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12 Month Craft Challenge October – Fimo ghost in a bottle charm.

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I’ve wanted to make something like this for a while, after seeing miniature bottles on etsy and as it was the month for Halloween, well, why not?

What you need:

Miniature glass bottle

Fimo in glittery white, black, grey and brown.

Sculpting tools (or a biro pen if you don’t have any)

Tweezers.

A headpin.

Beading pliers.

Sewing needle.

Glue.

Using white fimo make your ghost.  Make sure the surface you are working on and your hands are clean as the white will pick up any dirt. Make eyes from black fimo and blend in, once again being careful not to smudge it into the white.  Once done, use your needle to poke a hole through the ghost from top to bottom.  Make sure the hole is big enough for you headpin and your ghost is small enough to fit inside your bottle.

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Now warm up a small piece of brown fimo in your hands so it is pliable and drop it into your glass bottle.  Use your fimo tools or the non pen end of a biro to squish the fimo onto the base of the bottle.  It doesn’t need to be smooth as this is your graveyard earth but it does need to be firmly stuck.

Use white and black fimo to make a tiny skull and a bone.

Use grey fimo to make a gravestone.

Use tweezers to place your skull, bones and gravestone inside the bottle and once again push firmly so that they are attached to the brown fimo on the bottle’s surface.

Now bake your bottle and ghost in the oven according to the instructions on the fimo packet.  Yes you can bake your glass bottle, just let it cool down completely before touching it.

Once cool, push your headpin through the ghost and through the cork lid of your bottle.  Use your beading pliers to make a loop.  (I’ll be writing about how to do this in my next post.) Glue the cork lid to the bottle to seal.

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I really enjoyed making this and would love to make one’s using resin at some point.  If you don’t have a headpin, I have seen some tutorials on youtube that use clear thread instead, although you wouldn’t be able to use it as a charm.

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Easter Project: Fimo Creme Egg Keyring

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My cousin is allergic to chocolate (poor thing) so I decided to make this cool non-edible creme egg keyring as an Easter gift.

The creme egg bead is made from fimo.  I bought this one, but they look easy enough to make yourself, just remember to etch the star shape on the egg and prick a tiny hole using a pin in the top of the egg before baking according to packet instructions (to screw your eyepin into when it is cool)  Then attach to a keyring finding.  I bought a packet of 3 for 99p at The Works.  To finish off I used 3mm ribbon in three colours, red, yellow and purple (like the creme egg wrapper) and tied a bow around the chain of the keyring.

I’m pretty pleased with the result.  But it makes me hungry looking at it 🙂

Happy Handmade Christmas!

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‘m super excited about Christmas this year!  It’s my first Christmas in my new house, with my new partner.  We decided we both wanted a real tree and as I’m pretty crafty, I thought I’d have a go at making a few of my own decorations. I ended up enjoying it so much that, aside from the Christmas lights, I’ve ended up decorating the entire tree with decorations that are handmade.

My favourite is definitely the ‘gentlemen gingerbread’ (pictured above) that I made entirely from fimo, using a cookie cutter.  It’s the same sort of design I use for my gingerbread brooches, only with the addition of fimo monocle and pipe.

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Most of the decorations above are made using fimo too. To make the candy canes I took red and white fimo and rolled two long sausages.  Then I twisted the white one around the red one to make a long candy cane stick.  I then cut them into smaller sizes, bent them, baked them and tied a silver bow around each one.

The Christmas trees took the longest amount of time to make.  I used a tree cookie cutter to cut the basic shape and then made multi coloured baubles and a star and pressed them on before baking.

I did however make some other decorations that were not from fimo.  At the edge of the photo above, you can see a decoration that is made by taking three cinnamon sticks and fixing them together with decorative Christmas tape.  I then tied them with red and white string so that I was able to hang them.  They look traditional and smell gorgeous as do these…

I’m not sure how long these will last!  I first tied silver ribbon around the clementine, as you would tie up a parcel.  Then I pierced cloves along the edge of the ribbon.  This helps to fix the ribbon in place and releases the wonderful aroma of oranges and cloves.  They look pretty effective too.

There are several reasons why I’ll be making more decorations next year.

Firstly, it is very cost effective.   Some of these literally cost pence to make.  Even if you have to buy clay,  they are still a lot cheaper than buying decorations from a home store.

Secondly, there is something satisfying about hanging something that you have made yourself.  There is something soulless about a factory made, polystyrene, sequinned bauble when it lies near a ‘gentleman gingerbread’ that I have made by hand.  And the fact that no two are exactly the same adds to their character. I like that I have made something that I know nobody else has.

Thirdly, the smell of Christmas spices, means no need to buy air freshener or scented candles.

Go ahead and make your own.  It’ll be worth the time and trouble.

And have a very Merry Christmas!

xxx

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