DIY polymer clay wedding cake topper question

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
Hostess
30305 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@afake79:  Hi there! My sister and I made my cake topper out of polymer clay, and we bought the fimo kind that you posted above. You really don’t need much, so you could even go to a local art store (or i’m sure amazon has them too) and just buy the colors that you need.  Here’s my cake topper:

We had also found a tutorial on making these guys, so we used this to start:

http://www.topcaketoppers.com/blog/clay-penguins-tutorial-how-to-make-your-cake-topper-602.html

Hope this helps a bit!

Post # 5
Hostess
30305 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@afake79:  Thanks! Yeah, we liked them quite a bit. 🙂

Post # 6
Member
641 posts
Busy bee

Polymer clay has a very slight opalesece, which makes me prefer it unpainted, but whatever is more convenient for your needs. 

Polymer clay sometimes rejects paints, and the paints remain sticky forever. Though it seems more common with acetone based paint. Either way, just bake an extra little but to test your paints on.

Also, please be aware of the weight of your topper. An armiture, or even just a core  of crumpled aluminum foil will help keep your sculpt light.

Post # 7
Member
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I made our shark and otter out of fimo clay as well but ended up putting them on a stack of fabric covered books near our cake instead of on top of it (since they were so heavy). And although I love them to pieces, I definitely don’t think they are anywhere near the level of some Etsy sellers – just something to keep in mind if you’re like me and are pretty crafty but lack even basic sculpting experience.

Also, in order to keep our cake from feeling naked, I ended up making a bunting banner out of wooden skewers, hemp, and paper and placing some really cute bride/group cupcake toppers I received at my bridal shower underneath.

For me, this allowed me to have the best of all worlds 🙂

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