I have tried making some figures to go on the top of my cakes and I have made them out of fondant but have found that they have cracked when they are drying, don't look too bad but I am a bit of a perfectionist and was wondering if there was anything I could do to stop this happening.
I have found when making figures a 50/50 gumpaste/fondant or tylose added to fondant works best to prevent cracking - doesn't dry as quick as gumpaste alone.
But the best results have been when I use an insert (lollipop stick or whatever works) to keep the body in the position I want. Be prepared with several small props (anything that will keep arms and legs in the position I want). And work quickly. Once you've positioned them for drying, do not touch or reposition. When I work on the head, I also work quickly to get the mouth just the way I want it and then leave it alone or that area will begin to crack. I too am a perfectionist and was disappointed in the cracking of my first few figures. But perfectionism always works against me if I keep playing with it. If I'm unhappy with any part I've made, I start over - never play with it and again, work quickly!
Thought this recent post my be of interest to you. Lots of info other than figures, but I found the use of cheap dolls, cut in half as molds for figures very interesting.
Can't wait to give it a try, especially for making faces!