To get the correct proportions I suggest printing out a 1:1 image of the character. Simply make the shape and check the size with the illustration ;)
My Poppy was 16 cm tall.
FP - flower paste, SP - sugarpaste
After shaping the leg use a skewer (without glue) to make a hole in the leg... If the leg is losing its shape let it dry a bit before inserting the skewer.
Take the skewer out...
Apply glue on the skewer and insert it into the leg. Build the topper on a styrofoam dummy. I suggest covering the dummy with cling film - you don't want the styrofoam dust to get into the sugar paste ;)
Insert a cocktail stick into the second leg (the same way as with the first leg, but don't push the cocktail stick through the bottom of the leg - the leg will be lifted - the sole of the foot will be visible).
Form the body. Check the size with the photo.
Use a ball tool and a dresden tool to make an indentation for the neck. I also made shallow indentations for the arms.
Shape the body as shown in the photo.
Make a hole in the body as shown in the photo (the same way as with the leg).
Apply glue on the skewer and attach the body. If the leg is still too squishy, let it dry a bit (you don't want it to sink underneath the body).
Check the length of the second leg. I had to trim it a bit ;)
Apply some glue on the cocktail stick and attach the leg. Support the leg with a piece of paper towel.
Roll some light mint flower paste as thin as possible without ripping. You will need a strip long enough to go around the bottom of the dress. Flip the flower paste to the other side and let it dry for about 1 min. Flip it back over to the other side and use a round cutter (check size with the photo) to make cuts as shown in the photo. Then make a long cut with a knife as shown in the photo.
This step is for the patient ones ;) I used pipping nozzles and a scalpel to cut out teardrop shapes. If you don't have the time just cut out circles ;)
Use a tiny amount of glue to stick the elements as shown in the photo.
Form the neck so that it fills the created previously indentation.
I usually make the neck longer than need and trim it later (after it dries a little).
Make a hole in the body for the arm. I used a #20 wire.
I made the arms the same way as in Hedgehog Tutorial --> http://crumbavenue.com/tutorials/hedgehog
Make a hole in the arm (the same way as in the leg, just using the wire).
Make the second arm the same way as the first one but bend it as shown in the photo. When forming arms which are in strange positions I find it helpful to check how my arm/hand folds/looks like in a certain position ;)
Attach the arms. There's a short wire in the second arm too - I just didn't take photos of those steps ;) - sorry!
Use a round or teardrop shaped cutter to mark a smile. Check the size with the photo.
Use a bone tool or a ball tool to make indentations as shown in the photo. Next smooth the indentations slightly with your finger.
Form the nose. Check the size and shape with the photo. Stick it on. Use a bone tool or a ball tool to make indentations for the eyes. Always check the positioning of each element with the photo - it's important when making movie/cartoon characters - sometimes a few mm make a huge difference ;)
Oh and I find it useful to print out an additional photo which shows the face from the front - it's easier to position the smile, nose and eyes that way :)
Use a bone tool to make indentation as shown in the photo. Next smooth them slightly with your fingers.
Use a scalpel to finish the smile :)
I made the eyes the same way as in most of my tutorials.
Next roll thin, black sausages and stick them on as shown in the photo.
Use a tiny amount of glue to stick the eyelashes on.
Make a hole in the head as shown in the photo.
Use a knife to cut the top of the head off. Before sticking the head on, make sure that the hole is in the right position. Remember to apply some glue also on the skewer. I suggest leaving the body to dry at least for an hour or two... best overnight, before attaching the head. If you know that you'll be delicate with finishing the topper 1-2 h is enough ;)
Cut a piece of the styrofoam ball off and stick it onto the head.
If I was making the topper once again I think I would cut it down a bit more ;)
Fill the flat back of the head with sugarpaste with cmc.
Roll out some flower paste/sugarpaste mix to about 1-2 mm thick. Use the dresden tool to cut out a shape as shown in the photo (check size with the topper) and to texture it.
After cutting out the hair for the front I ended up with gaps on the sides ;) so I filled them with additional side strips of hair ;)
Roll two egg shaped balls and flatten the slightly. Use the ball tool and bone tool to make indentations as shown in the photo.
Make the bangs the same way as the hair. I used the dresden tool and the scalpel to make cuts (to get the separated hairs effect ;) )
I added some smaller hair elements on top of the head to hide the styrofoam ;) (it was visible from the top ;) and to add more volume to the hair ;)
Roll out green flower paste to about 1 mm thick and cut a strip. Stick it around the head. I had to pull the ears away from the head a little to fit the band ;)
Make flowers (you can use blossom cutters or other flower cutters ;) ) and stick them to the band. Dust the topper a little.... and VOILA! :)
Aww... I knew I'll make her the moment I saw the movie trailer! ;)