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Ballerina Music Box

Ballerina Music Box Sugar Art

The theme of Music automatically brought to mind a beautiful music box I was given as a child. On winding the key, the ballerina figurine turned slowly and came to a stop as the music stopped. This box is a reminder of how we need to continue to turn our own keys in order to keep the dance that is our lives in motion.

I placed her on a sugar creation of a vintage music box to remind me of the beauty of all the valued memories of my childhood. It was a perfect musical ending to receive a Silver, 2nd Place Award in the Intermediate Sugar Art Section for her at the Hostex 2018 – SACDG Competition 2 weeks ago.

Ballerina Music Box Sugar Art

As the Hostex 2018 opened its doors at Gallagher Estate this year, we were treated to an array of delectable treats, new products and everything else related to food and drink catering. The South African Cake Decorators Guild hosted their competition with all entries both cake and sugar art falling into the theme of music. Every entry portrayed a unique meaning within the theme for each decorator and it was interesting to see so many varied interpretations of the theme. Thank you to Hostex and SACDG, the judges and all the sponsors for giving us a platform to show our passion for decorating.

 

Ballerina Music Box Sugar Art

My figurine’s petite body, I modelled using Saracino Modelling Paste, once again just love the paste for modelling figurines. I dressed her in a delicate pink tutu adorned with patterns of Crystal Candy Lace. I was so excited to be the first to use this new Bas Relief Mould from Crystal Candy and the detail of the leaves, lace and hearts created the perfect finish to my vintage music box. Thank you Ray for letting me use this mould and can’t wait for the release of these totally awesome new Bas Relief Moulds!

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Ballerina Sugar Art Figurine Debut!

In my previous post I described our Ballerina Sugar Art Workshop with Grace Stevens of Cupcakes by design and I posted the photos of our pretty completed figurines. As the theme of the workshop was creating this dramatic cake topper which would delight any girl on their birthday cake, I thought I would share our sugar dance with you and show you how we completed our graceful sugar figurines.

Act 1 … Perfectly Pointed Toes!

After Grace had taught us how to add the correct amount of CMC to our sugar paste we carefully added colour to our white paste to get a perfectly pale skin colour for our ballerinas who Grace reminded us spent many hours inside the studio practising resulting in their pretty pink skin.  We then formed our supporting leg before adding a second leg gracefully bent at the knee and resting on the supporting knee. Their perfectly pointed toes were then slipped into pink pointe shoes with dainty ribbons around the ankles. This was the first tricky bit working with such small ribbons of sugar paste that had to be neatly stuck on to their ankles. My daughter has the most gorgeous long graceful legs and a beautiful ballet point and I tried to recreate that in my sugar work below.

Ballerina Sugar Art Figurine

Act 1 … Perfectly Pointed Toes!

Act 2 … Twirls of Tutu!

During this Act 2 of adding frilled twirls of tutu to our ballerinas’ legs I learned that I really battle with the art of frilling a circle of sugar paste. After much frustration and many demonstrations by Grace and help from Vicci, I managed to ruffle up 3 layers of tutu as everyone sailed through 4 or more layers! I definitely had more fun photographing the tutu twirls than I did making them but I know what to practise for the next ballerina.

Ballerina Sugar Art Figurine

Act 2 … Twirls of Tutu!

Act 3 … Creatively Choreographing her Core!

Grace deftly showed us a tiny waisted body for our ballerinas and we had loads of giggles as these bodies went on to our figurines as then came the careful art of balancing the body and getting our figurines to hold their cores tight so that they would not fall too far forwards or backward. We added our embellishments in the form of bodice markings and straps, roses or glitter to our bodies once we had added her slim arms gently resting on her tutu.

Ballerina Sugar Art Figurine

Act 3 … Creatively Choreographing her Core!

Act 4 … A Whimsical Face and Wisps of Ballerina Hair!

Grace teaches the most whimsical faces for her characters and it was these little faces we added after a lunch, coffee and chat interval. Tiny eyes, nose, eyebrows and eyelashes finished the stage look before we added wisps of sugar paste hair worked into a neat bun. As you can see my figurine was well adorned with rolled pink roses but she seems really pleased with her overall look for her debut.

Ballerina Sugar Art Figurine

Act 4 … A Whimsical face & Ballerina Wisps of hair!

Act 5 … En Pointe and On Time for her Debut!

We all did well finishing on time and even managed to get a few photos of all our ballerinas together in the dimming Joburg light before we carefully transported our creations home to show off to family and friends. We were all really chuffed at what we had accomplished and in awe of Grace and her ability to teach us a tricky figurine, share stories and laugh with us all in just 1 day. I couldn’t resist these photos of my completed ballerina with her sweet smile and graceful pose … she looks perfectly primed for her debut on any cake and ready to show off her pretty new sugar tutu! Thanks Grace for another fabulous and totally fun class.

Ballerina Sugar Art Figurine

Act 5 … En Pointe & On Time for her Debut!

Ballerina Sugar Art with Grace Stevens

Ballerina Sugar Art with Grace StevensBallerina Sugar Art with Grace StevensLast Thursday, 10 aspiring Ballet Figurine Sugar Artists welcomed Grace Stevens to Johannesburg where she presented her Ballerina Figurine Class.  It is always a pleasure to be taught by Grace as she fills every moment of her classes with her remarkable talent, which she shares with carefree abandon, as well as her wacky sense of  humour and her genuine passion for her craft. I must be honest I did have a sense of trepidation when I saw Grace’s beautifully balanced ballerina in her advert for her class and I was nervous that my figurine might end up a rather a dying sugar creation crying into her tutu rather than the sweet graceful sugar figurine pretty enough to grace a cake!  We need not have worried as Grace patiently and expertly showed us how to create a standing sugar figurine in this class and we all went home rather proud of our petite creations.

Ballerina Sugar Art with Grace Stevens

Thank you Grace once again for travelling to Johannesburg to share your invaluable skills with us, we can’t wait to see you again!Ballerina Sugar Art with Grace Stevens