These little golden houses made from FIMOair air-drying modelling clay really twinkle against the snow.
Whether you hang them on the Christmas tree, on a branch or attach them to presents – in the glow of the candles and other Christmas lights these will add a lovely festive sparkle.

Lisa Tihanyi

An article by Lisa Tihanyi

Step-by-step tutorial

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Roll out some FIMOair into a sheet about 0.5 cm thick using the acrylic roller.

Print out the template, cut it out and place it on the FIMOair sheet.

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Now cut round the edge of the template using the blade.

Work in progress and left-over material should be protected against sun and heat and stored in an airtight container.

Use the bead piercing needle to pierce a hole at the top of the little house, so that you can attach the thread to hang the decoration later.

You can now make as many little houses as you like this way. They will then need to air dry for at least 24 hours. Keep turning them over as they dry.

Once the house is completely dry, apply size for leaf metal using the brush and dry for about 15 minutes until tacky.

Apply leaf metal to the house and brush backwards and forwards with a soft dry brush to remove any excess.

It creates a particularly pretty effect if you apply more leaf metal to the lower part of the house and gradually less as you move upwards.

Apply semi-gloss varnish using a brush, to prevent the leaf metal rubbing off.

Finally pull the thread through the hole, and your little house decoration is done.

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO®air 8103 Air-drying modelling clay - Single product, white, 250 g 8103-0 1
FIMO® 8700 05 Acrylic roller - Blistercard containing an Acrylic roller 8700 05 1
FIMO® 8781 Leaf metal - Single product Leaf metal, gold 8781-11 1
FIMO® 8782 Size for leaf metal - Blistercard containing 1 jar of size for leaf metal, 35 ml 8782 BK 1
FIMO® 8705 Semi-gloss varnish - Blistercard containing 1 jar of water-based semi-gloss varnish, 35 ml 8705 01 BK 1
STAEDTLER® 989 Synthetic brush - Blistercard containing 3 brushes: #2 round, #8 round, #8 flat 989-SBK3-3 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® 8712 20 Bead piercing needles - Blistercard containing 50 bead piercing pins 8712 20 1

Additionally required:

smooth working surface (glass or ceramic), thread

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