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Posted: 27 August 2009 05:43 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’m working on my daughter’s 6th birthday cake.  She loves the water and refers to the beach as the “big water”.

So naturally I’m doing a beach cake.  I’ll do a full sheet.  I’ve got the blue piping gel for water, white glitter gel for water foam, and leftover banana cake that I’ll thaw, crumble and dry for the sand. 

I’ve made gumpaste umbrellas, shells, and a beach ball.  I’ve made palm fronds and I’m using an Oreo Fun Stick for the tree trunk.

Now for my dilemma….... I’ve got to make people and it’s not working out. Way too advanced for me, I think.  I need a daddy, a 6 year old, and a mommy.  I’ll be laying on the beach, of course!  But daddy and child have to be playing by the water. 

I took a pic of the daddy figure so far.  At this point I’ll have to put him in the water. And he’s going to wonder why his arms look flabby.  Truthfully, the torso is pretty darned close! lol And because of the arm seams, he’ll have to wear a t-shirt!

Anyway, the event is Sunday and I have to get these done and dried.  Any ideas on how to make a gumpaste family?  Maybe some pic ideas that aren’t to advanced?

TIA,

Veronica

ps, the cake flavor will be chocolate with a Nutella BC filling.  Vanilla MBC to cover, tinted of course.  Any better ideas?  I’m using the Nutella for sure.

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Posted: 27 August 2009 05:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’ve added the pic….lol

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Posted: 27 August 2009 05:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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your best bet would be to get a book about how to make gumpaste animals and people, it is such a specialty.

in most cases, i recourse to make comic grotesque figurines instead, rather than a people people.

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Posted: 27 August 2009 06:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Very hunky guy!

I looked for images of wedding cake toppers, and I also checked Etsy. I agree with Hector, don’t try to be too close to life. Here are some that I liked very much - much less detail than yours:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5660591
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27743990

Good luck, and post the results!

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Posted: 27 August 2009 06:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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OK, new direction…. I don’t know why my mind is so literal sometimes!

Thanks for the links Silke!  That helped loads!

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Posted: 27 August 2009 06:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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You’re welcome. Sometimes it takes somebody else to get unstuck from the rut… I’m curious how it’ll look like! Post photos!

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Posted: 27 August 2009 09:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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You could also use a combination of graham cracker crumbs and dark brown sugar for the sand.  I like to make “sand castles” from dampened brown sugar - use a thimble or small molds to create the castle, just like you would use pails at the beach to make them smile

For future reference, books from English authors Debbie Brown and Maisie Parrish are very good at explaining figure making, using step by step photos.

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Posted: 27 August 2009 11:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Veronica, if you don’t mind doing non-edible figures, you could buy them from a toy store. Some of the doll house sets have “families” included in them. Just a thought…... Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

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Posted: 28 August 2009 04:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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There’s a blog I look at called ‘Extra Icing on the Cake’ by Lorraine McKay, it is over here in the UK, she is a Scottish lady but she goes all over the world giving demo’s and I think you might find it useful and helpful as she has little videos on her site showing how she makes some of her figures

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Posted: 28 August 2009 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I really have no advice for you, but i was going to say the same thing Silke said, that daddy is a hunk!!!

I can’t wait to see this cake though!!

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Posted: 28 August 2009 11:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Veronica,
I agree with Hector and Silke - about not being too close to life. Plus I think it’s cuter to make the family more cartoony - especially considering your daughter’s age.
PS: the guy is a hunk - can you carve out a six pack abs there? smile).

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