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Comment by Kristi on July 30, 2013 at 4:27pm

Thanks Hiba.

Comment by Hiba on July 30, 2013 at 5:43am

So beautiful, realy it's the art

Comment by Kristi on July 26, 2013 at 6:35pm

Also, when free hand sculpting the shell in the fondant, I start at the top and work down doing the next rows starting at front, then back before sides and continue the same way on the bottom with the tiles getting smaller as you go down.

Comment by Kristi on July 26, 2013 at 6:33pm

Hi Michelle,

Yes, of course.

The cake was a chocolate cake with strawberry filling and a thick layer of vanilla buttercream (about 1/2 in.)

I chilled the cake 20-30 minutes to firm up the icing then cover the entire body of the cake in orange fondant, it is important the buttercream is firm for this or the fondant will slip around.  once the fondant is on, allow it to sit until the buttercream is soft enough to sculpt (this varies based on how efficient you are with the fondant covering).  With a flat fondant stick, I "cut" the grooves that formed the tiles and softened them with my fingers being careful not to tear the fondant (I use fondarific buttercream fondant because it is forgiving and you can seamlessly patch with the heat of your fingers if it should happen to tear).  The reason the buttercream is thicker is because you will use that to help build up the ridges in the shell (this is a technique that I believe was pioneered by Bronwen Weber and it is very effective). I then go back in with a small offset to cut the grooves in the shell then paint carefully with a mix of cocoa powder, gold airbrush color and a tiny bit of brown gel color thinned with vodka.  The vodka helps it dry quickly. You can airbrush the shell, but skip the cocoa powder it'll clog your airbrush like no other.  I like to paint it so I can use the cocoa power and less food color...but that is up to you :)  Last, I pipe the borders in a light beige royal icing then move on to head and legs.

The head, and legs are covered with orange fondant before the pieces were covered with tiny balls of fondant to get the scaled effect and then airbrushed with a combo of brown and gold.  the eyes and other details were painted on last by hand using a food coloring pen by americolor.

I am fond of a three pack of clay modeling tools found at michaels craft that are bright yellow plastic and cost about $2 over the fondant modeling tools that cost considerably more for something very similar, sure you get more tools, but many of those tools will sit abandoned in the bottom of your kit without a use, so go for the cheaper version! Hope this helps.

Comment by Michelle Guiles on July 26, 2013 at 4:48pm

Fantastic detail. Hi, Kristy. Can you give us some detail on this project--what this is made out of and the techniques you used? Thanks!

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