By General Crafts Contributor Amy from the Etsy Shop DangerousRainboCraft.
When it comes to the holidays and family get-togethers, I am always excited for my grandmother’s homemade pumpkin pie topped with a nice dollop of cool whip. Make a pumpkin pie jewelry set to wear or give to the host of this year’s Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
What you need:
- polymer clay (I used Sculpey III ) beige, orange, white and, brown
- clay roller or a glass jar
- Liquid Fimo aka Fimo Deco Gel
- painter’s palette or clean disposable plastic lid
- findings: head pins or eye pins, jump rings and earring findings, necklace chain
- hobby blade
- jewelry pliers: needle nose, cutter
- craft needles
- chalk pastel or charcoal and paint brush to apply
- optional: Sculpey Glaze (for a protective shine) and a paint brush to apply
- optional: cutting board or clay mat
Mix brown and orange clays to make a pumpkin pie filling color. Shape pie filling into a flattened circle about 1/4 inch thick and about the size of a U.S. Quarter. Use a glass jar or clay roller to roll out a thin sheet of beige clay for the crust.
Place your filling in the center of your crust and use your fingers to shape (and smooth) around the sides of your filling. Be careful to not make any folds as you are smoothing out the crust.
Trim off any excess crust with a hobby blade, leaving behind an even lip of crust.
Pinch the edges of the crust with your fingertips.
Create fork marks with a toothpick.
Shave some dark yellow chalk pastel or charcoal with a hobby blade. (I used a color called burnt orange.) Paint the shavings on the entire crust to give it a baked look.
Cut a wedge from your pie that’s anywhere from 1/5 to 1/4 of a section. Next cut your section in half. I find it easier to cut layered and multi colored work after it has been in the fridge for about 30 minutes. It helps prevent color smearing.
Give the crust a flaky texture by scratching and scraping up where the cutting points are using a craft needle. Insert eye pins into each of the two pie slices and one into the remaining pie. (you can remove eye pins then dip them into liquid fimo and reinsert them into your work to help secure them) I pre-baked mine for about 5 minutes at 275 (bake temp for Sculpey III). Let them cool and lower your oven temp to 265 to accommodate for the Liquid Fimo.
Making cool whip:
Tear small pieces of white clay and place them onto a pallet. Add Liquid Fimo to the clay.
Mix up the Liquid Fimo and clay with a toothpick until you have a smooth, spreadable consistency. If it’s too thin, add more clay. If it’s too thick, add more Liquid Fimo.
Add dollop of cool whip to both slices of pie using a toothpick to pick up and place your white clay mixture. To make the peaks I placed my toothpick on the cool whip and slowly lifted it up. Bake at 265 for 20 minutes
After cooling, use needle nose pliers to attach jump rings and earring wires to the two slices and a necklace chain and jump ring to the large remaining pie.
I hope you enjoy wearing your new creation and had as much fun making it as I did.