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Pizza

Supplies and Tools Needed:

*FIMO CLASSIC: WHITE, TRANSPARENT, OCHRE, TERRA COTTA, AND RED. ARTIST'S PASTELS: YELLOW OCHRE, BROWN, AND BURNT SIENNA. PLEASE DO NOT USE OIL BASED PASTELS - THEY WILL NOT WORK. LOOK FOR ARTIST'S PASTELS. ANY STORE THAT SELLS ART SUPPLIES WILL CARRY THEM. YOU WILL ALSO NEED A MINIATURE PIZZA PAN, A SINGLE EDGE BLADE, AND LIQUITEX ARTISTS' ACRYLIC PAINT IN A TUBE: NAPHTOL CRIMSON AND BURNT SIENNA, FOLK ART LEMONADE ACRYLIC PAINT DELTA GEORGIA CLAY ACRYLIC PAINT, TACKY GLUE. OPTIONAL: PIZZA BOX, PIZZA CUTTER.

*Fimo Soft and Fimo Classic are different colors. Please use Fimo Classic for best results.

Hints: when I talk about blending parts of colored clay together, it is very simple. For instance, blend 4 parts White with 1 part Ochre. Cut a piece of White clay any size that you want. Cut this into 4 equal pieces or parts. Put 3 pieces aside. Cut a piece of Ochre clay that will equal the size of the piece that you kept. In other words, you will use should now have 4 equal parts of White and 1 part of Ochre that will all be blended together.

Instructions:

CRUST:

1. Blend 4 parts White with 2 parts Transparent and 1 part Ochre Fimo.

2. Roll into a ball approximately 1/2" in diameter. Adjust this size if needed. All pizza pans are different sizes.

3. Press the ball of clay into the middle of the pizza pan and start to spread the clay to the edges of the pan. Just pretend it's real pizza dough. Press clay up over the flat edges of the pan.

4. We will color the clay with the pastel sticks. Place the sticks in separate containers. I use the little paint containers that craft stores sell. These have lids and are plastic. Break the stick into small pieces. You can crush some of it to make it a powder. The softer your pastel stick, the easier it is to work with.

5. Use a pointed paintbrush and run the brush over the broken edges of the stick to pick up the color. Start in the middle of the "crust" so that you can get a feel for the pastel. Color the entire crust with the Yellow Ochre.

6. You can use the same brush to apply the soft brown color next. This will represent the areas that have "browned" on the crust. Again, start in the middle of the crust to get a feel for the color. Just add dabs here and there. Now repeat with the outer crust. Be careful not to get too much on your brush. You cannot remove the color once it's on the clay. Run the brush over the broken stick for a softer color.

7. Repeat step #6 with the burnt sienna pastel.

PEPPERONI:

1. Blend 3 parts Transparent with 1 part White Fimo.

2. Blend 2 parts of this mix with 1 part Terra Cotta Fimo and 1 part Red Fimo.

3. Blend 1 part Transparent Fimo with 1 part White Fimo. This mix should be half the amount as the mix in Step #2.

4. Place the brown mix and the white mix next to each other and roughly chop the colors into each other. Do this by pressing your single edge blade into the clay and chop until the colors are mixed.

5. Form the clay into a cylinder approximately 1/2" in diameter.

6. Start to pull the clay in opposite directions to make the diameter smaller. You can also roll the clay - be careful though. The finished diameter should be 3/16".

7. Cut this cylinder in half in the middle and look at the cut ends. You want the colors to be mottled. Blend your clay a little more than what is shown. I did not blend my clay enough so that it would show up in the photograph.

8. Once you achieve the look you want, bake both the crust and the pepperoni in a preheated oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.

ASSEMBLY:

1. Once the clay has cooked and cooled, use the single edge blade to slice the pepperoni. You can use as much pepperoni on your pizza as you'd like.

2. To make the pizza sauce, mix equal amounts of the Naphtol Crimson and Burnt Sienna acrylic paints and a drop of the Georgia Clay acrylic paint.

3. Use a pointed paintbrush and paint this mixture over the crust - up to the outer edges.

4. While the paint is still wet, lay the sliced pepperoni into the paint. Let dry.

5. After the paint has dried, mix 1 part Lemonade paint with 1 part tacky glue. This is the cheese. Use a pointed paintbrush to apply the cheese here and there. You can make some areas of cheese a little thicker than others. The cheese should look melted.

6. After the paint has dried, dry brush the Burnt Sienna acrylic paint here and there over the top. It should look like the pizza has just come out of the oven. You can also dry brush this paint over the outer crust if needed.

If you would like to slice your pizza, carefully remove it from the pan. Slice the pizza and glue it back into the pan. You can glue an slice or two onto a plate.

If you would like to put the pizza in a pizza box, carefully remove it from the pan and glue it into the box. You can cut slices before gluing if you wish.

Now enjoy your pizza party!

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