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Fossil Tile

Designed by Heather Lancaster

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Main supplies:

  • efa plast® Microwave modeling Clay
  • Fimo® Modeling Clay Tools
  • Tinfoil
  • Elmer’s® Tempera Paints - grey, brown and black

Basic Supplies:

  • Paint brush
  • Microwave

Fossil Pattern (PDF)


1. Roll half of a package of efa plast® clay to approximately 6” x 6”. Leave the edges with the rough/broken shape around them so it looks more like a fossil.
2. Using pattern and a modeling tool or a pen, lightly trace image of fish fossil onto the clay.
3. Remove the pattern and use a carving tool to carve away the fish. Don’t worry about making it smooth or perfect as a fossil is rough looking. Carve down deep enough that the fish skeleton is easily recognizable, but be careful not to cut through to the bottom of the tile. Use tinfoil to texture the carved tile.
4. Harden efa plast® in the microwave according to the instructions on the package.
5. Finish fish fossil tile by painting with grey, brown and black tempera paints. Use blending techniques and splatter with a hard bristled brush to get an authentic looking stone finish.

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