Polymer clays like Fimo or SculpeyIII can be boil cured instead
of baked. The finish will be dull but is suitable for painting.
Place shaped pieces on a spoon
and lower into boiling water. Gently boil for ten minutes. Remove
and dry well before painting.
Though painting polymer clay
is not generally recommended, the boiled samples pictured have
held up well for over 2 years with no harmful effects.
Some barbeque additions....
To Make Charcoal - glue a few
small bits of aquarium filter carbon to a small piece of screen
cut to fit inside grill. Dab some bright red or orange acrylic
paint into "coals" to simulate burning. Lightly brush
a faint layer of gray here and there over coals to duplicate
Since I never have a large
collection of colors, all of the food pictured was made from
a light colored Sculpey, painted with craft acrylics, and sealed
with a clear satin water based acrylic sealer.
Pierce shishkebob pieces in
center with toothpick before curing so they can be thread on
and glued to a small toothpick.
To make the waffle texture
of the ice ceam cone, press a small piece of flattened clay onto
a piece of screening like that used for grill.