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Making fondant/gumpaste characters

post #1 of 4
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Hi Everyone,
I am going to need to make the Max & Ruby characters for a cake I am making. I have made a fondant person in the past and it did not work out too well, the end result was ok but it was a struggle to get there. The part I struggle with is when making the characters, do you build the character first and then make the clothing separate and place on? Or is it better to build the character with the clothing as their body?
I am a fairly new cake hobbyist and really have no experience making 3D characters. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!
post #2 of 4
Hi I build the clothing as part of their body, the only exception once when I did a waistcoat and added that afterwards.

a little skirt can be made afterwards and wrapped around the body if needed.

There are some exceptions when 'extras' in clothing are needed and may have to be added on afterwards. But the basic body with clothing can be made then things like collars or a tie etc can be added afterwards.

Have a practice and see how it goes.
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post #3 of 4
Just an FYI...i've found that mixing some gum paste in with the fondant really makes a nice smooth figure. fondant takes forever to dry and the additional gum paste helps it along. I use Wilton's pre-made gum paste I get at either Hobby Lobby or Michaels with a 40% off coupon.

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post #4 of 4
I find it also depends on what it is - I would add a skirt afterwards but trousers and tshirts I just make as part of the body. I also find sometimes it helps to let parts dry before building the final person too - I make the legs, head and body and then when they are dry (left overnight usually) I would then assemble them as I found it much easier and was less likely to squash them or damage them.
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