This dinosaur topper was inspired by an illustration sent over to me by one of my lovely customers :) Thank you Sara for letting me share this design with other cake decorators! :)
The height of the topper - 12.5 cm (without the hat); 16 cm (with the hat)
- small rolling pin
- mini palette knife tool
- dresden tool
- wooden skewer
- small ball tool
- 3 mm piping nozzle
- 8 mm teardrop cutter (or a similar size round cutter)
- 3 cm round cutter
- cocktail sticks
50/50 flower paste/sugarpaste mix with CMC*:
- 340 g blue (colours: sky blue + violet)
50/50 flower paste/sugarpaste mix:
- 12 g cream
- 2 g dark blue
- 3 g white (amount depends on the depth of the indentation)
- 4 g red purple (rose + violet + dark brown)
- 5 mm ball grey
- 10 mm ball light blue
- 5 g violet
- 8 mm ball bright green (lemon yellow + a touch of sky blue)
*keep on adding the CMC until the paste gets thick but you can still roll a smooth, crackless ball. Add more to the body and head than to the legs or arms.
Roll a 165 g ball of blue paste. First roll a teardrop shape. The narrow end will be the tail. Then gradually pull the paste out (upwards) from the wide end to create the neck.
This is the view from the top.
This is the view from the front.
Apply some glue on a skewer and insert it in a rotary motion, all the way down. Roll a 9 g ball of cream paste. Form a sausage and flatten it. Stick it on as shown in the photo. Thin the edges and smooth the surface with your fingers.
Use the mini palette knife to mark vertical lines on the belly. Use the dresden tool to finish the lines from the sides (from the outside, inwards).
Roll two 25 g balls of blue paste. Roll short, tapering towards one end sausages. Press the wide side of the sausage to the board. Keep on pressing and rotating in order to create a sharp edge.
Cut the ends of the legs off (at an angle; check the angle with the body). Apply some glue on two pieces of cocktail sticks. Insert them in the legs. Make holes in the body (using a dry cocktail stick) where the legs will go. Apply some glue on the legs and attach them.
Roll the cream paste to about 1 mm thick. Cut out two circles (diameter slightly smaller than the diameter of the foot; I used a 3 cm cutter ). Stick them on.
Roll two 3 g balls of blue paste. Roll two tapering towards one end sausages. Cut the narrow ends off. Attach the arms as shown in the photo.
Roll out the light blue flower paste very thin. Let it dry for a few minutes from both sides. Cut out 6 teardrop shapes (I used a teardrop cutter because I didn't have the proper size round cutter). Cut the ends off. Stick the toes on.
Roll a 118 g ball of blue paste. Make sure you add enough CMC (you don't want the head to lose the shape; you will need to leave it on a foam pad to dry). Form an egg shape and then create a shape like the one in the photo (take a look at the next two photos too). Use a small ball tool to make indentations for the eyes. Stick two balls where the nostrils will go.
This is the view from the front.
Another angle ;)
Use a dresden tool to make the nostrils.
Mark the smile with a dresden tool. You might find it easier to make marks with a large round cutter first.
This is how the head looks like from the side.
Deepen the lines with a scalpel and take the paste out.
Roll a 3 g ball of white SP/FP mix. Form a tapering towards both ends sausage. Stick it in the indentation. Smooth it with your fingers.
Without applying any glue, position the head on the body. Check if you need to trim the neck at an angle. Take the head off. Place it on a foam pad (by now it should be firm enough to put it down; it shouldn’t lose the shape; keep on checking it from time to time and fixing the shape/smoothing if there’s need).
Trim the neck if there's need.
Roll different size maroon balls (6-10 mm). Form teardrop shapes. Flatten them. Cut the wide ends off.
Apply a small amount of glue on the base of the triangles and stick them on as shown in the photo. Try to be precise - you won't be able to move the triangles (the deep coloured paste leaves marks). If the triangles are sliding around that means that you applied too much glue.
Roll small balls of grey flower paste and stick them in the eye indentations.
Roll small dark blue balls various sizes. Flatten them. Stick them on as shown in the photo.
At this stage I suggest leaving the body and head to DRY OVERNIGHT. The front of the head is heavy ( it will pull down), so the body and head need to be firm.
Before leaving them to dry make sure that the hole in the head is at a proper angle.
Once the body and the head are firm, attach the head to the body. I used a piece of flower paste and glue to stick the head on.
Make more triangles (same way as in step 20) and stick them to the back of the head.
This is one way of finishing the head (no party hat). If you want to make a party hat, don't stick that additional triangle on and follow the next steps.
To make a party hat roll a 5 g ball of violet flower paste. Form a teardrop shape. Keep on pressing the wide end to the board and rotating to create a sharp edge.
Roll the cone on the board to even the sides.
Indent the underside. Check if the hat sits nicely on the head.
Stick the hat on. Roll out the bright green flower paste very thin. let it dry from both sides for a few minutes. Cut out circles using a 3 mm nozzle. Stick them on the hat.
When the topper dries out, dust it slightly.