Thursday, March 24, 2011

Polymer clay a work in progress

Today I am working on a wedding cake topper, the bride to be is Welsh and the groom is American so they want to include the flags on the cake topper...I have started them last night and I'm quite pleased so far, although he is to be wearing a kilt so it's gonna be a long one!

I though it might be nice to show the progress so far, I still have to decorate her dress in a lace design I had to make a new stamp for this, oh should have shown that one... that's for another post!  This is the second attempt at my bride, I usually bake before adding the clothing, I find that you get a better tidier finish by doing it this way, but this bold bride decided to fall over drunk in the oven, I was too busy watching a tv programme to noitce, so had to start all over again, normally my brides don't need supporting in the oven but the doppleganger was promptly propped up by two mugs, no not two men, two coffee mugs!! lol!!!

So far I have the bride her dress on, not decorated and have the groom with only his undies!!

I hope to have them finished by the weekend........ look forward to showing them off come Saturday..

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Birthday cake topper

I've done quite a few birthday cake toppers of late, the most intricate one I have done recently is one I created for a Bank Manager, who turned 30 recently.

The brief for this cake topper was 1. she really loves her dog, a little basset hound, 2. she really loves bling! 3. she has always wanted one of those dressing table's with the lights around it, 4. she also loves shopping makeup and handbags! Her friends were buying this as a present for her birthday so they also wanted an award for the best branch manager to be pride of place on her dressing table.

Not a lot of work there then? Well I set to work on the dressing table, making the body and mirror first to see how heavy they would be before I decided on how thick to make my legs... the cake topper grew from there.

It took me about 14 hours from start to finish, spread over about 3 weeks to complete, I like to leave my toppers to really cool before working on them again so I usually go and work on something else while I'm waiting on things cooling.. or more than usually I have a little browse (3 hours or so) on facebook, why is facebook so enthralling?  I used liquid clay and coloured it with red oil paints to look like spilled nail polish on the dressing table, tiny little perfume bottles and of course some MAC makeup to complete the look.
The floor is strewn with tiny handbags and shoes, I even used flourescent clay for the lights so they will glow in a dim light...

Anyway I will post a few pics of the 30th birthday topper