Sunday, January 17, 2010

macaron disaster

trying to get a good pic
Originally uploaded by Snowfern

can someone help me with this?

i've found that for my larger items, there tends to be 'bubbling' on my clay. see the surface of the chocolate macaron?

i mean it's realistic and all, and i know some miniaturists -want- the effect, but i find it immensely annoying as it is not visible on first bake (the macaron shells have to be baked first before adding the 'filling'), but after i assemble the item, it's MARRED. *$@)(*#$

honestly, it does not look all that bad IRL, maybe i shld use soft focus for my pics *sigh* but ARGH!

i suspect it has to do with either the stock (happens only to my older clays) or how i roll the sheets (pasta machine, usually just once through)


more pics, sigh.
choco strawberry
piggy tail
at least i'm quite satisfied with the shapes....

colour frustrations
oh and i am terrible at mixing reds/pinks/greens. the pain, oh the pain. the above are just part of the test batch. bakes out differently than when mixed. @)$*#&


EDIT: OK nevermind i figured it out, cross-posted over at CDHM....

i think it was due to my not pre-heating the oven, not the techniques or the oil paint...i've used oil paints in most of my previous work to no noticeable detriment.....

this time, i experimented 2 ways:

1) old method, roll out, cut, shape, bake WITHOUT preheating oven
2) pre-heat oven, roll out, cut, shape, bake WITH PAPER COVERING clay

spot the difference
1) LEFT: still bubbly

i think the oven probably overheated since it wasn't pre-heated, and blistered the clay. so for those who want the texture, go ahead and do what i did XD




  1. I love all in one post like this- the process, the mistake and then the remedy. Thanks for the heads up on pre-heating the oven.

  2. you're welcome :) i've always -tried- to pre-heat my oven, but lately due to randomness of my claying time (random real life stuff keeps interrupting), i haven't had much opportunity to really SIT DOWN and clay properly. i tend to keep the oven running as i clay, to keep it warm :(

    ah well. at least i figured it out, phew!


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