Size: 5 cm x 5 cm (measured without arms and legs)
- small knife
- small rolling pin
- square cutter - 10 mm cutter (or similar size)
- round cutters - 10 mm and 13 mm (or similar sizes)
- teardrop cutters - 8 mm wide and 60 mm wide (or similar size; or use round cutters)
- piping nozzles - 1 mm and 2 mm (or similar sizes; or roll tiny balls)
- florist wire #26 (4 x 3 mm pieces)
- lolipop sticks x 4 (or use 4-5 mm spacers)
Flower paste (gum paste):
- ivory - 50 g
- white - 1 g
- black - 1 g
- red - small ball
- brown - small ball
- pink - small ball
- yellow - small ball
- brown - 6 g
Dust colours: light brown, dark brown
Roll out about 30 g of ivory flower paste to 4-5 mm. I used lolipop sticks as spacers (3 from each side). Leave the piece to dry for about 1-3 mins.
Use a small amount of corn flour underneath the paste (so that it doesn't cling to the board). Cut out squares with a square cutter as shown in the photo (I used a 10 mm cutter).
Make sure you press the cutter firmly all the way to the board. Move it around the board a bit as if you were trying to rub the edge of the cutter against the board - that way you will get a clan cut. You can also clean the edges with a smaller square cutter if there's need (press it to the corners).
Cut the sides off leaving a few millimeter margin. Don't pull the knife - press it down all the way to the board. Clean the blade of the knife after each cut.
I cut the corners a bit too, to make them less square.
Roll the rest of the ivory paste, the same way as in step 1. Dust the top surface with light brown dust.
Apply a very small amount of glue on the underside of the piece with cut squares and stick it to the dusted piece. Don't move it around, or else you will spread the glue on the dusted surface.
Cut the sides off as shown in the photo. Don't pull the knife - press it firmly, all the way down to the board. Clean the knife after each cut.
Roll out the white flower paste to about 1 mm. And the black flower paste - as thin as you can without tearing it. Let both pieces dry from both sides for 1-2 mins.
Cut out two white 13 mm circles and two black 10 mm circles. Stick the black circles to the white ones with a small amount of glue.
Position the eyes on the board the way you want them to be positioned on the waffle and trim the bottom off (I used a 60 mm teardrop cutter; you can use a round cutter instead).
Roll out the leftover, rolled out white flower paste thinner (as thin as you can without tearing it) and cut out two 2 mm and two 1 mm circles (use piping nozzles or roll tiny balls). Stick them as shown in the photo.
Let the eyes dry for some time - they need to hold the shape (they need to remain flat once attached to the waffle).
Roll out the brown and red flower paste as thin as you can without tearing it. Let the pieces dry from both sides for 1-3 mins. Cut out a smile and the tongue as shown in the photo. I used an 8 mm teardrop cutter. You can use a similar size round cutter instead. Let the mouth dry for some time (same as the eyes).
Don't let the mouth and eyes dry out completely, because you won't be able to stick them with glue.
Dust the edges of the waffle with light brown dust.
Once the eyes and mouth are firm, stick them as shown in the photo. Use a small amount of glue. If you use too much glue it will soften the flower paste.
Roll a small ball of black flower paste. Form a tapering towards both ends sausage. Cut it in half. Curve both pieces and let them dry for a moment. Stick them on as shown in the photo.
Apply a small amount of glue on two pieces of #26 wire. Roll two 6 mm ivory balls. Insert the wire inside (so that it doesn't poke through the ball) and roll the ball with the wire inside on your hand (or between your fingers). You want to form two tapering towards one end sausages with the wire inside.
If the wire is not sticking to the paste it might mean that you used too much glue or didn't use enough glue.
Flatten the end and make two cuts with a scalpel as shown in the photo.
Round the fingers. Roll the arm between your fingers to create a narrowing as shown in the photo.
Make the feet the same way as the arms but instead of making cuts, bend the ends as shown in the photo.
Use spare piece of #26 wire to make tunnels for the wires (at the same angle you want the arms and legs to be attached). That way you won't have to push the arms and legs in too hard (so you won't damage them).
Apply a small amount of glue on the wires and attach the arms and legs.
Roll out the brown paste so that it's thinner on one side and thicker on the other side. Release it from the board so that it doesn't cling too much to the board. Place it back on the board. Make a wavy cut (the thicker side) with a scalpel. Soften the edge with your finger. Peel it from the board gently without stretching it.
Stick it as shown in the photo. Cut the excess off.
Dust the brown paste with dark brown dust (edges). Be careful not to apply the dust on the waffle. Dust the arms and legs with light brown dust.
Roll tiny white, pink and yellow balls and stick them to the brown paste.
TA-DA! All done! :)