I'm so excited to be sharing with you this tutorial. It's the very first tutorial that I've done ever so please bear with me on this. :)
WARNING: It's a looooooooonnnnngggg tutorial. I apologize. There are a lot of steps involved.
A lot of people have been inquiring and ordering these Lala Loopsy dolls as toppers for their cakes and cupcakes. Usually when I do figures, I try to check the web first for available photo or video tutorials on the figure that might help me mold it just to get a clear background on how it's made, proportions, etc. Lala Loopsy is fairly new so there aren't any online tutorials on it. I decided to check out the dolls itself at the toy store to see the designs and the colors as well and check the figures/dolls online as well.
The Lala Loopsy doll is a bit complicated to make given the different colors and costume details of the dolls. I decided to make it a bit simpler and not dwell too much on the costume detail but still making sure that the "look" and overall Lala Loopsy design isn't lost. My clients usually order these toppers in bulk and I don't have the luxury of time to make them as detailed as the dolls themselves. They're pretty cute and colourful and you can dress them up in a lot of different styles!
Here we go... My first gum paste figure tutorial. :)
REQUIREMENTS and TOOLS needed:
-Fondant: skin tone, white, black, magenta and orange
-Fondant or Clay extruder
-Mini scrapbook scissors
-Fondant Modelling Tools: Ball tool, Bone Tool, Veiner
-Water brush OR gum glue with a small paint brush
-Black edible pens
-Small fondant rolling pin
-Crisco or Shortening
-X-acto Knife or Hobby Knife
-Wet wipes/Moist Towels (not in photo)
-Craft cutting board (optional: I like using a cutting board as the fondant doesn't stick to the surface)
If you may notice, I have a lot of extra tools in the photo. I got too excited and I grabbed whatever tools that I think is needed but there are some on the photo that I didn't use in this tutorial. :)
1. We start working with the skin tone fondant first. As much as possible, I work with the light coloured fondant/gum paste first so the darker colors don't stick on my hands and get on the lighter ones. Make two small balls with the skin tone fondant. One roughly the size of a big marble, the other just a bit smaller than a ping-pong ball. I add a little bit of tylose powder to my fondant to make it into gum paste and so it hardens quicker than regular fondant.
2.-3. Roll out the smaller ball with your fingers into a long log a little bit smaller in size than a pen or a pencil.
4. Pinch the log in the middle to make the legs.
5. Take the bigger ball of skin tone and knead it till soft and smooth.
6. Shape it into a smooth ball first and mold it into a slightly oval shape. This will be the doll's head.
7. Grab a nice and sturdy toothpick, dip it a little gum glue (a mixture of water and tylose powder) and stick it under the head.
8. Set aside and let the head set for a while by sticking the toothpick onto a small styro foam.
9. Take a ping-pong sized piece of black fondant and add a little bit of tylose powder to it.
10. Shape it into a ball and roll it a bit on one side to make a tear drop shape. This will be the doll's body.
11. Flatten the bigger base of the tear drop shaped gumpaste onto the surface.
12. Position it on top of the legs directly onto the folded part and make sure the proportion is right (the body is not too big or not too small). Gently press it down to get a mark at the bottom of the body shape as to where the legs will go and glue it down with a bit of gum glue.
13. For the skirt, take a piece of magenta coloured fondant and roll it into a long log. Gently flatten it with a rolling pin until it's flat and long.
14. Cut off the edges lengthwise until you have a clean long strip of fondant.
15. Do the same with a small piece of black fondant. Roll it out in a flat strip.
16. Cut the edges for a smooth and clean cut. *You can use a pasta roller if you want a thinner strip of fondant.
17. With your water brush, add a little water or gum glue to the black strip.
18. Glue the magenta strip to the black strip.
19. Once it's glued on, fold the 2 strips on itself like a fan or a ruffle.
20. Put a little glue on the body and legs of the doll and carefully stick the ruffled skirt on the body.
21. To cover the messy top part of the skirt, roll out another piece of magenta fondant.
22. Like the ones before and for a clean finish, cut the edges to size and make sure that it fits around the body and covering the top of the skirt. Don't knead or crumple the cut edges for the shoulder straps on the doll's dress.
23. Glue on the last magenta strip just above the doll's skirt. Make sure to not cover the top black part of the doll's body.
24. Using the edges from the last fondant magenta strip, cut 2 long and thin strips. Glue them on the body like on the photo.
25. Add a little glue to the top of the body for the neck.
26. For the shoes, take 2 small balls of orange fondant and roll them into clean balls.
27. Roll it out with one hand on one side to make a small cone shape.
28. Using your bone tool, make and indentation for where the legs will be glued.
29. Now for the belt. Roll out a small piece of white fondant with your fingers into a long, thin log.
30. Carefully flatten it out with your fingers as well. You can use your rolling pin if you're in the mood. :)
31. Glue it at the middle of the body like in the photo.
32. For the arms, roll out 2 logs of skin colored fondant. Make sure that one end is a bit bigger and rounded than the rest.
33. Flatten the bigger end for the hand.
34. Using the ribbon tool or a knife or any flat tool, make lines for the fingers on the flattened end.
35. For the sleeves, flatten2 small black fondant into half-cricles. You can use a small circle cutter and cut it in half if you want.
36. Add some detail to the sleeves with the veiner tool and glue on top of the arms.
17. Stick a toothpick through the body from the neck down. This will be the "spine" and will help hold the head without crushing the body down.
38. For the eyes, I make them manually. Roll and flatten 2 small black fondant balls. You can use a small circle cutter if you have available.
39. Glue the flat circles to the head.
40. Take a small magenta fondant and mix it with white to get a light pink or rose pink color.
41. Same with the eyes, make 2 small flat circles and glue them on the doll's face to serve as blush cheeks.
You still with me? Alright! We're near the finish line with this Lala Loopsy doll.
42. We're going to do the hair. Flatten a big circular piece of orange fondant.
43. Measure around the head of the doll and once you're happy, glue it down and around the head.
44. Using the veiner tool, run it along the orange fondant in horizontal stripes.
45. We're going to use the clay/fondant extruder to make the rest of the hair. Knead orange fondant and make sure your use enough shortening or Crisco so the fondant doesn't stick and it comes out smooth.
46. Roll the fondant into a log and load it into the extruder. I use the disc with the 7 holes.
47. Extrude directly on the head to measure the length for the hair. Glue it on.
48. For the ribbon, I use a silicon ribbon mold. It's small so it's perfect for ribbons on small figures. Use a little bit of red fondant and choose the ribbon design that you want.
49. Un-mold the ribbon from the silicone mold.
50. Glue it on top of the head, in the middle to complete the figure. WUHOO!!! You're done!
You can use this figure for cakes and cupcakes or for clays.
Hope you find this tutorial is helpful. :)