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Any idea how to make the strap? I mean I know how to make the strap but how do I attach it on the shoe without it being top heavy and break??
post #2 of 34

No doubt it will be fragile....you've got to handle it as such. They've hidden how it was attached by the flower and you'd be wise to do something similar. You should roll your gum paste leaving it thicker so it's stronger toward the base and lighter as it extends out. You could insert a wire into the strap to give it strength/support. I'm very fond of using chocolate as my glue for heavy or awkward items, it would work well here.

 

In fact, as I think of this, it would be easiest to make the strap out of choc. plastic with a wire inserted into it. Leave some wire sticking out of the end of the strap and insert that into your show base with chocolate. Stick a flower on it (with chocolate) to weigh it down...all done.

post #3 of 34

And it looks like it was formed on something else until hard (a glass, a piece of PVC pipe, maybe laying down and with the dangly strap ends supported by something) then attached - probably with wires sticking out and attached into the sole of the show, as Stitches says.

post #4 of 34

i do all my cakes with 100% edible material! 

 

what i did for my shoe cake was attach the strap with edible glue (tylose and water)

and filled it with cling wrap!

 

 

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post #5 of 34

Oh sure, for the front yes. But I think the OP was asking about the ankle strap...

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silly me! :( 

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post #7 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thank you ladies. I've decided to just do a regular strap with bows in the back but will not give up trying the other strap. I did 3 attempts and just couldn't find a perfect way to dry it that way. I will post pic when I'm done. Thanks for all your input!!
post #8 of 34

Someone else was making that top strap and I suggested using a heavy gauge craft wire in the middle of the gum paste to help with stability.  She tried it and said it came out perfect.  You might want to try that also.  You want the wire to be just heavy enough you can shape it and hold its shape. Just like a real shoe, you attach under the inner sole just barely so you won't see a bulge, use "glue" sparingly and hold in place till it has set up a little.  I use lots of tissue and crumbled paper towels to hold things in place while they dry.

 

I didn't make that heal but did make a strappy sandal heal that looked just like the real thing.  The wire wasn't needed for that one but if I did the one you are asking about, I would use wire.

 

Good luck. 

post #9 of 34

Oh forgot to add.  When I have made sandals with thin straps, I shape paper or card stock, to the shape I want it to dry, this will also help with stability.

post #10 of 34

I just delivered this one today: http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3093048/a/3398035/my-first-shoe-client-requested-these-colors-but-i-wish-i-had-used-a-different-color-on-my-board/ I allowed it to dry then applied it to the shoe with RI and held it up with balled up saran wrap. This was my first shoe.

post #11 of 34

Well done
 

post #12 of 34

Thank you. I wish the shoe box looked as good as the shoe! lol

post #13 of 34

I keep getting dimples also.  Someone suggested putting the bc frosted cake into the fridge for it to firm up before putting fondant on.  This will allow the fondant to harden a little so that when the bc softens the fondant will hold its shape. 

 

Going to try this when I make my big cake coming up.  Hope it works as I hate dimples on my cakes and thighs, lol.
 

post #14 of 34

LOL @ thighs...Yes I had it in the fridge. I used Swiss BC and it got soft while I was working it and it had air pockets too. Wanted to try ganache but the customer said no to chocolate. I'm going to try it on my next fondant cake...

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I just delivered this one today: http://cakecentral.com/g/i/3093048/a/3398035/my-first-shoe-client-requested-these-colors-but-i-wish-i-had-used-a-different-color-on-my-board/ I allowed it to dry then applied it to the shoe with RI and held it up with balled up saran wrap. This was my first shoe.


Good Job!!!  I haven't done a shoe yet.  Have everything, just haven't played yet.

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