That is what my mother said to me a few days ago when she checked on my Toy Story cake toppers I was making for Phillip. I think it pretty accurately sums me up, and I’m proud to be that annoyingly talented person. It’s not like I’m not boastful of my varied talents and interests, but let me remind you:
I sacrifice a lot to dedicate this must attention (and money) to these little side projects. These characters took almost six entire days, and as I’ll show you in another post, went through several reincarnations before I was finally finished with them. Granted, I would have loved more time to really perfect them, but for what they are…
They’re pretty freaking adorable.
So without further ado: My Toy Story cake toppers!
I think I really captured a lot of the details of the characters, and while they’re not perfectly proportioned, I’m proud of the emotions they portray.
They are cracking, however. Not sure how to prevent that in the future!
“There’s a snake in my boot!”
Sheriff Woody closeup
Yes, I pressed the buttons and made Buzz Lightyear noises. Alone. In my house. Late at night.
Slinky Dog’s cute butt. I wasn’t thrilled with how he turned out, but I have photos on my phone that I’ll upload tomorrow of the step by step processes.
Rex! He was a nightmare logistically, and you can see he’s cracking in a few places, but I’ll be damned if he isn’t structurally sound. Of all the characters, I’m least worried about him breaking apart before he can be presented to the little girl on her birthday.
Closeup on how I did the teeth. Originally was going to put individual ones in, and then I reminded myself, “hey, it’s 10:30 pm, and you haven’t showered in two days. Finish this and go to bed.”
Oh Jessie. I’m so sad I couldn’t get her the way I wanted. This is her 3rd head, and none of them captured her essence and vivacity. Oh well, At least her clothes are authentic.And here they all are, ready to be carefully packed into a cardboard box and brought to the bakery. I hope they make a 2-year old’s birthday cake spectacular, and hopefully Phillip will commission more work from me in the future!
I had so much fun making these, especially Woody and Buzz! It was so challenging, and a great lesson on gumpaste, sculpting, figures, and Pixar movies (I watched all 3 Toy Story’s back to back…you know, as research), and I want more practice working on sculpting faces. I got pressed for time and had to rush Jessie and Slinky dog, which sucks. But hey, that’s what working with a deadline does, I guess.
So tell me: What do you think!? Could you see these on a professional cake? Do you think I captured their likenesses? Any suggestions, critiques, comments, requests?