|memphis debuts on the cake|
when a child asks for frosting in the form of humans and animals for their birthday, don't run for the hills. instead get sculpey, and get those fingers warmed up.
my daughter turning 6, asked for her beloved border collie, memphis, who died just a month prior and herself throwing a frisbee in frosting on their cake. argh! nothing scares me like mucking up a cake just before a party, i mean come on.
ok, so it might be a little easier being an artist and an art teacher with amassed amounts of resources, but I really believe anyone can do this.
|before sculpey was baked|
anyway, i had help as not to have felt defeated by the toughness of this clay.
I mean how can anyone work with this stuff?
- 1lb block was enough to make my daughter (4.5" tall person) and her beloved sidekick
- knead chunks of the clay like bread dough
- cut away from the the mass amount instead of trying to get small pieces together
- tools: rolling pin, tooth picks, sharp paring knife
- think pyramid, not tall cylinders
- think chunky shapes instead of tall willowy for sturdiness
- balance your shapes
- follow bake directions for thickness
- if anything breaks, use hot glue or super glue after it cools (that happened to my daughter's legs, much to the chagrin of my daughter)
- use acrylic paint and be flirty with your layering of colors
- I was super happy how the acrylic paint took to the sculpey
- once the foundation and shape of your pieces is set, work with texture
- go the extra distance with details, but don't go overboard
- use a photo, it will really be helpful
|glow-in-the-dark heart candle holders|
the sculpey glow-in-the-dark and the red
sparkly stuff with rollers and used cookie
cutters; hearts and flowery shapes. used a
pencil to push holes through the
glow-in-the-dark hearts for future
candle holders on the cake.
trust me, it will surprise you.