How to make Fimo beads
Fimo beads are fun to make and a craft that the children can join in with. Fimo clay is not expensive and a little clay goes a long way. Simple bead making does not require great skill. Let your creative juices flow and see how many different types and style of clay beads you can make from one small block of clay. If you have no craft store nearby then you can purchase Fimo clay via Internet stores and auction sites.
Fimo clay comes in many different colors. This allows you to create colorful and stylish beads. It is possible to roll out the Fimo clay and layer three or four colors of clay together to make marbled clay. The clay needs to be kneaded before you work with it, hard clay is not easy to roll or mould. You can buy many different craft tools to help you make Fimo beads but a rolling pin and a darning needle are good tools for beginners.
Knead the block of Fimo clay and consider what kind of beads you would like to make. The clay beads can be all shapes and sizes. If you are using more than one color of clay then practise blending the clay together. Fashion your beads and when you are happy with what you have produced then stick the darning needle through the centre of each clay bead. Make a good clear hole that runs all the way through the center of the clay bead. Place the finished beads on a tray ready to bake in the oven. If Fimo clay bead making is a hobby you really start to enjoy then you may like to buy a bead baking rack. This is a rack that is constructed to hold your Fimo clay beads whilst they bake in the hot oven. These bead racks can be purchased from a craft store or from the Internet.
The instructions on the wrapper the block of Fimo clay will tell you what temperature to bake it at. If you are placing the beads on an ordinary baking tray to cook then make sure that the clay beads do not touch each other. Round clay beads may be slightly difficult to balance on a baking tray. That is why a bead baking rack comes in so useful.
When the Fimo clay beads have cooked for about twenty minutes they will be hard. Let the clay beads cool before you decorate them. Fimo clay beads can be sanded down and painted. The painted beads can be vanished to make then shiny. Fimo bead bracelets and necklaces make a great Christmas gift.
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