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What's the best for modeling a gun?

post #1 of 11
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I haven't done much modeling work. I'm going to be hand sculpting a pistol for my husband's birthday cake and wasn't sure what I should use. I considered making my own fondant, buying Wilton fondant, or should I buy gumpaste? Or just add tylose powder or gumpaste to fondant? Any advise or suggestions on favorite sculpting material? I don't want something that'll dry before I get finished! Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 11
I made a car and a hair dryer (random I know) by starting with RKT, with half the RKs ground up so it was smoother. Then I placed strips of fondant around where I needed bumps, carved out where I wanted indents, and placed the fondant sheet over that. It held well and was very (relatively) easy. I think the car is in my photos.
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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, but I don't think RKT would be worth messing with in my situation.

Would gumpaste dry out too fast? Use fondant? or fondant/gumpaste mixture? Anybody?
post #4 of 11
I made a Glock 9mm out of modeling chocolate that I thought turned out very well. I have a picture of it here:

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2250176/glock-9mm-pistol-grooms-cake

I rolled the modeling chocolate out as thick as the gun and then used a printout from the Internet as a cutting template to make the basic gun shape and then carved on it some or added small textured pieces (for the hand grip, etc).

The modeling chocolate will stay firm and won't dry out, but it will hold it's shape. It's my favorite medium for most any small scale sculpting I do. Hope this helps!
post #5 of 11
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Thanks Jennifer! Your Glock does look great! I'm wanting to sculpt a 44 magnum, which the barrel is silver and the grip is black. Would you be able to pain the barrel with silver lustre dust on modeling chocolate? Or what do you best recommend? Also on the grip would you be able to paint it with black food color/vodka or would you need to precolor the chocolate black?
post #6 of 11
I have found that the best thing for modeling chocolate is to try to use a color as close as what the end color will be.

For the silver parts, begin with a gray modeling chocolate. For the black parts, use black modeling chocolate. It makes the work soooo much easier
post #7 of 11
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Also I'll be using candy melts if this makes a difference on painting. (to above questions)
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by tmelrose

Thanks Jennifer! Your Glock does look great! I'm wanting to sculpt a 44 magnum, which the barrel is silver and the grip is black. Would you be able to pain the barrel with silver lustre dust on modeling chocolate? Or what do you best recommend? Also on the grip would you be able to paint it with black food color/vodka or would you need to precolor the chocolate black?



I would start my modeling chocolate (or candy clay) with a color close to want (gray and black). You can paint it, but I would recommend several coats of your luster dust with your alcohol. If the grips stick up from the gun, I would make it a separate piece and layer. If has that "one piece" look you might want to make the grip separately and fit into the rest of the gun. With modeling chocolate you should be able to work it where you only have a fine line. Make some candy clay up and test with it before you do the actual gun - that's always my best advice!! HTH!
post #9 of 11
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Is it ok to color the clay with Wilton or Americolor after its been mixed and settled for a day?
post #10 of 11
I color mine when I make it, and for black I use powder color.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ok thanks. Guess I'd better stick to coloring it after I make it since I'm not sure if the gel might mess it up. Not sure where I could find the powder close around here. I'll test a small bit first after it settles before doing any modeling. Thank you again for all your help. Much appreciated!!
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