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asked August 1st 2012

How to create a leather effect

I’m planning on adapting your Graduation book cake into some spell books and i was hoping you might have some suggestions on how to make the book look like its covered in old leather and how to make the white pages less white and more old looking?

Thanks, Claire

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I’m planning on adapting your Graduation book cake into some spell books and i was hoping you might have some suggestions on how to make the book look like its covered in old leather and how to make the white pages less white and more old looking?

Thanks, Claire

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Hi Claire

Once you iced your your books mix up petal dust with vodka (a shade lighter or darker ) and use foam pieces to stipple over the areas you want to fatigue, run your nails or a veining tool gently over to create a creased look and slightly bend the corners of the cover to make the books seem worn. You could also use embossers on the spine to create the titles in bold gold,silver or black. To make the pages appear old use small amounts of browns, yellows and just spots of black and very lightly brush where the pages fall. Best thing to do is experiment on odd pieces of fondant until you get the colours. Lustre sprays used sparingly can give a light/shade effect, a little icing sugar mixed with a little black petal dust and very,very lightly sprinkled in different areas can give the effect of old and dusty. There are also quite a few tutorials on youtube on how to get the leather look. You’ll have to let us know how you get on, it all sounds soooo exciting!

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I’ve just seen a bag tutorial, and the leather look was created using the fmm cobbles impression mat, this gave more of a croc leather effect,but it looked very realistic. Experiment with petal dusts to give a yellowing effect to the pages, worked from the outer edge in.

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Excellent, thanks! I’ve got a couple of weeks before I need to make it so I’ll have a practice on some spare icing to get the effects right.