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The first thing you need to consider is what modelling paste you want to use – but what's the difference between them all? The distinction lies in the ingredients used to produce them, which in turn affects their elasticity, pliability and final appearance. But which modelling paste is right for your design? We've created a Modelling Paste Chart to make that choice a little simpler!
You also need to make sure you have all the basic tools required to shape and add finer details to your modelling paste. These could include cutters, a spatula, a rolling pin, a work board, brushes, stamens, cocktail sticks and a variety of modelling tools. If you're working from a cake toppers book or other instructions, please refer to the author's recommendations before you begin.
Ultimately, cake toppers are constructed from basic shapes, using simple techniques – which you will then carefully sculpt and colour. Create anything from animals, people and fairies, to objects like shoes and boats. You can even create toppers for a huge range of occasions – such as spooky witches for Halloween, cheerful reindeer for Christmas and a jack-in-the-box for a new baby – or for a whole host of different themes, such as pirate, jungle or princess cakes. The possibilities are truly endless – the only limit is your imagination!