Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tutorial: How to Make a Maleficent cake topper

Ohhhh nothing more entertaining for me than just to sit on my chair and start making cute little faces, yes cuute!!! even if we are talking about Disney's "Maleficent"  with Angelina Jolie, that one that tells the real story behind that wicked witch. 

Well, i totally fell in loove with the movie and wanted to make a cute topper, and cute means no dark malicious eyes or sharp gestures. So I bring you today how to make a cuuute Maleficent cake topper, let's start: 

What you need:

  • 2"x3" styrofoam cone 
  • 2" styrofoam sphere
  • fondant: black,  neon green, purple
  • modeling tools 
  • rolling pin
  • circle cutters (MIA on the pic)
  • edible glue or water or vodka 

Start with a 2" styrofoam and same size fondant, put the ball inside,  you can see this tutorial  to understand this step. Make it look sort of an apple: wider on top, narrowed on lower part.

Use your finger or a small rolling pin to mark on the face where the eyes will be and to make the cheeks. use the rolling pin to smooth the face.

The distance for the forehead should be wider, so you can have enough room for the hair or the hat in this case 

For this step, you can use any of your piping tips, you do not need to buy many tools all the time, look around and you will find many great tools. I use round tip #10 and #12  for making eyes. Cut a little corner of your tiny circle so you can add a side detail on the doll's eye..

For the rest of detail, just make a tiny sausage and thin the sides and add the eye lashes. Cut little green circle for the iris and the shine on the eyes. 

Add the mouth, and 2 tiny round circles using round tip #10 
 Tip:  When ever I do not have the right round size i need, i roll my fondant thicker cut the circle and press it gently in between my fingers so it can be bigger. 

Use a large heart cutter to to cut the shape of the hat or hood that she wears, then use a large circle cutter (4" 1/2 at least) to cut a circle to add it to the witch head. Most of the time I roll the fondant thicker so I can have more chance to smooth it thinner and cover all the head. 

Make a sausage and thin sides, cut in half and make the horns: they go inside then outside like an "S" 

Once you make the horns, add half toothpick on the sides of the head, like where you would add some piggy tails. Glue the horns and add purple details using your clay extruder. 

On the styrofoam cone, add a pice of flower wire, you can buy it here 
I glue it to the styrofoam so it doesn't move. Cut a purple stripe and add to the bottom trying to ruffle it a bit. Best way to stick is using a bit of shortening directly on the fondant. Add a wooden skewer just on the top of the cone all the way through the cone.
Tip: Styrofoam never ever should touch the cake surface, add a piece of fondant on the bottom of the styrofoam piece. 

Cut a large circle  to cover the body, put it on top as you are putting a shirt. cut the sides where the fondant meets the wire and hide on the sides and smooth. Cut 2 purple stripes about 1/2" wide for the dress details on the front 

Cut a small circle and and add and irregular stripe to the circle, you can use a special cutter or use your imagination to make it look irregular. Fold the circle over the wire so you can make the arms.
 I add some disco dust to make it more dramatic look. 

Here is the final cake !!   TADAAAAA!!!

For a more detailed class on how to make your little figurines, don't forget to check on new CRAFTSY class from amazing topper artist Brenda Walton from Sugar High

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How To: Make a Figurine Cake Topper (Part 1)

Hello all my lovely fellows and amazing followers!!! I am really excited to share with you guys a really easy figurine topper. This time I will show you just how to make the head and facial features. You can practice from there, and this is something you need to keep in mind: practicing will take you  to a higher stage on your work. 

I am starting with a really easy face, nothing too complicated but that is cute to present. I really love to make these kind of faces when I am making a general face: customer tells me about gender, skin color, hair color and length, and clothes color. Nothing too specific or too complicated. 
Knowing the age is an important part of building the right face feature : baby faces are bigger and also cheeks are fatter, on the case of younger faces like teenager's faces, cheeks can be widen a bit. 

 What will need :

  • fondant, you can add a bit o CMC or Tylose to make it dry better, specially if you live in a really warm and humid area. 
  • modeling tools 
  • edible glue 
  • black edible pearls 
  • 1" styrofoam ball

Why i use styrofoam ??? It is the best way to shape a head!!! you can make it as big as you want but styrofoam will get rid of so much heavy fondant , that is the main WHY.
This is an easy step: make a fondant ball the same size of your styrofoam ball and put the ball inside. Bring all the sides to the topper part and cut the excess. Now use your palms to make it rounded and get rid of wrinkles.

Using either your finger or a modeling stick , push the head to make a sort of separation, that will give you the shape for the eyes and cheeks.

                                                        This is how you will look at it on the side.

Now that you have the face defined, mark where do  you want the eyes to be place, you can use a toothpick for this: they can be separated or closer. You will need to Keep this in mind: the more separated they are, the more melancholic and bit sad they will look, the closer the eyes the  funnier can crazier they will look.  You can play with that.

Add just a bit of water and attach the black pearl, and stick it to  the fondant, push it in gentle.

 Using a fine long brush, add some eye lashes, for girls and babies and of course the eyebrows. If you make a mistake, don;t worry, grab a cotton swab and some clear vodka or water and gently wipe it off and start over.  TIP: Remember that if you wet the pearl too much, part of its shine will fade off.

Once the eyes are done, let's start with the mouth. For this you can either use a modeling tool like this one or a round tip #12 and mark the smile.

Let's now focus on the mouth, this part takes time, you can mark a simple smile or you can go for the practice and look for thicker lips and even teeth. Using one of the flat modeling tools, open the mouth and mark the bottom lips. This part is really easy and you will see how the lips ill appear.

Mark now the upper lip, in this case the upper lip is also thick and I use a kind of heart shaped move to shape it. As you can see Tools are beyond important, remember even the best surgeon can't show how amazing he is without the right tools. Soon I will be teaching you about some easy to get tools.
I n this case I used 3 modeling tools, this blue one is called  " paint eraser" this one is #6 firm, it can also be black, gray and white are too soft, but still really useful. Using the eraser, i pushed down to make a deeper heart shape on the upper lip.

It is really important to define the lips by marking and smoothing. This can also be done with a flat and pointy soft tool. Make sure to mark the corners of the mouth, specially because she is showing a big smile.

Add a tiny little piece of white fondant for the teeth, wet the the upper part of the mouth and add the teeth. You can grab a mirror, see yourself, smile, see how your teeth show, I looked at mine and I only show upper teeth. It is also a great idea to actually touch your face making expressions: like how your eyes go down when you frown, or when you smile etc. and PRACTICE !!!

Finally, you need to add some make up: using the tip of the brush, touch a bit of glycerine and a bit of petal dust and you will have a perfect lipstick !!! of course you will need to add a little all for the nose and some petal dust for the cheeks, just a bit!!!

I hope you like this first part of this tutorial, please practice just the head: change the shape and the look, the skin colors and even the mouth. but practicing is a plus.

Here are few of my really easy figurines, they are really cute and easy to make,

 Cakey Looove !!!, Joly