About a year ago, I had been commissioned to make a wedding cake topper for a friend of mine. This is the first time I’ve ever made a full sculpture, complete with an armature – it was an interesting learning curve to tackle for the year.
The cake topper was based off of a watercolour pic; the pic is of the wedding couple in pokemon onesies, and they wanted wedding accessories added on top.
I drew some sketches so that I could get a feel for how it would translate in 3D:
Once I had a working concept, I got the materials to work on the topper.
For the project, I used:
- 6″ wooden base
- 4 screws with flat tips
- Thin-gauge craft wire
- Thick-gauge hardware wire
- Super sculpey
- Turner acryl-gouache paints
- Golden gloss polymer varnish with uvls
- Purple felt
- White edging fabric
- Craft foam (to cover the bottom)
First I made an armature of each person, and bulked it out with tinfoil. Every so often I would wrap the packed tinfoil with the thin wire to keep it together; it also allowed the super sculpey to grip onto the tinfoil.
The first area to be covered with sculpey was the body:
The bodies were smoothed out and heat set with a heat gun before I started working on the heads. I ended up bulking out the heads further with tinfoil before covering them with sculpey.
If I had known better, I would have focused on fastening the armature to the base before adding the sculpey on. At this point I had already heat set everything, which made it prone to cracking at the feet.
Eventually I settled with trimming the wire at the bottom of the feet to even it up, and then fastened the wire onto the screws, which were drilled into the wooden base:
I added a heart-shaped platform to hide the screws and wires. Once everything was covered with sculpey, I had used the heat gun to set all the parts together:
I used the Turner acryl-gouache paints for the entire sculpture. The wedding colour theme was purple and blush; they were incorporated into the base platform colour.
In the meantime, I made a tiny snake out of super sculpey to test the paint and the Golden varnish; it turned out to be ok to use on the acryl-gouache. I applied two coats of varnish, allowing it to dry at least 6 hours between coats.
Next up was to make the wedding accessories; I made a top hat, bow tie, and a flowery veil:
These were stitched and hot glued together, and then were hot glued onto the sculptures. The final result:
Thanks for reading! I hope to share more projects soon.