Have You Done One Of These? How Long Did It Take You?

Decorating By smittyditty Updated 1 Oct 2013 , 3:10am by smittyditty

smittyditty Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 1:46am
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Here is an example of a RKT sculpture of a bridal gown topper. Was wondering if you have done one and about how long did it take you? Trying to gauge price on how long I think it will take me and don't want to be really far off the mark. Thanks in advance.

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smittyditty Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 2:13am
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Heck even if you haven't done one I'll take guesses. Especially if you have done something else out of RKT. I have only done one thing out of RKT and that was a cow which took a while. This seems easy to me, but I tend to have a can do attitude that sometimes bites me in the butt with how long it actually takes.

Krypto Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 2:18am
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AI haven't worked with RKT but the shape looks fairly simply. I would guess maybe an hour or two? It's very cute!

smittyditty Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 2:30am
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Thank you!!! I said 4 total with the piping and dry time. So that is very helpful.

howsweet Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 2:34am
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I assume you're going to make the body portion from something like gumpaste? It's going to be everything else that's a lot of work other than the rkt base. I did one of these in cake and the sculpting was the least of it. Mine came out pretty sloppy as you can see from the snag in the front and the how the bustle didn't cover all the messiness  in the back. My point about the sloppiness is the whole thing was much more complicated than I thought it was going to be and I wound up cutting corners. In my opinion, you're right to take a step back before quoting this out.


I don't know how long it took, but I'd not do the top portion of this cake again for less than $250. I guess if the bottom was rkt, maybe $175. Maybe $160 for flowers instead of draping.





smittyditty Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 2:41am
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Thanks howsweet. I just am making the whole body out of RKT. Its not a full dress. No cake involved other than a 6inch cake that goes underneath. No cake under the skirt is what I'm trying to say. I was going to cover the body with ganache and do modeling chocolate for the flesh. Then add the fondant for the dress.

So can you tell me what was the hard part. I was a bit confused about what you wrote. I get there were problems with the bottom of your dress but was that because the draping was harder than you thought?? Or something else??

smittyditty Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 2:43am
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By the way it looks fab I can't see what you're talking about.

howsweet Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:01am
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I had trouble laying the skirt on and yes the draping was difficult for me, too. The way it came together in the back was just a big mess - hence the bustle.  Modeling the black body part was hard - I kept making it too big/fat and having to start over. I do a lot of figure modeling, but they usually don't have form fitting clothes. Getting her boobs just right turned out to be more trouble than I expected. The only think that was easy was the necklace because I have a mold for that.


Perhaps if I'd planned it out and had come up with a better method for cutting out the skirt, I'd have had an easier time. Oh, and you have to cut out her top, too. That looks super simple, but it wasn't for me. I eyeballed it and cut out the right shape pretty quickly with a little trial and error. But that's just not how i like to do things. I absolutely despise having to do something twice.


Now that I relived all that, i think I'd raise the price by another $100 lol


The draping was a good design though, because that way I didn't have to worry about any texture problems on the top half of the skirt, which you can see they had on the one in your picture. The ganache should take care of that problem though.


It will taste a whole bunch better the way you're planning to do it, but it sounds really hard to me. But I hate working in rkt and only use it for very simple shapes.


Good luck! I'm sure it will turn out good since you're thinking it out. I barely gave it a thought and assumed it was be extremely simple.

howsweet Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:08am
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Originally Posted by smittyditty 

By the way it looks fab I can't see what you're talking about.

Thanks - I can live with the back, but that little snag in front on the draping drives me crazy. It's so funny - customers typically don't care about that sort of thing if they even notice, but in my mind all the guests at that party just stood around the whole time scoffing at it and are still talking about it today.

smittyditty Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 3:10am
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Thanks Howsweet that was a very good description. I appreciate it. I doubt I will get an order just quoting and this person has been a thorn in my side for over a month I think I might have actually gotten rid of them. Just wanted a last quote before they for sure decided no. I convinced them they didn't want the order, because frankly at this point I don't want to make them anything. lol. Anyhow its good to know the information for future orders because these are popular and I'm not against making them. Just wanted to make sure I don't screw myself over with pricing.

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