Gumpaste Figures, Need Advice (Little Long)

Decorating By FromScratchSF Updated 6 Feb 2011 , 4:19pm by FromScratchSF

FromScratchSF Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 5:14am
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I made a Star Wars cake for a friend several months ago, was my 1st go at cake carving and trying to make a cake look like something, and I really like how it turned out. Well, never expected someone to want me to make that cake for them, but low and behold someone has ordered that cake, along with 5 gumpaste Lego Star Wars figures.

So 1st, yes I know copyright. Not concerned, client works for LucasArts. George himself may be at this kid's party for all I know. LOL!

My question is actually about the figures, I am fairly confident in my sculpting abilities to make the figures, but not-so-confident about how/what to paint them since I don't have an airbrush. So would you A.) make figures all out of white gumpaste then hand paint the colors/details? B.) Color some of the gumpaste and then hand paint more color and details? C.) Color gumpaste for each piece individually then hand paint any remaining details?

I am kicking myself for not having the spray paint colors on hand for such an order, but alas I don't have time to order them (no overnight shipping on airesole cans).

Last question, I rent a commercial kitchen to bake but have not had much demand for my gumpaste abilities, it is OK to work on the figures at home since nobody is going to eat them, right? Because if I am technically supposed to be doing it all in the rented space, I didn't charge nearly enough to make them!

Thanks for any advice!

Jen

3 replies
saraujo Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 5:46am
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Hi Jen,

When I make my gumpaste figures I always go with option C. Personally I think it looks more realistic. If I want it to be shiny then I just paint it with the Pearl dust and some vodka. I usually only paint details if I'm running out of time or the details are just too small. Hope that helps. Good luck on your cake and figurines!

mombabytiger Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 11:19am
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I would make the gumpaste figures at home, but I'm a rebel.

FromScratchSF Posted 6 Feb 2011 , 4:19pm
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Awesome, thanks your advice - I'll probably start working on it all today, so fingers crossed I can do this!

Jen

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