Little owl

The height of the topper: 8.5 cm

Little owl

Equipment:

- ball tool ( 10 mm and 13 mm)
- dresden tool
- wheel tool
- small rolling pin
- bone tool or ball tool (6 mm)
- round cutters (23 mm and 26 mm)
- heart cutter(13 mm)
- carnation cutter (25 mm)
- blossom cutter (25 mm)
- teardrop cutter (29 mm)
- wooden skewer (BBQ stick)
- small cake dummy (covered with cling film)
- glue brushes (medium round, fine round)
- dusting brushes (medium flat, small round)
- painting brush (fine round)

Edibles:

Sugarpaste (fondant) with CMC or flower paste (gum paste) or modelling paste*:
- lilac - 100 g (I used Violet and Rose Wilton paste colours)
- white – 6 g
- purple – 3 g (I used Violet and Rose Wilton paste colours)
- grey – 4 g
- yellow – 1 g (I used Golden Yellow Wilton paste colour)
- black – 7 mm ball

*I used a mix of sugarpaste and flower paste (1:1) with CMC to make the head, body, wings and ears. Keep on adding the CMC powder until you feel that the paste gets quite thick, but you can still roll a smooth ball. For all other elements I used flower paste.

Edible glue
Dust colours (lilac, yellow, light silver, white lustre)
A few drops of alcohol

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The body needs to be firm so if you are using CMC, make sure you add quite a lot of it. If you don’t add enough CMC the body will sink under the heavy head. Keep on adding the CMC powder until you feel that the paste gets thick, but you can still roll a smooth ball.
Roll a 15 g ball of lilac paste. Form a teardrop shaped body. Use a dry, wooden skewer to make a tunnel in the body (rotary motion).

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Take the skewer out (rotary motion).

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Insert a skewer into the dummy. Take it out and insert it in a couple of times to widen the hole slightly. That way you will be able to easily take the topper out of the dummy later.

For the purpose of the tutorial I used a shallow dummy, but I suggest using a deeper dummy and leaving the skewer longer (insert it all the way down), so that you can trim it to the depth of the cake later. That way the topper won't lean to the sides once attached to the cake (heavy head).

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Apply a small amount of glue where the body will go. Thread the skewer through the body.

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Roll out some grey paste to about 1 mm thick. Cut out a circle (I used a 26 mm cutter). If you don’t use corn flour or icing sugar underneath you will be able to stick the circle to the belly without using glue (the underside will be sticky). Be careful not to stretch the circle when peeling it off the board. Stick the circle to the belly. Smooth it gently. Use the dresden tool to make marks along the perimeter of the circle.

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Roll out some white paste very thin. Cut out another circle and stick it on the same way (I used a 23 mm cutter).

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Dissolve some light silver dust in a small amount of alcohol. Paint the grey paste.

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Roll two 4 mm balls of yellow paste. Stick them below the belly. Use the dresden tool to make two marks on each foot.

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Roll a 65 g ball of lilac paste. Flatten it so that the head is much bigger than the body (see photo). Make sure you add enough CMC to the head – it needs to be firm, otherwise it will start sinking once attached to the body.

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Roll out some white paste to about 1 mm thin (I suggest using flower paste/gumpaste). Use a 25 mm carnation cutter to cut two carnation shapes. Rub the underside of the cutter to get a nice, clean cut.

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Use the wide end of the dresden tool to thin out the edges.

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Cup the petals with the wide end of the dresden tool (press and move the tool from the tip of each petal, towards the centre).

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Stick the carnation shapes where the eyes will go and use the 13 mm ball tool to make eye indentations.

From now on be careful not to break the petals off.

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Roll two balls of grey paste. Stick them in the eye indentations and flatten them. If the balls are too big (if they stick out above the surface of the head) take them out and make smaller ones. Since you are going to make indentations in that grey paste, it’s better if the balls are a bit smaller (the paste will be pushed out to the sides slightly).

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Make indentations using a 10 mm ball tool.

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Roll two white balls of paste and stick them in the eye indentations. Same as before, you don’t want them to stick out too much. To make the pupils and the reflections you can either cut out circles and stick them on or roll balls, stick them on and flatten them.

Roll a 3 mm ball of yellow paste. Press it between your fingers to create a triangle-ish shape. Flatten it. Stick the beak on.

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Roll two 1 cm balls of purple paste. Form two teardrop shapes. Flatten them. Press them between your fingers to create two triangle-ish shapes (the outside part of the bow loop is thicker than the inside part). Use the wide end of the dresden tool to make marks as shown in the photo.

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Trim the inner ends off and stick the bow to the head.

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Roll a 5 mm ball of grey paste. Make an indentation in the centre (6 mm). Stick a small ball of white paste in the indentation. Attach it to the bow.

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Paint the grey elements silver and the pearl with white lustre dust. Use a clean, dry wooden skewer to make a hole in the head. Check if the hole is positioned correctly, but don’t stick the head to the body yet (both the body and the head are probably not dry/firm enough yet). Put the head away for now on a foam pad and leave it to dry.

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Roll out a small piece of purple paste to about 2-3 mm. Cut out a heart (I used a 13 mm cutter). Stick it in the middle of the belly.

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Roll out some lilac paste to about 2 mm thick. Cut out two blossom shapes.

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Use the wheel tool to trim the blossom as shown in the photo. Smooth the edges and flatten them between your fingers slightly.

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Stick the wings on.

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Once the body and the head are firm, attach the head to the body. Remember to apply some glue on the sticking out from the body skewer too (not just on the neck).

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Roll out some lilac paste to about 2 mm thick. Cut out two teardrop shapes and trim them as shown in the photo. I used a 29 mm teardrop cutter.

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Apply a small amount of glue on the bottom edge and stick the ears to the head. If the ears are sliding off that means you have applied too much glue. Once the ears are positioned correctly, curve the tip of the ears a little bit. Dust the topper.

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All done! :)