Sweet mini bunting for the candy bars
Whether for weddings or other special occasions, candy bars offering an array of prettily garnished goodies are all the rage. They look all the more impressive when trimmings and sweets are made to match – just like the ones to be seen here in romantic pastel shades and bold pink colours. The lovingly hand-crafted mini bunting made out of FIMO soft and FIMO effect serves as a true eye-catcher for any sweets table. It also makes an ideal ‚messenger‘ for event-related mottos. What‘s more, colour-coordinated FIMO soft and FIMO effect flags are great for adding a final touch to cupcakes & co. Incredibly sweet!
Remove a standard block of FIMO soft or FIMO effect in the desired colour from the packaging, place it on a piece of baking paper and flatten it a little by going over it with the acrylic roller. One standard block makes approx. 5 flags. Now roll the modelling clay out to a thin sheet using the clay machine (on setting 1). To create a flag in a striped design, make another sheet of FIMO soft or FIMO effect in a different colour.
To make a flag with a striped pattern: Place one sheet on top of the other, press together gently, then cut through the middle. Place each half on top of the other, press together gently, cut through the middle again. Once more, place one half on top of the other and press together. This leaves you with a square block with eight layers of FIMO in total. Cut the edges of the block straight at the front, back and sides and then cut uniformly thin slices off the block. To cut the slices off, you should use the cutter enclosed in the FIMO professional clay extruder set or, alternatively, a FIMO accessoires blade. As opposed to a kitchen knife, the blades are able to cut equally thin, dimensionally stable slices off the block of FIMO. Place the slices closely together on a piece of baking paper and roll over them carefully with the acrylic roller until you are left with a striped surface.
For a polka-dot pattern: Place a rolled-out sheet of FIMO soft or FIMO effect on a piece of baking paper. Use your hands to make tiny, same-sized balls of FIMO in a different colour. Position the balls on the sheet of FIMO in evenly spaced intervals and press them on lightly to make them stick. Roll over them carefully with the acrylic roller from top to bottom and from side to side until you are left with a polka-dot sheet of FIMO.
Print out the pattern sheet for the flag and cut it out. Place the paper flag template on the sheet of FIMO and press on gently. The template then stays in place on the sheet of FIMO and does not require any additional fixing on. Holding the kitchen knife vertically, cut the flag out going around the outside of the paper template. Cut out more FIMO flags in the same way. Remove any excess modelling clay.
Pattern sheet mini bunting: Size of the flags approx. 5 x 2 cm (assembled approx. 4.5 x 2 cm)
Length of the bunting approx. 20 cm, length of the flag sticks 11 cm
To make flags that hang downwards like the ones used for the mini bunting, turn the FIMO flag around so the back is facing upwards. Place a toothpick horizontally along the short, straight edge of the flag and wrap the edge of the flag around the toothpick. Press down on the edge using a modelling stick or your finger and smooth over the join. To make a horizontal‚ fluttering‘ flag, cut the top end off a skewer to shorten it to approx. 11 cm. Place the shortened end of the skewer along the short, straight edge of the flag. You should not be able to see the skewer sticking out of the top of the flag. Wrap the edge of the flag around the skewer, press the clay down on the back of the flag and smooth over the join.
For a deco heart, press a little raspberry-coloured FIMO soft in the heart on the ‚jewellery‘ push mould. Use the kitchen knife to cut off any excess modelling clay. Push the FIMO soft heart out of the mould, place it on the flag and press it on gently.
The ‚MR‘ and ‚MRS‘ lettering for the bunting is made using strings of FIMO. The easiest way to make equally thick strings of FIMO is to use the FIMO professional clay extruder. Blend half a strip of FIMO soft in dolphin grey with a quarter of a strip of FIMO soft in black so that you are left with anthracite-coloured modelling clay. Use the extruder (see instructions) to make at least 6 cm long strings of FIMO soft. Use the motif disc with the 1 mm hole to do so. Place the string of FIMO soft on the flag in the shape of the letter required, cut off any excess clay and press the string on gently. Harden everything on a sheet of baking paper in the oven for 30 minutes at 110°C. Take out of the oven, remove the baking paper, allow to cool and then varnish.
In the case of the bunting, pull the toothpicks out of the flags, string the ribbon through the holes and hang the garland up. Take two straws and make a hole through the top of each one using the kitchen knife or tip of a pair of scissors, thread one end of the ribbon through each hole and make a knot. Stick the flag sticks and the straw poles with the bunting attached the into cupcakes, muffins and cakes.
Tip: Decorate cups, vases, crockery or other heatproof items with mini bunting: First wrap a string of
FIMO soft around the object in question and press it on. Then add flags to it so that it looks like they are hanging from the string. Once you‘ve finished attaching the flags, place in the oven to harden.
What you need
Smooth work surface (glass or ceramic), kitchen knife, wooden toothpicks and skewers, 2 paper straws each 20 cm in length, 0.5 cm in diameter, approx. 35 cm satin ribbon in white, 3 mm wide, scissors, brush for varnishing, baking tray and baking paper
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