Should I Tell Them That Cake Won't Be Identical To The Picture?

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louglou Posted 15 Jun 2017 , 9:00pm
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I have an order for this cake. 

flash birthday cake | Comics "The Flash" birthday cake

I have started making the character and he's come out much bigger than I planned. He will be about 20cm tall by the time it's finished. I don't really have time to redo it and it looks good apart from the size.  I think it'll look better stood on the board rather than the first tier as it'll be as tall as the 2 tiers combined. 

Do I tell the customer that it won't look exactly the same? It's a friend of a friend. Also I wasn't planning to do the black ribbon and I will be covering the board.

Or should I restart the character?

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SandraSmiley Posted 15 Jun 2017 , 9:13pm
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They will probably enjoy the larger figure.  I did the attached and mounted the character separately as a keepsake.  Excuse the crappy picture.Should I Tell Them That Cake Won't Be Identical To The Picture?In my opinion, the black ribbon adds a lot but the board definitely need to be covered.

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kakeladi Posted 15 Jun 2017 , 9:45pm
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I *Always* tell a customer when copying a pic they provide it will not be exactly the same. 

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louglou Posted 15 Jun 2017 , 9:58pm
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I don't why I didn't say it when they first sent me the picture. I'll definitely do that next time. 

Im going to try redoing it. 

SandraSmiley - the character on your cake is fantastic.

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SandraSmiley Posted 15 Jun 2017 , 11:05pm
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Thanks, @louglou ‍ !

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louglou Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 8:12pm
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I've redone the character and it looks weird. Do I need to re-redo it? I can't work out if it's the arms or the neck that is wrong or both. 

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kakeladi Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 8:57pm
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Well from the original pic you posted I'd say the neck is too long and the arms a little too short.  Not fimilar w/the character so can't say if it would pass or not.

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Coffeelover77 Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 9:11pm
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I think he's a bit too thick .. the original character looked thinner and didn't have that bulky look. Who is the character though? Magbe both are passable

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louglou Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 9:24pm
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He's supposed to look like this. So tall and muscley and not at all like my version.

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kakeladi Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 9:29pm
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actually your version isn 't that bad after see the pic.  Any way you can maybe make his legs a bit longer.  I think then he'd be fine.

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Coffeelover77 Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 9:45pm
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Is he still soft? Can you just like .. lengthen his whole body out??

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SandraSmiley Posted 16 Jun 2017 , 9:53pm
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I don't think he looks that far off.  This cake is for a child and I am sure he will recognize his hero.   Once you add his boots (you could use the boots to add a bit of length to his legs), belt, etc., he will be much more authentic.

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Kim1182 Posted 1 week ago
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When the client provides a picture of what they want I always tell them in writing (email or message) that I can do something similar and that no two cakes, even made by the same person will be identical.  When I have an order requiring a contract, I put it in the contract.

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louglou Posted 6 days ago
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I had another go last night. I think it looks slightly better so I'm going with this one. I also let them know it wouldn't be identical and they werefine with it. 

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SandraSmiley Posted 6 days ago
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Now he is perfect!

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kakeladi Posted 6 days ago
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Oh hey!  That is much better :)

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louglou Posted 6 days ago
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Thank you both! smile

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