Tips For Making Dead Tree

Decorating By Kitagrl Updated 11 Sep 2010 , 2:42am by Kitagrl

Kitagrl Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 12:50am
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I need to make a gumpaste (or whatever) "dead tree"...I'm thinking like you know, twisted branches and all that...

Anyone have any tips and hints for support structure or anything? Would I need to build a support out of wire and then add gumpaste?

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Doug Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 12:53am
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Kitagrl Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 1:00am
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Kinda seems like it would defeat the purpose since its supposed to be edible and its mostly wire. haha. But I guess its what I have to do.

My mom used to, a LONG time ago, make wire trees and then decorate them in gemstones or tiny polished stones.

Anyway....

No its for a cake topper with a dead tree, and wolf and full moon. Not sure what the significance is. Also has to have a garden at the bottom...so...some sort of personal story I guess.

Thanks for the links!

sjc0858 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:18am
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Could you do the main trunk out of rkt and just do the roots gumpaste coming off that? Would you really need wire?

I was thinking of doing this very thing for my Alice I W cake topper that is coming up. I want it to have a darker, Tim Burton feel to it and I was thinking of doing it that way...

Kitagrl Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:21am
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Well it can't be very big...its going to be more like the topper to like a 6" cake, so just a smaller tree with a little figurine gumpaste wolf and flat standing up moon behind it.

cakeville82 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:27am
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I've made one out of wire and then dipped it in RI, it was easier then doing gumpaste and gave it a thinner more dead look.

Kitagrl Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:29am
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Originally Posted by cakeville82

I've made one out of wire and then dipped it in RI, it was easier then doing gumpaste and gave it a thinner more dead look.




Oh cool...so then you tinted the RI like a dark brown and then shaded it in dusts or airbrush?

Do you happen to have a pic of this effect?

Such a good idea....

cakeville82 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:47am
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I did it in all black because it was for a Coraline cake but it could be done in a light brown and then shaded and colored once the RI dried.

cakeville82 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:49am
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Don't know where the pic is, let me try again....

julzs71 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:52am
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At the bottom of the page there is a picture of a dead tree I made. I used wire and just thinned some RI and just put some on my hands and put on the tree, let it dry and repeat. Then I airbrushed it.
http://forum.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=582637&postdays=0&postorder=asc&&start=15

cakeville82 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 2:54am
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Image

Babs1964 Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 3:04am
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You could also dip grape vines into royal icing for smaller trees.

sugarshack Posted 29 Aug 2010 , 4:33am
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for my swamp swamp cake.... I just made mine with logs of brown fondant with lots of tylose, twisted them and scored them up with a knife and let them dry good and hard. then airbrushed them for spookiness.

Edited to add: it won't let me add the photo, it is in my gallery

Kitagrl Posted 11 Sep 2010 , 2:42am
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Just wanted to thank everyone...I made one out of wire and brushed with royal...then added some little royal "spikes" here and there to fill it out a little...its in my photos, the wolf/garden one.

(The lady specifically wanted a garden with a white picket fence on the bottom tier, and a wolf NOT howling at a moon because he had to have green eyes...it was hard to figure out how to draw that all together but I think it worked out fine.)

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