Monday, 7 November 2011

NEW: Metallic Liquid Colours

25ml Bottle

Strong, vibrent metallic liquid colour suitable for mixing and painting that is ready to use straight out of the bottle. 
Once finished, screw on the cap and wash your brush using clean water. No solvents required.

  • Radiant Metallic Paint
  • Ready To Use
  • Easy-to-clean your equipment after use
  • Once dry the lustre pigment is sealed within the surface - no dust or smudges!
  • Apply with a brush for fine detail work
  • Apply with an EasyCover sponge for large area coverage (may require 2 coats)
  • Use with an airbrush for a smooth finish (No need to thin)

100% Edible, Kosher, Halal, GM Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free, Suitable for Vegetarians 

Monday, 16 May 2011

Making A Model Monkey

All sizes referenced in this tutorial are from this modelling size guide
For the Monkey's body you will need a ball of brown sugarpaste (size 15) on the size guide and a smaller ball of pink sugarpaste (size 12) for the tummy. Form both into teardrop shapes, push your thumb into the body to make a dent big enough to take the tummy. Now with a moist brush dampen the dent and place the pink teardrop inside, both teardrop points should be going in the same direction. Press the tummy into the body maintaining the teardrop shape, you should finish with one large two toned body approximately 2"/5cm high as shown in the image below.

For the legs and arms you need two balls of brown sugarpaste (size 12), these are rolled into a sausage shape about 5"/12.5cm long. The legs are then curled around the body and fixed with water. Then flatten them at the front and mark toes on with a veining tool. The arms should wrap around the top of the body but do not secure them in place just yet, cut fingers into the flattened ends with a craft knife.

The tail is made from a ball of brown sugarpaste (size 9) and roll it into a sausage shape about 5"/12.5cm long, then secure into place under and at the back of the legs. Curl it forward and cut a fringe at the end. The head is made from a ball of brown sugarpaste (size 11) and the face a ball in pink (size 7). These are both shaped like a pear and the face is stuck onto the head in much the same way as the body was achieved.

Next we need to make two ears from two balls of brown sugarpaste (size 6), stick these into place and shape with a ball tool. The nose is another ball of brown sugarpaste ball (size 4), place this in the centre of the face and make two nostrils with a bulbulous cone tool. The mouth is another but smaller ball of brown sugarpaste (size 3), stick this into place under the nose and make a single larger impression to create an opened mouth with the bulbulous cone. Mark on a tummy button with the same tool.

Attach the head to the top of the body, wrap and stick the arms around the base of the head to hold it in place. The eyes are placed in two sockets made using the bulbulous cone tool and are 2 small balls of white sugarpaste followed by two smaller balls of black for the pupils. Always put the black pupils off centre, it gives your creation more character and stops it from staring at you!

Tips & Ideas:
  • Change the colour pink to light brown for a less feminine monkey.
  • When modelling always start with a smooth round ball, free of cracks and marks.
  • Try using chocolate sugarpaste instead of brown sugarpaste for a tastier monkey.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Easy Rolled Rose

Making roses can be a daunting task for someone not accustom to the art of flower making. So in time for valentines we've made a step by step guide to making quick and simple rolled roses.

Step 1:
Take a ball of red sugarpaste about the size of a malteaser, then roll it into a sausage about 5-8cm (2-3") long.

Step 2:
Flatten the sugarpaste using a rolling pin or your fingers. We found using your fingers resulted in a bumper piece of paste that when turned into a rose gave a better, more natural look.
OPTIONAL: Pinch or roll one of the sides of the paste much thinner than the other, this will give the petals a thinner more realistic look.

Step 3:
Roll the paste up as shown below. We found rolling the paste at about a 20 degree angle produced the best results.

Step 4:
Very carefully cut the excess paste off the rose making sure you don't crush it in the process.

Step 5:
Using a small ball of green paste, about the size of a pea, flatten into a circle approximately 2-3mm thick. Using scissors or a sharp knife cut the disc as shown below. Then fold in the widest points to create a simple rose leaf.

Step 6:
Leave to dry and then attach to your cake, cupcake, cookie or any other treat with either edible glue or some royal icing.

Try different amounts of paste, different thicknesses, different lengths and different rolling techniques to achieve an array of rose styles.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

NEW: Sparkling Sugar Crystals

NEW: Sparkling Sugar Crystals
50g tub of individual sugar crystals with a semi-translucent, pearlescent or metallic finish just like a real crystals and gems! Excellent for sprinkling on cupcakes, desserts or for use in sugarcraft however you may see suitable.
click here to see the full range