Well the holidays are upon us, and that means time for a Christmas Cake and Sugar Collab. Some of you might remember the Christmas Collab I took part in last year where I made Gizmo at his keyboard. The tutorial booklets and raffle tickets for that effort raised over £8,000 / $12,500 for the Make A Wish Foundation. This year the tutorial booklets and raffle (UK only) will be benefiting three charities : Australian Melanoma Research Foundation , Alzheimer's Society UK , and Icing Smiles in the US.
The tutorials are for sale here , with my contribution being sold as part of Booklet two. I see a lot of people wanting to know how to make deer antlers, so my tutorial is on how I make realistic antlers with modeling chocolate:
If you know me at all, you will probably realize that my interests fall more in the weird and creepy categories than sweet and sentimental, so at first I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as my village piece, until I remembered Krampus!
In some European countires, Krampus is the Christmas Devil who accompanies Saint Nicholas and carries away naughty children in his knapsack. Much, much cooler than that elf on a shelf. For a little bit more info you can check out Krampus.com
For this standing figure I needed support, so I screwed a screw into a wooden base and attached a wire armature in the basic shape I wanted. I just used whatever wire I had on hand, I don't remember the gauge or anything, it was just what looked strong enough in the picture framing section at the hardware store
After my base layer was complete I started adding the top layer, using black, just adding little thing pieces and smoothing with my fingers as I go along
Now I started to texture Krampus' fur, using Color Shapers (in the left photo,find them here, and there always seems to be sets on Ebay as well) and a clay tool (in the right photo, find it here, these are dirt cheap and I use them all the time) and a toothpick
Now I moved onto the head. As a base I just cut a chunk of hard, un-knead modeling choclate, compressed and rounded it a bit in my hand, and stuck it on a bamboo skewer for easier handling
For this particular project I used a combination of regular rice and arborio (the regular rice is rounder and smaller - so it looks more realistic since real teeth are different sizes too). To apply I usually press a hole in first with a toothpick and then add in the rice either by hand or with tweezers. It is a pain in the butt, but much,much less of a pain than trying to roll little teeth by hand or pipe them with royal and break some.
And now the part that I was dreading and leaving until last - the hands. I suck at hands- and apparently also suck at remembering to take pictures as I made them, here is the only one I could find- starting off with a chunk of modeling chocolate, adding lumps for the meaty areas of the palm, then smoothing the fingers. Although not great, these hands turned out better than my past efforts, I did a lot of looking at my own hands while sculpting.
I was lazy and also used rice for the claws.
Here he is after painting.