Don Carlton Stages

don carlton stages

1. First I made the colour for his main body from white modelling chocolate. I then rolled a large ball and measured it against the rest of my figures to see if it was approximately the right size. I then began to narrow one end using my palm and fingers until it was the correct shape for his head. I then smoothed this with my fingers and damp paintbrush. I then began to gently flatten his stomach area so as it wasn’t so round. As I did this I kept rubbing the sides of his stomach with the base of my palms to keep them smooth and to keep him from becoming too wide. I then began to narrow the base to create his legs. He has short stumpy legs and feet. I then lightly pressed the base of the legs against my work surface to flatten it. Using a palette knife I then cut through the centre of the base to create two legs, I then carefully spread them slightly further apart and removed any excess modelling chocolate from in between with my palette knife.

I then gently pressed the tip of his foot to create a slight bend. Using a Dresden Tool I made markings up his legs to create creases. Then with a Ball Tool I created three little holes on each foot for his toes. I did this by pressing the Ball Tool in at an angle so that only half of it was pushed into the Modelling chocolate. I rolled six tiny balls from my white modelling chocolate for toenails and carefully secured these with edible glue.

2. I then took a ball of white modelling chocolate and rolled it out thinly with a rolling pin. Using a cutting wheel I then cut a rough circle. This was for the centre of his stomach. I held the piece up against him and measured it for size. I then brushed his stomach with glue and placed the piece in the centre of his body. With a damp paintbrush I then blended in all the edges until you could no longer see that it was a separate piece.

3. Using a Dresden Tool I then marked out his mouth and dug out the inside. I then smoothed this down with a damp paintbrush before painting it black with Black Magic Rainbow Dust mixed with isopropyl alcohol. Due to his moustache you can only see his lower teeth. So I then rolled four small balls of white modelling chocolate for his teeth and secured these by brushing the bottom of his his mouth with edible glue then carefully placing the teeth inside using a cocktail stick. With a Dresden Tool I then carefully marked a line under his mouth to give the impression of a bottom lip.

4. Next I made his eye sockets using a Ball Tool. I then gave his face some slight indentation using the Ball Tool so as his cheeks became slightly raised. Using a Dresden Tool I then gave him two small eye creases on the corners of both eyes. I then rolled two small balls from my white modelling chocolate for his eyes. I secured these in the sockets with glue. I then painted the details of his eye using a fine paintbrush and Brown, Black and White Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl Alcohol.

5. I then took some of my white modelling chocolate and rolled it out thinly. from this I cut a thin rectangular strip for his hair. Using a small pair of scissors I then snipped into the piece to create hair. I then measured this around his head so as I could see how big it needed to be. I trimmed it down to size using a Cutting Wheel before lightly brushing around his head with glue and securing the hair in place. I then took a small piece of white modelling chocolate for his moustache. I flattened this and held it above his mouth to check the size it needed to be. I then trimmed to size using a cutting wheel and cut in the four strands of hair with a small pair of scissors. I then lightly made some markings using a Dresden Tool before securing the moustache on so as it covered the top of his mouth. Above the moustache I then made a small indent for his nose using a Dresden Tool. I rolled a small piece of white modelling chocolate into a horn shape and glued it into the indent.

6. Using the end of a pair of small scissors I marked out his eyebrows. I then dusted these with Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust. I also gave him various sized ‘splodges’ around his body using the same colour. Next, I painted his hair and moustache with Milk Chocolate Rainbow Dust and then gave them some shadowing and contrast using a darker brown.

7. I then coloured some white modelling chocolate green (the same colour as scott’s jumper and terri and terry’s jumper). I rolled this out thinly and then wrapped it around his body to check the size. I then trimmed this down using a cutting wheel. I lightly brushed around his body with glue before wrapping the modelling chocolate around him so that the join was at the back. I then carefully blended this in with a damp paintbrush until you couldn’t see it. With a Dresden Tool I then marked a trim the entire way around the bottom of his shirt. Next I rolled a thin sausage for his collar from the green modelling chocolate. I then rolled over this with a rolling pin till it was thin enough. I held it around the top of his shirt to check the size and then trimmed it down using a Cutting wheel. I attached the collar around his neck with edible glue and bent half of it over on itself to look like a collar. I then took two small pieces of green modelling chocolate and cut two small, thin rectangles. I attached these with glue at an angle between the two ends of the collar. Using a Dresden Tool I marked two button holes on one side. On the other I rolled two tiny pieces of white modelling chocolate into balls and attached them with glue for buttons. I then carefully marked an indent in the middle of each using a Dresden Tool.

8. Next I rolled out four pieces of white modelling chocolate into really thin small sausages for his glasses. Two pieces I curved round so that the two ends met each other. I then secured the two ends together by blending them in using a Dresden Tool. I then used the Dresden Tool to carefully move the piece into shape and give it corners so that they became cube shaped. I carefully picked these up with the Dresden Tool and attached them above his moustache for his glasses rims. I then took my other two thinly rolled out sausages and ever so carefully attached them at equal angles both to his head and to the sides of the rims of his glasses using edible glue and a Dresden Tool. Once dry I then painted his glasses using Silver Rainbow Dust mixed with Isopropyl alcohol.

9. From my pink coloured modelling chocolate I rolled two sausages for his arms. I rounded the ends with my fingers before cutting a small thumb on each one using a small palette knife.  I then thinly rolled out some white modelling chocolate. This was to do the same as for his stomach but for his arms. I then cut two white pieces using a Cutting wheel. I cut these the same shape as his arms but slightly smaller so that they would fit on the centre of his arms and hands. I then attached these with glue and just as with his stomach I blended them in with a damp paintbrush until you could no longer see the join.

10. I then made a piping bag with a No.1 nozzle. With this I piped tiny circles onto both arms to create suckers. Once I’d left these to dry I carefully made a small hole in the middle of each one using a cocktail stick.

11. Taking my green coloured modelling chocolate I then rolled out two thin pieces for sleeves. I cut two small rectangles to size using a Cutting Wheel. I then dabbed these with glue and placed each arm on top so as the tops of the arms slightly stuck out from the tops of the sleeves. I then wrapped the sleeves around the arms and disguised the joins with a damp paint brush. With a Dresden Tool I then marked a cuff around the bottom of each sleeve. I then cut the tops of the arms at a slight angle so that they’d fit to the side of the body perfectly.

I then attached the arms with glue and blended the joins in with a damp paint brush. I positioned them so as one was hanging by his side and one was held slightly forward as I wanted him to be holding one of his business cards. I then dusted the same splodges as on his body onto his arms using Plum Truffle Rainbow Dust.

12. I flattened a small piece of my green modelling chocolate for the pocket on his shirt. I cut it to shape using a Cutting wheel and then attached it with glue. Taking a Dresden Tool I then made a marking across the top of his pocket. I then carefully pressed into the top of the pocket to create an opening. I then cut three small flat rectangles from my white modelling chocolate for business cards and glued two of these inside the indent at the top of the pocket. I glued the other one in between his thumb and the rest of his hand on his outstretched arm. Once dry I then used a fine paint brush   and Black Rainbow Dust mixed with isopropyl alcohol to paint ‘Don Carlton’ onto the business cards.

Finally I painted ‘OK’ on the front of his pocket using Mustard coloured Rainbow Dust. Then I created shadowing on his shirt using Rainforest Green.

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