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How to Make a Lego Figure Topper – Tutorial

I made this cake for my son’s 9th birthday 2 years ago when the Lego Movie first came out and was all the rage, and I’m reminded of it again now, since his birthday is coming up fast and I need to start thinking of what to make for his 11th.  But at that time, it was an easy decision since he was SO into the movie (it really is SUCH a FAB movie with an amazing life lesson) and I happened to have just finished another Lego Movie cake for a friend’s son which my son loved.  So he KNEW he wanted to have figures of Emmet and his friends Wyldestyle and Batman, as well as his nemesis, President Business.  He also HAD to have the motorbike that Emmet and Wyldestyle used to escape from Good Cop/Bad Cop.

Colin's 9th B-Day Lego Movie Cake - front - twmpm

While making Emmet, I decided to put together this tutorial of how to make a Lego figure since many people had asked me how I made my previous figures and what tips I had for making mine so realistic.  I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of awesome figures made using this tutorial in the past two years and it warms my heart to be able to help others in creating something they’re super proud of.  I have to admit too…I often end up having to refer back to my own tutorials when it’s been a while since I’ve made something, so there is a semi-selfish reason for making them, haha!

As mentioned before, I am uploading all my tutorials slowly here to my blog and this seemed like the perfect time to add this one to the list…so here you go and ENJOY!  As always, I’d love to see what you create with one of my tutorials so please share any such work on my Facebook page, anytime =D

Lego Figure Tutorial by The Violet Cake Shop™:

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 1

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 2

(*figure 1 – the ball should be approx. 1″ across; figure 4 – if you don’t have a 1A tip, you can use any circle cutter approx. 1/2″ across)

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 3

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 4

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 5

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 6

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 7

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 8

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 9

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 10

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 11

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 12

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 13

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 14

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 15

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 16

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 17

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 18

 

3D Lego Figure Tutorial - 19

Happy Caking Y’All!! =D

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Girly Western Birthday cake plus Cowboy Boot Topper Pictorial

Emily's 19th Western Cowgirl Theme - boot front - wm TVCS - twmpm

I actually made this cake early last year but am slowly getting around to posting tutorials and tips to my blog as I’ve found they are rather hard to find on my Facebook page after they get buried down and sometimes disappear from the Timeline.

This is my Girly Western cake made for Emily’s 19th.

Emily's 19th Western Cowgirl Theme - cropped - wm TVCS - twmpm.jpg

Her mom wanted something that was girly but not childish, and for it to be personalized with her favourite cowboy boot so we used this as the model for the topper.

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Having never made a boot topper before, I tried to search online for any tutorial or tip I could use.  I’d seen many people making boot toppers before but did not remember seeing any tips for HOW to make one.  I could have messaged some online friends that I know have made one in the past, but I am kinda stubborn when it comes to these kinds of things and would prefer to try and figure it out on my own if I could and only reach out for help if I became desperate.  So I decided to just “wing” it.

I also do not normally take pics along the process of any of my creations because I guess I don’t expect them to work out the first time.  But this one surprised me in that it did work out right away and thankfully I took some quick shots (although they are quite messy because they were unplanned lol).  I plan to get in the habit of taking progress shots from now on.

So here is a quick compilation or pictorial of the progress shots for the boot topper.  Keep in mind, these are not edited and were merely taken so I could remember what I did therefore they are not the best quality nor staged well. It’s just to give an idea of how I went about “winging” it lol. Also, a lot of steps are missing but it will give you a good sense nonetheless…

Cowboy Boot Topper Collage - watermarked.jpg

NOTES:

I used a mix of Satin Ice chocolate fondant and Satin Ice gumpaste (approx. 50/50). If using MMF (marshmallow fondant, chocolate MMF for the brown in this case), you will likely not need to add the gumpaste, depending on the elasticity of your fondant. It’s only needed if you want it to dry quicker or your fondant is very soft and not pliable enough to hold its shape easily.

I let the sole of the boot dry on the makeshift cardboard former overnight (should be minimum a few hours) prior to adding the other pieces. I realized after, that I had forgotten to curl up the top or toe of the sole so had to bend it slightly afterward and placed a small wedge of fondant underneath to hold the curled shape (starting in pic 8, but you can see it clearer in pic 15).

Pic 6 shows the template I used to cut the portion of the boot that goes over the calf. I also inserted it after to help hold the shape of the portion as it dried.

In pic 10, I draped the fondant to get an impression of the shape and size I would need to cut out for the top portion or the toe of the boot. The piece that was cut out after, can be seen in pic 11. I did the same for the heel portion as well (but did not take a pic of it), see pic 12, after the heel detail was added.

