Losing Confidence To Make 3D Elmo...can U Help?

Decorating By Newbieone Updated 9 Feb 2012 , 5:21am by Nancy_TX

Newbieone Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 12:05am
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Hi, I had so wanted to make 3d Elmo for my baby boy on Sunday but am slowly losing courage after researching for hours on the different posts regarding this. It seems there are so many ways to do it, and I want to do it the RIGHT way! I'm getting very scared and thinking how quickly I can order a sheetcake from the grocery store. :0(

But....if I get my confidence back up--can anyone tell me if they would:
1- Use air brush to spray paint elmo's grass tip fur? Or should I use red icing?
2- Should I cover the RKT arms/legs in candy melts? It seems some do, some don't! Can I pipe buttercream right onto the RKT?
3- Do I use a structure inside the RKT? I saw one tutorial where they used coat wire. (?)

If you can answer one question or all three I would love it! Thanks!

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step0nmi Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 12:47am
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sorry to hear you are loosing confidence icon_sad.gif first off, how big is he going to be? what's your plan, what's your plan B? you can have all these things written or sketched out so you don't loose focus and know exactly what you're doing. plus, you have to do the techniques you know how to do WELL.

for me...if i were trying elmo...i would probably just piped BC for his fur, then you get all that cool texture that he has icon_wink.gif

using candy melts over the RKT is going to make him a lot heavier...have you used chocolate before? even tho rkt's can be light...a bunch of them together and then the added chocolate can become heavy. it's definitely worth a shot tho!

step0nmi Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 12:49am
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OMG! this person makes him look EASY! http://www.cakescanada.com/HowTo/HowTo-Elmo.pdf

bellacakecreations Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 1:29am
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I definitely agree with StepOnMi that you need to write every step you think you need down so you don't forget anything crucial. Pipe his fur with red icing it"s much easier. If you are just putting fur on the RKT then pipe straight on there. The only reason I use candy melts on RKT is to make them smooth because the design needs to be smooth. If you give the RKT enough time to dry it will be hard enough to withstand it anyway. I ALWAYS use PVC as supports both central and for arms, etc. You can piece the body together and have a good idea of the size all the body parts needs to be so you don't end up with a big body and a little head icon_biggrin.gif I use PVC cement on the pieces that you don't want moving. Sometimes arms that are supposed to point straight out fall to the side when they have weight on them. If you decide to build a PVC supprt and feel lost just pm and I will do what I can to help. Good Luck thumbs_up.gif

Nancy_TX Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 3:04am
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I mixed red candy melts into the RKT so that it would hold it's shape after it set up. And definitely pipe the fur with the grass tip right onto Elmo - much easier that way. If you're doing the Elmo popping out of a package, just form the RKT arms on bamboo skewers inserted into the body. You can do it!

Newbieone Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 4:03am
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Ahhhhh......that's so much better. What you guys have said has calmed me---I was just feeling overwhelmed, and to hear that there are others at the other end of this computer is nice!

So great, no airbrush, do red icing. Pipe his fur right over RKT. I'm gonna buy my RKT because I'm afraid of the Florida humidity messing around with them.
And I want to do the Elmo that people use Wondermold and an 8 inch round for the body. So a plan---wow, I've never had one of those before! No really! I usually just find a picture on Cake Central and start doing it, and usually it takes forever and a day--and I usually get overwhelmed.
So I will try writing my stuff down and having a plan! Thanks!
ADORABLE photo--I could NEVER do that! Well, maybe one day. With two kids now I'm doing more cakes!
Thanks for the help!

Nancy_TX Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 4:24am
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One word of caution - that head is very, very heavy! Either screw a center dowel into the base board, or don't assemble it until you have everything placed exactly where you are going to leave it.

I have not had good luck with the store bought RKT holding together well. Adding the candy melts (using little or no butter) made it rock solid - no humidity worries. I even hollowed out the mouth and it stayed open. I formed the head in the Wilton sports ball pan.

Oh - and to get the right shape I ended up using 2 of the 8 inch rounds, not just one.

Happy Birthday to your little one and congratulations to you! Post pictures when you're done!

step0nmi Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 4:26am
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glad we could help you put your mind at ease! please post photos when you're done icon_biggrin.gif good luck!

Newbieone Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 4:44am
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Nancy--one last question on the treats---did you 1 for 1 replace the butter with the candy melts? That is a great idea to use the melts in them, btw.

Nancy_TX Posted 9 Feb 2012 , 5:21am
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I made one recipe of treats - so I think that was 10 oz. of marshmallows and 6 cups of cereal. Sprayed the pan with PAM, melted the marshmallows, mixed in the cereal and about 1/2 to 3/4 bag of Wilton red candy melts. Sprayed the sports ball pans with PAM, mashed all of the treats into each half and then smushed them together and kind of rolled the pans to make it very round. Then I took one of those shovel looking ice cream scoops, wedged it into the treats and slid/wiggled it back and forth to make the mouth. Then I put in and removed a hidden dowel into the bottom to hollow out where the head would rest on the dowel on the cake, put it back in the sports ball pan and let it all set up.

I can't emphasize enough - that thing is heavy and you have to support it.

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