How to Make Coral Tealight Holders with FIMO
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How to Make Coral Tealight Holders with FIMO

Difficulty Beginner
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1hour

Discover how to create coral tealight holders using FIMO modelling clay. Perfect for beginners, these unusual coral lanterns will get you in the mood for summer, sunshine and a holiday mood – especially the kind of holidays where bright corals shimmer in the water while colourful fish swim around.

Quick and easy to make, these tealight holders are ideal for making as a delicate handmade gift for someone special or for a garden party.

Project and instructions by Lisa Tihanyi for FIMO.

You will need

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How to make

You will also need:

* A craft knife

Step 1

Roll out 2 blocks each of FIMO soft flamingo and white into sheets about 5mm thick using your rolling pin.

Step 2

Cut each sheet into two triangles and press together at the seam.

Now fold the sheet in half, white on white and flamingo on flamingo. Then roll again.

Step 3

Now fold the sheet again, and then roll it once more.

Important: Always fold in the same direction, flamingo onto flamingo and white onto white. Repeat the above steps until you achieve the colour gradient you want.

Step 4

Now place the FIMO sheet on your working surface and use the knife to cut out a coral design. Let your imagination run free – the more branches, the better.

Step 5

Remove the surplus and smooth the coral with a modelling tool. Pierce small holes in the ends of the branches if you like and fill them with a small piece of FIMO in a contrasting colour. For example, you can fill the lighter coloured branch ends with pink coloured FIMO.

Step 6

Once you’re happy with your coral, position it around your lantern and press down carefully to ensure it sticks to the glass. You can adjust the shape a little at this point if you want to.

Then harden the lantern in the oven at 110 °C /230 °F and then leave to cool. And you’re done!

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