How to make a gum paste doll

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How to make a gum paste doll
Gum paste is a pliable sugar dough that can be formed into a variety of shapes and characters. (handmade festive cake with colour foam and rural decorations image by fotosergio from

Gum paste is a cake decorating medium. This edible and pliable sugar dough can be transformed into numerous decorations for cakes, including gum paste dolls. Though a little technique is required to create a 3-D figurine from this dough, with the right tools and direction you can create your own gum paste doll. To make any 3-D gum paste doll, start at least 2 days ahead to allow your doll full drying time.

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Things you need

  • Gum paste tool set
  • Gum paste rolling pin
  • Craft knife
  • Waxed paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Craft block
  • Ready-to-use gum paste
  • Gel icing colours
  • Gum paste adhesive
  • Cornflour
  • 24-gauge floral wire or toothpicks

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  1. 1

    Knead your gum paste to soften it. Gum paste can be bought at a local craft or cake decorating shop in ready-to-use form. Using a copper gel icing colour, tint your gum paste for skin tone by applying a small drop at a time to the dough and kneading it until it is fully incorporated. Add more gel colour until you reach the desired skin tone you want.

  2. 2

    Roll gumpaste into a 3.4 cm (1 3/8 inch) ball. With a 7.5 cm (3 inch) piece of floral wire or toothpick, place the tip into the bottom of the head and leave about 5 cm (2 inches) out.

  3. 3

    Make gum paste glue by mixing equal parts cold water to meringue powder. Meringue powder can be purchased at any local craft store or cake decorating supply store. Attach facial features with a brush dipped in the glue. Make a 3 mm (1/8 inch) ball for a nose and attach to the face with a small dab of glue. Using your craft knife, cut a small slit in the face for the mouth and use your veining tool to shape and open up the mouth. Use small white gum paste balls that have been flattened to 1.5 mm (1/16 inch) for the eyes and attach with gum paste glue. Dye a small amount of gum paste with black gel colour and flatten into balls 6 mm (1/4 inch) in size for the pupils. Attach them with gum paste glue. Take your skin tone-coloured gum paste and roll 3 mm (1/8 inch) balls. Flatten and cut them into ear shapes. Attach with your gum paste glue to the sides of the face. Allow the head to dry overnight before proceeding.

  4. 4

    Roll out a 5 cm (2 inch) diameter piece of gum paste using your skin tone colour and shape like an egg into a 3.1 cm (1 1/4 inch) size for the body. Attach this piece to your dried head by inserting the wire or toothpick from the narrow top of the egg shape downward.

  5. 5

    Take another piece of your skin tone gumpaste and roll out two 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) logs. Bend over 1/4 of the logs to form feet. Using your knife tool, score the bottoms of the folded feet to create five toes on each one. Push a 5 cm (2 inch) piece of wire or toothpick from the top of the leg (opposite of the foot) and leave enough room to press the legs into the body and attach. Lay the body down on a piece of waxed paper to dry.

  6. 6

    Take another portion of skin tone gum paste and again roll out two 6.2 cm (2 1/2 inch) logs. Taper the arms at the centre and bend them to form elbows. At 9 mm (3/8 inch), bend the arms again to form hands. Cut fingers out with a craft knife and separate from each other slightly. Bend the arms into the position you desire and attach to the body using your gum paste glue. You can use cotton balls to support the arms in place until they have dried completely.

  7. 7

    Tint a small amount of gum paste with golden or whatever colour you desire the hair to be. Roll out the gum paste to about 3 mm (1/8 inch) thick and cut 2.65 cm (1 1/16 inch) strips. Place your strips directly on the dolls head for straight hair and apply with gum paste glue. For curly hair, wrap your strips around a piece of wire or dowel to shape curls. Slide the curls off carefully from your curler and attach to the head using gum paste glue. Allow the doll to dry fully before adding any clothing.

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