Scarlett O'hara

Scarlett is my half of the contribution to the "Let's Dream Together - A Collab in Pairs", wonderfully hosted by Rosa Guerra. My amazingly talented partner, Mania Mistiloglou from Greece, contributed the other half of the couple, Rhett Butler.

Scarlett is 16" tall, made of modeling chocolate on an armature of wire. Her dress is fondant with wafer paper feathers and her wrap is cake lace.

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Oh, Sandra........Beautiful, wonderful, lovely, gorgeous, amazing, and Stunning!  I have no more words.  My Favorite character, from my Favorite movie of All time!  Well Done!!!

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This is a masterpiece! Love the smoothness of the skin and the realistic arms and neck. Looks so real. Beautiful!

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Another beautifully crafted figure Sandra. You’re going to have to get a display case specifically for your sugar craft work!!!

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Thank you for such a sweet compliment, Shirley!  Oh yes, they had to be green.  I discovered, while researching pictures for this piece, that Vivian Leah's eyes were really blue, but they were tinted green for the part of Scarlett O'Hara.  I never knew that, just always thought they were green.

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Hi, Sandra. I want to make a figurine about 8" tall. Can you give me any pointers? I have made gum paste figurines out of molds and used some covered wire, 18 gauge, throughout the figurine and extending from the feet so I could stick them into a cake. However, I want this figurine to be free standing. And I want to form the figurine free hand instead of using the plastic molds. I see you use modeling chocolate and here you say, "an armature of wire." What brand of modeling chocolate do you use and what type of wire? If you would be so kind as to share, I would appreciate it so much.

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When you say, freestanding, I am guessing you mean on a base instead of a cake.  I've never made a figure without a base.  I usually use wood and drill holes for the wires to be inserted and hot glued into place.  You could also use a styrofoam base.

I watched YouTube videos on clay sculpting to learn how to make the armature and build up the form.  There are a million of them.  Just look over them until you see a style you like or watch several.  They are a tremendous help.

I use electric fence wire in 18 gauge and 14 gauge, depending upon how strong I need the armature to be.  Many times I will doubled and tripled the wire for strength.  Electric fence wire is a whole lot cheaper than armature wire from the art supply store.

Liz Marek's / Shauna McGreevy's modeling chocolate is my go to recipe.  It is super easy and takes about five minutes to make.  Because I am making it with Wilton Candy Melts, it is also inexpensive.  After making a million batches, I now use slightly less corn syrup, which makes a harder modeling chocolate. I will post the recipe below.

Yes, I won 5 kgs of Saracino Modeling Paste and have used it for a few pieces.  Achilles is all Saracino Modeling Paste.  It is fantastic but I still prefer the modeling chocolate.  It is much easier to use than modeling chocolate because it does not melt in your hand, but I have not been able to get quite as much detail and still get it smooth.  It would be far superior to modeling chocolate for simple figures.

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Sandra,

You are so stinking talented!  That's it, that's all I can say.  I just keep staring at Scarlett and telling myself...that's modeling chocolate!  NOT clay not porcelain!  Chocolate!  

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Thank you so much, Sandra. What I mean about the base is that I want to make a figurine to be standing on top of a coffee table, so I want the shoes to be level on the coffee table. I was thinking I would cover an acrylic plate ( 4" X 4") with a paste that looks like wood grain, put legs on it,  and then stand the figurine on that.

(I work in a furniture store, and my boss does a commercial that says something like "we don't just stand by our furniture, we stand ON it." And in the TV commercial, he steps up and stands on top of the coffee table.)

The acrylic plate would be strong, but there is probably not a way to attach a figurine to it, especially with fondant on top. I could make the coffee table out of real wood or styrofoam, cover it with wood grained fondant and have holes where I could put wires through?  Any suggestions? I'm just stuck on this idea for a cake.

Thanks for your advice about electric fence wire! And for your recipe!

You have inspired me so much. I want to try something that is maybe a little out of my element, but I want to try.

(Or just make a real wood coffee table somehow and glue the figurine to the wood. I wanted it to all be sugar, maybe it can't be.)

It's so valuable to know that you always have a base to glue your figurines to. That information is going to save me a lot of time.

Could I glue the figurine to hardened wood grained fondant that is on top of acrylic or wood?

I have started looking at armatures on the internet. Thanks again. You have already given me a lot of your time. If you have any suggestions, I welcome them, but I don't want to bother you too much.

Your work is so thoughtful. The details are just so life like.


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Thank you so much for your sweet compliment, Mrsmac888!  I've only tried clay once and I didn't like the way it felt in my hands, gritty compared to modeling chocolate and it didn't taste good at all, lol!

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rdevon, the only way I can think of for you to make the figure standing on a coffee table is to actually build a little coffee table out of wood.  I know it is not the piece of furniture used in the commercial, but could it be a night stand or chest of some kind?  That way, you could use a solid block of wood or styrofoam (I use 4" x 4" wood posts, just because I have scraps lying around) and cover it with fondant to make it look like real furniture and it would make a great support for your model.  I really don't think gluing the feet to the surface would be sufficient support.  The wires need to go way down into the base and be pretty stiff.

LIGHT BULB MOMENT!   If you used a square block (or rectangular), it could set right up on top of the real cake, like a second tier OR it could actually be cake, covered in fondant to look like furniture.

As far as it being all sugar, I never give that a thought because I am going for realism, as much as I am capable, and my pieces will never be eaten anyway. You KNOW your boss is going to keep his model forever!

Never worry about bothering me!  I would not be on this site if I didn't enjoy talking with other cake people.  I am happy to answer any questions that I can.  Good luck with your project.  It sounds so cool.


















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Thank you so much Sandra! It brings tears to my eyes that someone as talented as you would give me so much advice and pay so much attention to these details. 

I could make a coffee table out of wood with a deep top, making it look like there is a drawer or two at the top of the coffee table so there will be several inches of wood for the wires to go through. I just want an open space toward the bottom of the coffee table. Bend the wires after they go through the wood and secure them somehow?  I could then put an apron under the drawers to hide the wires. A block of wood with feet under it may be the compromise I could make. Still look up like a coffee table but be solid.

Thanks so much!

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Thank you so much, Lyndall!

rdevon, if you use a piece of wood 3/4 to 1 inch deep, that will be sufficient to hold your figure.  Drill the holes all the way through, fill the holes with hot glue, insert the wires almost to the bottom of the hole, but not all the way through.  That will hold it.  Be sure to put something underneath to catch any not glue that may leak out.

You could use dowels for the legs, so the structure may be a lot more simple than I first thought.  Cover everything with fondant and it will look great!

By the way, you kind words touch me, but I just happen to have been born with a bit of artistic ability.  It gives me pleasure to help other people, when I can.