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Hello, I was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips or advice on what to use to support sugarpaste models to make them stand, ive used toothpicks 

but they just snapped, 

Im quite new to this and im really baffled by how many different techniques there are.

if anyone has any advice on what is the best to use I would be really grateful

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 13

Hi PyeFace, you can use the smaller wooden skewers butchers use, they're a lot stronger than toothpicks.  Push this down through the lower body into the cake top and then thread the torso onto the skewer, followed by head, etc. Sugar modelling is a great skill when you get the hang of it, so stick with it and you'll be glad!

post #3 of 13

I use the smaller and thinner skewers , when i make stand up figures. I model them on a styrofoam block, the hight of the cake and i make sure it goes thru the 3" or 4" styrofoam. That way, i know it will go to base of cake. This is very important to me. If i make them sitting, i take it thru the neck part of body(Head goes on the part that stick up) and bottom to the base.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

thank you very much guys I will try that! 

post #5 of 13

I'll take that advice too :)

post #6 of 13

I was wondering the same thing.  I found this video on youtube.  She uses a candy stick.

 

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post #7 of 13

That's a great tutorial johnfidelr, thanks! Being new at this I struggle with the figurines. She makes it look so effortless in the tutorial! I have used bamboo skewers in the few I have done but I learned the hard way that having the right kind of fondant makes a lot of difference too!
 

post #8 of 13

johnfidelr: yes great video on standing sugarpaste models.  Thanks.   Save.

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post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by baking novice View Post

That's a great tutorial johnfidelr, thanks! Being new at this I struggle with the figurines. She makes it look so effortless in the tutorial! I have used bamboo skewers in the few I have done but I learned the hard way that having the right kind of fondant makes a lot of difference too!
 

 

You're welcome.  I teach the very basics of cake decorating at a local retailer and I have come to find out that there is a difference between fondants.  Some are more tastier then others like Duff's brand and home made marsh mellow fondants, but they don't mold and hold as well like Wilton's. Wilton's isn't the best tasting fondant right out of the package, but if you mix extracts like the kind for either icing or candy it will taste better.  I've even seen tutorials where someone one will mix wilton's fondant with a marsh mellow fondant to make it easier to work with. :)

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Originally Posted by icer101 View Post

I use the smaller and thinner skewers , when i make stand up figures. I model them on a styrofoam block, the hight of the cake and i make sure it goes thru the 3" or 4" styrofoam. That way, i know it will go to base of cake. This is very important to me. If i make them sitting, i take it thru the neck part of body(Head goes on the part that stick up) and bottom to the base.

This is what I do exactly! Unless its a small animal on a little kids cake I'll use spaghetti because they'll want to eat it! The skewers or cake pop sticks are nice because they're distinguishable (rather then toothpicks). Artisan Cake Co. Has great tutorials about sculpting people too check YouTube they have several.

I don't use Wilton for covering cakes but I will use it to make characters or figurines, it's very good for that.
post #11 of 13
So now, which of the already mentioned is best for bigginers? I just ordered bamboo skewers to start making figures for my first time. Should I keep them? I'm confused :/
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Originally Posted by cakelove2105 View Post

So now, which of the already mentioned is best for beginners? I just ordered bamboo skewers to start making figures for my first time. Should I keep them? I'm confused :/

 

It's not so much which one is best for beginners as what your using it for.  The skewers you bought are perfectly fine and you can use them up on those really thick models.  The same goes for candy sticks.  If you were making smaller/lighter models or you think people will be just tossing the whole thing in their mouths, then use spaghetti because it's 100% digestible.  You should always try out new methods to see if any of them work better or are easier to do. :)

post #13 of 13

ok. thank you. makes sense :)

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