Introduction: Polymer Clay Covered Flatware

Have you ever seen all that nice and colored flatware in a store and left thinking that you wanted it but couldn't buy it because you already had too much? Here is an example.

Leaving a store thinking that you couldn't buy something that you want is really disappointing.
Luckily I found out about this cool technique that you can use to cover your flatware and make it look the way you want!
All you need is polymer clay, I used Fimo.

This was the first time I ever used Fimo, but it was so fun that it won't be the last!
Of course you can use this technique to do anything you want, but I covered an old ruined knife along with a teaspoon with the clay that was left, and I am extremely satisfied with the result.

I hope you enjoy this instructable and have fun with clay! :)

Step 1: What You Need

  • 3 different colors of polymer clay - I used white, blue and red Fimo
  • cutter
  • pasta machine
  • ruler
  • flatware

Step 2: Make 2 Rectangles

I am going to write this tutorial on the basis of the color I chose, but you can adjust it with the colors you like, of course.

Take one piece of white clay and one piece of red clay. They have to be about the same size.
Pass them through the pasta machine one at a time starting from the thicker size, and pass through the other different sizes until you reach the one that makes the clay about 1,5mm thick (0.05 inches).

Cut both of them to create 2 identical rectangles, as you can see in the pictures.

Step 3: The Bicolored Rectangle

Cut the rectangles in 2 from one angle to the other, right where the diagonal should be.
You now have 2 triangles of each color.

Lay one white triangle on the other and press it a little with your fingers so that they will stick together.
Do the same for the other color.

Now join the 2 different colors triangles together to create a new bicolored rectangle.

Step 4: Create a Shade

Pass the new rectangle through the pasta machine once then fold it in half and pass it through the pasta machine again.

Keep folding your rectangles after passing it through the pasta machine many times (maybe even 20) until the 2 colors mix together and create a shade that goes from white to dark red.

Step 5: Roll

Now roll your rectangle starting from the white side until you reach the end (red side).

Make 3 cuts that reach the white center on the whole length of your roll.
Look at the pictures to fully understand how the cuts are made. I started with the central one then made the other 2 ones. They look like an M, or a W upside down :D

Step 6: Cut the Blue Clay

Take a small piece of blue clay and pass it through the pasta machine like you did for the other colors.

Cut 3 identical strips as long as the white-red roll and as large as the cuts you made in the previous step.

Now insert these 3 strips in the 3 cuts.
It can be quite tricky, but you just need a little patience and you'll do it :)

Close your roll and press it with your fingers to give it the shape of a petal (or a drop).

Step 7: Make a Long Pyramid

Take another piece of blue clay and make 2 thin rolls as long as the white-red roll.
Press them with your fingers to give them a pyramid shape.

Place your big roll between these 2 blue pieces as you can see in the pictures.
The thinnest part of the petal/roll must be the top, the thicker/circular side will be at the bottom, where the 2 blue pieces are.

Now press everything with your fingers to make all pieces stick together and create a long and thick pyramid.
Keep pressing and gently pull it a little at a time to make it longer and longer (and thinner at the same time).

When your pyramid is about 1cm thick (0.39 inches), divide it in 6 equal pieces using a ruler.

Step 8: Create the Flower

Join 3 pieces together placing them side by side to create a semicircle.
Remember that the red angle of the pyramid must be at the center of the semicircle.
Do the same with the other 3 pieces left.

Now take a small piece of white clay and make a very thin snake out of it.
Make it about 1mm thick (0.03 inches) and as long as the semicircles.

This will be the center of your flower, so place it in the middle of one semicircle and add the other half of the circle on it to close the circle.

Your flower has formed!

Step 9: Make Many Tiny Flowers

Press your roll to keep the pieces together and gently pull it with your fingers to make it longer and thinner, just like you did in step 7.
This new roll has to become about 5mm thick (0.19 inches).

