Anyone know of any tutorials for Sunglasses or Makup. I'm making a Sweet Sixteen cake....
I don't have a tutorial, but I did make a pair of glasses for my ophthalmologist's cake in my photos. I simply rolled some thin snakes of gum paste and formed one into a glasses shape and let it dry flat on the work surface. For the bows, I took two identical lengths, flattened them somewhat on the end and let them dry also. When fully dry, I assembled with gum glue and supported with cotton until the glue dried. The lenses I made from gelatin and cut into the appropriate shape to fit. While mine were clear, you can tint the gelatin any shade you want for sunglasses. They were easy to make but unfortunately don't show up too well in the photo. I made extra to allow for breakage. I hope this helps you.
Thanks so much to both of you!!!! This is a great help
milkmaid42 -- I've never worked with gelatin before. Do you just spread it out in a thin layer on a cookie sheet and then when set cut it to the needed shape?
thanks for the tutorial!!
Here is my recipe for sheet gelatin. I can't remember where I first got it to credit the individual, but it is simple to make. You need to allow yourself several days in advance since it is thick and slow drying.
1 Packet of Knox gelatin
1/4 C. Plain tap water
Combine and let sit, (bloom), for about 5 minutes. Dissolve completely over hot water, stirring very gently to avoid bubbles. Pour out onto a sheet of acetate* using a spatula to level, or tap it lightly on the counter. Let it sit, undisturbed, several days or until it starts to pull away from the surface. It will appear to be almost plastic and can be cut with scissors.
This is a stiffer recipe from that which makes the beautiful flowers and bows. In addition to the glasses lenses, I used it for my dragonfly wings as it accepts the food color marker well. For your sunglasses you should add the color in with the water. I hope this helps you. I find it fun to work with.
*Acetate is a clear plastic, available at craft stores or artist supply stores. I tried using glass once, thinking it was smooth, but it didn't release well at all.
Thanks so much Milkmaid42!!