Here’s The Keychain For Your Imagination Key!

Last week I offered a tutorial for the macaron key chain in last weeks post, I was delighted that the lovely Mrs P from Craftodessy really wanted one, so here we go!

First collect your supplies, you will need:

three or more colours of Fimo or similar oven bake clay

head pins ( nice long ones),

a key ring or clip on bag charm ( I tend to cannibalize old ones from free key chains or cracker prizes )

jump rings,

an Eiffel tower charm ( or go wild and make a different theme),

a small piece of narrow ribbon,

needle nose pliers,

wire cutters or old pair of scissors,

a cutter for the clay- I find piping nozzles or lipstick caps are the perfect size around 1- 1.5 cm wide,

something to roll the clay, I use a marker pen.

superglue (optional).

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So first we make our macarons, warm up your clay until it feels soft enough to roll out to a thickness of 50 – 60 mm.

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Then cut out two circles for the body of your macaron.

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Next take you filling colour and roll out to a slightly thinner depth and cut one circle. Then pop your three circles together, now it’s time to add detail, take a pointed object and make little dots around the edge. Round the top and bottom of your macaron for that slightly domed shape.

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You may want to customise your colour, I wanted a paler pink which wasn’t available in the shop, just take a small ball of the darker colour and a medium size ball of the lighter colour and squish! Squish until the colour becomes even, adding light or dark to customise as you go.

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When all three are done carefully insert the head pin up through the middle of all three and out the top. Following the packet instructions,  its into the oven and as they say on the Bake Off: BAKE! Allow to cool. You may want to put a small blog of super glue on the bottom macaron where the head pin goes in.

Now we have to make a loop from the head pin so that we can attach the key ring and other charms. First make a right angle close to your macarons ( I couldn’t do this because I broke the head pin, Doh!)

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Next cut off the excess to about 1 cm

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Now we need to make that 1cm part into a loop, grab the end of the wire with your pliers and turn it over on itself.

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Keep turning towards the bend until your loop is formed.

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Now attach the macarons and charms to the key ring with jump rings, these are opened by holding either side with two sets of pliers, or if you are me your finger and one set of pliers and twist one side forward and one back.

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Once all your charms and your macarons are attached to the key ring, you can tie a small bow to finish. Et voila! You made the key ring for your imagination key!

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Now go start your unicorn!

Let me know if there is any other tutorials you would like, so long as it’s not car maintenance or marathon training I’m your girl!

kisses

Karen

If It’s Macarong, I don’t want to be right!

I am OBSESSED by macarons! Obviously they are an absolute joy to eat, crisp outer shells, slight chewiness and luscious cream centres, but they are so much more to me, the cute chubbiness of their shape and the myriad of pastel colours.  Pantone have predicted pastels colours again for fashion this year ( more of that next week) so let’s embrace the pale hued wonders that are macarons!

My obsession started with my kitchen, and in particular these worktop protectors.

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This lead to my entire kitchen taking on a full on patisserie theme, here is the top cupboards, the base ones are violet.

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So that led to a whole bunch of macaron craftiness, these little macarons are a free pattern from http://www.craft-seller.com

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These feltie ones are from Mollie Makes

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This little keyring I made myself, inspired by the gorgeous ones that they sell at Laduree, the best macaron shop in my humble opinion! I might do a tutorial for this, if you want!

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Finally, and before we suffer a sugar overdose, here is Nina Ricci’s perfume La Tentation de Nina which smells of …..a macaron shop! Laduree again to be precise.

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So there we are my sweeties, now tell me what consumes you, what your passion is.

kisses

 

Karen xxxxx