(Closed) DIY Cake Topper in Polymer Clay, have questions

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you’re using Sculpey, Premo or Fimo then yes, you have to bake it in the oven.  I use the same oven we use for food.  I don’t worry about the chemicals if gives off, but I also wouldn’t bake clay and food together at the same time.

If you’re using Apoxie Clay then you don’t have to bake it.  (I’ve never used this, I’d be too afraid that it’d either dry before I was done, or take forever to dry)

Good luck!  Everything I make looks like it was made by a 4 year old πŸ™

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve used Sculpey and FIMO clay and baked them in the oven in the kitchen with no problem, what kind of figurine are you making?

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m going to make my cake topper too, except I’m using roma plastilina to make the sculpture, then I’m molding it in silicone (mold max 30) then I’ll be pouring a plastic resin in the molds. Kind of a complicated process but works very well and and a fun project if you’re ambitious. If you go to the smooth-on website they have lots of instructions you can kinda go from there. Sculpey is fun too and a lot easier since you can get the stuff at most craft stores, and I’ve always used my kitchen oven just fine.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Just wanted to throw this out there, but I got my custom made cake topper from a seller on etsy for like $60 and I believe it was made of the same clay as the pic you posted. We love it & have it on a shelf at our house πŸ™‚

Here it is:

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think those are adorable and they don’t look super difficult to make.  Good luck.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That looks like a “Love Angels” topper.  I think it’s made out of the same clay you can buy at a craft store.  What about it looks like it won’t last?

You’re lucky you chose such “simple” toppers.  There’s a “Love Angels” cat topper my fiance and I want on etsy for $160.  He tried to recreate it, but couldn’t get the circles round enough, let alone the details on the paws.  It should be easy enough to make a couple eggs and smashed arms.  Roses are actually easier to make than you’d think.  Try to find a tutorial on youtube or get a clay making book from the library.  Also, use a little bit of baby oil to help smooth away fingerprints.

I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

I use Sculpey a lot, you can use it in your food oven, its not going to hurt anything. Just make sure you bake it at a relatively low temp. around 215 degrees for maybe 10-15 min, depending on the thickness.

I will put the object on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and after you take it out, let it cool for an hour so it hardens up. After that, you can sand it with fine sand paper to get rid of your fingerprint marks πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I made mine from sculpey and used our regular over.  No problem.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

*oven  πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

It’s really easy to use, just make sure you work it a lot to get it really pliable before trying to shape it. It takes a LOT of time, but it’s the only way to get it really smooth without sanding.

Also, they sell little cutters for the clay (like mini cookie cutters) that REALLY help with getting the shape cut out perfect. They were in the same area of my craft store as the Fimo clay was.

I invested about $20 in mine, including the clay, the cutters and the tool kit. I haven’t attached the mini flowers or the swing yet, but it was a lot of fun to make! Good luck!

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