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Sunday, 19 October 2008

Fimo toadstool tutorial.

Ok folks, i've had a few people asking how i made these toadstools, so i have done a basic tutorial with some pics to get you there. Please remember, this is about the third time i've ever dabbled with Fimo, so whilst it shows that anyone can do this, it also means i'm no expert. This is just the way i made them, there are probably better ways around though.

So here we go...oh and before i start, if anyone wonders why i have a lot of full stops or dots between my paragraphs, it's because Blogger is seriously having a giggle with my posting abilities at the moment, no matter how well i space them out in the editing thingy....it just crams them together when i publish!!! Hopefully the piccies are ok, i'm doing it by daylight bulb in my craft room...

Moan over.....here we go......take two!.... :)

First you need some Fimo, i used the Fimo Classic here....


Cut off 1/4th of it, that's all you need for a toadstool of this size...
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You now need to make two balls of equal size. To do this, just cut your piece in two before you start rolling the balls......cheers for that tip Maddy! :)


Then roll the two balls......one will be your stem, and the other your top.

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Take the first ball, and roll it into a sausage shape.....


Then taking an end in each hand between the fingers, twist it alternating ways (one end forwards whilst the other twists backwards......apologies if that sounds like i'm teaching anyone to suck eggs, believe me when i say i need to make it clear so that I can remember it!!! :)
Now you have your twisted stem. You don't have to have a twist in it, in fact i'm not sure that real toadstools do at all.....i just like it!

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So that's your stem done. Put it to one side and take your second ball of clay. Flatten it with the pad of your finger/thumb until it's quite flat, about 3 or 4 mm.


Now to mark the underside with the toadstools gills....i just marked a dot in the middle as a guide, then pressed with the blade of a craft knife to get the markings. Tip, if you find it hard spacing the lines out properly, mark a cross, then half the segments in that, then half the segments again......and so on. It doesn't have to be perfect though......have you ever seen a toadstool that was?
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Turn it over, then for added effect, i cut small chips into the edge of the toadstool...
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Next take the toadstool roof, and press the edges slightly to thin out the rounded edges. You can use two hands for this, one to hold, one to press. I just couldn't as i had to take a piccy!
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That's the roof done......now push the stem up into the centre of the roof. Do this firmly enough to make it stick, but gentle enough not to go through the top. Hey presto....one Fimo toadstool!!!
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Please do not fret if you think it looks rubbish at this stage, once it's gone hard and you have added some colour later, it looks so much better! Really brings out the realism to it.
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Now go and stick it in the oven. I did mine for 30 mins at Gas Mark half, or 110 degrees F/240 degrees C. Once done, let it cool thoroughly.
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Time to give it some colour. Below are the colours i used. A Dark Moss and charcoal Colourbox ink, and a Fired Brick and Tea Dye Distress ink pad. These were applied with a standard 1/2in paint brush i found in my shed. Oh yes...only the best tools for Calv! :)
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First off, i applied the Dark Moss to the stem. I just jabbed the brush into the ink pad, then flicked the brush around the stem rather than "painted it. This ensured any little nooks and cranny's were coloured.
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Then i turned it over and did the underside in Charcoal ink...
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I just gave the edge a little ink too......
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Lastly, colour the top. I used two layers of colour on this one, Tea Dye first then after a quick dry with a heat gun, i brushed it with Fired Brick to give it a reddish hint.
So there you go.......one finished toadstool!

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The underside......
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Thanks for staying awake through this, this really is a simple piece to make, even my ten year old made one to this standard today with only verbal input from me. I would love it if you could pass this method on to anyone who is new to Fimo like myself, and if that someone was a little one, it would make it all the more special.

14 comments:

maddy hill said...

Brill tutorial calvin - i see you took your nail varnish off for the pics .lol wink !

Calv said...

Thank you Maddy lol. :)

Nikki said...

Excellent tutorial.. love the finished article..

You really are beginning to spread your crafty wings..

michelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Sarah C said...

Thanks for the lesson Calvin. Im hopeless with fimo, but will give this a go and see what happens xxx

voodoo vixen said...

Love the tutorial and your toadstool is brilliant! Now... where the heck can I find some Fimo...

Melissa said...

A W E S O M E !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rachel said...

Shame I gave all my Fimo away a while ago ................... Great tutorial Calvin :-)

Calv said...

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, it's lovely to read seeing this is pretty new to me.

I'd love to see what people have managed to do if they try it.

That is a shame Rach, but the thing i love about small projects like this....is that a packet of fimo is only £1.50 so it's not going to break the bank. I spend that much on chocolate an hour!!! :)

Rachel said...

Chocolate/fimo fimo/Chocolate ................. hmmm difficult decision! LOL

patty w said...

Cute toadstool ! Great tutorial!

Jamie said...

Thank you for the AWESOME tut! I will have to see if I can make a few of these for fall

Linda Cain said...

What a great tutorial! Did not think to use distress inks on Clay!!!!

Way to Go!
Linda

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