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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Ornamental Moulds Peacock Project by Karen Seal


For this project I used polymer clay which you cook in your own oven following instructions on the packet. Polymer can damage work surfaces so I suggest you work on a glass or ceramic tile. Choose a deep picture frame for this project, I've chosen a 4x6 inch and removed the glass (you will build your picture on this glass).

You will need:


Step 1
Draw a rough outline of a Peacock so that it will fit within the frame. If you are no good at drawing you may be able to get some royalty free clip art from the Internet. Place your picture beneath the glass and use it as a guide for building your Peacock.


Step 2
Here you can see I have used the Ornamental Drops mould to make about 10 to 12 droplets. Arrange them to make the tail, starting from the bottom and working up the tail. Make sure you leave a small gap around the edge of the glass so that it will fit back into the frame.


Step 3
Using more polymer clay and with the drawing still below the glass build up the body, neck and head of the bird. Mark out the area of the wing.


Step 4
Using the Leaf Flourish mould make some feathers for the wing. You can see from the picture which 3 leaves I used.


Step 5
Place the leaves within the area of the wing to simulate feathers. I then used two different size drinking straws to make the texture on the Peacocks body. Use a small glass bead for the eye and roll two tiny snakes of clay around the eye to keep it in place. Use a needle tool to mark the beak. If you want you can give the Peacock some fancy feathers on his head.

At this point I ran a tissue blade under the bird to carefully lift the Peacock off the glass. Place him safely to one side whilst you work on the background.

For the background you need to roll out a thin sheet of polymer, either with a rolling pin or using a pasta machine (one which is intended for use with clay). This sheet then needs some texture, which can be done manually or with the use of rubber stamps or embossing folders. You may need to spray the clay with a little water first to act as a release and stop your stamps etc sticking.

Once textured place this clay sheet back on the glass and cut to size. Remember to leave a small border around the edge.  Carefully place your Peacock back in place and press him down a little to stick. Now you need to make him a couple of legs and I used the Leaf Flourish mould to give him a branch to sit on. 

I also used the Leaf Swirl mould to give some interest to the corners. At this point you can roll some clay to fill in blank areas with vines and you could add flowers if you wish.


Step 6
Using the mica powders carefully brush the Peacock and the background to give colour.

Finally bake using the instructions on your polymer clay. For me it was 30 mins at 110 degrees in a fan oven.

When the time is up, open the oven door but do not touch the glass until it is fully cooled.  Lastly replace your glass back into the photo frame. The clay should stick to the glass but if it comes loose, glue with some superglue.

Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did.


You can see more ideas from our Design Team on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KatySueDesigns


Saturday, 30 July 2016



Katy Sue Designs are looking for talented Cake Decorators to join our Design Team. This call is for a 6 month term from September 2016 with possible extension through December 2017.


As a Design Team member you:
Will use our latest products to create fantastic cake and or cookie designs and send us high quality photos of your designs 
Will promote Katy Sue Designs on your social media sites and blog
Will contribute to the Katy Sue Designs blog 3-4 times per year
May be asked to create projects for magazines
May be asked for instructional videos which would be uploaded to the Katy Sue Designs YouTube channel


What you will get in return:
All our new releases free of charge
Frequent promotion of your business/work on the Katy Sue Designs Cake Decorating Facebook page
A design team blinkie to display on your  blog/website/social media sites
A dedicated Design Team Pinterest board to showcase the team (coming later this year)


We’re looking for:
Talented Suagrcrafters who are enthusiastic about Katy Sue Designs products
You must have the time and energy to devote to our team (products arrive at short notice  and on average you will only have 2-3 weeks to make your contribution J)
You must have a good understanding of social media and are active Facebook 
You may also have a following in the cake world or write for a magazine or blog but this is not essential.


How to Apply:
Please email us at marketing@katysuedesigns.com with:
Your Name, Email, Phone Number, Address including Country
3-5 photos of your best work, some using moulds if possible
links to your blog, website, social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc
a short bio and why you want to be part of the Katy Sue Design Team



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Katy Sue welcomes Gilles to our Design Team


We would like to give a big welcome to Gilles, our new Design Team member. His first task was to make something beautiful with our new Ornamental Moulds and boy, did he deliver. The three tier cake above is simply stunning! It uses our Ornamental Cherubs, Ornamental Drops, Piped Shell Border and Leaf Flourish Moulds plus a floral cutter from Blossom Sugar Art. Visit Gilles Facebook page where you'll be a able to see lots of his other cakey creations click here.

