Saturday, January 4, 2014

Don't Worry....Be Crabby!

I would like to send a big Thank You to Laura White for helping me out with the latest blog post.

Start out with a light ivory paste.  I mixed half Satin Ice ivory and half white.

Roll a log of fondant about the same shape as your mold.

Snip the small end in half with scissors a couple inches to work into the claw tips.

Trim the excess off the back with a small palette knife. 

I then let them dry for 48 hours.

I dusted with CK Petal Dust layering on different colors.  First I started with Cappuccino (front claw) then added a layer of Sunflower (second claw) then added a layer of orange (third claw) and finally dusting the tip of the claw and large spines with charcoal.  The back claw in the picture is a real crab let for a color guide; looking at the real claw with you dust.  Avoid dusting the "V" shaped areas you will notice on the real leg it is almost transparent looking.  Also avoid the end of the legs/claws where meat would be showing. 

I then airbrushed a little orange to brighten the leg up.

Color check

For my original way I did my corn I cut out the corn kernels with a tiny oval cutter. If you cut through plastic wrap it will round the past making it look fluffy and rounded.  Then I attached the kernels one by one around an ivory core.  You can imagine how long this took.

See blog post HERE for using the corn texture mat method.

To compare:  It took me three minutes to make the corn on the left using the DTC corn texture mat.  Three hours for the corn on the right using my original method!

When making the pot start out with grey fondant.  When finished spray with pearl spray to make a metallic silver.  When I did my crab boil pot I cut the fondant to where it was approximately 1 1/2 inches above the height of the cake.  This is going to serve as the thickness of your pot.  

Generously powder the bottom and sides of a 2" cake pan the same diameter as your cake.  Set this on top of the cake to help support the sides until dry.  

I finished the top edge of my pot with a rope of fondant made with a half circle disc; most clay guns come with this shape.

To make the lid, generously powder a cake pan the same size as your cake.  With a pizza cutter cut a circle an inch larger diameter than the cake pan.  Gently curve and form the lid over the edge of the cake pan.  This will make a lip for a lid.  To make a handle you will want to support a rope of fondant over a deck of cards or small box.  Let dry until good and set so the handle will support its own weight.  

Our finished Crab Boil Pot! 

Laura White

Products Used:
Corn Texture Mat
Crab Broiler Claw
Crab Broiler Claw with Leg
Crab Leg with Tip
Crab Let Set

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