Spooky clay pumpkins

Although pumpkin carving is part and parcel of Halloween, it can get terrifying (and exhausting) when trying to safely involve children. Thankfully, FIMO has devised a frightfully good way to enjoy all the fun of wielding a knife without actually, err, wielding a knife! Its steampunk pumpkin uses up all those mechanical bits and bobs lining your ‘man drawer’, and creates a fun ornament you can pop on the windowsill every year. It’s for children aged eight and over (with adult supervision), and if you’ve got a few little terrors, why not create a family of pumpkins?

  • Spooky clay pumpkins
You’ll need
FIMO products
    • FIMO effect in metallic
    • gold, copper, stardust
    • Accessories: blades, metallic powder, Ornaments push mould, modelling tools and texture sheet.
General materials
    • Miniature cogs, small
    • screws and gemstones
    • Pen tops
    • Cocktail stick
    • Soft brush
    • Baking tray
    • Strong glue
    1. Divide a block of copper FIMO effect into eight portions using a blade. Knead each portion until soft, then roll one strip into a ball and shape the remaining seven portions into 5cm long banana shapes, tapered at both ends. Press them around the ball to make the pumpkin shape.

    2. Brush metallic powder inside the push mould, then press small pieces of softened FIMO into it to make curly and square ornaments. Remove any excess FIMO from the back of the ornaments using a flat blade and flex the mould to release the shapes.

    3. Press small cogs or pen tops around the edge of the squares, then brush with more metallic powder to highlight the patterns. Next, press flattened FIMO balls onto the pumpkin for the eyes and decorate.

    4. Make a curly stalk and a mouth from rolled FIMO with a cog pattern for teeth, then push them onto the pumpkin, adding a light dusting of metallic powder. Add the moulded ornaments and push small screws into the FIMO.

    5. Place your finished pumpkin on a baking tray or tile and bake for 30 minutes at 110?C/230?F. Allow to cool before handling as the piece will be very hot at first.