I'm thinking about tackling my first handbag next weekend and was wondering how people get their zippers to look so realistic. Any tips and pointers would be great.
I use the wheel tool (not sure what its called) and it gives a really realistic looking zipper. Then I make the pull out of gumpaste.
I just made one today and I took plastic wrap and put it over a zipper, then pressed a strip of fondant into the zipper. It came out pretty good. I read this idea on another thread on CC, but I don't remember who wrote it.
I bought a zipper and used it to make an impression in the fondant. There are many types of zippers at the fabric store. The one I bought had thick metal teeth so I could make a good impression.
I've attached a picture of the top of my cake. You can see the whole purse in my photos (I wish I had taken more time to get better pictures but I was running late).
It came out GREAT!!! Good job!
I made an impression of a zipper in gumpaste. When that dried, I pressed a strip of fondant into that giving an actual raised zipper.
I also pressed a real one into fondant...you can see it here: http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=gallery&file=displayimage&pid=1557011&sub=1557015
thank you everyone - i never even thought of using an actual zipper to imprint!!! Sometimes the answer is sitting right in front of you. Thanks again