Armature Dragon & Princess Cake Decorating and Baking Tutorial

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Armature Dragon & Princess
with Emma Ball
Skill level: Intermediate
HD Lessons: 6
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1. Making the structure

Emma uses parafilm wrapped around the wire, this keeps everything food safe, waterproof and Emma opts to use this for any wire frame sections on her cake designs.

Sketches are used to aid with the wire frame ‘skeleton’ of the character, Google image search is also be your friend here if you’re not comfortable with drawing your characters from scratch.

TIP: 16 and 18 gauge wire is used to create the structure for the characters.

For the full tutorial see Castle with Dragons

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2. Dragon structure

The dragon structure can be created using the same technique as the previous lesson, the Dragon is holding the Princess too which does make things a little trickier but follow along with Emma’s wire bending tips and you should find everything falls into place nicely.

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3. Making the dragon

With the frames attached you can now start by creating the basic dragon modelling. A goose-bump impression mat is used which gives a lizard like texture to the dragon. Build from the structural mid-section part of the dragon and work from there, blend the different pieces in together using your fingers to form a seamless model.

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4. Making the dragon continued

At this stage you should have two wings on your dragon a tail, neck and torso. Continue pinching your sugarpaste around the wiring to create the arms of the dragon. The head and mouth of the dragon can then be created and you can see this dragon design coming to life! (If you’re literally seeing the creature come to life then you may need a bit of a rest, take a break!)

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5. Making the princess

The princess model is started off with the creation of her dress in lilac coloured sugarpaste, follow the same techniques as the creation of the dragon for this section. Emma also shows you a great technique to make great hands for the sugarpaste Princess.
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6. Making the princess continued

Now that the Princess is fixed in place the fingers / claws of the dragon can be added as these are clutching on to the Princess (don’t worry it’s a friendly Dragon) The claws are created once you’re happy with the location of the fingers.

Emma Ball

Emma Ball

Emma started as a Saturday girl at the very famous Richard's Cakes and in true rags to riches fashion Emma is now the manager of Richards' Cakes where they produce an average of 70 cakes per week! Richards' Cakes have catered for a number of celebrity clients - including Andrew Flintoff and the cast of Coronation Street. Emma has also went on to win countless Gold Awards at Cake International too!
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