Feb 2, 2009
Fire Helmet Cake Shield & Bugles
fire equipment site to use as a pattern, however, it helped that I knew what a real leather shield looks and how one is made. I copied the picture in photoshop and made sure it was the exact height from the base of the brim to just under the eagles beak. This time, I printed the shield picture onto paper. Then, I taped a piece of acetate (computer transparency film) and cut out the shield with an exacto knife. I also cut out where the red blocks are showing and also the numbers. This served as a guide later on when I did the placement of everything. I cut one shield and left it solid for the base of the shield.
So you're probably wondering how long this took? (everyone asks) I made the shield and bugles in a couple of hours, however, in all fairness, I did already have the fondant made and colored and that also doesn't include finding and cutting out the templates. The second shield that I did (for the banquet) took me even less time as the prep work was (patterns) already done.
This has been one of my favorite cake projects, and, probably will be for all time. In spite of all of the work that went into it, the time spent was well worth it. I truly hope you've enjoyed the journey with me and mostly, I hope that you found this tutorial helpful!
Part 1- Fire Chief's Helmet Cake
Part 2- Fire Helmet Cake Brim
Part 3- Fire Helmet Cake Eagle
Part 4- Fire Helmet Cake Shield & Bugles