Making a Standing Armature
Struggling for time? Why not watch the whole tutorial in under 16 mins with our highlights video?
Emma starts off by showing us how to create a standing wire armature for the top of the cake that will then be covered in sugarpaste to form the wonderful Paul Bradford! Emma suggests creating the frame separate from the cake as you can damage the cake otherwise and she uses 18 and 16 gauge wire.
Adding Sugarpaste to Standing Armature
Emma makes it look so easy as she rolls out sausages of sugarpaste and simply wraps them around the wire frame while shaping it into limbs and a torso. We have seen other techniques including cutting into the sugarpaste and applying edible glue before wrapping it but Emma’s technique is certainly the quickest. As there is no CMC or Tylo added to it she is able to shape it with ease.
Adding Sugarpaste to the Sitting Armature
Some similar techniques here but in this lesson we are shown how to make a cute tutu using as well as cute little shoes. Emma recommends using corn flour if you have naturally warm hands as the sugarpaste can get very sticky when you are working with small amounts. A dresden tool might be handy for creating the crease marks in the clothes.
Making the Champagne Bottles and Hands
In this lesson Emma shows us how to make cute little champagne bottles that only take minutes to make. She will finish them later in the tutorial but will let them dry first of all. She then shows us how to make hands for all the models and again it’s probably a lot easier than you might think. Just a little ball of sugarpaste and a knife is all you need!
Making the Heads and Faces Pt 2
In this lesson Emma shows us how to make the heads and faces for the female models using slightly different techniques for the eyes and lips. If you find the eyes a little too fiddly you can always use paint as opposed to tiny balls of sugarpaste and get much the same result. Later on she will come back to them and finish them off with hair.
Painting Detail on the Faces
Emma shows us how to add finishing detail to the faces using edible black paint and a very small paintbrush, a size 00 to be precise. It might be an idea to have a picture of the person you are making in front of you or even just pictures of eyes and so on to help you.
Making the Hair
It’s amazing how many different colours and shades you can create by mixing just a few colours of sugarpaste. Emma shows us how to do just that to create lovely natural shades and then goes on to show us how to create different hair styles and textures using a single modelling tool and your hands.
Become a member to access this plus hundreds more coursesMembership Options
- 8” Round Cake Dummy
- 50g White
- Teddy Bear Brown
- Chocolate Brown
Paints and Dusts
- Rainbow Dust Paint
- Black Food Colouring
- 24 Gauge Wire
- 18 Gauge Wire
- 16 Gauge Wire
- Plastic Straws
- Icing Sugar
- Edible Glue
- Small Sharp Knife
- 00 Paintbrush
- Dresden Tool
- Cell Stick
- Wire Cutters
- Piping Bag
Emma introduces us to her sugar model additions to Paul's Melted Rainbow Cake celebrating four years of the Paul Bradford Sugarcraft School! Emma has made figures of some of the guest tutors we have been lucky enough to have along to the school and what great fun it was watching them being made! The techniques behind making these sugar models can be used in so many different ways and all the figures can be made into whoever you like so have some fun!
We would love to see your take on these finger models - please share your pictures with us on our Facebook page.