Create Animal Fur

Decorating By Tracy71 Updated 20 Dec 2010 , 10:04pm by bobwonderbuns

Tracy71 Posted 24 Nov 2010 , 1:33pm
post #1 of 11

I have to begin work on a mounted deer head and I do not know what the best way to create the look of deer fur is. Can anyone tell me how I create that look?

10 replies
Manderly42 Posted 24 Nov 2010 , 1:57pm
post #2 of 11

Deer fur is very short and tight. I would say if you want it to be realistic looking, use a rough bristled paint brush and gently stroke the icing in one direction, starting from the bottom (as if you were putting fish scales, or roof shingles, so the next row overlaps - does that make sense?) HTH!

Manderly42 Posted 24 Nov 2010 , 1:59pm
post #3 of 11

I also forgot to mention - you might want to color the icing brown, first, and then airbrush after you have your textured look. Airbrushing can give it more dimension, but if you do not have an airbrush it is not necessary.

Tracy71 Posted 24 Nov 2010 , 11:40pm
post #4 of 11

So, do you think I should use buttercream instead of fondant? I do have an airbrush, but I'm not great with it yet.

madgeowens Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 12:17am
post #5 of 11

it would be bc because fondant wont move as she is telling you

Manderly42 Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 3:04am
post #6 of 11

Sorry - yes, buttercream would be the best medium for a realistice fur look IMHO. Fondant is too smooth and it will look fake, airbrushed or not. You can use fondant for the antlers, eyes, nose and use impression mats for texture of those (or I have heard of people making their own "impression mats" using every day items that have the desired effect.) But for the fur I would highly recommend BC.

icer101 Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 3:36am
post #7 of 11
Tracy71 Posted 5 Dec 2010 , 1:56am
post #8 of 11

Thanks to everyone who helped me on this... You can check out my finished product, although I am a horrible photographer.

Manderly42 Posted 5 Dec 2010 , 4:56am
post #9 of 11

It looks great! Looks like real fur! So how did you do it?

Tracy71 Posted 5 Dec 2010 , 2:09pm
post #10 of 11

I iced it with buttercream and got a new dish cleaning brush, started at the top and lightly brushed the icing down. I was pleased with the results.

bobwonderbuns Posted 20 Dec 2010 , 10:04pm
post #11 of 11

I'm glad this came up, I have some dress and boots cookies that need fur accents on them -- this info will help a lot!! Thanks for posting! icon_biggrin.gif

Quote by @%username% on %date%