How do I get those "aren't I just adorable" eyes on figurines? I'm about to embark on a frog cake journey and I've been perusing the frog figurines and the one thing I keep noticing is, basically, the eyes have it. Do most of you make the eyes totally out of fondant, i.e., the white, black, whole eye? Do you paint it? What is the best way to master eyes?? This goes, obviously, to all figures. I just happen to be looking at frogs. Is there a shortcut secret?
I am by no means good at this at all but I have a book about making clay figures and what they do in the book is :
1. Make deep indents where you want the eyes to go in the head
2. using white fondant or gumpaste or whatever make a ball big enough to fill the hole but not stick out ( unless you want the bugeye look ).
3. when the white is dry , you paint on the eye
4. in the book they then take a very small amount of the flesh color, form it into a comma shape and place one comma on both the top and bottom for eyelids.
I tried to do all this on a girl figure for a valentines day cake and she ended up bugeyed and her eyelids kept sliding around everywhere and sticking to me so I got frustrated and haven't tried it again. Some day though.
Good luck on your frogs and I hope this helped a little.
I saved these instructions a while back. They may help.
Personally, I like to start with a ball of white gumpaste, then put a smaller dot of black on it, then sometimes a tiny white dot on top of that. Here are a couple of my frogs.
Shannon and Ruth, Thanks! You both helped tremendously. My hand is unsteady with painting tiny lines, etc., but I'm going to give it a shot this weekend. Thanks, again.