Help, My Fondant Boy Grew A Huge Belly Gut!

Decorating By Heather1128 Updated 23 Oct 2007 , 4:20am by tobycat

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Heather1128 Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 8:33am
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I have made a couple fondant babies, but a few days ago I made my first fondant "Boy". He was in a sitting position. He is for a cake due tommorrow. I did not notice at first, but over the past few days his head weight has caused his body to sink more and more. Now he looks like he has a HUGE belly. Any tips on how to prevent this if I make him a new body?

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messyeater Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 9:24am
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You could let him dry before you put on his head. Aine2 has some great tutorials on making figures and she uses a stick of spaghetti to attach the heads but I think she lets the bodies dry first.
You could also use a polystyrenne ball covered in fondant for the head which would make it a lot lighter.

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schildwaster Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 9:05pm
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can i see a picture of your fat boy?

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beachcakes Posted 21 Oct 2007 , 12:50am
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Mixing fondant with tylose will help it dry faster and be less likely to sag.

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mezzaluna Posted 21 Oct 2007 , 4:14am
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I make figures all the time. I mix RF with some GP and do them in steps. I let the bodies dry for several days before I continue.

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ceshell Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 3:56am
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I second (or third?) the suggestions to either add powder (gumtex in my case) or make em out of 50/50 fondant/gumpaste. If you look closely at the panda in my avatar, he also developed a sagging belly (although he was actually made out of mmf and the others were out of wilton...but he was my "lesson learned" and I started using gumtex or 50/50 after that).

I definitely put heads on after the bodies dry, though you may be able to skip that if you are using 50/50, or of course if your figure is quite small. I do the spaghetti thing too, super helpful to keep parts in place while the connecting "glue" dries, and helps keeps parts from sagging into supporting parts while everything firms up.

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mommachris Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:11am
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oh come on now, show us your pot bellied little guy. icon_biggrin.gif


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tobycat Posted 23 Oct 2007 , 4:20am
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I like adding gum-tex because you still get to play around with the figure longer than when gum paste gets added into the mix. But, the gumpaste will make it dry harder.


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