Post # 1
I can’t afford to pay $200 for a custom made polymer clay cake topper of something we like.
I am planning to make one myself and plan on keeping it on our shelf at home after the wedding 🙂
Anyone done figuirine before? (not necessary for wedding)
Do I really have to bake the figurine in oven? I read somewhere you are not supposed to use the “food” oven to do this but I don’t have any spare one.
Any info on this would be appreciated. Thanks!
Post # 3
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 🙁
Post # 4
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
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 # 6
good to know everyone had been using their kitchen oven and just fine.
I saw this online when I was browsing through cake toppers. This is from Japanese cartoon Totoro, one of my childhood favorites. They were selling $200 on etsy and judging by the picture I don’t think the material will last after the wedding. So I want to make something similar in clay so I get to display it at our house 🙂 I feel like this way the topper will be more meaningful since it’s handmade!
Post # 7
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 🙂
Here it is:
Post # 8
I think those are adorable and they don’t look super difficult to make. Good luck.
Post # 9
@AnnieAAA: good to know it does last.
@NikkiShea: that’s how I feel about the topper too. Doesn’t look too complicated, so I am just hoping I will find the right clay to do it.
I haven’t looked into the materials yet and will definitely post a finished product up here once I get it done. Chances are it probably won’t get anywhere near to the picture I posted haha.
Post # 10
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 # 11
@knitterbear: Thanks for the encouragement.
I haven’t done clay for as long as I can remember so I couldn’t tell what seller used to mold the Totoro topper with. I was assuming it was something a baker would’ve done since the topper has such a soft look. That’s why I assumed that cake topper could only last through the wedding but not something I can display for a long time on the shelf.
But from all the PPs it sounds like my photo looks like clay as well. 🙂
Post # 12
- 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 🙂
Post # 13
I made mine from sculpey and used our regular over. No problem.
Post # 15
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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