Saturday, January 06, 2007

Fumes and Flip-out Follow Flaming Fimo Fiasco

I know everyone is sick of all things Christmas, but I thought I'd share one last related post.
I’m afraid my holiday crafting this year was rather unsuccessful, to put it mildly. I’ve long dreamt of making some ornaments like these ones that have been in the family since I was a kid:

Unfortunately, this is what I managed to create:

The original ornaments have pipe-cleaner arms. I thought I could improve upon that by using Fimo (that plastic-y clay that gets baked in the oven). I spent several hours making arms, and the next day set out to bake them. It seemed silly to heat up the whole oven for something so small, so I decided to use our toaster oven that was tucked away, unused, in the pantry. Unfortunately, it seems that I don’t know how to operate these crazy newfangled devices, and I managed to toast them instead.
I noticed the problem before it was too late, and changed the settings. I must not have changed them enough, though, because the next time I looked I saw flames. And I’m not talking about those measly dripped-cheese-off-of-a-bagel sort that we’ve all caused. These were fairly tall and of the leaping variety. The fates were smiling upon me, because not only do I own a kitchen fire extinguisher, but I actually knew where it was (which is more than I can usually say about my car keys, my hairbrush or whatever sweater I’m looking for).
I actually thought the whole thing was pretty funny. That is until I discovered that miniscule black cinders had made their way onto every exposed surface in our kitchen (and several cupboards were open), My sense of humor was greatly diminished when, several hours later, I was handwashing the fortieth sinkful of dishes. And our house absolutely reeked.
On the plus side, I discovered that death by Fimo cancer was unlikely, since even flaming Fimo is not carcinogenic. Sheesh, if I had known that, I would have saved the detergent and dishpan hands and just waved the dustbuster in the vicinity of our dishes and called it good.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry your arms are toasted, but that you survived. Was it fun using the fire extinguisher? I've always wanted to shoot one off.

I'm sorry about the mess, too. I'll take that warning if I ever break the Fimo out.
Tracy | Homepage | 01.06.07 - 10:24 pm | #

Oh my god how funny! The vision of a plate of sad little toasted arms will stay with me for quiiiiite a while. I'm glad Fimo will not give you

cancer. After watching a creepy episode of Law & Order last night which involved strange cancer, I dreamed I had acquired cancer from

once drinking an artificially sweetened soft drink 10 years ago. That must be why I loathe Splenda. blech.
Julia G | Homepage | 01.06.07 - 11:36 pm | #

Using the fire extinguisher was pretty fun, although the panic I was feeling made it difficult to really enjoy the experience. It's a good thing

using them is fairly intuitive, because there was no way I was going to be calmly reading any directions.
Davis, wanting to comfort me, actually said of the sad little toasted arms, "Honey, I think you can still hang them on the tree." That's when

I realized he thought I was making the arms as ornaments all by themselves. I had to agree that charred arms were not significantly more

disturbing than having disembodied "raw" arms dangling off the tree.
Petula | Homepage | 01.07.07 - 11:20 am | #

Poor Petula,I swear that sounds like something that would happen to me.
jungle dream pagoda | Homepage | 01.08.07 - 12:41 pm | #

Too funny. I would save those charred baby doll arms -- Halloween is just around the corner. Sort of.
Gina | Homepage | 01.08.07 - 1:55 pm | #

How about those little charred limbs become little saints arms and you could have a tiny reliquary for an ornament? This must have been

Davis's thinking. No
mary jane | Homepage | 01.09.07 - 6:14 pm | #

Having a very busy 8 year old son who LOVES fimo...we too have learned the hard way that the toaster takes tweeking in order to use a ceramic plate in the toaster instead of the metal pan, heat it to 250, cook for about 10 minutes....if the object is tall

however like a mushroom.....heat rises and mushrooms burn crispy-like. Sad arms. I am not so sure you want to replicate those dolls

they look a bit possessed. See you soon. Eileen
Eileen | 01.14.07 - 7:23 pm | #

dear Petula - I have days like that... honestly tho I was hooked on the heart, humor, and humility (ok I'm quoting an old Joni Mitchell tune)-

I LOVE alliteration - just say poof poof to those pesky problems - oh dear not a good one for me today - come visit none-the-less - eb.
eb | Homepage | 01.15.07 - 4:40 pm | #

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