While many young girls probably used Fimo clay in the ’90s to make jewelry, I turned to the malleable clay for other purposes. Like smoking Chamomile tea. I know, I know, that’s the most disgusting thing you have ever heard in your life. The thing is, my friend and I were just innocent little things ready to experiment with smoking a relaxing herb tea. It’s about as rebellious as getting a rub-on tattoo. And while we coughed and burned our throats like only smoking a wild flower does, we had a blast making the horn-like device that we smoked it out of.
Those were the days when making your own jewelry out of clay was really cool. All those handmade clay beads when strung around your ankle made you the coolest girl under the suburban sun. And while my friend Anna was amazingly artistic and made entire landscapes on her little beads, all of my would be celestial scenes came out looking like snowmen.
But the chamomile horn pipe was different. All that circumference! It was awesome. I could really let myself shine. So away I went making flowers and sunshines all in the really horrible color scheme of olive green, brown, black, and off white. And then there was the size problem. The thing looked like a trumpet. But we used it anyway. We smoked that chamomile tea with all we had. And then coughed the night away. But hey, as far as I know, smoking herbal sleepy time tea is legal in every state, so at least we kept it clean. Ridiculous, but clean.