Help With Making Gumpaste/fondant Pistols Please

Decorating By allibok Updated 17 Mar 2011 , 2:46am by gigiel

allibok Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 1:18pm
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Hi All

I've never posted before but I really need some help! I've been asked to make jumbo cupcakes with a target top (no problem) but I also need to make some fondant or gumpaste pistols to go with them. This is where I'm a bit stuck...

Does anyone have any advice for doing these and what'd be the best way to go about it?

Many thanks in advance for any help you can give.

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Teekakes Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 1:41pm
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Edna (tonedna is her cake central id) just came out with a great dvd on making the Stargazer Lily. In it she very specifically shows how to make the pistol and it look real when you are finished. You can purchase her dvd at, or, you can look online for a good closeup photo of a pistel and try to recreate it that way. icon_biggrin.gif

dstbni Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 2:28pm
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Did you mean pistol like the gun? I would try modeling them and then painting with silver dust mixed with vodka. 50/50 fondant and gumpaste has worked really well for me.

Teekakes Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 2:30pm
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OMG! icon_redface.gif I have not had enough coffee yet this morning and have sugar flowers on the brain.........not pistols, targets n holsters!! icon_lol.gif Sorry for not catching that at first read. icon_redface.gif

all4cake Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 2:54pm
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all4cake Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 3:00pm
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Teekakes Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 3:12pm
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Originally Posted by all4cake


I just hate those "duh" moments! icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif

all4cake Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 3:15pm
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Had a thought (might wanna back up)...

If you were able to acquire a small pistol (maybe the toy dept.)...then, get some of that mold making stuff that Loucinda referred to in another thread from Michael's ...clay dept. and made your own mold...


roll out (or extrude) lengths of fondant/gumpaste in two different widths. attach one to the other....mark off equal sections....roll one end up... then bunch and shape it for the butt...reem out an area with a toothpick for the trigger area...pinch and shape a smidge and the top back area for the cock(?)...add details...

I think I'm going for more coffee....

all4cake Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 3:17pm
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Originally Posted by Teekakes

Originally Posted by all4cake


I just hate those "duh" moments! icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif

I have them so's refreshing to see someone else's. icon_lol.gif

Teekakes Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 3:40pm
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Yeah, I agree on the mold route. She says "pistols" so I am assuming that means several of them. I agree with you on making the mold or buying one. icon_smile.gif

all4cake Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 4:27pm
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looks like the pistols are blocky styled with a clip and the revolvers have tubular barrels and a 'revolving' chamber(like the wooden one in the link above)...I don't know but from doing the searches that's what's coming up in the results...I type in pistol and the blocky type comes up...type in revolver and the curvier, more ornate, tubular barrelled(?) ones come up....

for that blocky type(whatever), I'd roll out the fondant to even thickness...cut rectangles...then, use an X-acto knife and cut away areas until it looked right...then reem out the trigger area with a toothpick and pull a little whoop for the cock(?)...smooth out the edges with either your finger or one of them fondant tools...(I think it may a veiner...the one that looks like a thick point that's been flattened)...dang it...I'll go check for its' official name later...

allibok Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 4:33pm
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Thanks so much for your replies, help and giggles! I do mean pistol as in gun - a fairly odd request, but it takes all kinds I suppose.

I've been searching for a ready made mold but haven't been too successful the only one I saw was for a revolver style. It's a candy mold but way too big for what I'm after.

I'm about to have a play with the fondant/gumpaste and see what I come up with. I need to make 8 of them, so not too many to freestyle.

Thanks again for your help.

Teekakes Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 4:36pm
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Good luck and I look forward to seeing pictures of your finished cuppies and pistols...............that won't look like a flower! icon_lol.gifthumbs_up.gif

all4cake Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 4:37pm
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...I just noticed they removed a word I typed and replaced it with an asterisk...HAHAHAHAHA

I reckon it thought I was referring to something else...too too funny!

Texas_Rose Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 6:17pm
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The best thing to do would be to pick a gun that you want to copy and then print out a picture of it about the size that you want to make. For a cupcake topper, it doesn't have to be too detailed. You should make a Glock, it has the least details and is easy to recognize.

I've made a bigger gun from fondant husband drew a life-size template of the model that we were making, and cut it out of three thicknesses of foamcore. We covered the foamcore with fondant, used fondant tools to make the details, and then painted it. It looks real enough that every now and then when we have someone over, they see it in its baggie on our bar and they think it's a real gun.

allibok Posted 20 Sep 2009 , 8:12pm
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Thanks again for your help and responses. I didn't get around to playing with making them this afternoon - weather is monsoon like here so been entertaining children!

Definitely tomorrow, once they're at school.

I'll post pics towards the end of the week, pick up is Thursday. Fingers crossed!

gigiel Posted 17 Mar 2011 , 2:46am
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is there anything that's not covered on this forum? awesome!!!

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