I’m usually pretty good at “holding the vision” when starting a project.
It took me a little bit, but these days once I’ve got hold of a design I want to create I can almost always fight through the awkward middle stages of the process, forging ahead while being able to “see” how it will come together in the end.
(Though *AHEM* it may not always turn out like my brain has planned. *sigh*)
I’m usually a visionary.
There IS this one little category, though, that still seems to throw me for a loop and take me out at the knees every time.
That category being “making edible people”.
(Ok, yes, that just sounds weird.)
I don’t know what my problem is, but whenever I start creating a human figure as a topper for one of my cakes, my brain starts going all kinds of wonky on me.
Usually, about a quarter of the way through I’m… not excited.
Then, about half way through, Thomas has to talk me off the ledge whilst I’m standing there with my arm extended, dangling the alien-like figure from my fingers, ready to drop that sucker into the deep recesses of oblivion, never to be seen or heard from again.
(Ok, so my brain gets wonky AND dramatic.)
For some reason, before I get the hair and the clothes on, for just about every figure I make, I lose the vision.
Logically, I know why of course.
I mean, I have definitely learned over the years that you just can’t accurately judge the outcome of ANY project by looking at it halfway through it’s production.
Things have a way of miraculously transforming before your very eyes near the end.
So WHY do I want to chuck every human figure I make at the wall before it’s near finished?
Why do I lose the vision each time in this department when I can hold onto it with almost all other projects I get into?
I don’t know.
But I’m blaming it on my mother.
(Anything I can’t explain in my psychosis goes directly to the “blame Mom” box as payback for making me clean the bathroom each Saturday morning of my childhood when I could’ve been sleeping ’till 1:30pm instead.)
Totally kidding, Mom!!
Anywho, I write this to you in the hopes that it will help encourage you in some way knowing that if you too lose your mojo while making human figures (orrrr anything else) and want to burn your creation just to watch it go up in flames half way through to the end, you are not alone.
And you shouldn’t swear off ever trying to make one again.
‘Cause while I was about to drown this little mermaid of mine somewhere around putting her tail on, I’m glad I ignored my traitorous brain and stuck with her to the end, as miraculously, I’m actually happy with how she turned out.
Bottom line- there’s hope, people.
(Just maybe have a psychiatrist on call and a serious box of chocolates at the ready when starting is all I’m sayin’.) Xx
P.S. If you’re into saving some time and extra heartache along the way, you can always use the McGreevy Cakes face mold as a starting point for your figures like I did with this mermaid. And then you can blame any psychosis involved on ME. I’m totally ok with that. 😉
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Some work in progress photos:
Affiliate Links to tools I used to make this project:
- McGreevy Cakes Face Mold
- Nail art ball tool set
- Clay tool set
- Petal dust set
- paint brush set
- Mini cutter set
- Blossom plunger cutter set
- Wilton ocean mold set