Baby Hippo

Height of the figure (with the hat): 11 cm

Baby Hippo

Equipment:

- dresden tool
- ball tool
- scalpel
- piping nozzle (2 mm)
- cocktail sticks x 3
- glue brushes (medium round, fine round)

Edibles:

Sugarpaste (fondant) with CMC / or flower paste (gumpaste) / or modelling paste*:
- grey: 108 g
- red: 2 g
- blue: 2 g
- black: 8 mm ball
- pink: 8 mm ball
- white: 5 mm ball

Step 1

Baby Hippo

Roll a 35 g ball of grey paste. Form a teardrop shaped body. Press it gently to the board to create a flat bottom.

If you are using sugarpaste (fondant) make sure you add enough CMC. If the paste is too soft (not enough CMC) it will sink underneath the heavy head.

Step 2

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Push the body slightly to the front.

Step 3

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Roll a 3 g ball of grey paste. Form a teardrop shape.

Step 4

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Flatten the wide end of the teardrop. Keep on rotating the element and pressing gently near the bottom to create a sharp edge.

Step 5

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Use the dresden tool to make toe marks on the leg. Flatten the top part of the leg (you don't want it to stick out too much once attached). Make the second front leg the same way as the first one.

Step 6

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Apply a small amount of glue on a cocktail stick. Insert the it into the body. Stick the legs to the body.

Step 7

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Make the hind legs the same way as the front legs but use 4 g balls of grey paste. Instead of flattening the top part of the legs, trim the ends off at an angle (so that it fits to the curved bottom of the body). Apply a small amount of glue on two pieces of cocktail sticks and insert them in a rotary motion in the leg. If the leg is squishy, leave it to dry for a few minutes before inserting the cocktail sticks.

Step 8

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Bring the legs close to the body and mark where the cocktail stick will go. Use a dry cocktail stick to make tunnels in the body (where the cocktail sticks will go). That way you won’t have to push the legs in (you won’t damage their shape).

Step 9

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Apply glue on the cocktail sticks and on the trimmed ends of the hind legs. Attach the legs to the body.

Step 10

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Roll a 50 g ball of grey paste. Form a teardrop shaped head. Flatten it between your hands.

Step 11

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The head after flattening should be slightly bigger than the body.

Step 12

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Roll a 7 g ball of grey paste. Form a short sausage. Use your little finger to make an indentation on one side of the sausage (in the middle). Flatten it.

Step 13

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Stick it to the head as shown in the photo. Roll two 4 mm balls of grey paste. Stick them on as nostrils. Use the fine end of the dresden tool to make nostril holes (mirror reflection).
Use a small ball tool to make eye indentations.

Step 14

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Roll 3 mm balls of black paste. Stick them in the eye indentations.
Roll a 5 mm ball of grey paste. Form a tapering down towards both ends sausage and stick it as the mouth.

Step 15

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Roll a 6 mm ball of grey paste. Form a teardrop. Flatten it. Use the wide end of the dresden tool to make an indentation in the middle.
Roll a 4 mm ball of pink paste. Form a teardrop shape. Stick it in the ear indentation and flatten it.
Make the second ear the same way.

Step 16

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Check if the body is firm. If it is, stick the head to the body. If it’s not, leave the body to dry for a bit longer. Use the scalpel to cut the base ends of the ears off. Stick the ears to the head.

Step 17

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Roll a 5 mm ball of grey paste. Form a tapering towards one end sausage. Stick it as the tail.

Step 18

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Roll a 2 g ball of red paste. Create a cone (same way as the legs). Use the ball tool to make an indentation on the underside of the hat (so that the hat fits to the head).

Step 19

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Apply glue on a small piece of a cocktail stick and insert it in the head where the hat will go.

Step 20

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Stick the hat to the head.

Step 21

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Roll two 8 mm balls of blue paste. Form two teardrops. Flatten them and press between your fingers to create triangles (you might need to flatten and press from sides a couple of times). Use the wide end of the dresden tool to make side indentations on the bow tie loops. Use the fine end of the dresden tool to indent lines as shown in the photo.
Roll a 4 mm ball of blue paste (bow tie knot).

Step 22

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Stick the bow tie as shown in the photo. Roll a small amount of white paste very thin. I suggest using white flower paste (you can roll it out very thin). Leave the piece to dry from both sides for a few minutes. Use the piping nozzle to cut out circles. Use a fine brush with a very small amount of glue to pick the circles up from the board and stick them on the hat.
Dust the topper:)