(Closed) Need some advice on my DIY clay cake topper

posted 8 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Do you think I can make these nice enough to do myself?

    Yes! You can do this.

    No! Spend $125 to get someone to make it nice.

  • Post # 3
    1215 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’ve never made clay figurines, but I say go for it! IMO $125 is a lot for a cake topper, especially since it’s not really something you can use after the wedding. I love that you’re working on a DIY for this!! I think it looks great so far!

    To answer your questions:

    -I think the skin color looks great! Anything peachier might look to unnatural!

    -I don’t think the boobs are too big – it’s cutest if it’s realistic! And your Fiance probably loves it 🙂

    -I think your faces are really cute!! The only thing I would change is make the eyes black, instead of brown (like the inspiration pic) and make the mouth a little lower on the groom.

    The bouquet is going to be so cute!! Definitely post some pics after your 2nd “draft”!

    Post # 5
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    First off, they look good and I for sure couldn’t do better! So I’m not sure I’m in a place to offer suggestions. But just comparing to the photos you linked, here are some ideas:

    – The Etsy ones look really smooth. I wonder if there is a method (like a damp paper towel or something) for smoothing out the clay once you get the shape right?

    – The eyes, in addition to being black, are not pushed into the head on the Etsy ones. I think that makes a difference.

    – I think the arms for you look a little long.

    Post # 6
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I say go for it! You did an awesome first attempt!

    Post # 8
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @viewfrmhere  Any update? I think you can do it. Your first attempt looked promising.

    Post # 9
    39 posts
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’ve done some polymer clay sculpting before, though I am by no means a professional.

    I would advise first of all to be aware that the quality of the clay will make a huge difference in the color, level of detail, weight, and the level of smoothness that can be achieved.  I would recommend Sculpey brand as my favorite to use for doll figures.

    I also think that, in order to achieve the look you are after, you should pay very close attention to the scale and proportion of the inspiration figures

    For example:

    the eyes are very uniform in size and are affixed to the smooth face, rather than recessed

    the mouth and eyes are very small relative to the size of the head, I think that this gives the figurines the sweet, expressive factor that drew you in the first place

    You may have already considered this, but it is very likely that the artist uses a type of internal armature or structure such as dowels and wire to support the weight of the clay and maintain the alignment of the head on the body.

    I think you’ve done a great job for a first attempt, please post your final results!

    Post # 10
    650 posts
    Busy bee

    I think you can do it.Keep at it.First attempt is not so bad at all

    Post # 11
    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    OMG, I love it! You did a great job! I would only echo one other bee, that your arms seem a little long, but I think the hair and face and boobs look great!

    Post # 12
    2267 posts
    Buzzing bee

    A lot of people are saying the arms are long. It’s true, they aren’t exactly proportionate. However, what will make them cutesy is if they’re a little shorter than what’s proportionate.

    Post # 13
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2017

    I’m making a cake topper too! My suggestion would be to create a wire skeleton/ stick figure as

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    @MissCrinoline suggested; to pose up beforehand and mount it on something if u can, and then super glue some crinkled foil over it to give it texture for the clay to grab onto. After sculpting if you wanted a smooth surface. I would wet the tip of your fingers or a paintbrush and smooth out the roughness of any clay surface! I’m mostly speaking for the Sculpey/ Super Sculpey brand of clay. 


    You did a great job of emulating the same style in ur example!

    Post # 14
    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Instead iof using clay like pottery clay try using FIMO it is modelling clay which come in small packets of a massive range of diferent colours. It will be a lot smoother and have the same looks as your inspiration pic. Good luck your first attempt is great!.

    Post # 15
    8437 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I recommend polymer clay.  Also, try rolling out all of the parts before you put them together so that you can make judgements on size.  You’re probably going to need to make these a couple of times before you’re satisfied.  Here is my first attempt:

    After changing our venue and wedding colors, I decided to go in a different direction (mice having tea is a little joke between us):

    There are plenty of tutorials on youtube that explain how to make shapes, faces, etc.  You could also explore the possibility of using molds, I have no experience in this though.  The total cost for me to make my cake topper was about $15, which was great for me since I’m on a budget.  If you have the money to spend, and you feel it’s worth it, there are lots of crafters that will make you a cake topper on etsy.  However, I think with enough patience, you’ll be able to make something your happy with that will have more meaning since you made it yourself.

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