Designing the perfect birthday or wedding cake takes a lot of time, skill and patience. These bakers and cake decorators are in my opinion are true artisans, but unlike other forms of art are only temporary. Over the years people have often asked me if I would go into that field, and the honest answer is... no! I couldn't bear them cutting into and eating what I have spent weeks making. So, hats off to those who can!!
What I want to share with you today is how to make a cake topper figure for a cake. The cake was made for my daughters 23rd birthday. As she's a motorbike race engineer, I thought I would create a Fimo Amy to sit on top of a tyre cake. By the way, the bikes were cheap toy ones, but I made all the baby goats - she loves them!!
The main part of the body is using what ever scrap clay you have left over. Make sure the clay is well conditioned and soft.
I find that a sitting down figure is easier to make as you don't make much internal support to worry about. Use a jam jar or mug for it to sit on, while you make it. It helps if the sides are completely straight. When joining the body parts together I usually reinforce the joints with a piece of cocktail stick, this makes it extra secure. The legs have been cut straight across, where as the arms have been cut on the diagonal, this helps with a smooth joint at the shoulder. Add some half ball shapes for the bust...size is up to you!!
You can now start to clothe your person. I have rolled some black clay through the pasta machine on quite a thin setting. I have covered the arms, keeping the seam to the inside of the arm where you won't see it. I have added two circles of skin tone clay so that will match up with the hands later. I have added a circle of skin tone on top of the body shape, then covered it with the black, again keeping the seam down one side of the body, the arm will probably cover it up.
You can now add the arms onto the body. The legs have been covered in a skin coloured clay, this is because my daughter lover her ripped jeans and I wanted to show that through the rips!!
The black top at the moment goes all the way down to the base, this will need shortening, but not too much as it will be placed over the top of the jeans (see next pic)
You may have to mix your own shade of denim blue as most polymer clay colours don't have the exact shade... have an experiment with small amounts first. Add the base of the jeans, adding as much detail as you want. I have added pockets and done the stitching with a cocktail stick.
Cover the legs in a flat sheet of the denim blue, then whilst on the leg, get a fine blade or scalpel and slash open the clay to reveal the flesh colour underneath. When you bend the legs at the knee, it opens up even more.