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« on: May 31, 2011 08:13:38 AM »

i was thinking how i used to make christmas decorations as a child with shapes cut from tin foil and an old biro which never lasted from one year to the next. i'd seen more durable decoration made from thicker craft foils but it was something id never done as a child. this was something in the way of a nostalgic muck around and a good use for scrap clay Smiley

to make a pendant or tree hanger i added a few jump rings to the 'frame' though you could make a hole in the scrap clay shape first and punch through the foil instead.


i added a brooch back to this piece.


first cut a shape from scrap clay (you could use cookie cutters) and cut a piece of kitchen/baking foil slightly bigger than your shape.


smear a little liquid clay onto the shape (including the sides) with your finger. this helps to stop the foil slipping and sliding while you work.


place your foil over the shape and smooth it down with your finger.


you can do this free hand or transfer your chosen design to tracing paper. if your using tracing paper you may find it easier to tape the design in place while you work with masking tape


with a small knitting needle or cocktail stick  indent your design. dont use anything sharp or you will rip the foil.


when your design is completed carefully trim away the excess foil and smooth down the sides


bake the piece at the manufactures recommended temperature.
add frame or additional decoration as desired and bake again.



as always advice or comments are more than welcome Smiley



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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011 08:43:08 AM »

What a good way of improving permanence.
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011 08:53:31 AM »

Love the fish design! ( I get fishy at my job). Also, great idea of how to make the foil decoration last.  

Have you thought about coloring the fish?

Thanks for sharing tutorial Maxxev. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011 08:57:46 AM »

Love the fish design! ( I get fishy at my job). Also, great idea of how to make the foil decoration last.  

Have you thought about coloring the fish?

Thanks for sharing tutorial Maxxev. Cheesy

thank you
you could use coloured foils or nail varnish would adhere to foil so that could be used to flood areas with colour Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011 11:31:51 AM »

lovely! did you frame them with more clay?
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