Modeling Fondant/Tylose work is difficult & time consuming. How do you expert Modelers do it????

Decorating By MBalaska Updated 9 Sep 2013 , 5:44pm by milkmaid42

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BatterUpCake Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 12:27am
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I'm sure you'll get faster with practice! Really cute ;-D

Nadiaa Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 12:49am
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They are very cute! I imagine it's just practice. And I think the more you model, the more you get faster at those basic shapes that are the foundation of most images. Then it's just a matter of building on those. But, I am not a modeller, so this is just a guess :) 

MBalaska Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 1:17am
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Thanks for encouragement BatterUpCake & Nadiaa.  Would have never even attempted this simple plain item without reading threads, tutorials, & vids recommended in CC.


It would be nice if several of the modelers would post some of their beautiful items, & hear their stories.

I'll bet they are pottery artist, or clay modeling experts.

BatterUpCake Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 1:26am
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Originally Posted by sixinarow 

 amazeballs. LMAO

JWinslow Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 2:51am
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MBalaska, I haven't modeled any animals yet but I just wanted you to know I thought yours were very cute! 

cazza1 Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 3:08am
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MB modelling is like any cake decorating skill (or any life skill for that matter).  The more you practise the quicker you will get.  If you are new to it don't stress too much about the time but enjoy the experience and the results.  The rest will come with time.

MBalaska Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 3:39am
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JWinslow Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 4:46am
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Your caption under the cake is too funny - washing machine indeed!  Even if you don't like the look it will be delicious, I'm sure.  Like animals, I can't speak to doing camo but my first attempt might be with icing images - lol  

manicgeisha Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 6:14am
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LOL @ the caption.



My reading skills suck when I'm tired were you using fondant?

...I used to love to sculpt clay and even pumpkins.   Sugar doughs are way more challenging though.    And for petes sake the amount of time it takes, it does get better but I know realistically I should charge $100 per cake topper.   Honestly, your toppers look nice!

cazza1 Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 6:30am
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MB that dragon was a labour of love for my Dad.  The scales alone took me 4 hours to put on and then the tail was far too long and I chopped off about 2 hours worth of scales.  Try modelling some figures whilst following instructions.  It's much easier to learn that way.  When I did the dragon I had half a dozen web pages open with different dragons that I liked and made it up as I went along so it took me nearly forever.  Fortunately Dad was 80 so I had plenty of time!!!

manicgeisha Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 5:28pm
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Thanks MBalaska! :)
Gumpaste helps for figures that have height.   I also find the absolute best for modelling is Wilton fondant.  You want it to be kind of dry, LOL.   If my fondant is too soft and nice, I add a bunch of cornstarch.  My second best thing I've learned for working with the fondant is to let everything firm, every step of the way.   It just get so soft and mushy when I try to work with it.   Its so humid where I am so it can take me about 1 week to make one figure but I just want to be able to handle the pieces without mushing them with my fingers when I put them together.      

My art teacher told me years ago that if you can draw it, you can sculpt it.   It helps to really see something, and sketch it out before starting.   Or using pictures!   

MBalaska Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 6:48pm
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"letting it dry every step of the way." is good to know. The puppy had started with his rump & hind legs kinda higher up, but when I was done & letting it dry..........he looked like he'd been on 'slim fast' for a month.  Gravity brought it all down & it looked like he shrank.


Can't believe I missed the use of cornstarch.......I rarely use it to roll out fondant any more. dries everything out & firms it up.......... Boy did my mind disengage with this modeling project.


Wilton fondant, yes.  It does smell like 'clay doh' so it would be perfect wouldn't it. :P

For myself and a hundred other people who may read your information at a later date. Thank You.

manicgeisha Posted 8 Sep 2013 , 7:50pm
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MBalaska Posted 9 Sep 2013 , 2:54am
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howsweet: Thanks.....appreciate any info that can be shared.  Your cakes are beautiful, your multi-color flower one especially.


Modeling gives such a completely different dimension to cakes, way diff than piping icing.

Figuring that no one would eat the puppy, I put an inch of spaghetti in his head to help hold it up. (read that from someone's thread earlier.) I guess it worked as it stay on.

howsweet Posted 9 Sep 2013 , 3:33am
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And most everything I learned was from Debbie Brown. She sells books and travels the globe giving classes.

Nadiaa Posted 9 Sep 2013 , 3:40am
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Simple stuff?? SIMPLE STUFF??? I pray for the day I can do work like yours and call it simple. LOL!!!!! Incredible. 

Bev25 Posted 9 Sep 2013 , 3:51am
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I have to agree with Howsweet, I bought Debbie Brown's book on Amazon

they're invaluable for learners also Maisie Parrish is great

manicgeisha Posted 9 Sep 2013 , 4:21am
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Does fondant get hard and crunchy with tylose?    Every time i go to buy it, its out of stock.   My kids have bit into some pretty old cake toppers before and they had a drier shell but the insides were still soft- no crunch either. 



I'm guessing timing will be different for everyone.   For irate birds, I'd make the main pieces one by one, then the eyes, beaks, and feathers.    Sometimes because they are small they are dry enough to handle by the time I'm done depending how many I just made, but other times...well they just mush all up if I try to handle them- then I have a pack of irate amoebas and not birds.    I just find it faster to wait a bit and let the pieces hold their shape before I glue them together. 

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