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Cute critters for a wedding cake

Two very special guy friends of mine decided to declare their love for one another and asked me if I would recreate their family of critters as cake toppers.

I of course said ‘Yeah!’ and after much faffing with me completely failing to realise there were photographs of said critters on facebook I got them done….at 6am on the morning of their ceremony.

Whoop for Purky and his time management skills!

Anyways, to the critters!

Due to the somewhat rushed and hassled but strangely zen creation process on these guys, I have very few usable photographs sadly. I was intending to do a proper sculpting tutorial but alas it is not to be.  This is Jake who is a collie before he got painted.

There is a Collie (Jake) , a Jack Russel (Jack), two snakes, a frog and a hedgehog in this picture. Everyone has just had an undercoat of watered down white acrylic. I was terrified that the details of the sculpt would clog up. Normally I make things in fimo soft of the appropriate colour but this time I felt it was best to use super sculpey and paint them.

Base coats 🙂

‘I feeeel sssssssso anaemic! hissss!’

‘Ahhh much better!!!’ …. there is a mixture of different yellows and oranges as a base coat, then a wash with vermilion/burnt sienna and then a top coat/dry brush of metallic gold and copper here 🙂

Undercoated Jack Russel! and a drunk Hedgehog…lol The Jack Russel is particuarly special to me because he was my dog before I left home for university. My Mother was/is very ill and could not look after him without my help and so my friends adopted him. It was a very stressful time and I am constantly grateful for the love and care they have shown my little friend.

Some detailing….

Having a natter while waiting to be finished 🙂

This is Rogue, the cat who was sculpted and painted at 6am on the morning of the ceremony because I had struggled so hard to make her!

Say cheese everyone!

And from the side lol. Pretty much everyone got a dry brush or stippled coat with the metallic and opalescent paints just to give everything some gloss and life.

Just to give you an idea of the level of organisation I deploy in my paint department.

It was a very enjoyable project and at no point did I feel particularly stressed. I had a lot of fun with the sculpting and my skills progressed a lot. The guys seemed very happy with my renditions of their menagerie.

I have reconciled partially with the friend who upset me and I feel much better than I did last night. It appears the issues may sweep under the table and we will carry on as normal which is a relieving dissatisfaction to me. I would like things to change (positively) so this never happens again but I do not want to instigate the conflict which may be necessary for the change but leave us as a broken relationship.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this more positive post, I have been itching to type it up 🙂 Got plenty more to follow xx