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Modelling paste giraffe

_DSC4138A friend set me an interesting challenge. She wanted a giraffe themed cake for her niece’s 7th birthday party.

I suggested a 3D giraffe made from modelling paste, and asked her to check with her niece if she wanted a more realistic or a cartoon style giraffe. Her niece is obsessed with giraffes because she was born on the same day as one of the giraffes at Perth Zoo. I set to work studying pictures of giraffes for the next week and after looking at how other people tackled the task. I decided to do it differently from what I saw online and do a free standing giraffe with four separate legs.  I sculpted the giraffe in modelling paste, supporting the neck and the legs with wooden bamboo skewers. I allowed the model to dry overnight, then coated it with a thin coat of pale yellow royal icing to get a smooth porcelain like finish. I then painted on the detail with food dye mixed with water and a very small amount of left over royal icing. The flowers are some of the left over modelling paste.

I was incredibly happy with the final result. The giraffe is made using my home made modelling paste recipe and the fondant is my home made fondant recipe. Making your own fondant and modelling paste, saves an absolute fortune and is easier than most people would expect. My Modelling paste recipe can be found by clicking here. My fondant recipe is here.

Modelling paste giraffe

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Drying out in the oven fan only, supported by cups

Painting the model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giraffe being panted

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