How Would I Make This Topper?

Decorating By ChoueiriCakeCo Updated 14 Jun 2010 , 3:19pm by ChoueiriCakeCo

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 12:57am
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I need to make a robot topper similar to the image shown above. I'll be using gumpaste, but I'm not quite sure what to use for the internal support.

1. Should I use a wire armature or can I use dowels or uncooked spaghetti noodles?

2. If I were to use an armature, how would I make one (and what gauge wire should I use?).

3. Can I make it so that it is free standing and doesn't need any supports that go into the cake?

Any help would be greatlyappreciated!! TIA icon_smile.gif

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ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 11:58am
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Anyone...? icon_redface.gif

KHalstead Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 12:16pm
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If you go to AC Moore or Michael's craft store, in the clay aisle they actually sell some wire that's coiled up, it's thick and sturdy yet surprisingly easy to bend. It's made for making armatures. I would get some of that, it's about $3.00 for a decent coil of it if I remember correctly.

As for freestanding, I would make the armature and then really glue it to a small round of wood (the black round base in the pic) and then cover that with gumpaste. It should balance the whole thing nicely.

Chances are when this thing is complete it will be so impressive it will be saved as a souvenir so I wouldn't worry about the edible component of it too much.

HTH

Can't wait to see it!

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 1:40pm
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Thanks so much! This really helps a lot icon_smile.gif

One more thing, would it be possible for me to use dowels or skewers for the legs (if it has to go into the cake) and an armature for the upper body?

LindaF144a Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 1:56pm
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Sorry, I am no help. I just wanted to say Wow! When you get these done, can you post photos?

And if you are not already working as a professional cake decorator or in the biz, add this to your portfolio to show everybody you can because these will be awesome!

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 13 Jun 2010 , 2:05pm
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I will definitely post pics icon_smile.gif

This will be one of my biggest projects so far, and I'm just hoping everything goes as planned!

KHalstead Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 12:47pm
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Originally Posted by ChoueiriCakeCo

Thanks so much! This really helps a lot icon_smile.gif

One more thing, would it be possible for me to use dowels or skewers for the legs (if it has to go into the cake) and an armature for the upper body?




I don't see why not?? Although with that base on there (if you ARE including that black base) it should be sturdy enough to just sit on the cake. You'll probably want to dowel the cake under the topper though, because it might be heavy.

If you want to add dowels to the actual figure, I would make the armature and then probably use skewers,( they'll work just the same as dowels for sticking it into the cake and won't mess with your design as much since they're thinner) stick a hunk of gumpaste in the center of the armature and stick the skewers into it making sure that the skewers line up about where you're going to have the legs of the robot, so they won't interfere with your design.

THIS IS GONNA BE SO COOL..............I can't wait to see it!!!

ChoueiriCakeCo Posted 14 Jun 2010 , 3:19pm
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I most likely will make it without the black base (so it will stand directly on top of the cake). Since the legs are going to be very "boxy" and thick, the skewers should work just fine icon_smile.gif

Thank you!

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