Fimo is a polymer clay, a little bit like playdoh but firmer and less sticky. It hardens in the oven when cooked for several hours at 130°C, depending on the thickness of your clay. I tested it with va thumbnail to see if I could still mark it.
You can build up your burgers as you would with the real ingredients. The lettuce was made by cutting shards off a block of green fimo with a sharp knife. The red onions were made by rolling up purple and white clay and then cutting slices. I'm particularly proud of them.
You can add texture using a sharp knife or some scrunched up tin foil. I bought a beginner Fimo kit from eBay and it came with some wooden texturing tools.
To make the bread look more toasted, dust the top with glitter colour powder.
You can attach the jewellery O rings straight to the fimo before cooking. If you are making beads made sure you put BIG holes into your clay.: I found it impossible to pull metal wire out.
If you want to make something a bit more fancy, you can combine the fimo with doll's house miniature crockery for a fabulous afternoon tea. The fimo will stick to the ceramic or metal while it is heated and you can add the O rings afterwards using super glue or apoxy.
To make tea or other transparent things use liquid fimo. You can colour it using powdered colours and it bakes in the same way as the normal clay. That's how the tea and the jam was made. It is very sticky and does no flow easily once mixed. I had to dab it on using a chopstick.
Don't forget to glaze your creations once they are baked to protect them. You can get both satin and matt glazes. Some websites say use several coats but I've found one works fine.
It's another Famous Frocks dress, this time a little disco number in honour of Diana Ross. I opted to go for the slightly more modern version.
The variation has cuffed sleeves. I also lengthened the dress by 4", added some beautiful gold tape around the edges to make it a bit more glamourous, and made the keyhole a lot smaller (between top two notches).
This dress was very easy and quick to make. It took 2m of black stretch cotton jersey and 6m of gold and black tape.
The pattern comes in four parts but I cut out the back as one piece, removing the seam allowance. If I hadn't put in the keyhole I'd have done the same with the front as seams on a tight fitting dress look clunky. You can cut them on the fold.
I sewed the side seams as princess seams to keep them neat using a stretch stitch.
For the hemlines at the skirt, neckline and sleeves, I folded the fabric over once and used a stretch zigzag stitch. This could have been made neater by folding it over twice: I was worried that would make it roll over but the gold tape was strong enough to stop that.
One of the bad things about the Famous Frocks book is that the inside of the dress looks very messy. They recommended sewing both halves of the sleeve on at once. Instead, I sewed one end of the cuff to the sleeve and then under stitched the other end of the cuff to the sewing line so you can't see the seam or the gathering.
So with the final piece, I'm all ready to party this festive season! Although I am developing a blister from hand stitching 12m of tape- next time I'll use the sewing machine!
You rip what you sew!