I am about to get an order for a beach themed cake with these decorations on them. can someone please tell me how I go about making:-
The Sun chair and how do I make sure that it takes the weight of the lady?
the Hammock - what do I use if I don't have any spare material?
How do I do the beach ball? (do I paint the colours on or do I just stick coloured fondant on?
For the ball, I'd just make a ball of fondant and put pieces of colored fondant on it and make the joins really straight so it looks neat.
The umbrella could have been made by putting gumpate to dry over a former, then attached to a stick with some melted chocolate so it stays up?
The chairs are either gumpaste or pastillage. If I was doing it, I would use toothpicks to attach the seat to the armrests, glued with royal icing or melted chocolate.
The hammock could be made of fabric or maybe a printed sheet of wafer or rice paper....you could probably do it in gumpaste if you formed it, let it dry, then strung it up with floss or thread.
I found this blog
It explains how to do it but I still don't understand how to assemble the chair, the pis are not that clear. Would a cocktail stick for the umbrella be too short?
In the 2nd pix you posted if you look closely/study the chair it is nothing more than 4 squareish logs. There is a thinner 'snake' of fondant (gumpaste or pastilage) going between them. Stick a cocktail stick in one end about 1/2 way then stick that into a front sq log. On the other side, stick a cocktail stick all the way from one end so it goes into the snake. Then make a thin, sq as the seat. The back of the chair is one solid piece of gp w/the top shaped like a tombstone (1/2 round). I'm guessing there is another small 'snake' going across the back just like in front. Use royal icing or melted white choco to add extra strength where ever you attach 2 pieces (or more) together. It's rather simple if you take it one step at a time and really study the pic.
For the chair I would use mexican paste, with just a small touch of fondant mixed in - I find this combination dries really strong.
I made this chair here: http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2020202 using mexican paste...as you can see the chair (different style of beach chair to what you are making) is quite fine/thin, and it supported the weight of the man no problems. I was worried about the 'fabric' seat (also made from mexican paste), because that was rolled pretty thin, but it held no problems. The chairs (Jem brand cutters) I made according to directions...so they did have wire support in the three horizontal poles, but that was all.
ETA: Just remembered...there was a thread which has more detail: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=714787&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
I made two palm trees using liquorice sticks, I applied green fondent leaves for palm fronds. I found a plaited marshmallow sweet that came in a long coloured plaited strip, that easily hooked onto the 'palm trees', and
made the whole thing totally edible.