Height of the figure: 10 cm
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
small rolling pin, ball tool, bone tool, dresden tool, sharp scalpel, frilling tool, 5 cm egg shape cutter, 5 mm nozzle, 8,5 cm skewer, brush (to apply glue), edible glue
112 g of light grey flower paste*, 1 g of dark grey flower paste, 4 g of white flower paste, 1 g of black flower paste, 10 g of white 20/80 flower paste-fondant mix, 12 g of light brown flower paste, 7 g of dark brown flower paste + 3 mm ball, 6 mm ball of pink flower paste
* To make this figure I used flower paste, but you can use whatever works for you (gumpaste, fondant with cmc).
I stick all elements using glue (least needed amount) except for thin white elements. I stick them without using glue by simply pressing to the surface.
Roll a 30 g ball of light grey flower paste.
Form a 5 cm long teardrop shape out of it.
Apply a little amount of glue on the skewer and stick it into the body (rotating the skewer around its axis), all the way down. If the body loses its shape, fix it. Cut off the top part, where the head will join with the body (height 4,5 cm).
Roll out about 4 g of white flower paste very thin. Use the cutter to cut out an egg shape.
Stick the egg shape to the body and smooth the edges. Don’t use glue or else the glue marks will show through the thin, white paste.
Use the bone tool to mark the place where the tail will be attached.
Roll a 3 g ball of light grey flower paste.
Press and roll softly with your little finger to make a narrowing in one third’s.
Bend the element gently along the narrowing to create an ankle.
Round the ankle.
Flatten the top part of the leg.
Use the smaller side of dresden tool to mark two lines as shown on the photo.
Deepen the lines with a sharp scalpel. Repeat steps 7-13 for the second leg.
Stick the legs to the body.
Use 25 g of well kneaded light grey flower paste to form a 10 cm tail as shown on photo. If your paste cracks when curled in a spiral, add some white vegetable fat to it (the tail is going to be curled). You can make the tail shape by rolling a ball in between you palms just as if you were rolling a teardrop shape – you first narrow down one end, then the other end. Cover the tail for a moment (f.ex. with a plastic box) so it doesn’t dry.
Use 6 g of white 20/80 flower paste/fondant mix to form a 10 cm sausage with narrowed ends.
Flatten it on your hand.
Stick it to the tail, flatten it slightly and gently soften the edges. Try to do it quite fast so that the tail doesn’t dry too much.
Flatten the tail a little.
Curl the tail to get a shape like the one shown on the photo. Curl it by gradually softening any appearing wrinkles. You can use your fingers and/or the bigger side of dresden tool.
Stick the tail to the body.
Roll a 57 g ball of light grey flower paste and form an egg shape out of it.
Flatten it slightly.
Shorten the flattened egg shape a little by pressing and moving in between you palms as shown on the photo.
Use the smaller side of the dresden tool to mark lines as shown on photo. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it freehand, you can use a round cutter/cutters to mark the lines.
Use the bigger side of the dresden tool to deepen the inner edges.
Roll out 4 g of white 20/80 flower paste-fondant mix and place it on the figures head to cover the shape marked in the previous steps. Smooth it.
Use a sharp scalpel to make cuts along the distinguishing lines. Take the excess off.
Smooth the paste so that it has clean edges and so that it evenly fills the whole hollow.
Use a bone tool to make holes for the eyes.
With a sharp scalpel mark the smile.
Use the smaller side of the dresden tool make a hole for the mouth.
Roll two 4 mm balls of black flower paste and stick them as eyes. Make a tiny, pink triangle and stick as nose. Put a tiny black ball in figures mouth, and flatten it with smaller side of dresden tool. Stick the head to the body.
Roll a 12 g ball of light brow flower paste and form and egg shape out of it.
Roll a 7 g ball of dark brow flower paste and make a hollow using the bigger side of ball tool.
Widen the cavity and thin the edges using your fingers.
Stick the dark brown element onto the wider end of light brown element.
Texture the acorn’s cupule using one side of a 5 mm nozzle.
Use the frilling tool to make a hole on the top of the cupule. Make a teardrop out of 3 mm ball of dark brow flower paste and flatten its end.
Stick the stalk to cupule.
Stick the acorn to squirrel’s belly.
Make an elongated teardrop shape out of 1 g of light grey flower paste.
Flatten its wider end.
Make 4 cuts with a sharp scalpel as shown on the photo.
Using your fingertips round the fingers. Repeat steps 41-44 for the second hand. Remember to make the thumb on the other side of the second hand.
Stick the arms to the body and to the acorn.
Roll two 8 mm balls of light grey flower paste and form teardrop shapes out of them. Flatten them.
Use a bone tool to make a hollow in the flattened teardrops.
Roll two 3 mm balls of pink flower paste. Stick them inside the ears. Flatten with the bone tool. If there is a need cut the bottom of ears to create straight line end.
Use a dresden tool to make two small longitudinal hollows on the top of the head (size of bottom part of ear).
Stick the ears placing them in the created hollows.
Roll out 1 g of dark grey flower paste very thin. Cut three strips with narrowed ends (one strip about 4 cm long, and the other two about 3 cm), stick them on figure’s head and smooth their edges.
Your topper is ready! :)