Many, many months ago, I picked up some FIMO soft modelling clay with the intention of making some marble tea light holders. After probably at least a year, I got round to it, and I am in LOVE with the results...

Using three different colour clays (white, grey and navy blue) and by using various quantities of each colour per tea light holder, I managed to achieve a beautiful marble effect, with varying results. The trick is most definitely not to roll the clay, or mould the clay for too long, otherwise you end up mixing the colours too much and ending up with something pretty much all one colour; the first thing I made was a pinch pot and that's kind of what happened. I think I'm going to pick up some more clay and try that one again, as I'm not 100% happy with it.

As I made more, I pretty quickly realised that the best technique is to roll out your base colour and then strategically add blobs of the other colour(s) before moulding it in your hands until the marble effect comes out. The clay can be seriously difficult to mould at first, but if you just roll it in your hands a little to warm it up, it becomes malleable pretty quickly.

All in all, I'm happy with the results. I'm going to grab some more clay up and have a second attempt as some of these are a little rough and could generally be better, but I love the idea. The clay was not expensive at all, I think about £2.50 per pack, so they make really affordable little tea light holders. They only take 30 minutes in the oven to bake too, so they'd be ideal to make as gifts if you're someone who likes making handmade gifts, or you're feeling a little strapped for cash. WIN WIN. 

If you decide to have a go at making some, I'd love to see the results so please tag me if you upload any photos online!! 


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