Folks - I'm trying to create a custom field view with custom content that utilises the standard theme_field template, to display in a node template.

I've tried to call the function programmatically e.g:

  $field_vars = array(
    'title_attributes' => 'test123',
    'label' => t('custom field label'),
    'items' => array('<p>This is a test</p>'),
    'classes' => 'test',
    'attributes' => FALSE
  $my_field = theme('field', $field_vars); 
  print $my_field;

It returns the template, but none of the $field_vars are being used. Has anyone done something similar?

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I'm not really sure what you are trying to do, but if you only like to render a custom array with the field template this should work:

$field = array(
  '#theme' => 'field',
  '#field_type' => 'text',
  '#field_name' => 'temp_field',
  '#entity_type' => 'node',
  '#bundle' => null,
  '#items' => array(
       'value' => '',
   0 => array(
     '#markup' => '<p>This is a test</p>'
print theme_field(array(
  'label_hidden' => false,
  'label' => t('custom field label'),
  'items' => array($field),
  'classes' => 'test',
  'content_attributes' => '',
  'attributes' => '',
  'item_attributes' => ''

You can load one of your existing field using field_view_field() to check what data the renderable array contains. For example to load the body field from a node with an id equal to 1000 you could do like this:

$node = node_load(1000);
$field = field_view_field('node', $node, 'body');

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