One of the greatest things about living in the internet age is that you can type anything into your favorite search engine to find a wealth of “how-to” information. I’m used to seeking information online, but it is rewarding to learn that I’ve helped out someone else with their search.
In 2011, I created a “Duel on Mustafar” Star Wars Birthday cake for my niece and nephew. Afterward I shared the instructions on my old blog and several people shared their versions with me.
I’d forgotten about the post until today when I received this comment from a woman named, Rebecca.
“My son requested a Mustafar battle cake for his 7th birthday. I wondered if anyone had ever made one and low and behold found your post! Thank you for your example. My son and I had a great time working together on it and it was a huge hit at his Star Wars party!”
Rebecca’s version is at the top of the page. Awesome!!! Rebecca is a Human Resource professional with a professional resume editing service online called Resume-Checker, yet clearly she also has a knack for cake decorating.
How to make a Mustafar Star Wars Birthday Cake
My original post with complete step-by-step instructions is still live if you want to try your own version: http://www.creativesprinkle.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-make-star-wars-cake.html
Photography tip: shoot high or shoot low, but don’t shoot for average!
Often one of the best things you can do to get a good photo is to get your knees dirty. This is shot of a cheap resin cherub sculpture that sits beside my steps. It has some dirt clinging to it, but that actually makes it look more stone-like than when it was pure white. The sun was casting some neat shadows the day I shot this, but it wasn’t until I knelt on the sidewalk and shot upwards that I liked the way the shadows fell on his face. I got in really tight so that his face filed up most of the frame.
“Betsy,” as I like to call this sweet little orange kitty, was inspired by those all-American WWII pin up girls. She is available for sale in my Etsy shop: YoungCreative
Story Behind the Concept
I wanted to create a mixed media work for my polymer guild’s challenge this month. I was going through my studio for inspiration when two things caught my eye: the start of a cat head sculpt and some leftover flag napkins from a past 4th of July celebration. The image of a WWII pin up girl started to form in my head.
The Creative Process
I didn’t use any molds for this piece. Betsy is hand-sculpted from polymer clay. Her orange fur has a soft waxy sheen that comes from mixing translucent clay over my base. The light reflects beautifully off the translucent clay to create a depth of color that is very different from the usual feel of polymer works.
Most of the color (including the cat, her blouse, and skirt) comes from custom-blending the polymer itself. I use very little paint. You can see in the one photo above how I used small pieces of white polymer to add accents to the cat’s fur.
My husband suggested I get ambitious and build a plane fuselage for her to sit on, so Betsy is sitting on my “loose” interpretation of the tail section of a WWII bomber-style plane. It is constructed from silver metallic polymer sheets over a wire armature. My “Marie Young Creative” maker’s signature mark is incorporated into the faux metal plates. I purchased this highly detailed stamp from JetStamps to “sign” my works, and I love finding special places to tuck my maker’s mark!
The background is a piece of MDF board that I decoupaged with tissue paper and the flag napkin. I used chalks and paints to create the faux wood finish. The whole piece is roughly 10 by 10 inches.
Voting is Open
As I mentioned the theme of the Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy this month is “Mixed Media.” Voting is open through July 7. Select your favorites and you could be entered to win a prize from one of the sponsoring artists (including me!) Go here to vote: http://polymerclayartists.blogspot.com/2014/06/july-challenge-mixed-media.html