Born and raised in Montreal Canada, Gilles Leblanc was the youngest of six children. His interests in the arts were present at a very young age, and very much encouraged by his mother who shared similar interests. His pastimes as a child were always based around the arts, whether sculpting or painting, he enjoyed experimenting with different materials. As time passed, his passion and curiosity grew and Gilles Leblanc wanted to pursue a career. Being a perfectionist, he enrolled in a well renowned jewellery school, to better perfect his knowledge of the various metals. It wasn’t long after that Gilles work was exhibited in various art galleries and featured in different magazines.  Electroforming, bronze, silver and even gold gave Gilles Leblanc’s pieces their originality, and unique quality. 

Gilles Leblanc eventually had to put his sculpting and career on hold, but his passion for the arts never died.  He later discovered the art of cake decorating, and his passion was renewed. Gilles Leblanc’s talent in sculpting, and original ideas succeeded in creating many diversified cake pieces. Gilles Leblanc has also taken part in many cake collaborations, and has been featured in various magazines, earning him the admiration of his peers.  

Gilles continues to participate in charitable causes for children through his cakes. A cake artist, a sculptor, a Dad and husband, Gilles Leblanc has many roles, but whatever he does, his talent and passion are always present.

"Why do I want to part of the Katy Sue Design Team? Is simple, what an honor it would be to be part of such a group with great products." Thank you Gilles, we are thrilled to have you on board.

Gilles had a great time using our new Ornamental moulds this month. Take a look at more of the beautiful work he produced.




Friday, 13 May 2016

Princess Figure Cupcake Project by The Cupcake Range


Sarah Harris from The Cupcake Range has put together a very helpful step by step project using our head and arms figure moulds to make a princess cupcake. We love this idea and hope it inspires you to make your own character cupcakes. Visit Sarah's Facebook page here The Cupcake Range.

 
Step 1
You will need a domed cupcake, a fluted cutter slightly larger than the diameter of your cupcake, a round cutter, a head and some arms made out of flesh coloured modelling paste using the Katy Sue Designs moulds, a black edible pen, a dresden tool, a shell tool, a small daisy cutter, some white, black, red, yellow and navy blue fondant.

Step 2
Using the fluted cutter - this one is 88mm wide -  roll out some white fondant and cut out one circle as shown.

Step 3
With the dresden tool, start to work your way around the circle to create some pleats.

Step 4
Here is what it should like like when finished.

Step 5
Place the white fondant circle over the buttercream dome (if your buttercream is very soft you can refrigerate it first) - it should slightly overlap the cupcake.

Step 6
Cut a fondant circle (slightly smaller than the white one) out of yellow fondant.

Step 7
Place the yellow circle over the cupcake so it is nice and central.

Step 8
Shape the arms using the Katy Sue Designs arms mould as shown, then make a bodice out of navy blue fondant. Mark pleats with a dresden tool around the edge of the yellow circle.

Step 9
Attach the bodice and the arms to the middle of the cupcake. The arms and hands should gently rest on the dress.

Step 10
Using a small circle cutter (or freehand with a knife) make two sleeves as shown.

Step 11
Mark the top of each sleeve with a dresden tool and cut out a shape as shown out of navy blue fondant for the front of the dress. When happy with the size, add a strip of yellow fondant down the middle.

Step 12
Stick the front part of the dress to the body with edible glue and mark some further pleats around the yellow fondant near her waist.

Step 13
Using the head made from the Katy Sue Designs head mould, add in the eye details with a black edible marker pen. Roll out some black fondant for the hair and with a shell or dresden tool create the strands of the hair. Apply to the head and reshape until you get the desired hairstyle. Make a red bow and a strip of red fondant for the hair band. Cut out the petals from a small daisy in red fondant to decorate the sleeves of the dress.

Step 14
Here is the finished head. You can see here that I also used some white modelling paste in each eye before drawing on the black pupil and then added a tiny dot of white fondant in each eye. I have since made some faces without the white modelling paste in the eyes and i think it looks better. You can also add some pink dust to her cheeks and lips if you want her to have more make up - I have gone for a pale look here.

Step 15
Here is a top shot of the head, you can see that the hair band doesn't go right across the head. Also I added some food glaze to the hair to make it nice and shiny.

Step 16
So now back to the body: if you want to add strength to the whole thing you can add a cocktail stick or a piece of raw spaghetti through the middle of the neck but it isn't really necessary if you want to keep it completely edible and safe for children.

Step 17
Push the head onto the body using some edible glue to secure -  and then you are done!

You can see more ideas using our head set mould on our website http://www.katysuedesigns.co.uk/cake-decorating/head-set-a-1inch/


For tips more tips and techniques on using and painting our figure moulds take a look at these tutorial videos.