Cut out the 2 ends now and start to cut many thin slices from the roll. They have to be about 1mm thick (0.03 inches).
You'll notice that these slices of clay show a tiny flower inside...isn't that nice? :)
Rotate the roll as you cut them and be very gentle and careful because the clay is very soft and the roll may flatten. If it does, the flower will lose its circular shape.
Once you understand the proper way of cutting them, it will be much easier and faster.

Place all your flowers next to each other on a rectangle of blue clay.

Step 10: Flatten the Flowers

Once your rectangle is full of flowers, pass it through the pasta machine again.
Remember to always start from the thickest size. If you don't, your flowers will stretch too much.
You are finally done when the rectangle is bigger and thin again.

Step 11: Cover Your Knife

Let's cover your piece of flatware now!
Let's say that you cover a knife, like I did.

Place the grip of your knife on the back of the clay rectangle to figure out about how big the piece of clay you need for it must be.
So cut a piece out of the rectangle, big enough to cover the whole grip of your knife.

Now lay the piece of clay on your knife grip and adjust it with your fingers to be as smooth and adherent to the knife as possible.

Step 12: Bake!

The last thing you have to do is bake it!

You need to find a way to keep the part of the knife you covered with clay up, so that it doesn't touch any surface and the shape won't be ruined. I placed it between 2 bowls, one smaller than the other, as you can see in the picture.
You can do the same, or stick the knife on a potato or find another method :D

When you find the best way to keep the knife up, place it in the oven at 110/120°C - 230F for 15 minutes.
When the time is up, take everything out of the oven and let the knife cool.

You are done!! :)
You can leave it this way now or pass a layer of transparent varnish for Fimo on it to make it shinier.

PS: You can normally wash it in water, but remember that you can't put it in the dishwasher!

PS2: Please vote this instructable if you liked it, I'd really appreciate it :)

Comments

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Tarun Upadhyaya made it! (author)2014-03-08

Linda...I think I might have missed it. This is so awesome. Hats off to your creativity. And is that the pasta machine you won in italian food contest? :D, just a guess.

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922014-03-08

Thank you Tarun!! :) This pasta machine is actually our old pasta machine, which is exactly like the one I won in the Italian Food contest! :D We've had it for so many years and I was surprised to see that the one I won was that same model! Now I'm using the new one for pasta and the old one for my crafts...if I didn't have the new one I doubt that I could make this clay project :)

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Tarun Upadhyaya made it! (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-08

That is so cool. Trust me I could never have imagined the use of pasta machine for this project. I am amazed :)

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922014-03-10

Oh yes, pasta machines can be very useful with clay! :) There are also specific machines for clay that are just like the ones for pasta, maybe just a little smaller...that is actually better because using the same one for pasta AND clay is not very hygienic :D So I must thank Instructables for sending me a new pasta machine...my mother wouldn't have let me use the old one for this project otherwise :D

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Tarun Upadhyaya made it! (author)Tarun Upadhyaya2014-03-10

I totally agree :), having a separate pasta machine for craft is a bliss :)

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HollyMann made it! (author)2014-01-01

Wow these are so cute!!!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922014-01-01

Thank you!!

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mkleinstiver made it! (author)2013-12-30

Great work , perfect instructions . Thank you .

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-12-30

You are welcome, and thank you! :)

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bricabracwizard made it! (author)2013-12-16

This is fantastic! How did you manage with the join? Is it near invisible or did you hide it underneath the knife?

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-12-17

Thank you so much! :)
Do you mean the sides of clay that touch each other after you have covered the knife? First of all I tried to keep that closing part on one side of the knife so that it would have been less visible, then I smoothed that part with my finger to make sure that there wasn't a line anymore. I was surprised to see that I could hardly notice that part anymore!

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antoniraj made it! (author)2013-10-28

lindarose92, congratulations.. it is very beautiful and deserves to be the grand price winner

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-28

Thank you so much, it means a lot to me! :)

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bajablue made it! (author)2013-10-24

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-24

Wow, thank you for the patch! I love it! :)

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FrozenNote made it! (author)2013-10-23

Congratulations! You deserve it! I might try this out sometime :)

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-23

Thank you so much! :) Congratulations to you as well, your creations are amazing!

