Learn how to make a miniature candy apple from start to finish with this free tutorial provided by Bon AppetEats! We’ll show you how to make everything, it’s simple and the outcome is really adorable… we can’t resist imaging how it taste like!
Materials : Translucent Liquid Sculpey, clay softener, needle tool, sticks, small brush, translucent, white, ecru, and yellow clay and yellow, light green, red, brown soft chalk pastels.
Separate the translucent, white, yellow, and ecru colored clays in the proportions shown. This will make the base for your apples.
Thoroughly mix the clay together. Mix until there are no longer streaks of color through the clay. You should end up with a color like this.
Roll the clay out into a snake and cut equal portions from it. The size of the balls depends on what you want to use them for. the ones here are for 1:12 scale. If you would like to make charms, make them at least twice this size.
Shape the clay balls into apples. to shape them, roll one side on your work surface until it’s smaller than the top portion. Round off the top and slightly push them onto your work surface to make a flat base. You want a flat, even base so they’re sturdy when standing on their own.
Shape the top of the apples. Make an indent in the top using a small ball point tool, a toothpick, or a needle tool. Make sure it’s large enough so your stick can fit inside.
Using a needle tool, make 5 small impressions along the middle indent.
Scrape some of the light green pastel into a container. Add a little bit of the pale yellow chalk pastel and combine thoroughly.
Take the pastel mixture and using a soft brush, dab the pastel onto the apples. Make sure to get an even coat all around.
Using the red, brown, and yellow pastels, add detail to the apples. Dust the inside of the indent with the brown pastel. Add red pastel and yellow pastel randomly to the top of the apple. If you want to make just miniature apples, add coloring to the whole apple and stop here. Bake according to the clay packet’s instructions.
Cut your sticks into the right size. If you need to, use a razor blade to thin them out. You want them to look proportional to the apples if you’re working in 1:12 scale. You can also use regular craft wood or even polymer clay rolled into thin snakes instead of the sticks.
Gently dip one end of the sticks into TLS. Push that end into the indent of the apple gently. You don’t want to distort the shape. If you are making charms, insert your headpin/eyepin now. Bake the apples at the recommended baking temperature on your clay packet. You only need to bake them for 5 minutes to set the sticks in the apples.
While the apples are baking, you can mix your “candy” coating. Take some translucent clay and mix it with TLS until it has a frosting like consistency. To that, add a generous amount of red chalk pastel. Add some more TLS and a few drops of clay softener. The consistency should be like a thinned out frosting or glaze. It may take several tries before you get it right.
You will now dip the cooked apples into the candy coating. Lightly roll the apple around in the coating until you have an even, thin layer around the entire apple. You don’t want to have too much, since it will pool too much around the apple when you bake it. Once you have coated the apple, place it on a sheet of parchment paper or a piece of aluminium foil. Coat the rest and bake them according to the temperature and time on your clay packet.
Your apples should look like this once they’ve been baked. The coating should pool slightly around the apple and a thin, even layer should remain on the apple. If too much coating fell off, apply another layer and bake them again.
Once the apples have been baked and are cool, apply a layer of glaze to the apple and the coating. You can apply a second coat of glaze to the candy boating to give it a really shinny finish.
You can also experiment the apples with different colors and make them into accessories, charms or jewelleries!
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