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Concrete-look letters – extravagant home deco design

Concrete-look letters – extravagant home deco design
60 min Easy

The concrete look is the latest trend in home deco accessories. With these stylish deco letters, you too can add a touch of urban charm to your home. Use them to adorn your window sills, walls or shelves and create a cosy, feel-good atmosphere. What's so good about them: The solid-looking letters may look heavy but, because they're made out of FIMOair light, they not only look good, they‘re light as a feather too. This makes them ideal – whether you want to stand them, stick them to a surface or hang them up.

Step-by-step tutorial

Roll out one pack of FIMOair light white per letter into an approx. 3 cm thick sheet.

When rolling out the FIMOair light block, place two wooden strips with a height of 3 cm on the left and right-hand side of the FIMOair light block, so as to create an even depth in the rolled-out FIMOair light block.

Cut out the paper letter template, moisten slightly and place on the sheet of FIMOair light. Use a scalpel or kitchen knife to etch the contours into the clay.

Download paper letter templates

Remove the template and, starting at the top of each line, insert the rigid blade into the clay holding it vertically as you do so. Follow the contours and cut out the letter carefully. Repeat the procedure for the other letters and then leave everything to dry in the air.

Once the letters have dried and are hard, you can smooth over any unevenness with the sanding sponges. Small cracks and holes are intentional and are what give the letters their unmistakable concrete look.

Next, cover the letters in a coat of grey paint (e.g. Rayher‘s Chalky Finish in stone grey). To enhance the concrete effect still more, sprinkle a bit of sand over the paint while still wet and rub it in with the brush.

Brush size for leaf metal onto all narrow sides of the letters and allow to dry for a short time. Do not add size to the front of the letters as these are not going to be gilded.

Side for side, carefully add the leaf metal and dab it on using a soft brush.

For better protection of the letters, paint them with satin matt paint at the end and leave to dry well.

Material overview

What you need

ProductArticle no.Quantity
FIMO® 8700 05 Acrylic roller - Blistercard containing an Acrylic roller 8700 05 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® 8711 Modelling tools - Wallet containing 4 different modelling tools 8711 1
FIMO® 8700 08 Grind'n polish set - Blistercard Grind´n polish set, 3 different grades of sanding sponges (fine, superfine, microfine) 8700 08 1

Additionally required:

Smooth work surface (glass or ceramic), brush, scissors, glass, half-round file, sandpaper P120, toothpick, white cotton thread, knitting needle or skewer, 2 strips of wood: 30 mm x 18 mm, 30 cm long. For painting: Chalk paint in grey (e.g. Chalky Finish from Rayher), sand.

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