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emilyvanleemput made it! (author)2013-10-22

Congratulations!!!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-23

Thank you Emily, I am sooooooooooo excited!!! :D

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bajablue made it! (author)2013-10-20

Great Ible... beautiful work, Lindarose!!!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-20

Thank you very much!! :)

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Muhaiminah Faiz made it! (author)2013-10-16

Voted! this is amazing Linda, I'm sure you'll win :)

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-16

Thank you so much Muhaiminah! :) I really hope so!

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Muhaiminah Faiz made it! (author)Muhaiminah Faiz2013-10-17

Fingers crossed :) I'm very excited about it. love the key, it's sooo cute!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-17

Thank you again! I love the key too, I want to cover more soon!!

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PGrevie made it! (author)2013-10-10

You might try a super glue finish. I've used it on pens and it looks amazing. Very durable too. I would suggest testing it first before using it on something that took a while to make. I put CA glue on a cloth and rub it in. Spray with accelerator between coats. I start with thin consistency for 1-2 coats then do medium for 2-4 coats. I sand with micro-mesh sanding pads through 12,000 grit and then polish with a high gloss polish. I spray the accelerator from about 10" so it doesn't cause discoloration. I've heard that putting the glue directly on your project can cause a white spot, so I always use a rag. Youtube has many videos on using CA glue finishes for pens. That's where I picked up the idea.
I like your idea. I might try to make a pen blank using a similar method. Thank you.

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supersoftdrink made it! (author)supersoftdrink2013-10-15

I'd like to second the superglue finish. I've used it on wood and on polymer clay. It really helps make things durable.

Gorgeous instructable, lindarose!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-15

Thank you so much! :)
The superglue finish is very interesting indeed, I am in the middle of doing some objects with Fimo so I am going to try it!

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PGrevie made it! (author)PGrevie2013-10-16

What really makes the superglue finish amazing is using micro-mesh sanding pads. I soak the sanding pads in warm water for a minute or two and use them wet. Using them wet helps them last longer too. They are usually about $18, but I have seen them online for as little as $12 per set. They are different colors for each grit. I just write the grit size on the back with permanent marker.

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-10

I had never heard of this method before, I will definitely try it someday, thank you for the advice! :)

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emilyvanleemput made it! (author)2013-10-10

They are beautiful!!!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-10

Thank you so much Emily!!

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emilyvanleemput made it! (author)emilyvanleemput2013-10-16

I really love the key, it's just perfect!

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quiltslongarm made it! (author)2013-10-15

That is beautiful!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-16

Thank you very much!

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Bettybstt made it! (author)2013-10-14

How fun! Great instructable - I may even try this and I've never used Fimo before, don't have a pasta machine, and have no ruined flatware!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-14

lol thank you so much! You could even use new flatware that you don't like too much :D Oh, and if you don't have a pasta machine you could try to use a rolling pin :)

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mehdi mohammadi made it! (author)2013-10-14

very good

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-14

Thank you!

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londobali made it! (author)2013-10-13

Wow.. a beauty work!
Thanks for sharing.. I always thought those things are made with high-tech machinery.. :)

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-14

haha probably, but you can make them too in a few simple steps :D That's what I love about diy! :) Thank you so much!

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jauncourt made it! (author)2013-10-13

Not an end result I'd go for (I like my flatware just fine!) but an excellent intro to basic millifiori technique. Nicely done :)

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-13

Thanks! :)

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depotdevoid made it! (author)2013-10-13

This looks really great! I've done a lot of work with FIMO, and this is one of the best finished pieces I've seen. Thanks for sharing!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-13

Oh you are so kind, thank you so much! This is the first project I have ever done using Fimo (I didn't even know what it was till last year!!), so what you said means a lot to me! :)

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andrea biffi made it! (author)2013-10-11

That's awesome, it seems brand new!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-11

Thank you Andrea!

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rachl009 made it! (author)2013-10-10

WOW! They look great!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)lindarose922013-10-10

Thank you so much! :)

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pochita made it! (author)2013-10-10

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