I’m making an Alien Dog cake for Peo’s birthday – at her request after Mike McCarey gave me his sample dog stand after the Austin cake show in February – so I decided it’d be easier to cover the body with scales rather than trying to get a solid piece of fondant wrapped around the three-dimensional stand.
Peo chose pink, purple, and blue as colours, and after trying to cut out inset ovals, I decided a gradient would be better. Thus, I used what’s called the Skinner Blend method in polymer clay circles to make this tray of scales to sit and dry:
Later in the evening I held a Google+ On-Air Hangout where I made another set to show you step-by-step how to work a Skinner Blend (I used fondant, but this methodology works very well with modeling chocolate as well):
As with all of my G+ Hangout cake videos so far, it’s unedited, so skip ahead as desired. The production quality isn’t high but if we wait for me to set up a proper studio, no video is ever going to get made!
As promised in the video, here are some links on how to make and use Skinner Blends:
Also as mentioned in the video, if there are other techniques you’d like to see me demonstrate on video, if you have any questions, or if you’d like to participate directly in a future Hangout, simply leave a comment to let me know. Note that to participate directly, you will require a G+ account (it’s free).