I’ve been playing around with Fimo clay a lot lately for some other projects and decided to give a black and white marble look a go. I’m sure there are lots of ways to do this properly (none of which I could be bothered looking up at the time) so had a go at just using a black marker and am really happy with how it turned out! So so simple and am totally addicted with clay even more now.
For this one I tried the Fimo Air Light clay for the first time and really loved how it’s much easier to work with as it’s super soft. I find the regular Fimo clays can be really stiff and takes ages to knead them with your hands, even the soft versions. I’d have to admit though that for the end result, I prefer the feel of the regular Fimo clay, it’s just a bit heavier and smoother like stone, as opposed to the lighter, chalky texture of the Fimo Air Light. All a much of a muchness for just gift tags though but that’s two cents for the world of Fimo clay. Now, onto the marbling..
- Fimo Air Light Clay
- Black marker
- Smooth flat object like a glass to roll it out
- Metal ruler or blade to cut the clay
- Paper and Scissors to cut a shape template (optional)
- Baking paper or a smooth dinner plate
- Bamboo skewer or toothpick
First tip – wash your hands REALLY well or wear gloves. White clay has a magical ability to find dirt on your hands that you can never spot.
Tear off a bit of your clay and knead it with your hands for a minute.
Start drawing on a bit of your black marker like below.
Fold your clay blob in half and give it a knead a few times. Lay it out again and give it some more ink until you’re happy with the look. I just did two rounds like the above for this batch and kneaded it maybe 6 times each. Don’t play with it too much or it will turn into a grey mess.
Pop it on a sheet of baking paper or a smooth dinner plate and use your glass to roll it flat, to around 5mm. Mid-way through rolling I recommend picking it up so you can check it’s not too stuck to the baking paper.
Cut out a diamond template onto a piece of paper, put it on top of your clay and use this as a guide to cut it out. I just used a metal ruler and pressed it down, but an Xacto knife or blade will work too.
Carefully pick up the diamond and use the pointy end of your bamboo skewer to push a hole into the top, use a twisting motion and you’ll get a nice clean hole.
While you’ve got it up in your hands, use your ruler to gently pat the sides town to make them nice and straight and neat.
Another tip – when making your next one, don’t lay the clay on the same spot on the baking paper as it will get stuck, always go for a clean area.
Check your pack for instructions on how to bake your clay, mine could be air dried or just put in the microwave for 10 mins.
aaaand you’re all done! Aren’t they cute?? Definitely making some as Christmas ornaments!