DIY Candy Compact Mirrors

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DIY Candy Compact Mirrors

IIIII want caaaandy! (Unfortunately you can’t eat these.) Fortunately they’ll always be sure to make you smile when you pull them out of your purse or your makeup bag, and then when you open it and see yourself in the mirror, you’ll feel so beautiful because of your smile! (Because you know what they say, “happy girls are the prettiest!” (Thank you, Miss Audrey Hepburn, my love.)

Supplies:

  • Oven-bake polymer clay, assorted colors
  • Oven-bake clay glaze
  • Glass, oven-safe pan
  • Thumb tack (for the Hostess cupcake how-to)
  • Flat-bottomed glass cup
  • Compact mirrors
  • Epoxy glue

 

  1. Make your desired candy (or cupcake) clay pieces using the how-to’s below (Hostess cupcake, marshmallow lollipop, and/or rainbow lollipop).
  2. Use Epoxy glue to glue your clay piece to the top of your compact mirror. Let the glue dry and cure overnight.

Hostess cupcake how-to:

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  1. Break off a piece of brown clay, and roll it into a ball.
  2. Use the bottom of a clean, flat-bottomed glass cup to flatten the ball into a circle the same size as the top of the compact mirror.
    NOTE: You might have to re-do steps 1 and 2, and add more clay or remove some clay to get the right size and thickness you want.
  3. Using the thumb tack, score (ie, make short, shallow scratches in the clay) a line across the very middle of the brown circle. Set this piece aside.
    NOTE: The purpose of scoring is to help other clay stick to it better.
  4. Pinch off a piece of white clay, and roll it between your hands into a (very) thin “log.”
  5. Time to craft the famous curly-q white frosting! Start at one side of the brown circle, and begin making the curly-q’s across the same area you scored (those little scratches).
    NOTE: Don’t use your fingers to press down the white “frosting!” It looks cuter if it isn’t smashed! Hahah! (But that’s just me!)
  6. When you’ve finished making the white frosting, pinch off any excess, then gently smooth down the sides of the white frosting where you started and where you finished.
  7. Place your piece in your glass pan in preparation for baking. Bake your piece according to your clay’s directions.
  8. One your piece has completely cooled, glaze the “chocolate” with the clay glaze.
    NOTE: Feel free to glaze the white frosting too! I didn’t glaze the white frosting just for personal, stylized reasons.

Marshmallow lollipop how-to:

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  1. For the marshmallow lollipop, you’ll need at least three colors, preferably all pastel colors. (I used pink, purple, and white.) Pinch off pieces of clay, and roll them between your hands to make long “logs.” Make each log roughly 18 inches long.
  2. Line up the logs next to each other, side by side, so that they’re touching.
  3. Next, carefully roll the logs together so that they’re sticking to each other.
    NOTE: Don’t roll all 3 logs into one large, blended log. Try to maintain each log’s individual shape.
  4. Gently twist the log to create the spiral look of the marshmallow lollipop.
  5. Now begin making the lollipop by coiling the clay around itself. Start with the center, and work your way out.
    NOTE: Your best bet is to coil your lollipop directly into the glass pan that you’re going to bake it in. You don’t want to risk your piece coming apart in a transfer from your kitchen counter to the glass pan!
  6. You can stop coiling when the lollipop is the same size as the top of your compact mirror. To end the coil, simply pinch off the end, and smooth it into place.
  7. Bake your piece according to your clay’s directions. Let it cool completely
    NOTE: You don’t have to glaze this lollipop like the other one’s – the clay’s matte surface looks more marshmallow-y. Haha!

Rainbow lollipop how-to:

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  1. For the rainbow lollipop, you’ll need white clay, and then all the colors of the rainbow, of course (except I used pink instead of purple)! (That’s red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple in case you forgot!) Pinch off pieces of clay, and roll them between your hands to make long “logs.” Make each log roughly 18 inches long.
    NOTE: It’s okay if the individual logs are different thicknesses. In fact, that just adds more to the lollipop look, in my opinion.
  2. Line up the logs next to each other side by side, so that they’re touching. You should now have 7 “logs” side by side, with their sides somewhat sticking to each other. Next, fold the entire thing in half length-wise (the length of the logs), to create sort of a long rectangle.
    NOTE: The most important part of this step is to make sure none of the logs get shifted into the center. If this were to happen, that color would be lost in the rolling and twisting process, and that color would never be seen on the surface of the finished lollipop.
  3. Next, roll all the colors into one large log, again making sure you can still see all 7 colors.
    NOTE: It’s okay if a particular color log is partially on the inside, just as long as an entire color isn’t totally lost so you can’t see it at all.
  4. Begin making the lollipop by coiling the clay around itself. Start with the center, and work your way out, twisting the log as you go.
    NOTE: The twisting is how you achieve the swirly lollipop look.
  5. You can stop coiling when the size of the lollipop is slightly smaller than the top of your compact mirror. Compare the size to make sure. To end the coil, simply pinch off the end, and smooth it into place.
  6. Use the bottom of your clean, flat-bottomed cup to gently flatten the lollipop, and then carefully peel your clay piece off the bottom of the cup (if it’s stuck there).
    NOTE: Flattening the clay is what gives the lollipop a smooth, lollipop-like surface, instead of a twisted surface that looks more like the marshmallow lollipop.
  7. Place your piece in your glass pan in preparation for baking. Bake your piece according to your clay’s directions.
  8. One your piece has completely cooled, glaze the top of the lollipop with the clay glaze. Two coats minimum is suggested for that optimal, lollipop shine! Let the glaze dry completely in between coats.

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