SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Fimo® soft clay, 1 block each: sun flower, raspberry, indian red, tangerine, peppermint, tropical green, black
- Several wine corks
- Small amount of aluminum foil
- Mirror or glass mosaic tiles, assorted shapes
- Gloss varnish or spray sealer (optional)
- Gold acrylic paint
- Fimo® acrylic roller or straight household drinking glass
- Craft knife
- Craft glue
- Baking tray
- Smooth work surface (glass or ceramic tile)
1. Loosely crumple a piece of aluminum foil into a ball or an elongated egg shape. The shape depends on the desired shape of the finished bottle topper.
2. Roll a piece of Fimo® clay into a thin sheet and wrap it around the aluminum egg or ball. Press the clay firmly around the foil and form into desired shape. Smooth out any bulges, dents and cracks using fingers or a modeling tool.
3. If the wine cork is very thick, slightly taper the end that will be placed in the bottle using a sharp knife. Now fit the cork. To ensure that the finished topper is going to be sturdy, it is important that the cork is embedded deeply enough in the clay. Once this is done, carefully remove the cork again. NOTE: The cork must not be placed in the oven as it would expand in the heat and distort the clay.
4. Decorate the tower however desired. For example, add windows and doors made out of mirror stones or contrasting clay colors. NOTE: Do not use any plastic materials as decorations because they will melt during the baking process.
5. Bake the finished clay bottle topper in the oven for 30 minutes at 230°F. Remember not to put the corks in the oven. Once removed from the oven and completely cooled, adhere the corks into the bottle topper with craft glue. Add touches of gold acrylic paint where desired; allow to dry. To finish off, add a coat of gloss varnish or spray sealer if desired.