Additional details were added after so the topper could match the birthday girl’s actual boot.

Hope this is helpful for some!

Other pics of the cake and topper:

Emily's 19th Western Cowgirl Theme - boot side - wm TVCS - twmpm

Emily's 19th Western Cowgirl Theme - boot angle - wm TVCS - twmpm

Emily's 19th Western Cowgirl Theme - wm TVCS - twmpm

Happy Caking Y’ALL!! =D


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My Fun Tips for Modelling Figures!

First posted on Facebook and reposting here to my blog…
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FUN TIPS for modelling figures (disclaimer – I am NOT a modelling expert…there are always other ways and sometimes better ways to do things…this is just what works for me):

Carlington's 2nd Birthday - Minnie, Mickey, Daisy and Donald - The Gang - twmpm

(Figures made for my daughter’s 2nd birthday in July…all using MMF or chocolate MMF…only toothpick for support in the neck because the heads are larger)

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I often get PMs asking me what I use to make my figures and how I make them so that they keep their shape or prevent cracking etc. Also, I get asked what medium I would recommend for modelling as well as how to support them etc. So I have compiled some of my answers here:

1/ I use MMF (marshmallow fondant) and have only ever tried that for modelling so not sure if other forms of sugar pastes or fondants would work better or not. Although, it’s common practice to mix 50/50 fondant (or MMF) with gumpaste to get a stronger medium that dries quicker but you do have to work fast.

2/ I do not mix tylose (or CMC powder) with my MMF for modelling because I have never had an issue with the strength of the pieces, so long as you give them ample time to dry which is typically 24 hours or minimum overnight.

3/ I like to make my figures in sections and let the pieces dry for at least a day. You can dry for 2-3 hours and some pieces will be fine to support others, but if it needs to support another piece that is just as large or larger, let dry overnight but ideally 24-48 hrs.

4/ Drying and letting the pieces set, helps to prevent them from sagging or changing their shape which can happen when you put one piece on top of another, even if they are supported by toothpicks.

5/ I rarely use any type of support in my figures. So long as the piece is sufficiently dried, you won’t need to have internal supports unless the pieces are super tall or super thin, or you are standing the figure up (which you might notice I rarely do so I don’t have to worry about supports haha!). In this Yoda, I used a toothpick only in the arm that is outstretched.

Ian's 40th B-Day Star Wars Poker XBox Cake - Yoda - twmpm

6/ Do not push down hard when attaching one piece to another or you will get cracking from the pressure. If you do get any cracking, you can fill in the cracks using edible glue (which is just dissolving some of the same coloured fondant in water until it’s a paste).

7/ To attach pieces, use some water or edible glue and hold the pieces in place until set. This may be at least a few minutes depending on the weight of the pieces.

8/ I always will support the more delicate pieces as they dry with something that is the same height. For example, I put a bottle of gel colour under the arm of Yoda here until it was fully dried (minimum one day to be sure). The bottle was slightly shorter than needed so I just wadded up some paper towel to place in between the gap.

9/ Always add fine details last like eyes, nails or claws, tufts of hair, last. If painting, do that as your very last step as you may smudge something when handling it. If you paint ahead, make sure paint is completely dry before you handle although the sweat or natural oils from your hands may still cause them to smudge.

10/ Look for tutorials done by other artists that you can use as a guideline.  It’s SO helpful to see what works for them AND, it may lead to new techniques you did not even consider.  For example, the Mickey & Minnie figures I made (above) were done following a Minnie Mouse tutorial by Jacinta of Kidacity from her FB page.  I did not do everything exactly as she demonstrated, but definitely I learned things like how she shaded the eyes to bring them out!

Hope this helps – Happy Modelling ALL – Violet =D

Some other examples of my favourite modelled figures:

Alisa's 1st Abby Cadabby - Abby closeup - wm TVCS Anam's 21st Agnes - closeup - wm TVCS Dominic's 2nd B-Day Bubble Guppies - closeup - wm TVCS Naomi's Team Umizoomi - figures - wm TVCS Caisan Riley's Up Cake - Carl - wm TVCS Caisan Riley's Up Cake - Russell - wm TVCS   Julian's Alvin & The Chipmunks Chipwrecked 4th B-Day - Simon - twmpm Julian's Alvin & The Chipmunks Chipwrecked 4th B-Day - Theodore - twmpm Julian's Alvin & The Chipmunks Chipwrecked 4th B-Day - Alvin - twmpm Lauren's Hanbok 1st B-Day - doll - wm TVCS LL's 5th Dr. Slump - close up - wm TVCS Marcus' Pumpkin Farm 1st Birthday - closeup - wm TVCS Ethan's 5th Lego Movie - closeup - twm