- Miss International
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
The first DIY-thing I did for our wedding was our cake topper. It took me a lot of time (I would guess about 35 hours in total) and a lot of nerves… and it’s not finished yet (because I still don’t know the color of the tie of my future-husband)…
So maybe I’ll show you first the result of all that work .That’s us:
And this is what you need to get there:
- oven bake clay – I took “Super Sculpey Living doll” (1 package was enough for my cake toppers)
- pictures of future-bride and groom from different angles
- wire, aluminium foil, knives and toothpicks
- acrylic paint
That’s the procedure:
Before you start making your mini-me and mini-FH take some time to study the human anatomy.
- Here’s some help for the body: your head fits 7.5 times into your body (including head).
- Here’s some help for the tricky head: Your face fits 2 times into your profile. (see pics)
Take your wire and form a stick-figure about 20cm (= 8″) tall. Wrap foil around the wire, where you want the torso and dress to be. Put some clay (size of a grape) on top and form a ball, which will be the head. You don’t need a face yet. Just the right size of the “skull”. Bake (see directions of Super sculpey). The head will be hard now.
Now you can put a thin layer of clay on the skull and form a face. The advatage is: you won’t break the head every time because it is firm already. (please excuse the out-of-focus-pic)
The next step is the torso. Put an 1cm-thick layer all around the foil (if your groom is fatter take more 😉 ). Don’t put too much on, because this is only the shirt. The groom will get a jacket later. Form a tie or bow tie. Bake.
Now the groom can get pants and shoes. Bake.
And finally the suit. You can wrap foil around the arm-wire. Bake suit and arms. (And you need hair if he has any – my finacé likes to wear it really short, that helps! ) And here’s the result before painting:
So, to be honest: I made his chin too wide and his look too strange… He looks like a caricature of himself… why not?!?
Ok, let’s go to the tricky part – the bride!
After you wraped the foil around the wire (you need more the bigger you dress is) and made skull and face, put a 1cm-thick layer of clay around the whole thing, so it looks like this:
Form your dress – it’s a lot easier than the face-part! If you’ll have an updo the hair is easy to make. Moist the skull a little – that way the clay will stick better – and put a thin layer of clay on the skull. Now you can use a toothpick and draw lines through the clay. That’s my updo:
Don’t forget arms (fingers with engament ring and wedding ring!) and bouquet.
Well, I look like a caricature of myself too – but I’m sure people will LOVE it! And here’s the result (I still have to paint the tie and pocket handkerchief and mount my mimi-me on a plate…)
Ok, now (4-12-2010) I finished my cake toppers and glued them to a mirror. That’s what they look like: