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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

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

Step 2: Make 2 rectangles

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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

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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.
 
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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.

lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya7 months ago

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 :)

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

lindarose92 (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya7 months ago

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

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

HollyMann9 months ago
Wow these are so cute!!!
lindarose92 (author)  HollyMann9 months ago
Thank you!!
mkleinstiver9 months ago
Great work , perfect instructions . Thank you .
lindarose92 (author)  mkleinstiver9 months ago
You are welcome, and thank you! :)
This is fantastic! How did you manage with the join? Is it near invisible or did you hide it underneath the knife?
lindarose92 (author)  bricabracwizard10 months ago
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!
antoniraj11 months ago
lindarose92, congratulations.. it is very beautiful and deserves to be the grand price winner
lindarose92 (author)  antoniraj11 months ago
Thank you so much, it means a lot to me! :)
bajablue12 months ago
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lindarose92 (author)  bajablue12 months ago
Wow, thank you for the patch! I love it! :)
FrozenNote1 year ago
Congratulations! You deserve it! I might try this out sometime :)
lindarose92 (author)  FrozenNote1 year ago
Thank you so much! :) Congratulations to you as well, your creations are amazing!
Congratulations!!!
lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
Thank you Emily, I am sooooooooooo excited!!! :D
bajablue1 year ago
Great Ible... beautiful work, Lindarose!!!
lindarose92 (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Thank you very much!! :)
Voted! this is amazing Linda, I'm sure you'll win :)
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thank you so much Muhaiminah! :) I really hope so!
Fingers crossed :) I'm very excited about it. love the key, it's sooo cute!
lindarose92 (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thank you again! I love the key too, I want to cover more soon!!
PGrevie1 year ago
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.
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!
lindarose92 (author)  supersoftdrink1 year ago
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!
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.
lindarose92 (author)  PGrevie1 year ago
I had never heard of this method before, I will definitely try it someday, thank you for the advice! :)
They are beautiful!!!
lindarose92 (author)  emilyvanleemput1 year ago
Thank you so much Emily!!
I really love the key, it's just perfect!
That is beautiful!
lindarose92 (author)  quiltslongarm1 year ago
Thank you very much!
Bettybstt1 year ago
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!
lindarose92 (author)  Bettybstt1 year ago
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 :)
very good
lindarose92 (author)  mehdi mohammadi1 year ago
Thank you!
londobali1 year ago
Wow.. a beauty work!
Thanks for sharing.. I always thought those things are made with high-tech machinery.. :)
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