4 January 2012 (1 June 2012 US) / ISBN: 9781844487448
by Rachel A Hyde
How many people
do you know who love animals and maybe have a particular favorite?
This has to be most people, and when making celebration cakes getting
the special beastie right is not easy·but here is a whole
bookful of different creatures to craft.
them in fact, and all of them popular species. Choose from farm
animals, pets and zoo favourites such as lion, rhino, elephant,
gorilla and meerkat, wild bear, beaver and fox, Easter bunny and
Halloween bat. Each project is handsomely illustrated with large
format (this book has larger than usual sized pages) staged photos
with lots of helpful captions. As you craft, you learn different
techniques to get those tricky features like shiny eyes, fluffy
fur, wrinkly hide, markings etc right, and then you can go on to
make your own favorites. There are tips on getting basic shapes
right, how to handle the various substances employed in sugarcrafting,
and handy recipes for Mexican paste, royal icing and candy sticks
for good strong legs. Find out what you need to have in stock to
make all of these items (and be a general sugarcrafter) and how
to use them. Beginners might find some of the projects a little
daunting, but with their chunky shapes, they tend to be more forgiving
than delicate flowers, so I can recommend this one for all levels.
Good for getting the shapes right when working with polymer clays
as well·this is a useful hands-on primer that should guarantee
some professional-looking models.