Sometimes when I’m trying out a new idea in Fimo, what I like to do is have a go at a very simple version first and then see what I like and don’t like about it before I go on to try a more complex version. Family life does tend to mean that I never get to the complicated version, or I don’t ever blog what I do make because I’m not happy with the finished product! In fact this blog is partly for exactly those projects; things I know someone else will probably do a better job of than I will but might not have had the particular idea in the first place 😉 This particular project started off as a quick try out of an idea though and when I test ran it, I liked it far more than I thought. So I give you a simple Fimo Autumn themed votive, which looks LOVELY when lit and pretty good when it isn’t too!
The original plan for these autumn jars was for them to be complex, similar to the flower jars we made on recycled jars early on in the summer. I wasn’t feeling terribly creative on the day though and just made some simple oak leaf shapes using an icing sugar cutter and some branches that looped around the jar so it would all hold together. Then I decorated it with some very simple acorn halves and baked it, feeling rather disgruntled with my efforts.
These were the things I wanted to do better.
1) Texture the branches.
2) Use texture plates to make more realistic leaves and make them thinner and less chunky.
3) Look more closely at acorns and learn how to make them in polymer clay.
4) Build up the base with more detail to hide the tealight.
I’ve created several Pinterest boards to develop the theme a little more including a Hedgerow theme and Autumn Crafts and Nature Crafts and I think I’ll be back to working on this, because autumn colours and shapes really please me. However, in the end, the way it looked in the dark pleased me enough to think it deserved a little outing even in its first incarnation.
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