Supersize your next FIMO creation and make something useful as well as eye-catching.
Yes, FIMO is great for creating keyrings and cute jewellery… but you can do more!
Much, much more… like the shark below… it’s big, looks great AND you can use it for tidying pencils and serving cheese straws!
*Fimo is a popular polymer modelling clay
Step by step guide
The polymer clay I used was called Fimo, but other brands are available. It’s a pretty cool material - once you’ve made your model you just harden it in the oven, no need to wait for it to dry.
Anyway, if you’d like to make my shark, follow the instructions below. Let’s begin moulding…
First, create a simple wire frame to support the shark. Follow the measurements shown, it doesn’t have to be very accurate (1).
FIMO can be hard to work with, especially on a cold day, so here’s two tips: first warm the FIMO in your hand (2), gently squeezing it until it becomes more malleable; secondly, when joining two pieces of FIMO rub backwards and forwards over the seam, the friction will help create a nice join (3).
LEARN how to transform the stuff around you into fun and useful things:
Use a roller to flatten two blocks of silver FIMO into square sheets (4). Take one sheet and join the corners to form the shark ’nose’ (5). Position the nose over the wire frame (6). Mould the FIMO around the wire to create the top part of the shark’s mouth (7).
Take the other sheet of silver FIMO and join it onto the first sheet (8). Do this by overlapping the FIMO and then cutting the excess away with a knife (9). Rub your finger over the join to smooth it out. Fold the FIMO over the wire and finish moulding the mouth (10). The side view should look like illustration (11).
Flatten some light blue FIMO and create a rough circle shape (12). Place the sharks head on top (13). Push the blue FIMO upwards (14) to create wave like folds around the base of the shark (15).
Roll a white ball of FIMO and then flatten it (16). Now flatten a smaller black ball of FIMO and use a knife to cut-out a small ‘v’ shaped slice (17). Attach it to the centre of the flattened white ball (18).
Mould some silver FIMO into a curved arc with a triangular cross-section (19). Join it onto the sharks head and add the eyes (20) - use illustration (21) to help you positon them correctly.
Make two tapered sausages of white FIMO by gently rolling them on a flat surface with your fingers (22). These are the gums, join them onto the inside of the shark’s mouth (23).
Make lots of pointy shark teeth from small pieces of white FIMO (24). Use a nail to make a series of holes along the gums (25). Push a tooth into each hole - bigger teeth in the centre and smaller teeth towards the corner of the mouth (26). Add a touch of blood with some red FIMO (27).
Add blood drips (28) and water splashes (29) to complete the shark. Both are made from thin worms of FIMO, but with slightly bulbous end - just follow the illustration above for guidance on how to position them.
For a gory finale, make a half eaten fish (30) and delicately balance it over the Shark’s lower set of teeth!
- 2 blocks of silver FIMO
- 1 block of red, white, black FIMO
- 1 block of light blue and dark blue FIMO
- Wire (1.5mm)
- Pastry roller
What will I learn?
1) FIMO can be used to create larger functional objects as well as decorative objects such as jewellry and keyrings.
2) Delicate models can be stabilised using wire supports that get baked into the final product.
3) Hollow shapes are more easily made by cutting and joining bespoke panels and not by moulding a single lump of FIMO.
Give it your own twist
If you haven’t used polymer clay, give it a go, it’s a lot of fun. But let your imagination wander, there’s still lots of unexplored territory when it comes to using this material.