Height of the topper: 10 cm
- small rolling pin
- small knife
- dresden tool
- small ball tool
- small palette knife (or use back of the knife)
- round cutter: 48 mm (or similar size)
- heart cutter: 43 mm (or similar size)
- teardrop cutters: 40 mm x 30 mm; 15 mm x 11 mm (or similar size)
- wooden skewer (bbq stick)
- styrofoam cake dummy (covered with cling film)
Dust colours: red, grey, green, orange
- red - 16 g
Flower paste (gum paste):
- blue - 1 g
- yellow - 1 g
- green - 1 g
50/50 flower paste / sugarpaste mix*:
- black - 92 g (with CMC**)
- white - 12 g
*50/50 mix = half/half = f.ex. 50 g of flower paste mixed with 50 g of sugarpaste
** Keep on adding the CMC gradually, until the paste gets thick, but you can still roll a smooth crackless ball. The body and the head need to be firm before you attach the head to the body. If they are too soft, they will start sinking.
Roll a 30 g ball of black paste. Form a teardrop shape.
Press it to the board and rotate it a couple of times to create a flat bottom. That way the topper won’t lean to the sides.
Flatten the body slightly.
Roll a 60 g ball of black paste. Flatten it.
Take a round cutter which is similar size as the flattened head…
… and use it to cut the top part of the body off. Check if the head and body will fit well. Make adjustments if there’s need.
Make a hole in the dummy with a wooden skewer. Take it out and push it in a couple of times to widen the hole. That way you will be able to easily take the topper out of the dummy later. Apply a small amount of glue on a wooden skewer and insert it in a rotary motion in the body.
Roll out about 6 g of white SP/FP mix to about 1 mm thick. Don’t use any corn flour or icing sugar underneath – you want the paste to cling slightly to the board (that way you won’t have to use glue to stick the elements on). Cut out a heart and a teardrop. Clean the edges if there’s need.
Use the same cutter, which you used to trim the body, to cut the end of the teardrop, as shown in the photo. Peal the paste from the board gently (don’t stretch it). Stick it to the body without using glue. Since the underside of the paste is a little bit wet it will stick to the head by itself. If you would use glue, darker marks would show from under the white paste.
Peal the heart from the board gently (don’t stretch it). Place it on the head. Press the heart gently to the head and smooth the surface. Make sure it stick well. If the underside of the paste has dried and it doesn’t want to stick to the head, steam it a little bit (just the side you want to be sticky) and then stick it on.
Cut the bottom of the heart off.
Use a small ball tool to make eye indentations. Roll small balls of black paste and stick them in the indentations.
Roll a 3 mm ball of yellow paste. Form a short, tapering towards both ends sausage and stick it on as shown in the photo.
Check if the body is firm. The head needs to be quite firm as well. If there’s need – leave both the head and the body to dry for some time. Once the body and head are firm apply some glue on the skewer and the top part of the body. Make a hole in the bottom of the head with a dry skewer. Attach the head to the body.
If you didn't check in the beginning if the head fits to the body well and you ended up with a gap at the back, you can fill it with paste – that part will be covered with the scarf anyway.
Roll two 4 mm balls of yellow paste. Form short, tapering towards both ends sausages. Stick them on as feet.
Place the topper back in the dummy.
Roll two 1 cm balls of black paste. Form teardrop shapes. Curve them and flatten them slightly. Cut the wider ends off.
Apply a small amount of glue on the base of the wings and stick them to the body. If you are making a larger topper, consider using wires.
Roll a 16 g ball of red paste. Flatten it between your hands.
Stick it to the top of the head. Smooth it.
Use the fine end of the dresden tool to make a few marks on the top of the hat (lines meeting in the middle).
Roll out about 6 g of white paste to about 2 mm thick. Cut a 1 cm wide strip (it needs to be long enough to wrap it around the head). Stick the strip as shown in the photo. Trim the ends so that they join neatly at the back.
Use a mini palette knife or the back of a knife to indent lines as shown in the photo.
Roll a 12 mm ball of white paste. Texture it with the dresden tool or with the scalpel. Stick it on top of the hat.
Roll out some white paste to about 1-2 mm thick. Roll it out so that you will be able to cut out a strip that will go around the neck and two additional, shorter strips (ends of the scarf). Roll out some red paste very thin. Don’t use any corn flour or icing sugar underneath, so that the underside of the red strips is slightly we,t so that you don’t need to use glue. Start cutting out little strips and sticking them on the white strip as shown in the photo. Press them to the paste gently to flatten them slightly, but be careful not to damage their shape. Once the whole strip is covered with red strips, use a small rolling pin to roll the paste gently from the top (don't press too hard; you just want to press the red strips into the white paste slightly, so that they don't stick out). Move the rolling pin along the red strips (not the other way around).
Use a clean, dry knife to cut out a long strip (that will go around the neck) and two shorter strips. I made the shorter strips slightly wider on one side. Use a scalpel to make cuts as shown in the photo.
Stick the scarf on.
Roll a 1 cm ball of blue paste. Form an egg shape. Pinch and pull out some paste at the bottom (birds tail).
Roll a very thin sausage of black paste on you hand.
Roll a very small ball of yellow paste and stick it as the beak. You can pinch it to make it pointy. Cut two short sausages, curve them slightly and stick them on as eyes.
Roll 3 tiny blue sausages and stick them on the top of the bird’s head. Roll two tiny yellow balls and stick them on as feet (flatten them). Stick the bird on the wing (the wing should be firm by now; if it's not, leave it to dry for longer).
Roll out the green paste to about 1 mm. Cut out 3 teardrops.
Use the wide end of the dresden tool to thin the edges and the fine end of the dresden tool to make lines as shown in the photo.
Stick the leaves on with a small amount of glue. Roll three 2 mm balls of red paste and stick them in the middle of the leaves (you might find flower paste better for making such tiny balls).
Once the topper is dry, dust it :)