Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Elmo, Dorothy and Books I love
A quick post to show you my finished Elmo and his pet goldfish Dorothy on her stand for a student of mine. She wanted one done for her son's first birthday and I am very pleased with how it has turned out. I added tylose to my fondant to make it stronger and dry hard. I also textured Elmo's fur using a Wilton tip 233. You can pipe fur using this tip too if you wish but since it was going to be moved around, I thought it was safer to texture it. Didn't want Elmo losing his fur when he was moved! Unfortunately, (as seems to be always the case), I forgot to take any photos of the process, but I will try to do a tutorial to show you how I did Elmo.
Thinking about how I started off with my first figurine, which was little Harry Potter (see post here), I have learned a lot along the way. I get lots of useful information through Youtube and the web, but also through books. One book that I have found really useful for stand-up fondant figures in particular is Squires Kitchen's Guide to making Sugar Figures by Jan Clement-May. In this book, she shows you the basics of figure modelling before going on to more complex figures. The book is divided into chapters for Occupations (like builder, nurse and fireman), Hobbies (like horse rider, ballerina and footballer) and Celebrations (like Santa, bride and groom). A very useful book to read if you want to progress in making stand-up figures. If you are keen on making fondant animals, another book I love is 100 Fondant Animals for Cake Decorators by Helen Penman. Her animals are easy to do and look cute too (which is sooo important)! I made this cute little zebra for an upcoming cake with her book.
If you'd like more details on these and other books that I read and love, you can find them on my blog through the Amazon link. If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you. Happy decorating! :)