I've made hair with fondant, and used a pampered chef garlic press (a clean one!!)!! Remember those Play-Doh barber shop toys, where you could squeeze the hair out of the thingy.... (yeah... that make a whole lot of sense didn't it.... sorry!!) That's where I got my inspiration from!
For the few people that I've made with fondant, I've used both a Play-doh Fun Factory and a pasta maker for the hair...they equally work well. As far as making the bodies..there are some great video's on YouTube.
I love you guys cakes! Thanks for the tips
You can get the little clay extruders for like $10 at the craft store, they work great for hair and small details. Not really for big projects, but works great for small ones.
Cool idea about the PC garlic press...I'm actually a PC consultant.
I have one of those cheapo clay extruders. If you add some shortening to your fondant/gumpaste, it works pretty well with the extruder.
iv done a few fondant people (look in my photos, at the wedding cake, the additional photos have close ups of the bridal party) i just roll out the fondant as thinly as i can get it (using a smoother) and then place onto the head- time consuming but i love the effect!
I posted about how I made my pregnant woman (pics of the body), and how I did her hair....(scroll down): http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-675682.html
you all are amazing, thanks SO MUCH for the help. Will post when complete. Fingers crossed!
well, i wound up molding the hair out of one large piece of gumpaste (was having no luck w/clay extruder - couldn't get it thru the hole!) and I was running out of time. i posted the pic, the 2nd pic shows a closer pic of the hair. will have to experiment more...and take some drawing classes! (when you see her face, you'll know why! lol). thanks everybody!
You need to add some vegetable fat, crisco I think you guys call it to the gumpaste/fondant to make it really really soft and then it will go through the holes, hth for next time
I always microwave my fondant before extruding, but for the yarn balls I just posted, after microwaving I added Wilton brand glycerin...man, it was the smoothest MMF to ever come out of that barrel.
cakelady11215...her hair looks great!...it looks more real than extruded hair, LOL!
FlourPots - I just love the curly hair, wish I would have had the patience for that!
Here is a girl I just made using the gumpaste strait from my extruder. I sort of layer it from the bottom of the head and up.
I add some shortening into my gumpaste to help it slide out of my extruder better.
I just love this method of hair! I want to try some updos next!
She's adorable with an awesome head of hair, LOL!