Mar 15, 2009
Working with Gum Paste (part 4, heads & hands)
First, I roll a small piece into a cone shape. I make what will be the wrist and forearm a little longer, knowing that I can always cut off the excess before attaching it to the body. In previous projects, I tried the shaping them while on the body, which was completely disasterous. Then, I tried shaping them seperately, forming them on a mat, then on a styrofoam board....again, disasterous. I ended up with either a dried out clump with the deformed fingers falling off, or, a puddle of a goobidy-globby gumpaste mess. (yes, that's a technical term lol).
At this point and time, I could have added even more detail, like the wrinkles on the knuckles or even the suggestion of fingernails. If you have decorating tips, check them out for sizes and shapes that you can use for different impressions. But I decided in this case to just to make impressions for the knuckles. Notice too, that my leprechaun figure is now on a plastic lined form, so that after the piece was completely dry, I removed the figure and peeled off the plastic, leaving all of the tiny fingers intact.
Well there you have it. How to make a leprechaun (or other people) from start to finish. In the next section, part 5, I'll show you the finished cake as well as the steps for the cake construction. (I know what you're thinking, geeze, FINALLY!)
If you're interested in the rest of the series, here are the links:
You say Sugar Paste, I say Gumpaste (part 1)
Gumpaste Recipe and Directions (part 2)
Working with Gumpaste (part 3, the tools and body)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! (part 5, the cake construction)