Now, on to today's post:
I love to take on new projects, especially when they are custom. I made the cake toppers for my own wedding cake and since then I've really wanted to work on more. At the moment, I don't have a listing on my Etsy shop for cake toppers, but I'm always willing to make some. Lately, I have been doing wedding projects for my friends and family. Last year, I tried out something I'd been wanting to try for a long while: customizing blank vinyl toys.
I'd done quite a bit of research on customizing blanks, but reading and doing are two different things. I had to adjust a little of what I was doing as I went and ended up being very happy with the result, but now I know what to do a little better for next time.
I started out with a couple of Mini Munny figures from Kidrobot:
And then found out that they didn't care for Bub. Poor Bub.
After washing the Munny pieces in soap and water (which was recommended on several tutorials), I started adding Super Sculpey to the pieces that needed it. I made a wedding dress (I used tin foil underneath the dress to reduce the weight and amount of Sculpey) and then started working on the hair. The tiara was a separate piece and I added the bun one piece at a time.
I wanted to make the faces flat, so I added Sculpey to the crease on the lower half of the vinyl head. I also added snowflake details to the dress and tiara.
The groom was a little simpler. He needed some hair, his tie and lapels, and then some cuffs on this arms.
The Sculpey gets a little lighter and less shiny after it is baked in the oven. I used the directions according to the box and kept a close eye on it since the vinyl was also getting baked and I didn't want to burn or melt it.
I didn't get any shots of the painting in progress, but I used regular acrylic paints (and I wish I had used the spray primer like it was recommended in the tutorials because it would have taken fewer coats of paint in the end). I used a clear gloss spray to seal each piece after the paint was dry. I used Krylon Clear Gloss and I definitely recommend it. It sprays and covers well and dried relatively quickly.
Here is the end result:
I wanted them to be a simple design for the face, but slightly cartoony and cute. They were very fun to make, and were a hit at the wedding, but the groom decided to take a flying leap from the top of the cake. If you look closely, you can see a dent in the right corner of the cake layers. Next time I think I may need to make a stand for them.