Today I've combined two things I love, polymer clay which I haven't used since I was about 8 and always l.o.v.e.d & French macarons, possibly one of my favorite things to eat/make/look at.
I'm currently on a healthy eating stint which unfortunately knocks macarons and McDonald's apple & blackberry pies (which if you haven't tried DO IT! Best 79p ever spent!) off the menu. Only one thing to do then, make some fake ones and stick em' on a keyring!
I have to say, i'm now a little bit obsessed with making these as they are so cute! I am also FULLY enjoying the whole Fimo experience so you will be seeing some more tutorials featuring it in the future!
2 packets of Fimo soft (My white is Premo! Sculpey which is the same thing)
4mm eye pin
4mm jump ring
2mm flat back rhinestones
1) Cut off a piece of Fimo in the colour you want for your macaron and roll into 2 equal size balls about the size of a Malteaser. (See.. still can't stop bringing it back around to sweets!)
2) Flatten gently with your finger and then using something with a smooth surface (I used a marker pen!) roll out until your left with a 10p piece size circle making sure it's not too skinny on the sides.
3) Once you've rolled out both balls, gently place one on top of the other to make sure they are pretty much equal sizes.
4) Taking a tooth pick and starting from the middle of the side of your piece of macaron, make small little strokes in the clay to rough up the edge and create a little bit of a lip. Basically recreating the texture you find on real macarons! Do this to both pieces. These form your macaron top and bottom.
4) Take a ball of Fimo that you are going to use for your filling and roll out two lengths into a thin line.
5) Twist the 2 pieces together.
6) Turn over one piece of your macaron and, starting on the outside, lay on your piece of twisted Fimo and then loop any leftover into the center. This makes your cream filling. Alternatively, you can always just roll out a piece of white into a circle and put that in the middle depending on what effect you like.
7) Put the top on your macaron and then push an eye pin into the cream like the picture shows.
8) If you prefer you can add the eye pin to the top of your macaron, it just depends on what way you want it to hang on your keyring.
9) Refer to the time and heat setting on your packet and bake in a pre heated oven. For Fimo Soft, place your macarons on a baking tray and bake at 110°c for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven after half an hour and allow to cool.
10) There are lots of ways to decorate your macaron but i've decided to add a few small rhinestones to mine.
11) Put a tiny bit of UHU glue on a toothpick and stick down your chosen rhinestones. Allow them to dry, this will only take 5-10 minutes.
12) Open up your jump ring and hook on your eye pin and keyring chain. Close it up.
13) Tie your ribbon in a bow and your done! Guilt & calorie free!
Here's a few other ways you could decorate your macarons, I guarantee you won't be able to stop at making just one!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial!
I also want to say hello to my new followers! I noticed a jump in numbers last night thanks to the sexy Gemsmaquillage! I'm really happy you've come on over and it's great to have you here! If you ever have any comments or suggestions for tutorials please do let me know and you can always catch me via twitter @lisacardarelli