HOW TO MAKE… A COCKTAIL SET
There are three stages to any drinks party: the initial meet and greet, dancing and making new pals, and finally, falling asleep on a kitchen stool. But, the bit your guests will remember most are their first impressions, which is where this glam cocktail set comes in.
Featuring decorated martini glasses, a gold-flecked nibbles bowl and a glitzy bar tray, these simple makes create a sophisticated setting for your festive gatherings. Display on a retro drinks trolley, then fill with Champagne cocktails and smoked almonds for the ultimate in pizzazz.
Making the snack bowl
01 Use your hands to roll the polymer clay into a ball, then use the rolling pin to flatten it out into a circle, roughly 0.5cm ( ") thick.
02 Line the heat-proof bowl with the clay, making sure the clay is positioned centrally. Press it into place as neatly as possible, starting at the centre, then working towards the outside, pushing out any air bubbles that form. If there are any gathers at the edges, push them down and smooth them out.
03 Use the craft knife to carefully trim away any excess clay from the rim. Place the bowl into the oven, following the manufacturer’s instructions to bake the clay.
04 Leave to cool, then gently remove the clay from the bowl. Using the marker pen, draw around the rim to create a gold edge.
05 Cover a surface with cardboard to protect it, then use the paint brush to flick the gold porcelain paint across the inside of the bowl, creating a speckled effect. Leave to dry, then turn the bowl over and repeat on the underside. Leave to dry thoroughly before using.
Making the drinks tray
06 Working in a well-ventilated area, protect a flat surface with cardboard or an old sheet, then place the tray onto it. Evenly cover the tray with a thin layer of white spray paint, then leave to dry.
07 Continue adding layers of spray paint, leaving each one to dry in between, until an even coverage has been achieved. Turn over the tray and repeat the process to cover the underside.
08 Using the gold pen, mark out a circle the same size as the tray, and practise creating a design on scrap paper until you’re happy with the result. Try to keep to a hand-drawn style, rather than using precise, symmetrical lines.
09 Use the gold pen to recreate your chosen design on the tray, continuing it up and over the edges. Leave to dry before using. Making the martini glasses
10 Use the gold marker pen to edge the rim of each glass. Carefully follow the lip of the glass, filling in the line all around.
11 Draw a dotted pattern onto one glass, starting with a closer cluster of dots just above the top of the stem, and spacing them out further towards the top of the glass. This will create a glittery effect.
12 Create a confetti pattern on the outside of a second glass by drawing short straight lines in different directions, making sure to space out the marks evenly.
13 Add gold rings to the outside of another glass, using the gold rim of the glass as a starting point, and working down to the top of the stem. Make sure to space the rings evenly apart to give an neat finish. Leave to dry, then go back over any areas that need an extra layer.
14 Repeat Steps 10-13 with the remaining glasses to make a set – we decorated six, making two each of the three different styles.
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