Height of the topper: 10.5 cm (with the ears)
- bone tool / ball tool (6 mm)
- small ball tool (4 mm)
- dresden tool
- wooden skewer (bbq stick)
- cocktail stick
- florist wire (#20 --> #24; or use short cocktail stick pieces)
- paint brush (very fine round)
- dusting brushes
- glue brushes (medium round, small round)
Flower paste (gum paste) / or sugarpaste (fondant) with CMC* / or modelling paste:
- white - 75 g
- ivory - 16 g
- mint - 5 g
- brown - 1 g
- yellow - 2 g
- pink - 1 g
- black - 1 g
- orange - tiny ball
Pink paste (gel) colour
Dust colours (pink, mint, yellow, grey)
*Keep on adding the CMC gradually until the paste gets thick (you need to use much more pressure to knead it).
Both the body and the head need to be firm before attaching the head or else they will lose their shape (sink).
The body and the head need to be much firmer than the other parts.
For thinly rolled out parts I suggest using flower paste (gum paste).
Roll a 10 g ball of white paste. Form a teardrop shape. Flatten the bottom by pressing the wider end to the board and rotating it. Hold your fingers near the bottom (so that they touch the board) in order to sharpen the edges.
Flatten the body slightly.
Build the topper on a styrofoam cake dummy. Apply a small amount of glue on the wooden skewer (where the body will go). Insert it as shown in the photo. I used a cocktail stick, but if you are planning to put the topper on a cake I suggest using a longer skewer (if the stick is too short the topper might start leaning to the sides).
Roll a 60 g ball of white paste. Flatten it slightly, so that the head is larger than the body.
Use the 5 cm round cutter and a scalpel to remove some paste as shown in the photo.
Roll out the ivory paste to the same thickness as the depth of the face indentation. Use the same cutter to cut out an eye shape.
Stick the ivory paste to the head. Press it towards the edges so that it fits nicely. Smooth it with your fingers.
Use the ball tools to make eye sockets. And the dresden tool to make the mouth indentation.
Roll small balls of black paste and stick them in the eye sockets.
Fill the mouth with a small piece of black paste (push it in with the dresden tool).
Roll a tiny ball of pink paste and stick it in the mouth. Make an indentation in the middle with the fine end of the dresden tool.
Make a small pink triangle and stick it between the eyes.
Dissolve some pink paste (gel) colour in a small amount of water. Use a very fine brush to paint the bunny's mouth.
In order to steady your hand place the palm of your hand on the board/bench/table.
Dust the cheeks pink (pink dust colour).
Roll a 1 g ball of brown paste. Form an egg shape.
Roll out some yellow and pink paste very thin (as thin as you can without it tearing; I suggest using flower paste - you can roll it out very thin). Let those pieces dry for a few minutes from both sides. Cut out small strips. Stick them to the egg with a small amount of glue.
Paint lines and dots on the strips with the pink paint (gel colour dissolved in a small amount of water).
Roll two 10 mm balls of white paste. Flatten them slightly.
Use the fine end of the dresden tool to make two indentations on each foot. Use the scalpel to deepen the lines.
Cut off the back of the feet.
Stick the feet on with a small amount of glue.
Insert a short piece of wire or a cocktail stick where the egg will go.
Use a clean, dry wooden skewer to make a tunnel in the head. Without applying any glue yet, attach the head to check if the hole is positioned correctly. Make adjustments if there's need. Take the head off.
Once the egg is firm stick it to the body.
Roll two 7 mm balls of ivory paste. Form tapering towards one end sausages. Stick them on as shown in the photo.
Roll out some mint paste to about 3 mm thick. Use the same cutter, which you used to make the face, to create the top, round part o the fringe.
Use the dresden tool to indent lines as shown in the photo.
Make the bottom, straight cut with a scalpel. Check the length of the fringe with the topper. Shorten it if there's need. Cut out small triangles. Stick the fringe to the head.
Insert two short pieces of cocktail sticks or wires as shown in the photo.
Roll two 1 cm balls of mint paste. Indent lines on them. Stick them as shown in the photo.
Once the body and head are firm, attach the head.
If you attach the head when the body and/or head are still soft - they will lose their shape (sink).
Roll two 2 g balls of white paste. Form tapering towards one end sausages. Flatten them slightly.
Roll out some pink paste very thin (I suggest using flower paste, because you can roll it out very thin).
Cut out the same shapes as the ears but slightly smaller. Stick them to the ears.
Cut the base of the ears off.
Gently insert the wires in the ears (rotary motion). Be careful not to poke the wire through the ear.
Use the same width wire to make holes (tunnels) in the head for the ears. Apply a small amount of glue on the base of the ears and the wires. Attach the ears.
If the ears are floppy, take them off and let them dry for some time.
To make the chick, roll a 3 g ball of yellow paste. Form an egg shape. Use a cocktail stick to make eye indentations. Roll tiny black balls and stick them in the eye indentations. The beak is a small orange triangle.
Dust the topper.